St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 7 | 19 March 2021

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Message from Geordie

Dear families,

It has been a HUGE week… Again!

I am really looking forward to seeing everyone at the picnic tonight. I am sure there will be a few tired students after our swimming carnival, however, the weather is perfect and we have a lot to celebrate after a really nice start to the year.

Just so we are all on the same page I have spoken to all our students about treating each other with Kindness and Respect in these last few weeks. It has been a big term and many of our students are beginning to get tired. We have spoken about being calm at school and discussed strategies for when we feel frustrated and upset (taking deep breaths, going for a drink, talking to a friend or teacher).

We have also spoken about the way we play at recess and lunch and how important it is not to use our bodies to physically hurt others. This often happens when we get too silly in our games and while it might start as fun, it often leads to conflict. We have talked a lot about how to deal with conflict without being physical (asking the person to stop first, telling a teacher if this does not work). If these messages could be backed up at home, it would be great.

Please remember if you enter the school during the day (after drop off and before pick up) to sign in at the office first. Please do not walk down to classes as this disrupts the learning process.

A reminder that when you are using the car park and kiss & drop, please do not use your mobile phone. The safety of all children and families is paramount and your co-operation is much appreciated.

If I don’t see you tonight have an awesome weekend. I will be in the Port to Pub tomorrow and will be aiming to keep out of the sun a little better than last time!

Geordie Thuijs


Merit Awards - Assembly Friday 26th March

Merit Awards are being presented during next week's assembly. This will be held at 8.50 am in the undercover area.

The following students will be receiving their awards, parents are welcome to attend.

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Harmony Day - 24th March 2021

We will be celebrating Harmony Day next Wednesday and students are asked to wear Traditional Cultural Dress or Orange clothing items with white sneakers on the day.

Our Year 6 Cultural Ministry leaders will open a short ceremony just before recess and our lovely canteen ladies will have a multicultural pre-lunch order on offer, including nasi, mie goreng, spaghetti bog, pizza and sushi.

There will be lots of activities throughout the day, including music and dance and we look forward to a fun filled day!

St Bernadette's Day Tug of War

Year 6 vs S Bernie's Staff Tug of War

School Photographs - 25th & 26th March

School photographs take place next Thursday and Friday.

The uniform requirement for both days is the St Bernadette's school shirt, skorts for girls, shorts for boys, white sports shoe, St Bernadette's socks. Hair is to be tied up if at shoulder length (boys and girls) and off the face (boys and girls).

Year 6 students are to wear their Graduation shirt in place of their St Bernadette's school shirt.

Family photos and any group photos will follow the same dress requirements (no dresses permitted on these days for photo aesthetics)

The schedule of photographs, detailing days, classes and times are below.

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Year 3 Garden Sale

Our Year 3 students will soon be selling produce from the school garden!

Their stall will be open, outside the school office every second Friday starting on the 26th March from 2.45pm.

Items will include fresh and dried herbs, worm wee, and seasonal veggies (only those that Mrs Cairns has managed not to kill!!)

Please support this great initiative!

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Sport Ministry - Decorate your Helmet Day

The Sports Ministry had a great turnout for Decorate your Helmet Day last Friday. We saw the most imaginative and fashionable helmets.

Our winning helmet heroes on the day were Lola, Ruby, Kylie, Raylan, Georgia and Charlotte. Congratulations to everyone who joined in!

The Sports Ministry

Year 4 - 6 Swimming Carnival

Today our Year 4, 5 and 6 students are at the pool for their Swimming Carnival. Everyone has been having such a good time - a lovely example of Bernie's team spirit in action!

Thankyou to our parents who have helped at the carnival and a big shout out to our lovely P&F who have fed our hungry swimmers and spectators!

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Caritas - Fourth Week of Lent

Arsad, an Indonesian farmer, had no toilet in his house, so always had to walk into the

forest to the open defecation area. His family was often sick and open defecation

caused many neighbourhood disputes. With the support of Caritas Australia and its

partner agency, Laz Harfa, Arsad took part in hygiene, sanitation and financial

management training. He then funded the building of a toilet in his house and helped

other community members to save money to construct their own toilet.

Now, Arsad’s family is healthier, their community no longer practices open defecation

and is more harmonious. Arsad inspired his community to ‘Be More.’

Around 17 percent of Indonesia’s rural population, or 45 million people, practice open defecation – going to the toilet outdoors in fields, forests and other open spaces. (World Bank)

Watch a short film about Arsad’s story here.

Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” Please support Project Compassion:

School Term Dates 2021

Term 1 Monday 01/02/2021 - Thursday 01/04/2021

Term 2 Monday 19/04/2021 - Friday 02/07/2021

Term 3 Tuesday 20/07/2021 - Thursday 23/9/2021

Term 4 Monday 11/10/2021 - Friday 10/12/2021

Pupil Free Dates 2021

Friday 23/04/2021

Friday 04/06/2021

Monday 19/07/2021

Monday 16/08/2021

Monday 24/09/2021

Term 1 2021 Calendar

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