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.
Our P&F volunteer uniform guru is stepping down from the end of the year. The uniform shop is run by parent volunteers and it's a great way to be involved in the school community. Experience is not necessary and on-the-job training will be willingly supplied! If you can help, even in a small way, drop in and see us on Friday mornings from 8.40.
All profits from sales go directly to the St Bede’s P&F so it's a great way to support our school.
The following students received an award in Week 6:
Kindergarten Francis, Hugo and Georgia
Year 1 Mattes and Freya D
Year 2 Levi, Olive and Gus
Year 3 Stefan, Georgia and Zalia
Year 4 Sicily, Ruri and Peyton
Years 5/6B Olivia, Heidi and Ty
Years 5/6G Victoria, Timmy, Emily, Tilly and Jess
WALK IN LOVE AND PEACE AWARDS
Year 1 Tom
Year 2 Sam
Year 3 Archie
Year 4 Mila
Years 5/6B Sarah
Years 5/6G Georgie
School Captain Levi and Kai G
Scholastica Mateo F
SRC Year 2
Have any of these particulars changed?
- home phone numbers,
- work phone numbers,
- mobile phone numbers,
- email address or
- emergency contacts.
It is extremely important we have the correct information on file especially in the case of an emergency as well as effective school communication. Please email Linda on Linda.Wells@cg.catholic.edu.au if you need to update your information.
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.
(Excluding current Year 6 students)
If your child is leaving St Bede’s at the end of this year, would you please notify Julie or Breen as a matter of courtesy. This includes those who have applied for a place at Marist College, St Edmund’s College and CGS. Although we hate to see any of our families departing, our planning for 2021 will soon be under way so it's important we have this information as soon as possible.
The Parks site at Red Hill, 165 Discovery Street
Following the preliminary remediation works to remove areas of top soil across the site, Stockland and DOMA have now obtained endorsement of their Remediation Action Plan (RAP) from the Environment Protection Authority to proceed with full site remediation. This will take approximately four months to complete. Any removal or containment of asbestos will be carried out in strict accordance with the approved RAP and safety measures. As a result of the planned works, there will be an increase in activity onsite and more vehicle movements to and from the site. Further updates and changes to traffic routes can be found at www.theparksredhillcommunity.com.au
BaptistCare Retirement Living Project, 51 Hicks Street
Preparations for site works are set to commence during October 2019 for the development of the BaptistCare Retirement Living Project. Richard Crookes Constructions has been appointed by BaptistCare for this development.
Construction activities will take place within the hours of 7am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. No work will be undertaken on Sundays and public holidays. Please note that the builder has construction management plans in place to ensure that any impact of construction activities on the surrounding community is minimised.
More information about the Retirement Living Project can be found at https://baptistcare.org.au/our-services/retirement-living/red-hill
Your child has the potential to be a leader given the right circumstances and environment. The following five leadership skills have been observed in student leaders in Australian primary schools and can be promoted by parents at home.
Being a leader means that your child is willing to take responsibility and be accountable for their actions. Personal responsibility is shown when your child is accountable for their behaviour, for their belongings and for others. Practical ways to develop responsibility include:
- Giving them responsibility for part of their day
- Encouraging them to restore relationships with others when they mess up
- Taking responsibility for household chores
While most leadership positions require your child to speak publicly their communication skills can be developed through regular one-on-one or small group experiences at home and at school. Practical ways to develop your child’s communication skills include:
- One-on-one conversations with adults
- Regular discussions at the meal table
- Encourage your child to participate fully in speaking activities at school
Personal organisational skills and the ability to organise others are important for effective leadership. Practical ways to develop organisational skills include encouraging your child to:
- Keep their personal space tidy and organised
- Use a diary to help manage their time
- Organise a weekly chores roster including all members of the family
Cooperating, encouraging and accepting others are essential qualities of an effective leader. Practical ways to develop a sense of teamwork include:
- Play team games where children work together
- Encourage siblings to cook and do other chores together
- Focusing on your child’s contribution to a team or group rather than individual achievement
An underestimated quality shared by most admired leaders is their ability to remain calm when things don’t go well. This emotional intelligence skill requires self-awareness, an ability to recognise their emotions and respond appropriately to the emotions of others. You can nurture these skills in the following way:
- Help your child recognise their emotions
- Help your child recognise emotions in others
- Teach your child to shift their mood
Leaders are needed in all walks of life – at work, in school, in families, in sport and in the wider community. The skills of leadership are sewn in the first group that they belong to – their family. By encouraging your child to be a contributing member of their family you are also helping to develop leadership skills they can practise outside their family.