St Bernadette's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 7 | 17 March 2022
Message from Geordie
Good afternoon to our St Bernie’s Community,
I hope that you are all managing to keep your families safe, calm and upbeat in what has been a challenging few weeks. Here at school, we are doing everything we can to keep it as normal as possible and even though our Swimming Carnival was a little different this year, I think the kids have had a great day. Thanks to Tara Bowe and Kristy Watson for their amazing organisation in challenging circumstances, thanks to our parent volunteers and to all the parents who came out to watch. It was great to see our kids giving their best and making the most of the day!
On Monday our Student Leaders spent the day with Mrs Resuggan and Mrs Nagle at the Leaders Forum in the city. Already our student leaders have lead by example, have been proactive in voicing ideas and opinions, demonstrated they are resilient and have supported the school in many ways. I look forward to working with all our Year 6 students this year.
After a week of try-outs and training, Mr Murtagh and Mrs Cairns took a group of Year 5 and 6 students off to the Interschool Cricket Carnival on Wednesday and this was a lot of fun. Again, thanks to the parent helpers and staff who organised the day.
This week in our Staff Meeting we began a conversation around the type of data we collect, how it is used and how we can become more consistent in our judgments of student achievement, specifically in English. As they always do, our staff engaged in robust discussion about what data looks like across the grades. This continued throughout the staff meeting and during our planning meetings. I look forward to continuing these discussions over the coming weeks - aligning our thinking before our reports go home in Term 2.
Before I go, I wanted to say a big thanks to everyone for their support as COVID numbers have increased and we have had positive cases within the school. Thanks for the respectful way you have asked questions, I encourage this to continue – there are NO silly questions in this space! We are all learning on the fly and I understand it is challenging to keep up when the rules keep changing. Here at St Bernie’s we will keep doing everything we can to keep our students safe, happy and learning!
If you or your child does receive a positive result over the weekend, please use the form on the Families Page of the website to record the information. I will check it regularly over the weekend and be in touch. There is also a link below.
Each week in the newsletter, I will report to the community the number of positive student cases within the school. You will also receive an email if there has been a positive case in your year group. For privacy reasons we can’t release students’ personal information and I ask all parents not to discuss this in any public forum, especially social media. If you have questions or concerns, please give the school a call.
Enjoy the weekend and I look forward to seeing you all next week!
Covid -19 Update
This week in COVID News…St Bernadette’s currently has 8 ongoing positive cases across the school. I would like to again thank our community for being so supportive and vigilant and while there is still a rocky road ahead, we will continue to work in partnership with parents to keep our students safe and happy.
This news should come as a timely reminder for all members of the community to monitor COVID-19 symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop.
Advice for all families and staff:
- The school remains open.
- We ask that you monitor your child/yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result if symptoms develop.
- If you or your child develop symptoms, please do not attend school.
- Please note that the Omicron strain can present with less typical symptoms such as diarrhoea, particularly in children.
Our school continues to work in partnership with WA Health as we respond to the pandemic.
If you have queries or concerns regarding your child please contact me. If you have health concerns, please contact WA Health on 1300 316 555 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A message from our Environmental Ministry
Year 6 Leadership Conference
Mya D & Isla B
Year 6 Red
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMS 2022
Just a reminder that the retreat will be held on Monday 28th March in the Parish Hall and our school Library, to meet Covid restrictions. Only students from Year 3 at St Bernadette's will be permitted to attend and 24:7 Ministry will be delivering the program on the day.
The workshop will be held in the Undercover area due to Covid19 restrictions on Tuesday 5th April. Each child will only be permitted to have one parent in attendance and we will not be able to accommodate siblings attending unfortunately. Candidates from outside of St Bernadette's will be permitted to attend the workshop.
Celebration Masses will be help on Saturday 30th April (6pm) and Sunday 1st May (9am) - further details to follow closer to the date. You only need to attend one Mass.
The Holy Communion Commitment Masses will be held on Saturday 2nd April at 6.00pm and Sunday 3rd April at 9.00am. You only need to attend one of these Masses.
The retreat will be held on Thursday 12th May in the Parish Hall and our school Library. Only students from Year 4 at St Bernadette's will be permitted to attend and 24:7 Ministry will be delivering the program on the day.
The workshop is proposed for Tuesday 24th May at 6.15pm - details will be sent out closer to the date and will be subject to Covid19 restrictions.
Harmony Day - Friday 25 March 2022
Harmony Day is coming soon!
Please wear the colour orange or traditional/cultural dress, not just free dress!
Cultural prizes will be up for grabs! 🙂 Please don't forget your gold coin donations - money raised will go to Caritas.
Please be mindful that teachers may not be able to respond straight away as they are teaching. Rest assured that all emails will be responded to within 2 working days.
Parent/Teacher Interviews Week 9 & 10
As we are all aware, COVID challenges us in many ways. Communication between teachers and parents has been one of these challenges.
Parent/Teacher interviews will be held via phone calls in week 9 and week 10. Teachers will phone you at your allocated time, using the phone number you provide during the booking process. Interviews are strictly 10 minutes and spaces are limited.
Go to www.schoolinterviews.com.au and enter the code m88jd
- Enter your details
- Select the teachers you wish to see
- Select the appointment times that suit your family best
When you click FINISH your selected bookings will be emailed to you immediately. If you do not receive your email, please check your junk-mail, or enter the event code again and check your email address spelling. Update your details if the email address is incorrect.
DO NOT DELETE the email you receive. Keep it somewhere safe. You may need to refer back to it at a later date.
REMEMBER TO ADD YOUR APPOINTMENTS TO YOUR CALENDAR - reminders will not be sent home.
Bookings must be finalised by Thursday 24th March at 12noon.
If you need to view, cancel, change or print your bookings:
- Click on the link in the confirmation email you received after you made your bookings OR
- return to www.schoolinterviews.com.au and enter the code and the email address you used when making your bookings.
Please remember that if there is anything you need to discuss with your child’s teacher at any point, please don’t hesitate to email and request your child’s teacher to call you. Please include a couple of suitable times, a suitable phone number and a brief idea of what needs to be discussed so the teacher can be prepared.
Save the Date: School Photographs 24th March 2022
Family/sibling photo's will also be taken before school. The gates open at 8.00am and photo's will be taken will be on a first come first basis.
Individual order forms were sent home this week, sibling forms can be collected from the office.
Introducing our P&F
Shout out for Parent Class Representatives
Things to look out for next week
- Ricky Grace Basketball - Wednesday 23 March 2022
- School Photo's Thursday - 24 March 2022
- Harmony Day Dress up - Friday 25 March 2022
Parent Handbook 2022
School Term Dates 2022
Term 2 Wednesday 27/04/2022 - Friday 01/07/2022
Term 3 Tuesday 19/07/2022 - Thursday 23/9/2022
Term 4 Monday 10/10/2022 - Friday 09/12/2022
Live Calendar 2022
Pupil Free Dates 2022
St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School
Location: 252 Grand Ocean Boulevard, Port Kennedy WA, Australia
Phone: (08) 9593 4066