Library Data Monday 7- Friday 11 October 2019
11 Oct 2019
Hello, my name is Olivia Edwards I have been selected by members of staff and students within my year to be Head Girl. I am ecstatic with this opportunity . I am so glad St Bede’s gives opportunities to students like this as it allows me to give back to the school in many ways but it also allows me to better myself. Hello, my name is Noah Barker I have been lucky enough to have been selected to be Head Boy for this year. I enjoy all the subjects throughout the school, and I hope I can help younger pupils develop new skills. I have had so many great opportunities already and I am looking forward to the year ahead. I am thankful to all the teachers and pupils who voted for me and I hope to fulfil this role to the best of my ability.
11 Oct 2019
St Bede’s Catholic Middle School are delighted to celebrate their Platinum Artsmark status by celebrating all things in the Arts this week, culminating in a ‘Dress as your Favourite Artist or Musician’ on Friday 11 October. The music and art room have had open doors at lunchtimes for all pupils to experience Pavement Art, Keyboard Club, Garageband Groovers, Singers, Boys Gotta Sing, Ukulele Club, Orchestra, Guitar Club and live performances on the stage at lunchtimes. St Bede’s have entered over 1000 pupils into Bronze and Silver Arts Awards over the last few years, an extra qualification which demonstrates pupils’ creativity and individuality. Due to this and the exciting curriculum offered, St Bede’s were recently awarded Music Mark and became a Trinity Champion Centre. Mrs Rowena Eastwood, Head of the Arts Faculty at St Bede’s and an SLE for the Teaching School at South Bromsgrove High, is delighted with the response from parents and pupils. Over 100 pupils pay for extra musical tuition each week outside of lesson times and there are a range of musical, art and dance clubs for pupils to experience for free. Silver Arts ambassadors have led Arts Week and have done an amazing job! See them pictured.
11 Oct 2019
A solid performance from the Year 8 Netball team this week, coming runners up in their playoff pool and going to through to the Finals in two weeks time. We have got some training to do before then in preparation for what are anticipated to be tough matches ahead of us! Well done girls, keep up the great work! #wearebedes
10 Oct 2019
On Wednesday 9 October, 18 pupils, in 3 teams of 6, took part in an IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) Day, competing against Woodfield Middle School. Pupils had to make a vehicle that would help somebody in a natural disaster. Due to some fantastic team work and innovative thinking, one of the St Bede’s groups ended up winning the competition! The winning group made a boat with caterpillar tracks – so that it could go in the sea and on land – which could be dropped by a winch from an air bus. It also had a spare motor and oars for shallow waters. The winning team consisted of Leah, Howla, Gerry, Evie, Lucy and Mahad but a massive well done to everyone who competed as so many engineering skills were practiced throughout the day. The other participants were Noah, Liam, Charlotte, Oliver, Joseph, Grace, Ava, Christa, Nikolas, Julia, Joseph and Josh. For taking part in the day, they received an industrial cadet challenger award for completing a hands-on problem solving and critical thinking activity. Industrial Cadets is run by the EDT (Engineering Development Trust) and works with UK employers to create a talent pipeline and a future skilled workforce. I am sure there will be some future engineers from pupil’s who competed!
This week we have been most blessed here in school to welcome a special statue of Our Lady of Grace from the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This has been arranged so that pupils and staff can come together and pray this special prayer which is most dear to Our Lady’s Heart as we enter this Month of Extraordinary Mission during October. October is also the Month of the Holy Rosary and all are encouraged to consider praying this powerful and well-loved prayer. Each of the Year 5 Classes have been privileged to come down each Reading Time this week and pray a decade of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. We have prayed personal prayer intentions and intentions around the Home and Family Life. Yesterday afternoon we were blessed to enjoy a special time of prayer in company with Archbishop Bernard Longley from St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham. The whole of Year 6 came down to the Hall and spent 45 minutes together praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary along with him through a live feed link up on YouTube. It was a really lovely and prayerful occasion and the pupils were fantastic and got so much out of the time together in prayer and reflection. It was estimated that over 6,900 spiritual snow-white budded prayer roses for each Hail Mary said well and devoutly were created to form part of Our Lady’s Beautiful Heavenly Garden. May Our Lady of the Rosary receive all our prayers and present them to Our Lord. Our Lady of the Rosary, Queen of Heaven, Pray for us!
