St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 5 | 11 November 2022

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Message from Geordie

Good afternoon all,

I would like to start by thanking everyone who filled in the Swimming Lesson Form last week. We had 80 families give their feedback and close to 90% of families felt that the current model was meeting the needs of their children. Considering this, we will be continuing with the program next year and while the timing is far from perfect, each year we will do our best to get more appropriate dates.

This week I spent a day with Tracy Cosgrove and our Year 3-6 teachers to discuss and moderate Persuasive Writing Assessments across the grades using the Brightpath Assessment Tool. This was a really interesting and engaging day with some excellent discussion on writing progression and how we teach writing to our students. I really enjoyed reading some of our students work and this information will now support 2022 reporting as well as being handed over to the following teacher for 2023.

This week I also had a visit from some of our Year 6 students who have been writing short conversational scripts in Indonesian. I was blown away by the fluency of their discussion and that they were able to explain clearly what was happening in their script! Very impressive!

Finally, thanks to all those who wished me well in my race last weekend. I am very happy to report that I am in one piece and while quite sore, really enjoyed the event!

Have a great weekend!


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A message from the Parish: Call out for helpers at tomorrow's Busy Bee

St Bernadette's Parish would greatly appreciate assistance from school families and friends at the upcoming Busy Bee on Saturday 12th November, from 8am until Midday. Please meet at the church in the morning.

New Uniform Fire Sale next week!

We have brand new, old stock uniforms for sale. On Monday we will be selling the old style jumpers, tracksuit pants and dresses. Later in the week, the polo's, shorts and other items will be sold.

Cash sales only. Please make your way to the school library, you'll find the tables there.

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Remembrance Day Service

Community News

A massive congratulations to Raelyn E in Year 5R on being selected to represent WA at the Australian Open Super 10s Tennis Camp in January. What an achievement, well done Raelyn!

And keeping it in the family, her sister Tanaya E in Year 5B will also be training with the team, big congratulations too!

Stationary Lists 2023

Booklists for 2023 will follow the same format as last year. The school will purchase all items and the $110 book list levy will cover the cost. This process allows the purchase of consistent and quality items at a discounted price, allows parents to pay this amount at a preferred time (in a lump sum or throughout the year) and allows the stationery to be delivered before the end of this year, to ensure a smooth start to the academic year.

Like previous years, Kindy to Year 2 will continue to share their stationery. The Year 3 to Year 6 students will use their own stationery and at the end of the year, any spare stationery will be sent home. Spare stationery from this year will be sent home in week 7 onwards.

Additional to the booklists students require:

  • SBCPS Library Bag from Hip Pocket
  • A small pencil case (around 10 x 20cm) – Year 3 to 6 students only
  • Headphones (over the ear headphones please!) – Year 3 to 6 students only.

Library books

With the end of year fast approaching, we will be undertaking a stocktake of our library resources in the last few weeks of the school year.

As a result, there will be no library borrowing for students from week 7 - 21st November.

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MKR Recipe Books & Bernie's Garden

Year 6 chefs have been busy in the kitchen cooking up a storm and some tasty dishes for the MKR competition. Mrs Buttafuoco and Mrs Nagle, our amazing EA's are putting together the students' recipes to make another best selling MKR recipe book. The book will be going on sale very soon, so now is the time to get your orders in! Bargain price of $10. They will make an ideal Christmas present!

Mrs Cairns and her garden gnomes will be having a special garden sale in weeks 7 and 8. Among the usual garden produce and worm wee on sale will be some beautiful succulent plants and citronella potpourri. Some more great Christmas gift ideas! Bernie's garden sale takes place on Friday between 2.50 and 3.15pm. All proceeds go back to Bernie's garden!

School Advisory Council and P&F Nominations for 2023

We are still seeking nominations for both of these committees, so if you are interested and would like to support the school, please pop into the office to complete the necessary forms.

Leaving St Bernie's this year?

A quick reminder that if you are not returning to Bernadette's in 2023, please email the office - as we are confirming classes for next year.

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Bernie's Christmas Concert: Save the date: Wednesday 7 December

Please diarise the date for our 2022 Christmas Concert. This year's theme is ‘Into the Light’ – The Nativity Story and classes will be preparing for this shortly.

Date: Wednesday 7 December

Venue: School Oval

Gates open: 4.30pm

Children will be required to wear the following:

KG: Denim shorts, yellow plain t-shirt & gold tinsel

PP: Red, green or white Christmas T - shirt and black bottoms (No skirt)

Y1: Shepherds (Boys) Angels (Girls)

Y2: Shepherds and Angels (children to choose which they would like to be)

Y3: Black shorts and a Christmas T- shirt

Y4: Red, green or white Christmas shirt, shorts or skirt of their choice & Santa hats

Y5: Plain black t-shirt, black shorts or trousers and Christmas decorations: e.g tinsel

Y6: Black shorts and a Christmas T - Shirt

Please bring family and friends, a picnic dinner and join us in celebrating the end of the school year. The canteen will be open and there will be a coffee van too!

Year 6 Important Dates Term 4: Save the dates!

Monday 5th December: Kolbe Transition Day (Y 6).

Year 7 2023 Kolbe students will be attending Kolbe for a welcome day. Students attending other secondary schools may still wish to attend school as usual.

Tuesday 6th December: Normal school day.

Wednesday 7th December: K - 6 Christmas Concert and picnic (5 – 7pm).

Thursday 8th December: Big Day Out - Year 6 to Adventure World. The bus leaves from school at 9.00am. Students are to be collected at Adventure World at 3pm. You may choose to stay longer at Adventure World with your child.

Friday 9th December: 9am Graduation Mass and awards ceremony. 12pm Lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club in Rockingham. 2:50pm Guard of Honour. Parents are welcome to attend for the day.

Things to look out for next week

  • Kindy 2023 Orientation Monday 14 November: 9.00-10.30am
  • Cewa Chess Tournament Round 2 - Tuesday 15 November: 1.30 - 2.30pm
  • Ricky Grace Basketball - Wednesday 16 November: 7.45 - 8.30am
  • Kindy IGA Excursion (postponed from this week) - Thursday 17 November 2022
  • Year 3 Fire Brigade Incursion - Thursday 17 November
  • Scitech Incursion PP, Year 1 & Year 2 - Friday 18 November

Vacation care - Summer Holidays!

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Live Calendar 2022

School Term Dates 2023

Term 1 Wednesday 01/02/2023 - Thursday 06/04/2023

Term 2 Monday 24/04/2023 - Fri 30/06/2023

Parent Handbook 2022