Panto Trip 2019
11 Jul 2019
Panto Trip 2019
8 Jul 2019
ST AUGUSTINE’S – JULY TRANSITION PROGRAMME 10th and 11th July 2019 On Wednesday 10th July and Thursday 11th July 2019, your child will undergo a two day transition programme at St Augustine’s school. They will experience our school routine, encompassing collective worship, registration, breaktime and lunch. Additionally, they will join the lessons that they have selected for GCSE, and therefore gain a useful insight into how life at St Augustine’s operates. Arrival: Please arrive by 9am each morning where Heads of Year and the Senior Leadership Team, will meet the students outside Reception on the tennis courts. Uniform: Students should wear their current school uniform including shoes. What to bring: Students should bring their usual school bag containing pencil case, trainers, PE kit and some money if they would like to buy some snacks at breaktime. Lunch: Students will need to bring a packed lunch if this is what they usually eat. Additionally, they can bring a small amount of money to purchase snacks in the Canteen. £2.20 will buy a hot meal and a drink. If your child has a free school meal, then our Canteen will be aware and they will receive a free school meal for their lunch. Collection: The school day will end at 3.45pm each day. If they catch a bus, they will assemble on the main yard at the front of the school where they will be directed to the appropriate bus. If they are being collected, I would respectfully ask all parents to park with due consideration for our local residents and neighbours and in line with parking restrictions. If there is anything you feel we should know about your child prior to 10th July, please inform: Mr P Foley; email@example.com
Clubs for the week ahead 08 – 12 July 2019
4 Jul 2019
Recent Ordinations of Deacons in Birmingham. Since the beginning of the Year of prayer and reflection for the Renewal of Priestly Life within the Archdiocese of Birmingham, at the beginning of June 2018, we have been regularly updating you about this special year with its focus on all Vocations and States of Life but particularly to the Priesthood and Religious Life. Last Saturday, 29 June, was a very special occasion with those who are Candidates to the Priesthood and the Diaconate being ordained as Deacons as part of the next step on their Priestly Formation by His Grace Archbishop Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham. Amongst the Candidates who were being Ordained as Deacon as part of the final stages of their formation last weekend as they prepare to be Ordained as Priests next year were Sean, Dan and Benedict. These Seminarians have visited us here in St Bede’s School over the past couple of years and they had spent some time with our Year 6, 7 and 8 pupils during RE Lessons. When they visited us, they willingly shared their time and spoke about their own journeys of faith and they encouraged pupils and Staff to ask the Lord to show them their own Vocation and path on life’s journey. We wish Sean, Dan and Benedict well in their Ministry, and may our prayers go with them. May the Holy Spirit bless and guide them now and in the years to come as He inspires them in His work and service for the Kingdom of God. Ad multos annos. May we as a school community continue to keep all our Archdiocese of Birmingham Seminarians in our prayers and remember them as they continue with their studies and their ongoing formation. St Bede, pray for them. Glory be to the Father,…
4 Jul 2019
5 July 2019 Welcome to this 22nd update for the St Bede’s Mini Vinnies group. Grateful thanks to all who have begun to bring in toiletries and bottled water for our brothers and sisters in need. We are still hoping for donations, however small and in particular men’s toiletries including shaving foam and shower gels. Here is a reminder of the items, which will be gratefully received and much appreciated by the SVP. Any donations of the following items: Small Bottled water or 500/600ml sized bottles Male and female deodorants – sprays and roll-ons Male shower gel and shaving foam Sunscreen/lotion/sunblock/ – cream or sprays Wetwipes/Baby wipes/moist tissues Donated water, sunscreen/lotion and deodorants can be brought, either to Reception and placed in the red collection box or passed on directly to Miss Downes here in school by Wednesday, 17 July 2019. May the Lord bless you for your kindness and generosity to those in most need in our locality. “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did it for Me.” Jesus. Matthew 25:40 Next Friday, 12 July, will be the final time this academic Year that the Mini Vinnies will be making the sandwiches at lunchtime for the homeless before we break up for the Summer. Since September 2018, right up to this current month, it is estimated that we have successfully made over 4.000 sandwiches which have gone directly to those in most need in our locality. Thanks so much for all the practical and spiritual support that you provide for the Mini Vinnies to continue their sterling work and service in our local community. Please continue to pray for the group as we keep going in the Lord’s service supporting our brothers and sisters in need. Please pray for all who faithfully…
Y5 visit to Cadbury World on Friday 12th July Important Information Normal school time – coaches will depart at 9.15am and return by 3.30pm. Pupils should wear school PE KIT – for comfort, trainers will be allowed. Pupils should bring a lightweight rucksack/bag – they will need a packed lunch and a drink. Depending on the weather, pupils may need suncream/ hat /raincoat. Pupils should ensure that, if prescribed, inhalers are carried with them. A small amount of money may be brought but pupils will have full responsibility for this.
4 Jul 2019
Y6 visit to the Black Country Living Museum on Tuesday 9th July Important Information Normal school time – coaches will depart at 9.15am and return by 3.30pm. Pupils should wear school PE KIT – for comfort, trainers will be allowed. Pupils should bring a lightweight rucksack/bag – they will need a packed lunch and a drink. Depending on the weather, pupils may need suncream/ hat /raincoat. Pupils should ensure that, if prescribed, inhalers are carried with them. A small amount of money may be brought but pupils will have full responsibility for this.
