Week 4, Term 4
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Last week, we celebrated All Saints Day on Wednesday November 1st with a Liturgy in the Commons led by the Year 4/5L class. On All Saints Day, we remember and recognise the amazing lives of all the saints within the Catholic tradition. This is followed by the observation of All Souls Day on November 2nd, when we remember those of our nearest and dearest who have passed away.
The SACPSSA Athletics Carnival is always a highlight on the Term 4 calendar. This week 33 Year 3-6 students participated and represented the school with great pride, positivity, and considerable success. We are still awaiting final team and individual results which we will share in the next Newsletter. Students will be recognised at our next Assembly in Week 6.
We also congratulate all our students for participating in the Premiers Reading Challenge. This year students were encouraged to read 20 books rather than the traditional 12, to celebrate the Premiers Reading Challenge being in its 20th year. We are proud to have achieved a 100% participation rate and especially congratulate Nayonika, Rhucha, Aker and Adona for receiving a Hall of Fame - Reader for life certificate after completing the challenge for 8 years in a row.
Planning for 2024 is well underway, and we envisage advising families of class structures, student placements and teacher allocations in the final week of term.
And finally, if you have younger children due to start school in 2025 – 2027 (or have other family and friends wanting their child to attend St Bernadette’s), please ensure the Application for Enrolment forms are submitted as a priority. We have reached the point where waiting lists will exist and we won’t have more classrooms built before 2026.
Matt, Michelle and Ray
Road Safety visit from RAA
This term we had a visit from the RAA to help us understand how we can keep ourselves safe on the road and when we are in cars. The children drew 4 pictures of things they remembered from our talk. Lots of great work and excellent rules were remembered.
Health and Physical Education
This semester we have been looking at how we can keep ourselves healthy. In Physical Education this term we have been discussing why it is important to be active and to make healthy choices. The reasons the children gave were very thoughtful and showed their growing awareness of the importance of moving and doing different activities to help their bodies. Some of their responses are below.
When I am dancing I have fun and I get strong and healthy because I am moving a lot. When I play basketball I need to practice so my arms get strong and powerful. I need strong arms so I can throw goals. When I swim I feel safe so I don’t drown. Patrick
Moving your body like running is good for your lungs. Eating gives you energy to feel strong and healthy. When you are active you get very smart and flexible. Staying still is not good for your body, you need to go free and be in the sun. Meditating helps your body feel calm. Jumping makes your body, especially your legs stronger. Soso
Monkey bars are good for your muscles. When I am boxing I feel flexible. When I play tennis I feel relaxed. When I play soccer my heart feels good. When I move my body I feel good because it makes me fit. Devansh
When I run my body gets faster because I am practicing. When my body is on the monkey bars I get stronger arms and I feel stronger. I love everything about moving because I like to get stronger. Mannat
World Kindness Day – 13th November
In Year 6 we have been completing a 20-day kindness challenge in the lead up to World Kindness Day and to help us focus on all the amazing things and people in our lives in our final term of Primary School. We have focussed on being kind to ourselves, others and the world around us and we thought we would share with you our Day 12 challenge, which was to share why we enjoy and value school life at St Bernadette’s. Here are some of our responses below.
I enjoy playing soccer at lunchtime and all the peoples kindness. I like how you get so many opportunities and no one is excluded. At recess I play cricket with the Year 5’s and I like how the athletes are so sporty and how everyone loves soccer. I also love how we have so many roles like School Captain, House Captain, Mini Vinnies roles and music captains. I enjoy how I made so many new friends over the years I have been at this school. -Ekamjot
St Bernadette’s is a wonderful school. I love the school uniform, the positive community and my wonderful friends. -Abyss
Things that I enjoy about our school community are playing and talking with wonderful people, having great friends and a good education and everyone is so kind and friendly. I enjoy the laughter of everyone at play times and having helpful friends to be there with me every time. Everyone is welcome in our community. -Sophie
I enjoy the people around that makes such a wonderful community. This school provides us with special privileges to experience different subjects that enhance our interest and understanding of things we hope to become in the future. – Lathika
Lathika has also given a sneak peek into what we will share with you at our Week 8 assembly!