10 Oct 2019
Saint John Henry Newman (1801-1890) Beatified 19th September 2010 Cofton Park, Birmingham. Canonised 13th October 2019 St Peter’s Square, Rome. October is always a very special month. There are so many different strands to October in relation to the prayer themes. We remember St Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower of Jesus right at the very start of the month along with our Guardian Angels. It is also the month of the Holy Rosary and we offer ourselves to the care of our Blessed Lady, Mary the Mother of Jesus as we pray Her special prayer. We are currently in the Extraordinary Missionary Month that the Holy Father Pope Francis has asked all Catholics to take part in and draw closer to Our Lord in prayer. On Wednesday this week, we remembered the Feast Day of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, soon to be made a Saint of the Church. Although born in London, he spent most of his later life in the Midlands area. He is buried at Rednal, near Birmingham. He founded a University in Ireland and an Oratory of St Philip Neri. There is a special chapel and shrine to Newman at the Oratory in Birmingham which is located on the Hagley Road. His writings, sermons he published and pastoral care brought many people deep spiritual encouragement. At Littlemore in Oxfordshire, John Henry Newman was received into the Catholic Church by Blessed Dominic Barberi who is one of the Patrons of our Archdiocese. Back in 2010, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when he was Supreme Pontiff beatified Cardinal Newman at the special Papal Mass that was held in Cofton Park. Over 70,000 Catholics attended the Mass in the park on 19th September and it was a very significant time in the life of the Church and of…
10 Oct 2019
11th October 2019 Hello and welcome to this 4th Mini Vinnies Update which shares with you our work and activities as Mini Vinnies and members of the St Vincent de Paul Society here in St Bede’s School. This week, we made the sandwiches once again for the soup kitchen and it was brilliant for all the members to join together and work alongside each other as part of this vital outreach work. Four boxes of delicious sandwiches were made ready for the soup kitchen on Friday evening and these were gratefully received by the SVP. Bags of breadsticks provided by pupils here in school made during Food Tech lessons were also included with the sandwiches. Later, these will be given out when the soup kitchen and outreach in Birmingham City Centre takes place. You can check out the latest updates also on our school Twitter Feed on @StBedesMiddle and @BedesRE. More exciting updates to follow. Keep reading and pray for us as we continue to be Attentive towards all especially those less fortunate than ourselves and Discerning in the way we choose to live out our own faith and special call from God to be serving Mini Vinnies. We seek to continue our service and work here in St Bede’s by making good choices and living out our positive actions as we strive to become ever Grateful and Generous Mini Vinnies! St Vincent de Paul, Pray for us! St Louise de Marillac, Pray for us! St Frederick Ozanam, Pray for us! St Bede, Pray for us! Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for us! Blessed Rosalie Rendu, Pray for us!
10 Oct 2019
The main priorities for 2019-2020 are: To enrich and sustain the Catholic Life of the school; a Catholic School for all To consolidate and develop Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Company for the benefit of all students in our community To maintain the safety and welfare of all our students and staff in our school community- gaining an official accreditation for this To offer a broad and balanced curriculum to meet the needs of all our students Ensure that the MAC has a seamless and effective curriculum and that St Bede’s plays a vital role in that To maintain and improve upon the achievement levels and progress from entry to exit and across the MAC at KS2 to be at least at national expectation and above for all groups of students especially -PPG -EAL -LAC Previous higher attaining Run the year with a small surplus – 2% and maintain a healthy three year budget in line with MAC expectations Ensure a more robust and frequent internal monitoring schedule in school for both the curriculum and catholic life Innovate in all areas of the school especially in Teaching and learning and management and leadership – to improve staff and pupil wellbeing, accountability and outcomes Ensure robust and effective governance in all areas
10 Oct 2019
This week, the Junior Apprentice Programme group worked with Wickes and a company called Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) making some brilliant hand-made resources for the forest school. They spent the day with two skilled professional carpenters, Imran and Jim, where they were guided to make a decking area, an archway and a bench. They had a brilliant experience producing these and learned some vital skills in carpentry and apprenticeships whilst working with the mentors!
