The month of October is World Mission Month and this week is Anti-Poverty Week. In Australia, more than 13.2% of people are living below the poverty line. This is roughly 3 million people and includes 739, 000 children or more than 1 in every 6. Poverty is not just a lack of money but a lack of access to housing, good education and health services. More information about the Poverty Statistics in Australia can be found at the following website: https://antipovertyweek.org.au/
Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty in Australia and globally.
Pope Francis is urging each of us to reflect on our mission.
‘This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always…. As far as God’s love is concerned, no one is useless or insignificant. Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love.’
Catholic Mission Fundraising Event ‘Day of Many Colours’
This year we are having a fundraising event to raise money for Catholic Missions who then distribute the monies to communities in need. This will take place on Friday, October 25.
We will be asking the students to come to school dressed in ‘mainly one colour’ to represent all the people around the globe. They will need to bring a $2 coin for Catholic Missions.
Africa is represented by green for the forests and grasslands.
The Americas are red representing the fire of faith that inspired missionaries to travel there.
Europe is white because it is the home of the Holy Father in Rome.
Oceania is blue for the oceans surrounding the islands there.
Asia is represented by yellow as a symbol of the bright morning sun.
On Thursday, October 24, students may also bring a few dollars ($2 will buy a cupcake and a zooper dooper) for the goodies prepared by the Social Justice Committee to purchase at recess.
Our Social Justice Committee will also be attending the Mission Mass to be held on 23 October at the Cathedral. We wish them a spirit filled experience that inspires their work.
Lots of girl babies - congratulations to the Dooris family who have welcomed Pippa and to Julie and Michael (Douglas) who became proud grandparents to Sloane Ivy.
Religious Education Coordinator
Catholic Primary Schools' Netball Carnival
It sounds like everyone had a great time at the carnival held recently. Thank you to everyone who made these opportunities happen and enjoyable for everyone involved.
Would players please return netball dresses to the front office as soon as possible, clean and in a bag with your name on it, so it may be marked off easily by our wonderful netball coordinator. However, if you are playing in the summer comp, you can hold on to dress for now.
The musical will be performed tonight commencing at 6.00pm. We expect it will finish by approx 7.30pm. There will be a small admission cost - $10 per adult or $20 per family. Tickets will be sold at the door.
The following students received an award in Week 4:
Kindergarten Cidney and Ashton
Year 1 Max, Luka, Violet, Ari, Liam and Claudia
Year 2 Harry T, Grace and Georgia
Year 3 Theo, Charlie and Scarlett
Year 4 Anastasia, Vitoria and Leo
Years 5/6 Ty, Tilly, Lucia and Sarah D
WALK IN LOVE AND PEACE AWARDS
Kindergarten Tom F
Year 1 Olivia C
Year 2 Hailey
Year 3 Elizabeth
Year 4 Heidi
Years 5/6 Juliet, Jessica and Bella
School Captain Timmy
Benedict Elizabeth D
Polding Paddy H
Bede Bear Year 3
Award Jessica K
We have only had seven responses to the homework survey and we would really like your input.
As part of a review of the St Bede's Homework Policy, the teachers and School Board are seeking your opinion on student homework. In this survey, homework refers to any home learning activities provided by the school. This may look different across each year level and might include reading, literacy and numeracy skills, inquiry tasks, investigations or projects. Please follow the link below to complete this survey. Your views are important to us in planning for the future.
A reminder to all families that school commences at 9.10am.
It is most important that children arrive at school on time. Children arriving late for class tend to disrupt the other children in the class and your child will also find it difficult to “slot into” the lesson.
If your child arrives after the 9.10am bell they will need to be signed in by you at the Front Office.
Just as your electricity account or your phone bill have a due date, unfortunately so do school fees. (This is to ensure we can also pay our electricity and phone bills on time and continue to provide for your children’s education needs!) Reminders for Term Three fees were sent home last week.
Ms Kerry Watson is a private piano teacher who has conducted classes at St Bede’s for many years. Lessons are on an individual basis during the school day. If you have a child from Year 2 onwards who would like to learn piano, please email Kerry on email@example.com
Ever opened up your mouth and heard your own parents speak?
I’d frequently speak to my kids when they’d been less than perfect and I could hear my father speaking. I’d use the same words, same tone of voice and same body language as my father. The similarity was a little spooky.
This happens because the ghosts from the past are very strong impacting not just our communication but our parenting as well. Kids copy their parents. Temperament, gender, genetic and birth order factors all play a part in shaping kids. They signify the differences between children’s behaviour, attitudes and interests.
It’s in children’s similarities that the impact of parenting is seen.
Are all your kids tolerant, generous, kind and forgiving, perhaps some less than others? If so, there’s a good chance that you possess those qualities or, at least, one parent displays those qualities.
Children learn what they live
When kids live with gratitude, encouragement and affection on a daily basis they are more likely to adopt those behaviours themselves. In fact, those types of behaviours become part of their values system.
They may shy away from these behaviours in adolescence yet most kids will return to their core values in their twenties and beyond. Most kids find their identity only after they’ve rejected it.
Similarly, when kids live with criticism, mean-spiritedness and intolerance they are more likely to display those attitudes. Teachers and schools can impact children’s attitudes and behaviours but it can be hard to override the values that kids develop at home. Kids are more likely to reflect their parents’ attitudes and behaviours than those of their teachers.
Do you like what you see?
Take a good look at your kids’ attitudes, behaviours and values, particularly how they treat others. If you like what you see then give yourself a pat on the back because you’ve done a good job through both overt teaching and modelling of raising a person in your likeness.
If you’re not happy with what you see – I’m not referring to the out-of-character, poor behaviour that kids at times display due to fatigue, a stage or some other unknown reason (kids will be kids) – but if you cringe when you see some of the attitudes and behaviours that your kids routinely show then some self-reflection may be the order of the day.
That’s nothing necessarily to be ashamed of. Kids get front row seats to the very best and very worst of their parents’ behaviours. We just need to make sure that our best is amplified and our worst is minimised or, at least, not witnessed by our kids.
It helps to sit down with your partner or a trusted friend and review the type of person that’s on display for your kids every now and then. It will be a worthwhile exercise both personally and as a parent. As your kids are a reflection of you, start the reflection process by looking at the behaviours, attitudes and states of mind they have in common. If you’re happy with what you see then you’re okay. If not, then maybe it’s time for some changes.