Thank you to all of the fathers who were able to join us on Monday afternoon for our Focus Assembly. It was a wonderful celebration of fathers and grandfathers. We thank the Year 2 students and Mr Mac for leading us in this prayer celebration so beautifully.
I love you Dad,
You sound like the ocean on a fun family holiday.
You smell like aftershave that tickles my nose.
You taste like chocolate, you are so sweet.
You look like my heart so full of love.
You feel like my heart, I love you.
I love you Dad,
You sound like the water splashing in the pool during Summer.
You smell like a rose when we go to Floriade.
You taste like a warm minestrone soup for dinner.
You look like a superhero in disguise.
You feel like a porcupine brushing along my cheek.
I love you Dad,
You sound like the TV on channel 60 watching the Bombers.
You smell like fresh deodorant which you wear every day.
You taste like yummy peach and mango yoghurt which we both like.
You look like a supermodel who looks after his health.
You feel like a muscly man when you give me a big hug
Please keep Mrs Dwyer and her family in your prayers as her father passed away in Brisbane last Saturday. He had been unwell and is now at peace.
Tennis - Spring Holidays Clinic, Red Hill Tennis Club, Astrolabe Street
Mon – Fri Sept 30 - Oct 4 8am - 1pm half day or 8am – 6pm full day 100% refund after Monday if not continuing. Kindergarten - 17 years - all standards. Total stroke development and first timers will be serving overarm by end of the clinic. Professional, well credentialled coaching staff. Trophy Singles Tournament on Friday. Afternoon Doubles Tournaments. Great range of lunchtime activities.
For more information or to enrol, please phone Matt McDonald on 0412 565 137 or collect an enrolment form from the front office.
Water Safety Program, 25 and 26 September
All children in Kindergarten through to Year Six will participate in a two day water safety program based on our PDH&PE policy and the Australian Curriculum requirements.
Years 4, 5 and 6 leave St Bede’s at 9.15am
Years 2 and 3 leave St Bede’s at 10.00am
Kinder and Year 1 leave St Bede’s at 10.50am
The children will need to wear their swimmers to school, bring a towel and a shirt to wear to the pool and back as well as dry underwear to change into afterwards. If possible, the children should also bring a pair of thongs or slip-on shoes to wear on the bus to and from the pool. All items of clothing/towels will need to be clearly marked with your child’s name. Children can bring goggles with them to wear while swimming.
Have a lovely weekend
Order via Flexischools
All options available with salad
Gluten free wrap available – same options as listed
White bread Sub with chicken and cheese
White bread Sub with ham and cheese
White bread Sub with cheese (includes salad)
Cookie (all cookies have no nuts) – 4 flavour options
Chocolate Chip, Rainbow, Raspberry Cheesecake, Double Choc
$6.00 Sub no salad
$6.50 Sub with salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrot)
$6.50 Gluten free wrap
OPEN CLASSROOMS next Tuesday, 10 September
Talking to your children in the classroom about their schoolwork is a wonderful sharing opportunity. It is not just about looking at what is displayed on the walls but also a time to celebrate achievements and growth and acknowledge any areas for development from the students’ viewpoint. This may involve talking about a range of different formats used in the classroom. Please come along to your child’s classroom and spend some time listening as your child guides you through their learning. Times are 8.40 – 9.10am or 3.20 – 4.00pm.
One of our most special days is almost here - Friday, 13 September.
Assembly starts at 12.00pm in the hall followed by a BYO picnic lunch in the grounds.
We would love photos for inclusion in our Power Point presentation - please send to
We have been advised of this competition by a parent. If you are interested, the link is:
Girlhood relationships are so important, yet they can be both wonderful and awful in the same week. A friendship fallout hurts, but children need to know that arguing doesn’t have to be the end of the friendship. Developmentally, some squabbling is vital because it helps kids learn about respectful conflict resolution. Here’s how parents can help at these difficult times:
Listen to their story
When inevitable conflict arises, girls can often get caught in a ‘rumination loop’ replaying the scene over in their minds, like a song stuck on repeat, which makes things feel catastrophic. As a girl’s brain is still learning how to interpret some responses, she may be misinterpreting a friend’s words or signals. If this is the case, ask her to look for evidence to support her interpretation. Suggest your daughter talks to her friend privately in an assertive way. Help her plan the conversation beforehand, starting with ‘I’ words, which encourage her to own her feelings. She could say, ‘I felt let down when …’ Model apologies at home. Help her think of ways to say, ‘I’m sorry. Can we fix this?’
Discuss the shifting nature of friendships
Relationships don’t always last. As girls grow their tastes and interests change. They want to explore the possibilities of new people and activities. This often leads to hurt when one girl is not ready for a shift.
Parents can help by explaining that changes in friendships are a part of growing up (although never an excuse for meanness). Rather than simply dismissing a girls’ feelings as silly, acknowledge the hurt and gently reassure her there are many new, interesting people she will meet.
Expand her village
Ensure your daughter has friends in a few settings – a neighbour, a team mate, a family friend. They can provide a different connection and helps girls realise they are not alone.
Discuss toxic friendships
Most girls will experience the pain of interacting with a toxic ‘friend’ during their school years. This type of interaction is called relational aggression and serves to damage a person’s sense of social place. For instance, a girl may appear to be friendly but she may use passive-aggressive strategies such as gossip, ostracism and online exclusion. These actions can be very confusing, leading to feelings of shame and loneliness.
When not given healthy ways to express their pain, girls can often internalise their emotions in unhealthy ways like such as through self-harm, anxiety, eating disorders and self- loathing.
Allow her to express hurt
Allow your daughter the chance to process pain, vent or cry when they are hurting. Adults may not be able to change a toxic person’s behaviour, but shouldn’t underestimate the power of listening and being available. Don’t assume that you know what your daughter needs. Rather ask, “What do you need from me in this situation?” When a relationship problem escalates it may need to be taken to the school for further intervention.
Provide growth opportunities
Help your daughter develop the skills for developing healthy friendships. Explicitly teach your daughter to think about what compassion, kindness and empathy look like in a friend and helps her recognise what it means to be a good friend herself.
Helping girls manage friendship issues can be exhausting so parent self-care becomes a priority during these times. Girls benefit enormously from having a caring, emotionally healthy adult in their lives who can support them and help them process their thoughts and emotions when peer relationships turn sour.