13 December 2018

13 Dec 2018

Third week of Advent “I exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God.”  Isaiah 61:10 As we are now in the third week of Advent the candle on the Advent wreath changes from purple to pink.  The third Sunday of Advent is also known as ‘Gaudete Sunday’.  The word ‘gaudete’ in Latin means ‘rejoice’.  Our focus now shifts towards Mary as she prepares to give birth to Jesus very soon and she is filled with joy as she eagerly awaits the time when she will become His Mother.  Mary has also been waiting for the dawning of a new age and time where love, hope, peace and joy will come. God will bring all these wonderful things to the earth when He comes to us as a tiny, helpless baby. Through the readings at Mass, we too are encouraged to be joyful and rejoice in God.  We may search for ways to be happy but the Bible tells us that true and lasting joy and happiness can only be found in God – everything else satisfies us only for a short time and we soon end up looking for other ways to be fulfilled and content.  If we give ourselves to God then He will give us joy which never ends – even when times are tough and we may go through difficulties.  He promises never to leave us alone.  He has come to us and will stay with us for ever. The readings all point to the joy which Jesus, Our God-With-Us and our salvation comes to us. Salvation is not a thing but a person.  Jesus is God’s Salvation in Person and when we receive Him into our lives He brings only light, joy and happiness.  Our lives may seem like we are walking…

Lost Property All lost property will be disposed of on Friday 14/12/18. Please encourage your child to check our lost property if they are missing any items.  

6 December 2018

6 Dec 2018

Second Week in Advent “A voice cries in the wilderness; Prepare a way for the Lord, make His paths straight.” Luke 3:4 As we come to the second week in Advent, we hear the words of the prophet Isaiah re-spoken by St John the Baptist from within the heart of the wilderness as he preaches conversion, repentance and baptism. During the Second Week of Advent it can be scary to encounter the figure of St John the Baptist. He is the man who lives in the wilderness, wearing clothes made out of camel hair, tied with a leather belt and one who eats locusts and wild honey for his food.   He is the ‘loud speaker’ for the Lord as he is the one who comes before Christ and prepares the way for Him.  The message he preaches is the same as that which Jesus Himself also speaks at the beginning of His Ministry. “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” Our theme for the Second Week of Advent is also faith.  As we journey in faith we seek to move closer to the Lord during this Holy Season let us also seek to draw closer to each other. How are we to make way for the Lord? At this time of year we can be so busy with all the ‘other’ Christmas preparations that our activities of shopping, card writing, decorating, socialising and visiting relatives can drown out the still small voice of God and we could easily forget the real reason for all our hustle and bustle and busyness – the Birth of Jesus, the Word Made Flesh – God with us, God becoming human. God in His love reaches out to us and gently draws us in close to Him once again through the celebration of…

A huge congratulations to our joint winners of the in-school house competition – design a Christmas card. Georgia (Year 6) and Rudi (Year 5) both share the honours, with the exact same amount of votes, excellent work girls, well done!

Class Catering Christmas Lunch 20/12/18 A reminder that orders for the Class Catering Christmas Lunch (20/12/18) closed on Friday 30th November 2018. Orders were welcomed on our ParentPay system for 4 weeks prior to the closing date. If you haven’t pre-ordered food please ensure you send your child(ren) in with a packed lunch on 20/12/18 as there will not be any food to purchase during lunch time on this date. Any queries on Christmas lunches please contact 01527 527576

With effect from January, we will no longer be sending out music tuition invoices. All details can be found on your ParentPay account. Please note the payment terms remain at 30 days from issue date and a full half term’s notice to cancel.  

