St Bernadette's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 2 | 20 October 2023
Good afternoon everyone,
I would like to start by giving a massive CONGRATULATIONS to our Year 5 students for their hard work in completing their ‘Night of the Notable’ Presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday night. There were plenty of nerves, excitement and enthusiasm and I was so proud of all our students! This is an excellent example of how teamwork between home and school can produce fantastic outcomes for our students and I would like to thank our staff for planning, organising and preparing our students, as well as our parents for their support, hard work and a few late nights I am sure… I would also like to thank the staff who came out to support our students, Sam and Isaac on the night. This team effort takes the pressure off the teachers and meant both evenings ran smoothly.
Over the next few weeks I will be finalising staffing and we will begin the process of forming new class lists for 2024. Many hours of time and effort go into creating these and there are many factors that need to be considered, including:
- Academic ability
- Student behaviour
- Individual learning needs/support
- Friendship groups (student nominations and teacher judgement)
- Student interests and talents
- Teacher and support staff strengths
Throughout the year, parents have typically had many discussions with their child’s teacher in regard to their child’s needs, and these will all be carefully considered when creating class lists. In terms of parents requesting specific teachers, unless there is an exceptional circumstance, we expect and trust that all our teachers (and staff) are highly professional, build positive relationships with students, are flexible and adaptable in their teaching and provide engaging learning experiences for the students in their classrooms.
Staffing is announced at the ACM on Wednesday 29th November and class lists will be posted to SeeSaw on Friday the 1st December. This will also be our Transition morning where our students will have some fun meeting their new teachers and classmates. I know that all our staff will make this a positive and enjoyable experience for their new students!
I hope you all get out and enjoy the sunshine this weekend.
Last Assembly for 2023 - Friday 27 October 2023
On the 17th and 18th of October, the Year 5’s performed our NOTN project which we had been working on since the start of term 3. During this 13- week process we researched our notable person, wrote biographies, edited and performed 5-minute speeches, cut our speeches down to 1-minute, made displays combining all of our past learning and work, and finally presented our well-prepared speeches to our parents and staff.
We practiced and practiced and our hard work definitely payed off. We were all nervous, but we put that to use, and we had more confidence on stage. Everyone enjoyed the night, and our speeches were a hit! We all did our best and made sure that we stayed in character to impress the audience.
After our speeches the parents came and walked around our displays, asking questions about our notable person and congratulating us on our amazing work. We are relieved that it’s over, but we are definitely feeling and tinge of sadness that the process is now all done and dusted.
We would like to acknowledge our amazing teachers as this wouldn’t be possible without them, a big thank you to Mrs Garrad, Mr Hilton, Mrs Fields and Miss Pedler.
Written by Amelie N & Abby S
A quick reminder that all Scholastic Book orders need to be handed in by the 25 October.
Please diarise these important dates
Monday 4th December: Kolbe Day A large number of our students will attend an Orientation Day at Kolbe and will not be at school. All those not attending will attend St Bernie’s as normal.
Tuesday 5th December: Graduation Mass and Awards Ceremony at 5.00pm. All parents, family and friends are invited to attend the mass and awards ceremony which will be held in the Church.
Thursday 7th December: Adventure World 8.30am – 4.30pm.
Friday 8th December: Class lunch and Guard of honour. Parents and family are invited to come in at 2.45pm to cheer the students through the final Guard of Honour!
Friday 8th December: Parent run class party in the evening.
Interschool Numero Competition - Wednesday 25 October
Year 5 Castaways Excursion - Thursday 26 October
Year 3 Firefighter Incursion - Thursday 26 October
Staff Appreciation Day - Friday 27 October
Year 6 Graduation Assembly - last assembly for the year - Friday 27 October. Coffee Van onsite too!
Term Dates 2023 & 2024
Term 4: Monday 9 October - Friday 8 December 2023
Term 1: Wednesday 31 January - 28 March 2024
Please note that as this is a live calendar, dates and times may change occasionally.