Dear Parents and Carers
This week, we commenced the Parent Interviews at St Bede’s with Kinder interviews and next week Years 1 to 6 will be conducting their interviews.
There have been some significant changes made this year by CE, to the reporting format. Individual student comments will not be used in the Semester 1 Reports. The Semester Report in this format encourages parent engagement and conversation about student learning. We want the report to be the entry point for parent-teacher interviews, where we can engage in genuine conversation about your child’s strengths, challenges, effort, and areas for growth. We encourage all our parents to make an appointment on the online Google form as dialogue is an important feature of reporting.
To assist all parents to understand the current report, below is a detailed explanation of what will be contained in the reports.
For Kindergarten students:
- Achievement in each subject will be reported using a four-point scale (Well Above Expectations, Above Expectations, Meeting Expectations and Working Towards Expectations).
For Year 1 to Year 6 students:
- Academic grades for each subject using a five-point scale from A-E will be reported using the NSW Common Grade Scale.
For all students:
- Strand Achievement will be reported in English, Mathematics, Human Society and its Environment, PDHPE and Creative Arts using a five-point scale (Excellent, High, Sound, Basic, Elementary).
- Engagement with Learning statements, which are taken directly from the Australian Curriculum, will provide specific information about your child’s Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Responsibility, using a three-point scale (Beginning, Developing, Consistently)
The new approach to Academic Reporting is a developing process. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months to determine how progress and achievement is best reported based on what we know to be important information about a student’s learning and progress.
This month we celebrate Catholic Schools across the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. St Bede’s have commenced the process of accepting online enrolments for 2022. We will be conducting an Open Day tour on Thursday, May 27 from 9:30am to 10:30am. If you are wanting a tour of the school but this time does not suit, please contact the front office to organise a suitable time. A child must turn 5 years of age by 31 July of the year of enrolment.
This week our Years 3 and 5 students participated in NAPLAN. It went of without a glitch due to the impeccable organisation of Mr Galvin, assisted by the Mrs Kilburn, Mrs Barling and Mrs Ryan.
Friday is National Walk Safely to School Day. We encourage all our students, where possible to walk to school and of course commute safely. If you live in town and usually drive your child to school perhaps you could all walk as a family?
We are extremely grateful to our parents who have volunteered to be class representatives. We are still seeking a Class Representative for Year 4. The job is not arduous it can be as simple as organising a gathering for Year 4 families at the park. If you think you could do this job, please contact the front office.
Have a lovely weekend
Change of Date
The students who participated in the Public Speaking Competition will present their speeches next Friday, May 21 at our morning assembly before the children all head off to the Athletics Carnival. Due to Year 5 children participating in NAPLAN testing, we have changed this date so everyone who participated can present their amazing speeches. Parents and grandparents of the children who participated in the speaking competition are most welcome to attend.
Lost Property overflowing
In the coming weeks all lost property will be donated to the Clothing Pool.
Many items are without a name while others have names of students who have left St Bede’s.
PLEASE label all items clearly with your child’s name and update any ‘handed down’ items.
St Bede’s Feast Day
We will be celebrating St Bede’s Feast Day on Tuesday 25th May and we are excited that we are able to start to return to a degree of normality.
Our whole school mass will be at 10am at St Bede’s Church. This will be our first school mass with Father Mick, which we are really excited about. During mass we will announce the recipients of the St Bede’s Award. One student from each year level will be chosen by the staff. The St Bede’s Award is for displaying Christian leadership and dedication to their schoolwork. This is to celebrate that St Bede was a scholar.
After Recess we will have our St Bede’s Book Fair. We are asking children to bring in a book that they no longer read and donate this to our book fair. On the day all children will be allowed to purchase one of these books for a gold coin donation. All proceeds will go towards the Year 5 & 6 Camp fundraising effort.
After Lunch, our Year 6 leaders will organise tabloid sports for the whole school to participate in. This is a much-loved tradition at St Bede’s and our Year 6 leaders are looking forward to coordinating our first tabloid sports of the year.
Thank you to all the students and businesses around town that helped to sell chocolates to raise money for our school camp. Please return your money and any unsold chocolates to school by Monday 17 May. Thank you to all those students that have already returned their money and chocolates.
St Bede’s Book Fair
Donations of books. We are asking children to bring in one book that they no longer read and donate this to our book fair. Books will be sold for a gold coin donation when we celebrate St Bede’s Feast Day on 25th May.
Sacrament of Reconciliation - Save the date
5:30pm Tuesday 22nd June 2021 at St Bede’s Church.
Further information will be provided directly to the children’s families
Message from GIVIT
Thank you to our wonderful school community for raising money for those impacted by the recent floods. Please see the message below from the GIVIT Team.
"On behalf of the whole GIVIT Team, thank you so much to everyone at St Bede’s Braidwood for your very generous support. We really appreciate your kind donation to help those affected by the devastating floods."
A big thankyou to Heidi Hornwood, for the generous donation of books to the library. They are displayed on the shelf as you enter the library. I am thrilled to say that they have already been borrowed quite a few times.
Please remember to log your Premier’s reading Challenge books in the library. The Premier’s Reading Challenge runs until August 20.
The theme of Bookweek this year is…’OLD WORLDS, NEW WORLDS, OTHER WORLDS’. It runs from 21 -27 August.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
St Bede’s Parish extend a warm invitation to all families to a Chinese Banquet to be held at the Braidwood Servicemen’s Club following Mass on Saturday, June 5th.
Cost $23 per adult ($11.50 per child and under 4 years free).
Please RSVP by Thursday 3rd June to :
Germaine Hannaford (email@example.com)
Helen Hart at St Bede’s (Braidwood@cg.org.au)
Term 2 School Fees have been invoiced and sent home either via email or paper copy. For those receiving paper copies, if you would prefer to have your statements emailed, please notify the office of your prefered email address.
The term 2 fees are due for payment before Thursday 20 May 2021.
Any families experiencing difficulties paying their fees, please contact either Marylou or Lara.
Year 5 & 6 Camp fees
Year 5 and 6 parents will notice that they have been charged camp fees this term.
It is our intention to try and ease the financial burden on parents by spreading the payments out over 2 terms (Terms 2 & 3).
The amount that we are charging is similar to amount that parents were asked to pay for last camp in 2018.
While, these fees will go some way towards covering the great majority of the costs involved of attending camp for a week; the remainder of the required money will be raised through fundraising.
If any families may experience financial issues or require longer to pay these fees please contact the office on 48422413 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions regarding camp should be directed to Ms Kaptein or Ms Ryan in the first instance.
The school office has received a phone call from Len Mutton & Co, the schools uniform supplier.
At St Bede's our uniform is unique (made to order), coupled with this reason and supply issues due to COVID related import restrictions, it is making the supply of stock very difficult. Mutton's has advised that there will be a 6-8 week wait on existing orders and they thank you for your patience.