St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 2 | 22 October 2021

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Message from Geordie

Good afternoon all,

I would like to start by congratulating our Pre-Primary Blue class for their terrific assembly item this morning - what a hoot! This was the first time we have been able to use our new Audio/Visual equipment and I hope you all agree it looks and sounds great! Huge thanks to the P&F for their help in supporting this project. In coming weeks, we hope to give the space a coat of paint and in the future, we will look at other ways to maximise the use of this space.

We wish our Confirmation Candidates all the very best as they prepare to make the Sacrament this weekend. Students have been well prepared by Mrs Francis and Mr Murtagh in class and recently participated in a reflective retreat day. They are excited and ready for this important step in their faith journey.

In sporting news, there will be a few changes to the athletics carnival this year which I think will make for a great day. The ultimate goal of this special day on the school calendar is to showcase effort and achievement, to encourage maximum participation, and to reinforce the value of good sportsmanship. Kristy Watson and Melanie Resuggan have been very hard at work preparing the students and organising the day and I sincerely thank them for all their hard work.

It has been a very busy start to the term behind the scenes here at St Bernie’s with preparations for next year, now well under way. With our AGM in Week 8 we are finalising our staffing, the budget for 2022 and working hard to finalise a new structure for our 1 to 1 program. Our Strategic Plan has now been reviewed with staff in its draft form and will be discussed and finalised at the Advisory Council meeting next week.

Our staff have begun the process of forming new class lists for 2022. Many hours of time and effort go into creating these and there are many factors that need to be considered, including:

- Gender

- 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. While we can never guarantee a parent’s request, rest assured that we take all discussions and reasonable requests into consideration.

In saying this, 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.

Class lists will be finalised by Friday the 19th of November.

At the AGM on the 1st of December, we will farewell those staff who are leaving and welcome new staff to our school.

On Friday the 3rd of December, after the Year 6 Assembly, we will hold a transition morning for PP to Year 6 where students will find out their new class and teacher, and spend the day getting to know each other. Class lists will be posted to parents during the day via SeeSaw. Our best advice is for parents to model a really positive response – even if it isn’t the result, you may have been ideally hoping for. Explain to your child that you trust the school, and that you believe in your child’s ability to make good friends, to have fun and to work hard with whatever teacher or children they are given. This type of parent attitude helps to build resiliency and wellbeing in your children.

I hope you all get out and enjoy the weather over the weekend, it is looking very promising after the wet week we have had! For those who make their Confirmation on Saturday – I will look forward to seeing you there.

Geordie Thuijs


Athletics Carnival 29th October 2021

Our school Athletics Carnival is being held on the 29th October so we are hoping for a sunny day!

All parents/carers are welcome to come and spectate at our athletics carnival. Spectators are welcome to move around the oval and cheer for their children but must always stay OUTSIDE the bunting. The ideal spectating spot is on the southern side of the oval, under the trees.

During the track races students will be seated in their faction bays and parents/ spectators can position themselves opposite the faction bays (other side of the running track) on the oval, once again staying OUTSIDE the bunting and making sure that the running track is kept CLEAR. Parents, please ensure that any toddlers or younger siblings are closely supervised during this time.

Due to duty of care requirements the children must remain in their faction bays and are unable to sit with their parents. Children found outside their bay without a pass may lose points for their faction.

Pre-Primary and Year 1 parents may move around and spectate from the east side of the oval on the grass area in front of the basketball courts, however, please stay behind the bunting.

Children may only be signed out after the presentations and ensure to see your child’s teacher to sign them out.

The canteen will be providing a special $10.00 recess and lunch meal deal on the day:

Recess: Fruit Salad & Hash Brown

Lunch: Sausage in a roll with sauce, a juice box and an iceypole

The meals will be delivered to the student faction bays. Please order directly through the canteen.

Please find the timetable below:

Bernie's Spelling Bee

This week we held the annual Bernie's Spelling Bee with Year 4, 5 & 6 students participating in the challenge. A big congratulations to the 3 winners from each year group who did a fantastic job and who will represent our school at next week's Interschool Competition:

Rose H, Emmerson B and Peyton R in Year 6

Claire D, Tatiana O and Taj E in Year 5

Narae H, Morgan L and Raelyn E in Year 4

Well done to everyone who participated, great effort!

A big Thankyou!

A big Bernie's shout out to Mrs Margaret Jones, one of the Parishners who has very kindly donated musical instruments to our music program. Thank you so much, these will be well loved and well used!

Vinnies Christmas Appeal

The St Vincent de Paul Society conducts a Christmas Appeal each year and this year instead of making food hampers they are asking for donations of gift cards or gold coins.

We will be having a free dress day on Friday 26th November with the theme "Christmas Inspired" and a gold coin donation.

For any families wishing to contribute a gift voucher to the Appeal - please leave with Tracey and Katherine in the office. We ask that no gift vouchers be sent to the classrooms please, to make our school donation easier to manage.

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Save the Date - End of Year Picnic Christmas Concert - 7/12/2021

We will be holding a Christmas Concert at the end of Term. Children are to please wear

- Christmas t-shirt

- Black shorts, jeans or tights

- Comfortable footwear for singing and dancing.

Please save the date as more details will follow soon.

Indonesian Big Day Out - 5/11/21

Our Cultural Ministry will be holding an Indonesian Big Day Out Celebration on the 5/11/21.

There will be Indonesian Dance performances by the Indonesian Dance/Music Studio,

an Indonesian Becak display and Year 6 will be running traditional Indonesian games for PP-Year 5 after lunch.

All students please wear red and white clothes and bring in a gold coin donation for our Balinese Sister School.

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News from our P&F

Hi St Bernies Community

Next Friday, the 29th October is Teacher Appreciation Day.

In the link below you'll find template for fun cut out glasses/sunnies . We'd love to see as many students as possible decorate/colour and wear their glasses on Friday at the sport carnival

(they can even colour them in their fraction colours). We will have some hard copies available in the office next week.

In the link you'll also find thank you cards that your child may like to colour in and take in on Friday .

The day is a time to celebrate and to appreciate all our amazing staff at St Bernadettes!!

Things to look out for in Week 2

  • Interschool Spelling Bee - Wednesday 27 October
  • Scottish Dancing - Thursday 28 October 3.10 - 4.00pm
  • School Athletics Carnival - Friday 29 October
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St Bernadette's Parents & Friends Association

Welcome to the school P&F where everyone is welcome to join.

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School Term Dates 2021

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