St Bernadette's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 3 | 17 February 2023
Good afternoon everyone,
I hope you have all had a smooth week and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend. I would like to start by thanking our P&F Team for organising the ‘Picnic on the Green’ community sundowner this evening out on our oval. The weather is looking perfect, and our whole staff are looking forward to welcoming in the new school year with you all.
Feedback from our survey
A huge thanks to those who responded to our feedback form last week. These surveys are always short and we do use the data to make decisions throughout the school. Overall we had a really positive response with most of the people surveyed (and many I have spoken to in the drive-through) having a great start to the year!
It was also really great to hear that parents had seen the improvement and focus on clear communication, and we had some great feedback. We even received a comment that the Newsletter was available in too many places! So it is good to hear we are on the right track.
We did, however, have a few comments that highlighted some confusion in certain areas, specifically around uniforms, Edudance and homework - notoriously frustrating topics for parents! As always, we will discuss this at our cluster meetings and try to streamline things in the future.
On the topics of homework and uniforms, what I will also say is that if you are ever unsure, especially at the start of the year, please do not stress! These things usually become clear in the first few weeks and if they still aren’t, make a time to chat to the teacher directly. Please do not let it worry your children. A huge thanks to those who have sorted uniform issues, in particular haircuts. I understand that some of the fashion is a bit out there these days, however, at school we want to avoid it turning into a competition and looking aggressive or untidy. I always believe common sense should prevail!
Over the past few weeks we have started to run our before school runners club and it has been a massive success! It has been great to see kids having fun, keeping active and socialising with their friends. It has been used in a range of ways from serious runners challenging themselves, to those keen for a jog or just wanting to walk with friends. We have had parents join in and LOTS of big smiles. Thanks to everyone who has helped to get it going and we hope to see you all out there next week! What a great way to start the day!
Finally, the topic of our carpark at pick-up and drop-off came up again. For those of you who have been at a few schools before, you would know that this is an issue to different degrees at every school. Our staff do a great job and many volunteer to do extra duties to help make the afternoon run smoothly, however, at times it gets very congested. Most days we have everyone out in about 18 minutes. Yes, I do time it regularly!
For those who have been keeping updated with the CDP news, this is a project that we have identified with our Advisory Council and are working to address. It will obviously be a large, multi-million-dollar project; however, I agree a necessary one. This is currently being planned for and we will be submitting an application later this year.
Have a great weekend and I hope to see you out on the oval for chat tonight!
Friday 24 February 2023
School Collection Data
Next Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday, and the student captains will be running a pancake breakfast before school to raise money for our term 1 mission, Project Compassion. It will run from 8:15 – 8:35am outside the Yr 6 classrooms near the oval (where running club is held).
Pancakes can be bought for a coin donation.
Parish Call for help!
Reaching out to our amazing school community for volunteers.
Our church is in need of parents/grandparents/staff willing to volunteer approx 1-1.5hrs every 5-6 weeks to clean the church (dusting, vacuuming, surface cleaning etc). Ideally groups of 2-4 people make up a team and cleans are generally undertaken Fridays after 9:30am or an hour or so before school pick up. There is flexibility for other weekday mornings, afternoons, evenings or weekends. If you are able to offer a hand (or able to get a team together), please email our Parish office on email@example.com
Year 3 Reconciliation Commitment Mass - Saturday 18 February: 6 - 7.00pm
Year 3 Reconciliation Commitment Mass - Sunday 19 February: 9 - 10.00am
Ricky Grace Basketball - Wednesday 22 February: 7.45 - 8.30am
Ash Wednesday - 22 February
Year 6 Cricket Carnival - Thursday 23 February
Term Dates 2023
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February - Thursday 6 April 2023
Term 2: Wednesday 26 April - Friday 30 June 2023
Term 3: Tuesday 18 July - Friday 22 September 2023
Term 4: Wednesday 11 October - Friday 8 December 2023
Pupil Free Days 2023
Friday 3 March 2023
Monday 24 April 2023
Monday 17 July 2023
Monday 14 August 2023
Kids Cancer Support Group
Saturday 18 February is the annual ‘Eat Ice cream for Breakfast Day! A uniquely fun day to raise awareness into childhood cancers by supporting those fighting, remembering those resting and partying on with those surviving. KCSG have been getting involved in this campaign for many years, with our wonderful friends from Il Gelato, and we do this in a very simple but very poignant way, we eat ice cream for breakfast!
We would love you to join us!
All you have to do is post a selfie of yourself enjoying ice cream for breakfast on February 18 and tag #kidsgetcancertoo #kcsgeaticecreamforbreakfast