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.
Y6 Panto Trip Dec 2019 We have managed to secure a few more tickets. These are available on ParentPay until Monday 14th October 2019. Any queries please e-mail email@example.com
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!
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
Clubs for the week ahead 7-11 October 2019
4 Oct 2019
Important Contact details. With the ever changing weather conditions, if sports matches are cancelled on the day they are due to take place, a text message will be sent to the primary contact for your child informing you of the cancellation. This will be the same for school closures for any reason. Please ensure that your contact details are correct and up-to-date by accessing the SIMS parent app so that you are able to receive this and other important information.
We are looking for an English and Maths Teacher to cover maternity leave (February 2020 to August 2020, with potential to extend beyond this date) Teacher of English and Maths Job Description Teacher of English and Maths Maternity Cover Advert Teacher of English and Maths Person Specification
3 Oct 2019
Year 7 French Trip April 2020 Passport reminder – your child will need a minimum of 6 months validity on their passport in order to travel to France in April 2020. Please ensure you have checked passports/ applied for passports within plenty of time.
Friday Newsletter Library Data 4-26 September 2019
Clubs for the week ahead 30 September – 4 October 2019
26 Sep 2019
St Bede’s Catholic Middle School value the wellbeing of all staff and students within their community. We are delighted to be the first school in Redditch to have been awarded the Gold Status of The Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award for Schools. St Bede’s Catholic Middle School provides a wide range of support to promote the wellbeing of staff and students, including such activities as student and staff meditation, our extensive student support facilities, weekly wellbeing drop in clinics with mental health first aiders, working with outside agencies to source counselling/support sessions for students in need of expert support, and a mental health focus in school to raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of mental wellbeing. The Department of Education recognises the direct link between positive mental health in schools and successful educational outcomes; the Mental Health Award for Schools builds on this link and provides a framework to evidence policies and initiatives that work towards improving emotional health and wellbeing for both staff and pupils. Established by Leeds Beckett University and social enterprise Minds Ahead, the mental health quality kitemark recognises schools that ensure the wellbeing of pupils and staff. The award ensures schools are using evidence-based approaches that align to professional and government guidelines. Utilising a developmental framework, which allows schools to evaluate current mental health practices, identify gaps, develop and strengthen these and work towards building an emotionally healthier environment. Through this process, schools commit to making mental health a strategic priority and developing a positive culture that promotes mental wellbeing for everyone. Bede’s Pastoral Support Structure 2019-2020
26 Sep 2019
Library Books Please can pupils ensure that Library books are treated with care while on loan to them. Any damaged book or lost book, must be reported immediately to the Librarian or English teacher. We kindly ask that lost or damaged books are replaced by a similar book, of good quality and must be Quizzable, or pay the cost of the book for us to replace. www.arbookfind.co.uk can be used to see all Quiz-able books. Thank you for keeping our Library books in good condition.
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…
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.
St Augustine’s Catholic High School – Open Evening 03/10/19 St Augustine’s Catholic High School 03 10 19
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…
24 Sep 2019
Applications for High School (present Yr 8 pupils) A text was sent, to priority one contact for your child, on 04/09/19 to inform you that individual packs, sent from county, are available from our school reception. You don’t need your pack to apply as your account will still be live from your middle school application. Closing date for high school applications is 31/10/19. CLICK HERE TO APPLY St Augustine’s Catholic High School are holding their Open Evening on Thursday 3rd October 2019.
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!
Pastoral Parents’ Evening & St Augustine’s Open Evening 03/10/19 We understand that there is a clash between Year 8 Pastoral Parents Evening and St Augustine’s Open Evening on Thursday 3rd October. It is unfortunate that this is the case. If any parent or carer cannot make Pastoral Parents Evening, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass this on to the form tutor who will be in contact via email or phone. Our appointments on this evening are 5 minute slots only from 4pm – 6.30pm. Please book via epraise. The purpose of this evening is to inform parents of how their child has settled in so far this academic year and to raise any concerns that staff may have. St Augustine’s Open Evening is from 5pm-8pm with presentations at 5.45pm, 6.30pm and 7.15pm.
20 Sep 2019
Pastoral Parents’ Evening 03/10/19 (4-6:30pm) Appointments are now available to book via ePraise with your child’s form tutor. Simply downloaded the app and book! Your e-mail/username is the e-mail we have registered for you. To view or change this go onto your SIMS Parent App. APPOINTMENTS WILL CLOSE AT 3:30PM ON 02/10/19
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…
19 Sep 2019
Arts Week (£1 contribution to be paid on ParentPay) Enjoy music and art clubs all week and dress as your favourite Artist or Musician on Friday 11 October 2019 (or just non uniform if you don’t want to dress up) All monies to be invested straight back into school to help with school productions and Arts Award costs.
18 Sep 2019
This Friday the Year 7s had their District Cricket Final against Walkwood. The boys were really up for the game and played really well. Our bowling and batting were both very solid, with Harry and Rehan striking up the top-batting partnership of 14 runs. However, this was not enough to beat a strong Walkwood team and they finally beat us by 52 runs. There were plenty of positives though for the boys to take into Year 7 and we look forward to seeing what they can do with hardball this year! Well done to Ayush, Rehan, Mo, Kaif, Harry, Austin, Kaif and Saaim for all their efforts on the field today.