St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 3 | WEEK 2 | 30 July 2021

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Message from Geordie

Good afternoon everyone,

Hoping this newsletter finds you warm and dry after another very wet and wild week!

Congratulations to our Year 3’s today for a highly entertaining assembly! High energy, well-chosen tunes and a lot of fun. I was really impressed with the way all the students had learnt their lines and were able to perform with such great rhythm. Thanks to Mrs Schofield and Well Done Year 3 Red!

This week I have attended the Catholic Primary Principal’s Association Conference where principals from all over WA came together to listen to variety of ideas and speakers exploring the theme – Don’t let a good crisis go to waste - specifically the effects of COVID 19, technology and an overcrowded curriculum on education and the wellbeing and the mental health crisis in Australia and the world.

Pasi Sahlberg was one of our Keynote Speakers who really got the discussion going through the room - here he is talking about the value of play in education:

While I find it difficult to be away from school, taking some time out like this gives valuable think time to take a step back, be challenged in my thoughts and ideas, to think big picture, and to be grateful for being a part of such a great staff and community here at St Bernie’s. Good timing considering we are in the middle of our Strategic Planning journey.

On that note, we would love as many people as possible to support us in this process so please fill in the form below OR sign up to one of our focus sessions – I will leave the Forms open over the weekend.

Strategic Planning

All families now have the opportunity to complete the survey below in order to guide this school improvement journey. Please click the link below to submit your ideas and thoughts

Parent Focus Sessions

In Week 3 we will be running two Parent Focus Sessions to provide an opportunity for parents to share thoughts and ideas. Parents will work in groups to discuss the four pillars (Catholic Identity, Education, Community and Stewardship) and brainstorm how we might improve in each of these areas.

These sessions will be run from 6pm – 7.30pm on:

1. Wednesday 4th August

2. Thursday 5th August

If you are interested in being a part of these discussions please register your interest below.

Enjoy your weekend!

Geordie Thuijs

Making Jesus Real at St Bernies

This week's recipient of our MJR is one of our parents, Margie G. Margie is a WESTIE in every way. Jesus shines out of her like sunshine. She helps everyone at St Bernie's especially by selling uniforms and donating the money back to the school. She is the kindest, most generous soul.
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Other notable mentions

Mr Sly for always applying his magic IT skills to the worn out technology in 3 Blue. He fixed Mrs Cairns' smart TV (which wasn't being very smart!!).

Jethro W in 1B for encouraging your peer group members and saying helpful things when completing your wetlands diorama. Wonderful you made your friends smile!

Taj E in 5R for helping when I was sad. In my first week I twisted my ankle and and I could only hop but Taj helped me to the office.

Naidoc Week - Assembly 2 August 2021

Next week is NAIDOC week so there will be lots of activities happening throughout the week.

We will be holding a short assembly and smoking ceremony on Monday 2 August at 2.15pm. Parents are welcome to attend and we'd love to see you there!

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Enrichment Night of the Notables Tuesday 3 August 2021

On Tuesday 3rd August, the Enrichment students from year 5 and 6 will present ‘Night of the Notables’ from 5pm-7pm.

The evening will start at 5pm in our school library where the students will come together to introduce the notable person that they have each been researching. After the introductions, the students will retreat to the senior classrooms, the Indonesian Rm and the Enrichment Rm where they will have the opportunity to share their individual projects in much more detail.

All families and friends are most welcome to attend this exciting event. The rest of the school will have the opportunity to see the students’ present their projects on ‘Wednesday morning.

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Call out for Cross Country Helpers

Our Cross Country is on Fri 3rd September in Week 7 and we are looking for parent helpers please.

If you are able to assist, please contact the school office.

Community News

A big shout out to the Mason Family who have donated pavers for our school garden! Thankyou, we cant wait to start with our garden make over!

We would also love more pavers if anyone has some to donate.

Compliance and Policy section

Below is a letter from Catholic Education regarding key funding measures, both in one-off grant programs and in recurrent funding structures.

Things to look out for in Week 3

  • NAIDOC week - classroom activities
  • Enrichment Night of the Notables 5 - 7.00pm - Tuesday 3/8/2021
  • Wheelie Wednesday - To and from school on your bike, scooter or skateboard
  • Dance Troupe 3 - 4.30pm - Wednesday 4/8/21
  • Cross Country Training 3 - 3.40pm - Thursday 5/8/21
  • School Disco 7/8/2021
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School Term Dates 2021

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

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

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Pupil Free Dates 2021

Monday 16/08/2021

Friday 24/09/2021

Live School Calendar 2021