9 Oct 2019
Want to read a brand new book? Five books available – Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, by Jeff Kinney. Add your name to the bowl in Library, to be in with a chance! 5 names chosen at random on Monday morning. (Pupils can be on any reading level to enter this competition)
Friday Newsletter data 30th-4th Oct 2019
The next instalment for Skern Lodge trip 2010 is due today. Please ensure that all payments are up to date.
4 Oct 2019
Today, Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils took part in an Inclusion Festival at Arrow Vale. All pupils took part in Boccia, New Age Kurling and Archery, all sports that they did really well at! This event was practice for the District Inclusive Sports Competitions being held later on in the year. Well done to Ethan, Daniel, Joseph, Toby, Nico, Jacob, Rhys, Laiba and Aleesha for all their efforts today. Thank you also to Charlotte, Eliza, Izzy and Ava for all their help coaching today!
Clubs for the week ahead 7-11 October 2019
3 Oct 2019
CAFOD Fast Day Prayer 2019 This Harvest Fast Day we are focusing on a young man from Uganda called Fabiano. Fabiano is 14 years old and gets up very early in the morning whilst it is still dark to go and fetch water before he goes to school. He was attacked in the dark whilst he was collecting water and it terrified him. This year’s Appeal is all about Fabiano and his community in Uganda. CAFOD’S HARVEST FAST DAY APPEAL NOTE IS: “NO CHILD SHOULD BE ATTACKED GETTING WATER TO DRINK.” Let us give thanks for all that we receive every day. We take for granted the gift of clean, fresh water straight out of the tap in our homes and school. Let us remember this Harvest Fast Day Fabiano and his family and community. Here is this year’s Harvest Fast Day prayer from CAFOD. Source: www. https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources/For-a-harvest-shared-by-all For a harvest shared by all Harvest Fast Day 2019 Prayer St Francis of Assisi, your whole life sang in harmony with God, nature and others. With you, we praise God for Brother Sun, full of beauty and splendour, warming the earth, summoning shoots from darkness into daylight. We praise God for Sister Water, so useful and humble, precious and pure, greening arid ground, growing life in desert places. Pray for us Francis, that, like you, we may care for all that exists, until Brother Sun and Sister Water produce a harvest shared by all, in love and solidarity, justice and peace. Amen.
3 Oct 2019
“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.” Revelation 12:1 Mary’s Rose Garden – The Rosary. October – Month of the Holy Rosary. This scripture quotation comes at the end of the Bible in the book of Revelation or the Apocalypse. It is describing in vivid detail what Mary, the Mother of Jesus looks like and what she will look like at the end of all things. It can seem quite scary to picture our Lady in this way but it is a beautiful symbol of what she became because of her “Yes” to God in choosing to become the Mother of Jesus, the Mother of God Himself Incarnate in flesh. Mary is an inspiration to us because she too was human and her example and faithfulness to God in giving Him the whole of her life and all that it would entail shows us the way to live our lives courageously and with faith in God’s promises. So now, as we are in the Month of October, we think about Our Lady and we dedicate this month to Her as Queen of the Holy Rosary. Rosary means simply ‘rose garden’. As we say each Hail Mary prayer and the prayers of the Rosary with love and concentration, focussing on the words and asking Our Lady to pray for us, it’s like us giving Her a beautiful rose. The more we pray the Rosary, the bigger Her rose garden will be! The Rosary is a beautiful and special prayer to Mary, and it is the story of the New Testament. Through the Rosary beads and the prayers, we follow the life of Jesus and Mary. There are four Mysteries to be…
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Friday Newsletter Library Data 4-26 September 2019
Clubs for the week ahead 30 September – 4 October 2019
26 Sep 2019