As it is Christmas dress/ jumper day on Thursday 20th December, we will be raising money for a cause that is close to our hearts here at St Bede’s – ex-pupil Jordan Adams. Please read his biography below to explain why we are raising money for this charity. ‘My name is Jordan Adams, I’m a 23-year-old man who was born in Redditch. I grew up living with my two loving parents Glenn & Geraldine, my older sister Kennedy who is now 25 and younger brother Cian who is 18. I attended Mount Carmel First School, St. Bede’s Middle before finally finishing my lower school education at St. Augustine’s High School. I then moved onto college where I picked up an NVQ in Carpentry & Joinery at Redditch NEW College. After trying several different jobs, I eventually got the opportunity to run a family friends international ‘e-commerce’ business and I have now been doing so for the past 3 and a half years. Growing up and progressing through the Catholic school system in Redditch was very enjoyable and I particularly excelled in my time at St. Bede’s both academically and through the masses of opportunity at the school in sport and extra-curricular activities. I eventually went on to win the much-acclaimed St. Bede’s Upper School award and the prestigious sports award in year 7 which were very proud moments for me. Taking the step to high school is never an easy one and my journey was made particularly difficult when my mother Geraldine was diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia (FTD/Picks Disease) midway through 2010. Sadly, my mother’s condition deteriorated over a six-year period before eventually passing away at the tender age of 52 in March 2016. This was coincided with the diagnosis of my Auntie with the same Dementia. She also…

Exciting news!! St Bede’s has been awarded the prestigious National Centre of Excellence Award from GL Assessment. You will notice this logo which will now be featured on our website. This demonstrates how St Bede’s are driving assessment forward  within school and across the country. GL Assessment is a nationally recognised company whose assessments are widely used across the UK, and their assessments give us an accurate picture of how our pupils are comparing to national standards. This also further backs up our impressive SATs data where we performed above National standards for the first time last year. St Bede’s were selected for this case study due to the way in which we manage the systems, use the data to get the best out of pupils and our outstanding exit data by year 8 pupils. Last year, year 8 pupils’ exited with 89% of pupils at National Standard in English, when they arrived in year 5 this figure was only 30%. In maths there was a similar success story with 32% entering St Bede’s at National expectation and 85% leaving at National Expectation.

**Photo consents**

30 Nov 2018

**Photo consents** Its great to see so many parents using the SIMS App – Interim reports will be released before we break up for Christmas and will only be accessed by parent/carer on this app. Please ensure you have e-mailed reception@st-bedes.worcs.sch.uk if you are having any issues registering, IT are working on solutions. We are excited to share photos of events and achievements at St Bede’s. Your child’s face will be blurred out if consent to share photos is not given via the app.

Pupil Safety

29 Nov 2018

Dear Parents/Carers As the dark nights draw in, it is important to reinforce the need for safety when walking to and from school. We have reminded all pupils today of the need to: Use designated crossings and pedestrian bridges, where necessary Ensure that they are not wearing earphones whilst crossing roads so they can identify traffic Ensure that they do not walk home alone in the dark and do not talk to any strangers that may approach them – if any pupil is approached by a stranger, they must let someone know We take the safety of all of our pupils very seriously and want to ensure that everyone remains safe during the winter months.

Thought for the Week

29 Nov 2018

Holy Season of Advent – 1st Sunday in Advent Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come.  So stay awake because you do not know when the Master of the house is coming.’ Mark 13:34,35a This weekend begins the Holy Season of Advent.  On Sunday, it will be the First Sunday in Advent.  We are now in the new Church Year and we have also begun our individual Advent journeys. Advent is four weeks of personal spiritual preparation.  As we aim to make more room in our hearts and lives for God by prayer, reflection and acts of kindness towards those in need, our hearts and lives become more ready to welcome the new-born Jesus into our lives anew at Christmas. The word ‘Advent’ comes from a Latin word adveniat meaning either ‘to come’ or ‘to arrive’. During Advent we remember the first coming of Jesus as a tiny baby, born in a stable in Bethlehem and we look towards His Second Coming as our King at the end of time when He will gather all people to Himself. Advent is a time of joyful expectant waiting.  We are to wait in hope because our Saviour is coming to rescue us! The Gospel reading tells us we are to stay awake because we do not know when He will come back again.  We should be “about our Father’s business”, serving Him in how we treat others and how we live our lives. We need to be prepared.  How exactly do we do this?  We can try and make more time for God each day through prayer, attending Mass, going to extra little services/Bible studies/prayer events taking place in our parishes.  We can mark the passing of Advent with…

