Dear Parents and Carers,
Just like that the year is over but What a spectacular end to the 2023 school year! How wonderful was the presentation at the National Theatre. It is impossible to choose a highlight, but the smiles on the faces as each class performed, tells the story of students lighting up the stage with energy and enthusiasm. Thanks to all the families and friends who came along, and a special thanks to all the staff who have put many weeks into preparations for this event. What an amazing job Amy Doszpot did emceeing this event!
As the year concludes, we have had much to celebrate at St Bede’s. Our end of year liturgy, the leadership handover and Year 6 graduation were beautiful celebrations of our leaders for 2023, as was the blessing of our new leaders. We are certain our 2024 leaders will lead our school with pride and confidence. We thank Bridget Bradley for her organisation of the end of year liturgy and leadership ceremony, ably assisted by Katie Tooth, and our Year 6 parents for their organisation of the graduation. we are extremely grateful to the Year 6 students who have donated new house flags as their parting gift. They will be ready for the swimming carnival next year.
We have some changes occurring with our staffing for 2024. We say a sad but grateful farewell to Ann Monkhouse, Jennie Marsh, Taureta Dodd, Alex Shain and Wanda Wolfe. We thank them for their contribution and commitment to St Bede’s, supporting the learning of our students in their various teaching roles. We look forward to welcoming Jennie, Wanda and Alex back next year as casual relief. We wish Bridget and Cameron Bradley and Charlie all the best for the arrival of their baby. We know Bridget will enjoy her parental leave and this special time with her family. Katie Tooth is currently on leave as she is recuperating from surgery. We wish Katie a speedy recovery.
Today, we welcomed Ms Renee Foot to St Bede’s as she joined us for our transition to class day. Renee is looking forward to joining our teaching team next year. Renee is an experienced teacher who has taught at various high schools as well as Ulladulla Public School, and as a Classroom Learning Support Teacher. She has expertise working with students to improve literacy and numeracy skills.
Next year, Year 4 will merge with Year 5 to become a multi-age Year 5/6. This decision is due to the small class size of Year 4. Year 5/6 will be provided with the additional support of a Classroom Support Assistant.
The staff for 2024 is as follows:
Principal: Marylou Gorham
Assistant Principal and Classroom Support Teacher: Ms Amy Doszpot
Acting REC and Kinder: Ms Shaye Cooper
Year One: Ms Sarah Jebb
Year Two: Mrs Katie Tooth
Year Three: Ms Jade Crispin
Year Four: TBC
Year 5/6: Ms Renee Foot and Mrs Michelle Bartley
Library: Mrs Krys Wise
Office/Clerical: Mrs Lara Hewitt
Classroom Support Assistants: Mrs Michelle Bartley, Mrs Michelle Ridley, Ms Rachel Farley, Mrs Katie Moran, Mrs Shannon Harrison and Ms Nadja Kelly.
We have had a busy but productive year at St Bede’s. A big thank you to our amazing staff who work tirelessly to support the learning and student wellbeing at St Bede’s. We are extremely lucky to have such committed staff who continually go above and beyond for the school and the community.
A special thank you to all our parents for the assistance and support that they provide throughout the year, where would we be without you? Attending school liturgies, assemblies and events and helping where they can, whether volunteering for canteen, sports carnivals or in the classroom-your help is always appreciated. We thank Leila Picken for assisting with craft K-6, Brenda Vardanega, Trish Young and canteen volunteers. We are hoping to have canteen every Monday next year, but we desperately need more help. Please contact the front office if you can assist. Canteen will commence on Monday February 12.
We thank all our students and families who we are so blessed to have at St Bede’s. Our students are at the heart of what we do each day as we live, love and learn. Visitors to our school regularly comment on the welcoming and warm ambience that we have at St Bede’s and our happy and well-mannered students.
To our families leaving St Bede’s we trust you leave with fond memories of your time here and in the community. We wish you all the best for the future.
Tomorrow, we have our final gathering with a picnic in Ryrie Park commencing at 12pm. Families are invited to attend and bring along picnic food to share with their children. All students are permitted to wear plain clothes and to wear Christmas tee-shirts, hats or red, green and white colours.
If you are driving through Braidwood, we encourage parents to drop into school and do a walk through to help keep our school safe.
Thank you all for a wonderful year. May you all know and experience the peace and joy of Christmas. Stay safe, enjoy your holidays with family and friends we look forward to seeing you all return to school on Thursday February 1, 2024.
Dear Parents and Carers,
As the school year comes to a close, we thank our parents, staff and students for another wonderful year of learning, growth and achievement. We are grateful for the support you have provided our school community and your children over the last 12 months.
As I head off on maternity leave, I am confident Shaye Cooper will do an amazing job filling in as REC in 2024. I look forward to visiting St Bede's next year with our newest arrival.
Christmas Eve Mass will be held at St Bede's Church on Christmas Eve at 5 pm. We hope that many of you will be able to attend and come together to celebrate one of the most significant Church celebrations of the liturgical year... the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ.
Have a wonderful and refreshing holiday break, and best wishes for the year ahead.
|Last day of Term 4
|House Spirit Day -Picnic In Park
|Year 6 farewell Assembly
|Christmas Eve Mass
|St Bede's Church
|Start of Term 1 for all students
|Kinder rest day
|Kinder rest day
|Kinder rest day
Term Dates for 2024
- The first day for students in 2024 is Thursday 1 February 2024
- Term 1- Tuesday January 30- Wednesday January 31-Staff return
- February 1– Friday 12 April (Note that Good Friday is the 29 March and Easter Monday 1 April)
- Term 2 – Wednesday 1 May – Friday 5 July
- Term 3 – Wednesday 24 July – Friday 27 September
- Term 4 – Tuesday 15 October – Wednesday 18 December *TBC
Please note that these dates maybe subject to change - please check the newsletter and facebook closer to the date for current information.
- The 2024 School Fees were provided to families last week through an email. Please click on the link below for a copy 2024_School_Fee_Schedule.pdf
- Term 4 school fees are overdue for payment. If you haven't yet paid please do so.
- For those families that are in their last term at St Bede's, please ensure that your fees are fully paid before the due date.
- BPAY is the recommended system for payment of school fees due to the lower charges. Please ensure you are using the new BPAY numbers. These details are found on the top right and bottom left of the emailed statements.
- Please keep an eye on our FaceBook page for the latest happenings around the school. St Bedes FaceBook page
- 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.
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.
Our consellor will then contact you at the start of Term 1
Please note that if your child is away, that parents are able to lodge this absence through the Compass portal. This includes answering the absentee email from the school, there is no need to phone or email the school after doing the Compass notification.
If you are not set up for Compass please email the school office for login details. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
At St Bede's we have a 2nd hand Uniform Pool that is run by the Community Council and coordinated by a parent volunteer. It keeps a small supply of 2nd hand uniforms, please note that as they rely on uniforms being donated that they do not all all sizes. If families have uniforms that they are no longer using and would like to donate them to the uniform pool, please drop these into the office.
If you would like to place an order, please either email the office on email@example.com or call in and complete a request form
PCYC Queanbeyan is now taking enrolments for the upcoming school holiday period for December and January. Head to our website to download the enrolment form. There are lots of fun sporting activities, arts and crafts, as well as the choice to participate in our gymnastics camp.”
If there are any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on 51122050.
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