Week 10, Term 2, 2023
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This week we took over 60 students from Years 4-6 to the Netball SA Stadium for the Catholic Primary Schools Netball Carnival. Our students generally played with positive sportsmanship, teamwork and good spirit; and we had a number of positive results throughout the day. Thank you to all the staff and parents who came along to assist by coaching and umpiring.. The reason these days are so successful is because of the hard work of these people. We encourage all parents to consider being set up as a volunteer for these events, as we are in desperate need for more so that we can facilitate these days successfully.
It was lovely to celebrate our final whole school Liturgy for the term in the Commons during Week 9. The Liturgy had a focus on Social Justice and was fittingly led by our St Bernadette’s Mini Vinnies group. The Liturgy was particularly special, as it was the first whole school religious celebration that our new Reception students were part of during their final transition visit. On behalf of the Mini Vinnies group, we would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to the St Bernadette’s community for donating so generously during the Winter Appeal. The feedback we have received from the St Vincent de Paul Society has been nothing short of amazing, which is a reflection of our wonderful students and families!
Our Term 3 receptions had their final transition visit this week. They are a delightful group of young people who already feel they belong to our community. You can see photos of them receiving their ‘showbag’ as they left on Wednesday on our Facebook page. When they start next term along with 3 new students in other year levels our total student enrolment will be 185, 97 more than at the same time 5 years ago! One of the reasons for this significant growth is our ever-growing reputation in the community…besides the new students starting reception this year, we have had 25 students join in other year levels.
As the term draws to a close, we sincerely thank you all for your on-going support and genuine partnership. The three of us feel genuinely blessed to be part of such a calm, vibrant and respectful community. We trust you will get to spend some quality time with your beautiful children during the holiday break.
Matt, Michelle and Ray
Over the past 18 months, St Bernadette’s has begun to develop more of a focus into the Technologies learning area. Technologies is comprised of two subject areas:
- Design and Technologies – Where students use design thinking and technologies to generate solutions for authentic issues.
- Digital Technologies – Where students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement digital solutions for real world problems.
Learning in Technologies allows students to develop their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; otherwise known as STEM. STEM learning is important for 21st century learners to develop their confidence and use of scientific and mathematical literacy, design and computational thinking, problem-solving, collaborative skills and teamwork. These skills will help our students to succeed in jobs that have not yet been created.
Throughout the first 2 terms of this year, St Bernadette’s students have participated in a range of different learning experiences in their Technologies lessons. These include:
- Build the Tallest Tower using a range of different building materials
- Construct a Building using a variety of shapes and building materials
- Design a Paper Airplane that will fly the farthest
- Create your own LEGO WeDo Vehicle that drives the fastest
- Build a Bridge that will hold the most weight
- Construct a BeeBot Maze and solve it in one line of code
- Minecraft Education Coding challenges
- Minecraft Education Building challenges
- Block Coding Modules
- Various LEGO WeDo challenges
- Various LEGO Bricks and Functions challenges
Technologies lessons have been fun and challenging for students. Below are some of the highlights of these lessons throughout the first 2 terms:
On Monday the 26th of June, our staff and students were treated to a fun and fabulous performance by a percussion ensemble called Kaboom. Our students had a smile on their face from beginning to end, as Kaboom showed our students that music can be played using simple household objects. All students were thoroughly engaged by Laura and Nathan’s professional percussion playing, storytelling, magic tricks, and original compositions. It was magical to see our students so inspired creatively!
The way they played the music on their homemade instruments sounded really cool! Shayna
Laura and Nathan were really talented! I like how they made their own instruments using recycled materials! Aarav
It inspired me to re-use trash to make something better. Fozan
Congratulations to all our budding musicians who performed in our school's Instrumental Concert series this term! Your hard work, dedication, and talent have shone through in each and every performance! Thank you for sharing your passion and inspiring others with your incredible musical abilities.