St Bernadette's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 2 | 11 February 2022
Message from Geordie
Good afternoon everyone,
I am going to try to make this short as I am sure you are all well and truly over reading my emails. It has been another great week here at school and our teachers have done an amazing job at settling the students into school routines quickly. Our digital Parent Presentations went home this week and I have already had some really good feedback from a number of families. Our teachers have been so flexible, giving of their time and kept their sense of humour which has helped make this successful. I would also like to thanks Mel Resuggan (Yr 3-6) and Lisa King ( K- Yr 2) for their support of our over the past week.
Our 3YO program is now in full swing two days a week and I am really happy to report that our youngest students have settled into their class and are having a blast! This program provides students with a good balance of play-based learning while introducing students to the structure of school in a fun and engaging way. I do not know how Mrs Hall and Mrs Rewell do it – it is a heap of fun but an exhausting job!
In 2021, I had many conversations with Leadership, Cath Flynn and Wayne Sly our IT Team as well as many teachers and parents about how technology is used and taught in our school. There are many excellent opportunities already happening for students in this space and it is an area that is highly engaging to students when managed and taught well. In line with this, we have now re-structured our 1 to 1 program with extra IT support, and we have also changed the way we teach Digital technology. I am very happy to report that the iPads are now onsite and we will work flat out to have them ready for use next week!
In Kindy to Year 3 we have new banks of iPads being organised so that when we use devices – they work. Cath Flynn will continue to teach Digital Technology in these years and she now has access to new iPads with keyboards and the Apple Pencil for students to work with. This means that students will be ready for the introduction to the 1 to 1 program by Year 4.
From Year 4 - 6 we will utilise the 1 to 1 devices and classroom teachers will be teaching and assessing the Digital Technology Learning Area. Teachers will aim to integrate the technology throughout the curriculum and use it explore, design, collaborate and show their learning. We will also work with the P&F and Ethel Murphy (our Science, Sustainability and Enrichment Coordinator) to look into different, complimentary technologies like robotics, Little Bits electrical circuits, Moviemaking etc to engage and excite students.
In line with this, Cath Flynn has taken over the teaching of the HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences) Learning Area in Year 4-6. We are very lucky to have such experienced, flexible and enthusiastic staff here at St Bernie’s and I am excited about the possibilities in the future!
Thanks again for your patience and vigilance with the new COVID routines in our school. While it has not been perfect, everyone has done their best and I think they will work for us over the medium term. I received some feedback requesting clarity on a few items, so I have listed these below:
How do we pick up our students early (from 2.50pm)?
School still finishes at 3pm, however, if you choose to come and get your child 10 mins early then that will help spread the traffic. We have asked teachers to be ready so they can let students go when a parent arrives. If they do not see you waiting outside the (outside) door, just give a knock so they can let your child know it’s time to leave. Parents can then exit using the side gate, past the church, to the carpark.
I need to pick my child up early for an appointment, but I am not allowed into the office?
No worries! Please let us know as early as possible via email or phone (By 8.30am where possible) and we will organise to have your child waiting at the front office. Please try not to only call when you are already here as it does take us a few minutes to get them ready and down to the office.
Do I have to wear a mask while outside on school grounds?
This is strongly encouraged. All adults are asked to wear a mask while on school grounds where they can’t socially distance. Parents are discouraged from standing in large groups and where they are in close proximity and, having a chat, they should wear a mask. On occasion, parents have forgotten a mask – please just ask a staff member and they can sort one out from the office. We have all done it!
Our drive-through has been working well and the line has been gone by 3.15pm each day. Considering we have 450 students leaving our school, I think this is a pretty good effort and also minimises the amount of time students are in close proximity!
Unfortunately, our opening ‘Picnic on the Green’ event has had to be postponed this term, however, our teachers are very busily working to get our Swimming Trials and Carnival organised in a COVID safe and compliant way. We hope that we will be able to come together for a social event at some point this year.
That’s it for me, not as short as I would have liked, but I hope you all appreciate that we are doing our best to get the right communication out there!
Enjoy your weekend and this beautiful weather
Ongoing Car Park Issues
We have discussed the issues in the carpark a number of times and we continue to have a few problems. I understand that there are a some clear issues that can’t be fixed immediately, however, there are a few that are common sense and obvious.
- PLEASE do not park in ACROD Bays unless you are permitted to and have the sticker.
- PLEASE do not turn right out of our carparks or the drive-through.
- PLEASE observe the rules within the carpark, be patient, retain a sense of humour and do not go the wrong way down the driveway.
Thanks ( I hope you get a laugh out of my pics!!!)
Recess & Lunch - A message from Melanie Resuggan
Due to Covid we have had to make some changes to how the students play at recess and lunch and this includes when students can access the Library. Students that are rostered to play on the oval are also able to access the Library on that day. Due to these changes we will not be able to run "clubs" at school, where multiple year groups participate at one time as this does not meet current safety guidelines.
Until further notice, the Library, will offer lunchtime activities on a rotational basis, this means that students may not be able to access the activity every week rather every couple of weeks. The Library activities timetable is as follows;
We understand that we will have some students who are disappointed that they are no longer able to do these activities every week, please discuss these changes with your child and explain that under the current circumstances these changes are necessary.
Thank you for supporting us in these challenging times and hopefully we will be able to offer these activities more regularly to all students in the near future.
Exploring the lifecycle of plants in Science
Fume Free Friday - 18/2/2022
For those families that drive to school, you might like to park at the IGA and walk to school from there.
Raffle tickets will be handed out to go into the end of term draw for a $50 Rebel Gift card.
Things to look out for next week
- Years 4, 5 & 6 Swimming Trial - Wednesday 16/2/2022
- Ricky Grace Basketball - Wednesday 16/2/2022
- Fume Free Friday - Friday 16/2/2022
- Reconciliation Commitment Mass - Saturday 19/2/2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm
- Reconciliation Commitment Mass - Sunday 20/2/2022 9:00am -10:00am
New Bookshop in Rockingham
My Little Bookshop is opening up a retail shop on the Rockingham foreshore on Monday 28/2/2022 at Unit 10/5-7 Railway Terrace.
We are so excited to be able to bring this to our community and with lots of events and ideas in the pipeline.
A special section for the children ( wait till you see the wall mural ) and a lounge area for those who wish to take five and peruse some books.
We pride ourselves on utilising local business wherever possible and our ethos is one of inclusion for all. Please pop down and support this new local business.
Sacramental Dates 2022
School Canteen - Kingston's Kitchen
Our school canteen is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please follow Kingston's Kitchen on Facebook for updates.
Menu and ordering details can be found at Spriggy Schools
St Bernadette's Parents & Friends Association
Welcome to the school P&F where everyone is welcome to join.
If you would like to find out what is happening at our school, please join our P&F Facebook page: