On Tuesday we farewelled Br Brian Berg from our St Bede's community. Br Brian has been very involved in our school for over 12 years. He attended our school events, liturgies and assemblies, and assisted with the Sacramental programs. Br Brian will be sorely missed by staff, students and parents. Our parting gift was to name the new K-2 classroom block the ‘Brother Brian Berg Wing’. The staff and students also dressed in black and orange in support of Brother Brian’s favourite football team, the West Tigers. God bless Br Brian!
Thank you to those who spoke at our assembly and shared some of our favourite memories - Stella (Year 6) and Amanda (Community Council Chair). Thank you to Trish and Kristi for making cupcakes for all the students. Thank you to Anthony for organising the plaque for the classroom on behalf of the Community Council.
Tomorrow, we farewell Mark Chifley who has been Assistant Principal of St Bede's School since 2022. Whilst Mark has been here for a short period of time, he has made an enormous impact within our school community and he will be sorely missed by staff, students and parents. We thank Mark for his contribution to St Bede's and we wish him all the best at his new school, St Clare's College Griffith ACT next term. Everyone is welcome to come to our assembly tomorrow at 2:45pm to say farewell and thank you to Mark.
This week, it was announced that our new Assistant Principal is Ms Amy Doszpot. Amy is currently the Assistant Principal of St Joseph's Primary School O'Connor ACT. Today, Amy visited St Bede's and received a very warm welcome from staff and students. Amy will commence at St Bede's in term 4. We welcome Amy to St Bede's and we look forward to her joining our community.
Congratulations to Mrs Bridget Bradley who is our Religious Education Coordinator. Bridget has been acting in this position this year and is now permanent. Bridget is doing a fantastic job as REC working with teachers and the parish.
Congratulations to Mrs Sarah Jebb who has been successful with obtaining a permanent teaching position at St Bede's. Sarah commenced teaching earlier this term in Year 1 as a replacement for Mrs Cherie Kilburn. We are very excited to have Sarah join our team.
Yesterday we conducted Learning Journeys in our classrooms. It was wonderful to see so many parents attend to see the progress that their children are making with their learning. We are extremely proud of the standard of work the students are achieving and are very grateful to our talented and dedicated teachers and Classroom Support Assistants. Recently, we welcomed two additional Classroom Support Assistants to our staff, Mrs Nadja Kelly and Mrs Shannon Harrison.
Our new classrooms and front office are almost finished. We will be moving into our new spaces early next term and are hoping parents will be able to assist with the move. The next stage of the building will soon commence, which is the refurbishment of the existing office and the Year 5 and 6 classrooms. Parents, if you are in Braidwood during the holidays, it would be fantastic if you could do a walk through, especially after 4pm or on the weekends when the builders are not here. If you notice any vandalism, please report it immediately to either Richard Bunn on 0427633184 or Amanda Vardanega on 0427011579.
Have a fantastic holiday and enjoy your time with family and friends. We look forward to seeing all our students and families at St Bede's on Tuesday, October 10. Children have the option to wear either summer or winter uniform until week 2.
Principal, St Bede's School
Dear Parents and Carers,
This week we officially farewell Brother Brian from the St Bede's school community. On Tuesday we shared a lovely lunch with the staff, some members of our Community Council and special guests. Following this Br Brian was presented with his gift, the naming of our new building in his honour, "The Brother Brian Berg Wing". Br Brian will always have a special place in our heart and in the school for generations to come. Br Brian has been a very special member of the school community, providing strength, support and an unwavering connection between our school and parish communities. We wish him all the best in his move to Sydney.
Sadly, Father Mick also finished up last weekend due to ill health. Father Mick spoke very fondly of his time in the Braidwood/Bungendore/Gundaroo Parish. The children have all signed a card this week farewelling Father Mick. In the meantime, Father Tony Percy from Queanbeyan and Father Joshua Scott will support the parish.
Tomorrow, we say goodbye to a 'marked' favourite, Mr Chifley. Mr Chifley has been a great colleague to work with, his enthusiasm and sense of humour will be greatly missed by all staff and students. We wish "Mr Chimney" all the best in his newest adventure as Assistant Principal at St Clare's College in Canberra. We have footy colours day tomorrow for a gold coin donation. All money is going towards fr Mick's Timor L'Este project.
Vinnies DARE Program
Today, Year 5 participated in the DARE program provided by St Vincent De Paul. We welcomed Sharkie from the Education and Youth team into the classroom for the day. The children participated in activities around the themes of strengths, values, relationships and emotions. We look forward to welcoming the team back in the future to support some other grades in our school.
Last week I attended an REC retreat at Galong. The focus for the retreat was slowing down and reflecting on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, particularly in our school communities. As we reach the end of the term and you and your family have a chance to slow down over the holidays, I encourage you too to take some time out in nature, to reflect on the year that has been and to set some goals for next term for your family, self and children.
Have a wonderful holiday break,
Jump Rope for Heart
What a great term of skipping it has been, with the children having lots of fun and raising much needed funds for the Heart Foundation - $2384 so far! Our Jump-Off Day is tomorrow Friday, 22nd September beginning at 1.50pm, where students will participate in round-robin activities. Parents are most welcome to attend. Please ensure that any cash donations received are sent in a marked envelope as soon as possible with the sponsorship form so that fundraising can be finalised and prizes for your child/ren can be arranged.
- Grace (1) $385
- Leo (K) $316
- Lachie (K) $225
On Monday 4 students travelled to Homebush in Sydney to compete for Canberra Goulburn at the MacKillop Athletics Championships. Congratulations to Dylan (Yr 5), Mack (Yr 5), Angus (Yr 6) and Oscar (Yr 6) who gave their best in very challenging, hot conditions. Well done boys – what an achievement to represent our school at that level!
We are asking parents not to pay their school fees through the Compass portal due to the fees are charged for larger amounts - rather BPAY is the preferred system for school fees payments.
Term 3 School fees are overdue for payment.
If you haven't yet paid your fees, please do so immediately or contact the office to put a plan in place.
If you are paying by BPAY, please ensure you are using the new BPAY numbers. These details are found on the top right and bottom left of the emailed statements.
|farewell for Mr Chifley
|House Spirit Day
|Footy Colours day-Gold coin donation
|Free BBQ lunch for students
|Jump Rope For Heart - Jump Off
|Last Day of Term 3
|Pupil free day
|Students return - Term 4
|2024 Yr 7 CWA education Grants close
|Kinder 2024 Orientation Day
|Boorowa Touch & Netball Carnival
|Kinder 2024 Orientation Day
|CC sausage sizzle @ Bunnings
|9 am-4 pm
|Kinder 2024 Orientation Day
|Parent Information session and Morning tea for 2024 Kinder Parents
|Colour Blast Fun Run Fundraiser
Parents please note: St Bede's is a Nut Free school and as such the sharing of any food, lollies or confectionery is not encouraged, as we have several students that have severe reactions. Therefore Nutella, Peanut Butter and any other nut butters or nut products are strongly discouraged.
Our School Counsellor, Mari, will be visiting St Bede's on Fridays for the rest of this year. If you think your child would benefit from seeing a counsellor please complete the online referral form at https://catholiccare.force.com/housing/s/school-referral-form.
Marymead CatholicCare is running the Cool Kids Program for regional schools
About the Cool Kids Program
Cool Kids is a structured program that teaches children and their parents how to better manage a child’s anxiety. The program is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), involves the participation of children and parents, and focuses on teaching practical skills.
For more information please click on Cool_Kids_Anxiety_Program_EOI_Term_4_2023.pdf
- Any children that are late to school, (after the morning bell) parents need to sign the children in at the office.
- Year 7 Students for 2024 - CWA Education Grants - Applications are now open and the paperwork has been sent home. The closing date is the 10 October 2023, any families wishing to apply please speak with Mrs Gorham before 22 September to arrange the Principal's reference. For more information please contact the CWA contacts on the application.
- Unwell Students (Cough, runny nose, fever etc.) should be kept at home, to help prevent the spread of illness through the school. The school has a small supply of RATs should any families require some, please contact the office.
- Please keep contact details up to date, if your address has changed email the office. Compass can be used to change email and phone details. If these details aren't kept up to date it makes it very difficult for staff to contact parents in an emergency.
- The St Bede’s Community Council and Fundraising Committee are holding another Bunnings Sausage Sizzle in Batemans Bay NSW on Sunday 29th October 9am-4pm. We hope you can come along and support us! We need some volunteers to help with cooking and serving on the day. If you could assist, please contact Millie Di Miao on 0401 638 017. We are looking for volunteers for the following time slots: 10-12pm, 12-2pm and 2-4pm. We are also looking for a couple of large eskies to borrow and use on the day.
On Friday 17th of November St Bede's will be hosting our very own Colour Blast Fun Run!Watch this space for more info on how to register and start fundraising before the big day.
Last Wednesday, Casey from Keep Australia Beautiful came to our school to talk about how we can keep our planet clean. He talked to us about the different types of rubbish and what bins they go in, and how we can recycle, reuse and reduce. We talked about how bad landfills are for the environment and how we don’t have infinite space. We also talked about what you put in the compost bin and how it gets reused to be turned into mulch and gets used for many things. After the talk, we went onto the oval and played a rubbish sorting game.
Thank you to Mrs Kilburn for organising this incursion for the students.
Report written by Archer and Stella (Year 6)
Year 3 and 4 took part in ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ on Wednesday. The children participated in a number of ‘Pirate’ themed activities based on Literacy, Maths, Problem Solving and Drama. These included a Reader’s Theatre, learning pirate vocabulary such as landlubber, shiver me timbers, me hearties, booty and Jolly Roger and a treasure hunt based on a number of riddles that the children had to decipher, 6 tokens had to be found and handed into the Captain and her first mate in order to receive the ‘treasure’. Pirate jokes were shared and many were made to ‘Walk The Plank!' A great deal of fun was had by all including Captain Crispin, Captain Marsh and first Mate Farley. The day finished with a pirate cake and cupcakes that were made by Will Robinson’s grandmother. They were absolutely amazing and we were all incredibly grateful.
Q: Why are pirates called Pirates?
A: Because they arrr!!
Q: Why couldn’t the pirates play cards?
A: Because the pirate was standing on the deck.
Jennie Marsh and Jade Crispin
The Compass Parent Portal is a secure online portal that lets parents access information about their child.
The Portal is accessible via the web and the Compass School manager App (via the the App store on your device)
What You Can Do?
- Submit absent notes
- Communicate directly with teachers (desktop only)
- Access your child's reports
- View and maintain attendance records
- Update basic Contact information
- Receive relevant messaging through the app or desktop
We are asking parents not to pay their school fees through the Compass portal due to the fees charged - rather BPAY is the recommended system for school fees payments.
For canteen to run at St Bede's we need at least two parent helpers for each week on the roster. If we do not have two volunteers then we are unable to have canteen and it will be cancelled for that week. Please refer to the below roster.
If canteen is cancelled then your child will need to bring their own lunch, as per a non canteen day. Please note that if canteen is cancelled and your child has an order, parents/carers will be contacted to provide lunch.
Any parents that are interested in helping in canteen and have a couple of hours available on a Monday morning (Please see the roster for coming dates) please email the office.
If you have any questions about what is required to help on canteen please contact Brenda on 0438 275 032 or Trish on 0412 889507 or 02 48422027.
Please note that any parents volunteering for canteen must have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC). WWCC can be applied for through Service NSW (link) applying for a WWCC. Once you have received the clearance please send a copy of the email + your date of birth to the office as the clearances are checked.
Term 4 Canteen
|Anthony & Trish
|Brenda & Kristie
The St Bede's Community Council Fundraising Sub-committee are seeking volunteers to assist on the Drinks and Ice Cream Stall at the Braidwood Show on Saturday 2 March, 2024. We will be operating from 9am to 9pm.
Please contact Kristi Morrison on 0410 902 965 if you are able to assistRead More