Week 10, Term 3
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Last Friday we celebrated our school’s annual Sports Day. It was great to see so many parents and family members in attendance supporting their children on the day. While we didn’t have the official number of people, it certainly felt like the biggest Sports Day in recent memory. Thanks also to the external providers who came in to run clinics; Tom from Football Australia, Hannah from Footsteps and Siri from Zing Activ. Each of them were big hits with the students! We look forward to continuing the format next year and know that the feedback that you provide us will help us to continue improving the day.
On Wednesday, we celebrated together as a whole school in the Church as Year 3A led us in our final Mass of Term 3. The Mass had a focus on Social Justice, as it was the Feast of St Vincent de Paul. The St Vincent de Paul Society was named after Saint Vincent de Paul and follows his teachings and compassion for people in need. Our Year 6 Mini Vinnies group also works under this banner. It was wonderful to see our Year 3 students lead us confidently and reverently in this celebration – they did a fantastic job!
This week you would have received a letter from Ray with some reminders about uniform, pick -up/drop-off procedures and the importance of collecting students by 3:20. Please return the tear-off slip by Friday at the latest, so we know all parents/carers have read the information.
Next term, we have a number of key events taking place including the Year 6 Canberra Trip, Advent Liturgies, Carols Night, Graduation, Transition visits, SACPSSA Athletics Carnival, Instrumental Evenings, and more. As always, we look forward to working together in partnership with you during these events and having a successful finish to another positive year.
We’re coming to the end of another action-packed term at St B’s with much to thank God for and to celebrate. We continue to be incredibly grateful to be working with you and your amazing children and look forward to an exciting Term 4.
We trust you get to spend some quality time with family and friends over the holidays and we’ll
see you on Monday, October 16th.
Ray and Matt
Newsletter Article – Week 10: Sporting Update
Term 3 has been filled with different interschool sporting carnivals, as well as sporting events occurring within St Bernadette’s School!
Throughout Term 3, we had Sporting Schools clinics led by coaches for both Basketball and Football for all of our students. Earlier in the term, each class had 3 consecutive weeks of Basketball clinics which were led by the South Adelaide Basketball Club. This program gave students an opportunity to develop different skills including dribbling, passing and shooting, through different drills and mini games. Football Australia led our Football clinics towards the end of the term, developing skills such as passing, ball control, dribbling and shooting through mini games, small-sided games and drills.
Recently, we had over 40 Year 5/6 students represent St Bernadette’s in the SACPSSA Cricket Carnival at Barrett Reserve in West Beach. Students played in teams made up of 8 players in a modified format, which included allowing everyone to bowl 1 over and bat for 2 overs per match. Our students competed with excellent sportsmanship, skill and a positive attitude, which saw us finish with a number of positive results. Each team played at least 3 matches, with all teams winning multiple matches on the day.
Our Sports Day was a big success, and the results showed that all 3 of our house teams were close to winning the awards on offer. Below are the final placings for both the Sports Day Shield and Dominican Spirit Award:
Sports Day Shield:
1st – St Dominic’s
2nd – St Bernadette’s
3rd – St Catherine’s
Dominican Spirit Award:
1st – St Bernadette’s
2nd – St Catherine’s
3rd – St Dominic’s
Thank you for all your support with Sport throughout the term. As I indicated on Sports Day, I encourage all parents to sign up as volunteers at the Front Office so that you can help out at these carnivals as well as support your children. It is truly a rewarding experience. I am looking forward to a big term of Sport in Term 4, with the big event being the SACPSSA Athletics Carnival in Week 4 – Wednesday November 8th.
Our students have shown incredible dedication and hard work in their musical learning this term, and their efforts in class have resulted in wonderful growth and development!
A special mention must be extended to our hard-working Praise Squad who have shown such tremendous improvement this year! They have provided live music in ALL liturgies and masses and have performed an astounding repertoire of 12 songs throughout the year. Well done Praise Squad!
I am thrilled to share our excitement for the upcoming musical events and opportunities on the horizon for our students in term 4! Our Christmas Carols, Instrumental Showcase Evenings, Nursing Home Visits, and our performance at the Mitcham Carols promise to be enriching experiences for your children, and we can't wait to showcase their talents!
Your encouragement and involvement play a significant role in your child’s success. Together, let's make Term 4 a time of musical growth, creativity, and celebration!
Japanese – Online Communication with Iwatokita Elementary School
Hajimemashite! How do you do!
My name is Chizuru Banks. I teach Japanese language and culture here at St Bernadette’s School.
My role commenced in Week 4 of Term 2. If I haven’t met you yet, I look forward to seeing you sometime soon!
On the 20th of September, Wednesday, our Year 4/5L and Year 6D had an opportunity to communicate online with a Japanese school, Iwatokita Elementary School in Fukuoka prefecture which is in the southern part of Japan.
This online communication allows our students to output their learning in an authentic situation. Also, this provides students an opportunity to interact with Japanese students and learn cultural differences, such as non-verbal communication and gestures. As the saying goes, Seeing is Believing, and our students picked up a few gestures that were unfamiliar to us during the sessions. These findings are an essential part of language and culture learning.
For our communications, we made self-introduction PowerPoints and shared them with the Japanese students. To put that learning into action, we then introduced ourselves to our Japanese friends in Japanese. It was a challenging experience for students however, they did very well. A Big congratulations to Year 4/5L and Year 6D!!
We are planning to have online communication each term. These opportunities encourage our students to use their learned Japanese and build their confidence.
I look forward to sharing our learning soon!
(Teacher of Japanese Language and Culture)