27 September 2019 Hello and welcome to this 3rd Mini Vinnies Update which shares with you our work and activities as Mini Vinnies and members of the St Vincent de Paul Society here in St Bede’s School. At the time of writing we are approaching the Memorial feast day of St Vincent de Paul, our holy Patron on 27th September. St Vincent is inspiring to us because he took his call and vocation from God very seriously and wholeheartedly. He chose to serve the poorest and least cared for members of his society with gratitude in his heart to God for all he had received and he was generous with his time, resources and love as he sought to provide for those in need as the Lord inspired him to do. This week, we made the sandwiches once again for the soup kitchen and it was brilliant for new and current members to join together and work alongside each other as part of this vital outreach work. Four boxes of delicious sandwiches were made ready for the soup kitchen on Tuesday evening and these were gratefully received by the SVP. Donations of large and small rucksacks and backpacks were brought into school and left in Reception and these would be given out along with the sandwiches on the evening of the soup kitchen and outreach in Birmingham City Centre. Next week, as part of our Tuesday meetings we shall begin working on some special projects for Christmas. More details later! You can check out the latest updates also on our school Twitter Feed on @StBedesMiddle and @BedesRE. More exciting updates to follow. Keep reading and pray for us as we continue to be Attentive towards all especially those less fortunate than ourselves and Discerning in the way we choose to live…
26 Sep 2019
27th September 2019 Memorial of St Vincent de Paul “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people.” Psalm 113:7-8 New International Version (NIV) Vincent de Paul, CM, was born in France on 24 April 1581. He is someone who inspires us here in St Bede’s because as he is Patron of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. We are blessed to have a new group of Mini Vinnies here in School from our Year 7 and 8 pupils who have begun their work to put their concern into action and live out their faith to help those who are most in need. As junior members of the wider family of the St Vincent de Paul Society, they freely give of their time to get involved with projects here in school as we reach out to those in our community and beyond in most need. Let us ask St Vincent to pray for us as we continue our work and service here in St Bede’s and our local community. Inspired by his life, prayers and example of service, may we seek to become true children of Our Heavenly Father who loves all people and cares for the poor. God’s heart for the poor is a resounding theme throughout Scripture. St Vincent was a French Catholic priest who devoted his life to serve, minister to and care for the poor, the suffering, the unloved and the most unfortunate people in society. He founded the Congregation of the Mission and Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul along with St Louise de Marillac. He was canonized in 1737. Our Prayer this week taken from: https://www.daily-prayers.org/angels-and-saints/prayers-to-saint-vincent-de-paul/ Noble Saint Vincent de Paul, beloved servant of the poor, may we follow your example…
On Tuesday this week, Mrs Osborne and Miss Downes bravely set off in some very inclement and wet weather to Birmingham to attend the annual Chaplaincy Commissioning Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral. They were rewarded with a beautiful Mass in the magnificent surroundings of the Cathedral and a warm welcome from the Archdiocesan Youth Service and Ministry Teams. Four Year 6 pupils who are current prayer leaders, altar servers and pupils involved with Chaplaincy and Catholic Life came with us and a joyful, prayerful Mass was celebrated along with all the representative schools with their Priest and Lay Chaplains and Chaplaincy Teams from across the Archdiocese of Birmingham. It was great to meet up with Staff and Pupils from St Augustine’s High School at this special Mass. Bishop William Kenney was the Principal Celebrant and he commissioned all the attending Lay Chaplains and Chaplaincy Groups representing schools from across the Archdiocese of Birmingham for another year’s service and blessed us all with holy water thus sending us out to serve our school and faith communities. Just before the close of the Mass, Miss Downes along with other Lay Chaplains, Chaplaincy Team Leaders and Youth Workers from the Kenelm Youth Trust went forward to Bishop William and were presented with their Certificates following a Year long programme of study they had undertaken for the Archdiocese of Birmingham Liturgy and Collective Worship Certificate.