Lost Property at St Bede’s Sadly a large amount of lost property has accumulated in school since the beginning of September. This includes uniform, coats, lunch boxes, drinks bottles, electronic devices, pairs of glasses, house keys and jewellery. All named lost property is returned to children when it is found. Please ask your children to visit the lost property area in the main school hall and also the sports hall disabled toilet if they are missing any items. Smaller items such as glasses, keys and jewellery are kept safely in a box in reception. Pupils can also visit reception outside of lesson times if they are unsure where to go and Mrs Simmons will help. If you would like to come in and look for lost property with your child, please visit reception between 8:15 and 8:30 in the morning or between 3:40 and 4:00 in the afternoon *** All unnamed and unclaimed lost property will be disposed of at the end of 14/12/18 ***

Sacramental Programme 2018-2019 A special Confirmation Preparation Mass has been planned for all pupils who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in June 2019. This will be held on Friday 11 January 2019 at 2.15pm in St Bede’s Hall. All pupils who have chosen to be enrolled in this year’s Sacramental Programme are welcome to attend, along with their parents/guardians/carers and their Sponsor. This Mass this will also be the final deadline for all Enrolment Forms to be handed in for this year’s programme, beginning in February 2019.   These Forms are welcome to be handed in to school if they haven’t already been handed in to the Presbytery at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and St Peter’s Bromsgrove on this date. OLMC Enrolment Form 2018-2019 STP Enrolment Form 2018-2019

Please click on the link to view a sample letter for Confirmandi 2018.  These preparation enrolment letters need to be handed in, with the Enrolment Forms, to the Presbytery in the Parish they belong to, before the deadline of 11 January 2019.  They can be handed in at the special Mass on 11 January 2019 but no later. Sample Letter for Confirmands 2018

Thought for the Week

23 Nov 2018

Jesus Christ the Universal King (Last Sunday in Ordinary Time) Jesus said to Pilate “Yes, I am a king.  I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.” John 18:37 These words were spoken by Jesus our King at His trial before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor before He was crucified.  Jesus is a King.  In fact, He is the Mighty King above all other kings.  He is Sovereign over all.  He is King of Majesty, Love and Grace. He is King of the world and the Universe. He is the King of creation. If we choose to love and accept Him, Jesus becomes the King of our hearts. He makes His home in us by the Power of the Holy Spirit. Throughout His Life, Ministry and Teaching, Jesus often spoke about the Kingdom of God.  He loved to compare the Kingdom of His Heavenly Father with everyday things and events that He saw around Him. He told lots of parables which helped His listeners and Disciples begin to understand this Kingdom which begins on earth as we believe in Jesus and which is an eternal Kingdom which will never end after death as we shall live with God for ever. To save us, as He suffered His Passion for us, in His Death, Jesus’ Royal kingship was mocked and ridiculed.  He was treated as a mock-king. The Roman soldiers scourged Him, then clothed Him in purple and crowned Him with thorns.   They spat on Him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ At the Cross, crucified criminals would have a titulus or placard placed above them to tell the world what they were being executed for.  The placard…

Running Club

23 Nov 2018

Well done to all who have attending running club for the Autumn term on Tuesday evenings.  As cross country competitions are now under way, running club has now ended. Congratulations for all your efforts and we look forward to seeing your training displayed in future running events.

Thought for the Week

22 Nov 2018

33rd Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time. “But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.” Mark 13:32 Over the past few weeks, in the weekday Gospel readings and the Sunday readings and Gospels at Mass, there has been teaching and healing theme running through them from Jesus and from the selected readings which complement the Gospel readings. The readings for this week have a distinctly apocalyptic feel and theme to them.  As we stand at the end of the Church Year and look forward with hope and expectation into the new Year which begins with the joyful season of Advent, we are faced with the coming again of the Son of Man (Jesus the Messiah) to earth to gather His faithful ones to live with Him for ever in Heaven, to bring His judgment and establish His rule on earth and in Heaven as the King of kings and Lord of lords. During the Month of November, as well as remembering the Saints in heaven, our loved ones who have died and all those who have suffered and died as a result of war and conflict we countdown towards the final week of the Church’s year and the beginning of the Season of Advent.  At this time of year we are to also contemplate the “Four Last Things” which the Church recognises as Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.  In the light of the approaching Season of Advent we are asked to reflect upon our own lives and how we live them out.  How we choose to live will affect what happens to us at death when we come to judgement ‘For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each…

