Week 6, Term 3 2023
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As we reflect on the last 2 weeks and look forward to the rest of the term, we are reminded that St Bernadette’s is, indeed, a dynamic school community…
Book week was a great success with all staff and students enjoying our dress up parade and performance from Perform Education. It was amazing to have our community gather together in our courtyard to watch our students parade in their costumes. Thank you to all parents and caregivers who were in attendance!
Another big thankyou to all who were able to support our book fair. We received over $800 of free books, a fantastic result. Make sure you check out the incredible pile of books chosen by our students on Facebook. Thank you again.
ICAS testing has finished for another year and the Premiers Reading Challenge is drawing to a close. Please encourage your child to fill in their book list, so come term 4, we can all share in the excitement of receiving our Premiers Reading Challenge medals and certificates.
Last week, St Bernadette’s had 3 students; Adut, Santa and Gerard, take the next step in their faith journeys. All 3 of them celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday evening at Holy Spirit Church, which was led by Archbishop O’Regan. Then, Adut and Santa celebrated First Holy Communion on Sunday. Gerard will be undertaking this Sacrament in India at a later date. We congratulate these 3 students on these important milestones.
Thank you to those parents who supported our Parent Engagement Session with Madhavi Nawana Parker this week. Madhavi offered some practical tips for parents to help support our children with their relationships in a world that seems to be becoming increasingly complex. Information about Madhavi and her company, Positive Minds Australia, can be found here: https://positivemindsaustralia.com.au/about/
Sports Day is fast approaching with the date scheduled for Friday September 22nd (Week 9). Parents and family members are encouraged to attend, wear their child’s house colours and get involved with the range of events and activities on the day. Karen Thomas has once again organised a Subway Lunch Deal which will become available on the Qkr! App in the coming weeks. More information will be distributed about Sports Day, including the program and early dismissal time of 2:15pm, early next week. We are looking forward to hosting another successful Sports Day at St Bernadette’s!
And, finally, the students are very excited about next week as we undertake our Swimming program at Immanuel College. As our student numbers have increased, the logistical planning of the week has become increasingly challenging with regular timetables disrupted, which can cause some anxiety for children. Please reassure them that they will have lots of fun, learn new skills, and that things will return to normal the following week.
Thank you for your on-going trust and support,
Matt, Michelle and Ray
PS Note from Ray: I wish Michelle all the best for the next 4 weeks as she heads to St Anthony’s in the Principal role. I know that she will do an amazing job and that the community there will love her as we all do!
Last week for Book Week, Mrs. Hinter’s Year One class and Mrs. Moser’s Year two class read this book and then did some gardening. We planted seeds to create a butterfly garden as we will be developing the space alongside our classroom sometime this term, and we wanted to have plants that would attract the butterflies to our space.
The children had lots of ideas about what plants they wanted so we are very excited about getting our new nature and creativity space ready.
Goodjagah, little one, walk with me ... I want to tell you our Dreaming as the Elders told it to me. From ‘Our Dreaming’
Book Week gives children, teachers, families, and carers an excuse to dive into the world of children’s books together. They’re exposed to new authors and their works, providing a refreshing choice of literature to choose from. The Year 3 class explored the book, ‘Our Dreaming’ written by Gunai woman, Kirli Saunders and Bigambul man Dub Leffler. This book shows the author’s deep love and respect for Country and all her spirits. For our book Week activity the class gathered gum leaves, sticks, gumnuts and bark from the oval gumtrees and created detailed and colourful representations using scratch art.