26 Sep 2019
Accelerated Reader What is Accelerated Reader? Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers and parents manage and monitor children`s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her level and reads it at his/her own pace – ideally 20 minutes each day. When finished, your child takes a short 10 minutes quiz on the computer – passing the quiz is an indicator that your child has understood what has been read. The Accelerated Reader program measures the growth and progress of your child on a regular basis through termly Star reading tests – multi choice question tests – and it also provides accurate and up-to-date reading ages. This is considered as very important data by many high schools when considering which set your child should be in or when deciding on any extra reading inventions if necessary. Pupils are able to select books appropriate for their individual reading level and interests. The difficulty of the text varies from 0.5 (easy) to 13.5 (very challenging). Each book is also labelled with a number of points your child can gain and these points refer to length and number of words within a book. Accelerated Reader helps all children become better readers from pupils with special needs to those who are gifted and talented. Accelerated Reader encourages children to read books from their library for at least 20 minutes each day and to take quizzes at least once a week during English lesson held in the library. When children read books at their appropriate level, they experience success and grow in both confidence and reading stamina. Many of our children are already reading more, making better progress and are enjoying taking a quiz each week. Children, as well as parents, can see which books they have read and how well…
During Arts Week Monday 7 October to Friday 11 October, pupils may enter the Pavement Art Competition at lunch times. Entries cost £1 per tile and winners will receive a prize!
Clubs for the week ahead 20-27 September 2019
20 Sep 2019
20 September 2019 This week the Mini Vinnie’s came together and we spent some time thinking about and reflecting on losing things, how we felt when we found them again and what we did to celebrate their finding again. The Gospel Reading from the previous Sunday at Mass was focusing on the parable of the Prodigal or Lost Son in St Luke’s Gospel. We talked about in particular the extra stories that Jesus told about the man with the lost sheep and the woman who lost one of her silver coins and what she did to find it and how she felt when she found it again. We talked about how important it is that as Mini Vinnies we are committed to helping those who are on the edge of society – the poor, the lonely, the homeless and those with very little – by providing food, clothing and toiletries for them. Many homeless people feel like they are ‘lost’ and our compassion, kindness and practical help can make such a difference to them so that they feel welcomed, included, cared for and supported. Towards the end of the meeting we shared how we had all been a kind and thoughtful Mini Vinnie in the past week and what things we had done to help others and we thought about the week ahead and what we can do to live out our call as Mini Vinnies. You can check out the latest updates also on our school Twitter Feed on @StBedesMiddle and @BedesRE. More updates to follow. Keep reading and pray for us as we continue to be Compassionate towards all especially those less fortunate than ourselves and Loving by our actions as we live our lives as Grateful and Generous Mini Vinnies! St Vincent de Paul, Pray for us! St…
20 Sep 2019
Thought for the Week: Care for Creation. During the Cycle of Prayer for this time of year in the Church we are invited to reflect upon The Harvest, Fruits of human work, the Reverent use of Creation. On 1st September each year, the Church sets aside a special day of World Prayer for the Care of Creation. From 1st September until 4th October, each year, the Church invites us to focus our thoughts and prayers on the care and use of our planet home. Now is also the time when farmers around the world are bringing in the harvest. Please remember in your thoughts and prayers these hardworking individuals and families of farmers who bring in all that our earth as produced. Fruit, vegetables, grains and cereals are gathered in that help to feed us and make us grow strong and healthy. The farmers often work from early morning until late at night until all the harvest is gathered. Many of us I’m sure have happy memories of Harvest Festival Masses and special Harvest-time services we took part in when we were at First School. We can remember some of those special hymns such as “All things bright and beautiful’ and ‘We plough the fields and scatter.’ Let us remember to care for our earth and thank our Creator God who has blessed us with so much. This Half Term, we are encouraged to put into practise the values and virtues of being Grateful for the gift of creation and the many fantastic things that we enjoy and have received from the Lord. Additionally, we should be Generous of spirit in our giving thanks to God and in the way we use the gifts we have received from Him. Our gratitude in thanksgiving for all we have received should lead…