Severe Weather/School Closure In the event of severe weather or other event which will require the school to close parents will be informed through the following channels: The school website: st-bedes.worcs.sch.uk Our Twitter & Facebook Pages/Account Text to your child’s registered contact Worcestershire County Council website: worcestershire.gov.uk For our text system to be of use to you please ensure you have updated the school with any phone number changes – this can be done via your SIMs Parent App. NB: Do not take note of a text message from your child, or a third party – the information on the school website WILL be accurate.  

Colder Weather

20 Nov 2018

Please ensure that your child wears a coat and suitable outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. Morning and lunchtime breaks, plus PE lessons and after school clubs will still be held outside during the colder months. Hoodies are not acceptable wear but navy school jumpers or cardigans can be worn under blazers. Boots are also not acceptable to be worn as school uniform. If your child would like to wear boots to travel to school in, please ensure that they have school shoes to change into upon arrival.

Payment Reminder

20 Nov 2018

We would like to remind you that we no longer accept cash or cheque payments in school.  All payments to school must be made online.  Please email us at finance@st-bedes.worcs.sch.uk if you need a reminder of your ParentPay login details.  As well as being able to pay for lunches on ParentPay, the following items are also, currently, available to be paid for online. Some of these have an imminent closing date, if you would like your child to be included. WHOLE SCHOOL Christmas Disco Scroogical Performance YEAR 5 Cadbury World trip YEAR 6 Black Country Museum trip Liddington trip Year 7 France trip (2 places available) YEAR 8 Christmas Cake Ingredients Think Tank Workshop Skern Lodge (6 places available)  

French Trip 2019

16 Nov 2018

Two places have become available on the French trip. If anybody wishes for their child to go, please sign up on ParentPay asap

Year 7 CONFIRMATION 2018/2019 Parents Information Evening 11 December 2018 : 6pm-7pm – Parents and Pupils to attend Parish Commitment Masses 19 January 2019 – 5pm OLMC 20 January 2019 – 11.30am OLMC 20 January 2019 – 10.30am StP Confirmation Retreat @ Harvington Hall 20 or 22 May 2019 Confirmation Sessions (5.30pm-6.30pm) Session 1 – 4 February 2019 Session 2 – 25 February 2019 Session 3 – 11 March 2019 Session 4 – 25 March 2019 Session 5 – 8 April 2019 Session 6 – 13 May 2019 Enrolment Forms to be submitted by 11 January 2019  

Lourdes MAC Parents Support Group 12/11/18 @ St Augustine’s 7pm A reminder of the session going ahead tonight at St Augustine’s. All information for future sessions can always be found in our weekly newsletter. Focus: Understanding the development of the teenage brain and helping your child regulate their emotions. All welcome to attended. 7pm start at St Augustine’s.

Thought for the Week

10 Nov 2018

Remembrance 2018 “Yet ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried.” Isaiah 53:4 These words are taken from the suffering servant song in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.  Many scholars in the Church believe this is the direct prophecy of what would take place some 700-800 years later when Jesus suffered and died on Calvary for us.  These words can give us comfort in times of sorrow.  We remember this week all those who have died in war. On Sunday, it will be the 11th Day of the 11th Month and at the 11th hour, within our local communities, special Remembrance services will be held to remember all those who have given their lives for their country in times of war and unrest.  This year is of particular significance as it will be the Centenary Year of the Armistice, when the powerful guns of war fell silent after four devastating years of war and violence in 1918. During this weekend and in the days weeks and months to come,  let us remember all who have died and have been injured – and their families and friends– and commit ourselves to be people of peace and love as we seek to imitate Our Lord Jesus in our daily lives.  It is a poignant time of reflection on the courage and sacrifice of so many who gave their lives to secure our freedom. This powerful and reflective verse which is said every Remembrance service is taken from Laurence Binyon’s poem “For the fallen.” They shall grow not old as we who are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them. We will remember them.   These words from the Kohima in Myanmar…