Spring has sprung! Although we have flowers and blossoms blooming, the effect of very little rain is really taking its toll on our grass. We will reassess the situation after the summer break as we may need to reseed during next autumn. According to the long term forecast, the weather will continue to become warmer in the next few days so we will leave it to parent discretion if students would like to wear summer uniform. The students are to wear sports uniform for the two water safety days in Week 10 please.
What a wonderful occasion we had last Friday night with the Spring Gala at Pialligo Estate! The vibe during the evening was fantastic and the community spirit was evident throughout. A huge thank you to our fundraising co-ordinators, Emma Bozic, Matt and Clare Heffernan, Allannah McKay and P&F President, Fiona Torline, for all their hard work. Thank you also to Jodie Lane for designing the ‘Save the Date’ and invitations. It has been a massive effort and all the work has not gone unnoticed. The positive feedback I have received has been overwhelming and a credit to all involved.
It was lovely to see so many families gathered to celebrate fathers at the Father’s Day Focus Assembly in Week 7. Thank you to Year 2 for preparing this assembly so beautifully.
We celebrated all the fabulous work the students are completing across the many curriculum areas last Tuesday with Open Classrooms. There was an influx of families both before and after school and the students loved showing parents their efforts.
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.
Our new sensory gardens are now completed with the new chimes and magnifying glass installed. The plants are beginning to grow thanks to Breen Fox and her merry band of waterers. Keep your fingers crossed we get some rain during the spring months to help us through the hot period over Christmas.
Can I please remind parents that we are a ‘Sunsmart’ school and we need to follow the guidelines set by the Cancer Council concerning the wearing of hats during all periods of play? A number of children have been forgetting their hats and are disappointed when they can only be in the shade. Beanies are not appropriate at this time of year.
I have a concern that we have a very low percentage of families reading both the fortnightly newsletter and the Principal’s message. Data collected through the Schoolzine platform indicates that only 33 - 50% of families actually open these weekly messages. This is directly impacting on our workload as parents ring or email staff to enquire about events or happenings that have been mentioned on a regular basis. Students have also missed recent events such as Week 7 Tuck Day as their parents were unaware. Two years ago we re-visited our communication systems so that it was more streamlined and straightforward. Our website has since been re-designed and includes regular updates together with the calendar. A reminder memo of events in the coming week is forwarded every Friday via email and SZapp. Please work with us to ensure you are informed.
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A calendar listing most school activities and special events is available on the school website. However, event dates are subject to change so please check the online calendar regularly.
The whole school is a buzz with excitement as final preparations for the school musical come to fruition. This bi-annual event is a huge commitment for the staff and students of the school. All families are most welcome to attend even if not directly involved. Tickets will be sold at the door. Lolly bags will also be sold by our Year 6 group as a fundraiser towards their graduation happenings at the end of the year.
See you at Grandparents’ Day tomorrow starting at noon in the hall for the assembly followed by a BYO picnic in the grounds.
Have a lovely weekend.