3 Jul 2019
Our next Parent Support Group will be on Thursday 4 July, 6pm at Saint Augustine’s High School. The focus will be on E-Safety – Keeping our Children Safe Online. We will be covering online safety for all age ranges. If you would like to find out more about the Parent Support Group, please visit the website below: www.psglourdesmac.co.uk All parents/carers are welcome to attend.
Due to unforeseen circumstances Fr Damian has given his apologies that he is unable to come into school tomorrow afternoon and celebrate Mass with the the Polish Community. Therefore the Polish Mass is cancelled. A special Mass has been arranged in St Bede’s School for all pupils and their families who are Polish or who have Polish ancestry on Friday 12th July beginning at 2.15pm in the Chapel/School Hall. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be available after Mass. A donation to the Great Orchestra Christmas Charity will be made from any gratuities received in appreciation of the refreshments. Specjalna Msza Święta zostanie odprawiona przez Księdza Damiana dla uczniów ich rodzin w piątek 12 lipca o godzinie 14:15 w kaplicy katolickiej szkoły St Bede’s. Po Mszy Świętej będą serwowane drobne przekąski. Dobrowolna ofiara będzie zbierana na Wielką Orkiestrę Świątecznej Pomocy po zakończeniu Mszy Świętej jako wyraz podziękowania za przekąski. Wszystkich serdecznie zapraszamy.
3 Jul 2019
On Tuesday, St Bede’s took 40 pupils to represent Redditch in the Worcestershire School Games, competing in Boccia, Swimming, and Athletics. These 3 teams had already won the District Round, which meant the standard would be high! The swimmers did really well, especially with us having Year 5’s competing against Year 6’s! The KS2 team finished 4th overal,l but only missed out on 3rd place by a couple of points! Well done to Owen, Oliver, Mikey, George, Liam, Hayden, Ellie, Grace, Frankie, Niamh, Victoria, Amelie and Ruby for all their hard work and to Mr Roberts for coaching them! The KS3 Boccia team, led by Miss Stewart, were really up for the competition. Narrowly losing their first game, they then fought bravely, winning all their remaining games. This meant that they won the event and claimed the Gold medal! A huge congratulations to Nathan, Mason, Tayibah and Sam for their achievement! We also then had Year 7 and Year 8 Super 6 athletic teams competing at the Ryland centre. Led by Mr Stenning, pupils were eager to show what they were made of against the best teams in the county. The Year 7’s did really well and managed to finish 2nd overall!! Well done to James, Rio, Lewis, Riley, George, Preston, Hallie, Danni, Olivia, Julia, Eden and Poppy for all their efforts, they deserved the Silver and hopefully next year they can improve. The Year 8 Super 6 team, again, did their absolute best and manged to win the competition! Picking up the Gold medal is a real credit to their hard work and commitment to athletics this year and really does prove that practice makes perfect! Well done to Santos, Tom, Stan, Reuben, Fin, Tom, Lucy, Aoibhe, Carmena, Mia, Evah and Eleanor for all their hard work!
2 Jul 2019
The Engineering Development Trust (who run Go4SET) have shared the news that St Bede’s boys’ team came 2nd out of 80 teams in the Innovative Design section of the competition, which is great in itself, but more so because they were at least a year younger than the other teams in the competition. Congratulations to: Sion, Colin, Ronan, David, Finley and Oscar who worked incredibly hard over 35 hours.
2 Jul 2019
St Bede’s Writing Oscars 15/07/19 Just to make you aware that the Writing Oscars are now closed for entries. Miss Mogg will be going through all of the entries this week to find the finalists and the winner for each category. The theme for both staff and children is ‘Dress to Impress’, to reflect the red carpet and Oscars-style event. However, please ensure your child is in appropriate wear (including footwear) as obviously it is still a school event and whatever they wear will have to be worn all day. If children say they have nothing to wear, please explain that we’re not expecting ball gowns, just to dress smart-ish! £1.00 donation for children wear their own clothes on this day, payable on ParentPay – this is to raise money for our literacy fund.
2 Jul 2019
This morning, 60 pupils were chosen to take part in a live Q&A,, hosted by Shell and Rachel Riley, about careers in STEM. Three of our pupils had questions read out and answered by the panel. An exciting opportunity for the pupil’s to explore how they could enter a career in STEM, as well as the opportunities that are out there for them.
1 Jul 2019
Lost Property. If your child is missing an item of uniform/lunch box/PE kit/coat/drinks bottle/glasses, please encourage them to look around school for them. We have a large amount of lost property that is not named and therefore sadly, can’t be reunited with it’s owner. The lost property trolley is in the hall and PE kit is kept in the disabled toilet in the Sports Hall or the gym changing rooms. A picture of glasses that have been found and handed in, is attached – these can be collected from reception where they are kept for safekeeping . If you would like to come in and help your child look for their lost items, please visit school between 8:15am and 8:45am or 3:35 and 4:00pm where you will be able to come in and search every classroom, cloakroom and corridor throughout school. Any unnamed and unclaimed lost property will be disposed of at the end of the school term July 2019.
28 Jun 2019
Dates for the diary A reminder to always check the ‘Upcoming Events’ post each week to see what going on in school. Parents/Carers are invited to Awards Assemblies: Date Time Year 5 17/07/2019 10am Year 6 17/07/2019 2pm Year 7 18/07/2019 2pm Year 8 19/07/2019 2pm
Clubs for the week ahead 01 – 05 July 2019
Library data Friday 21st – Thursday 27th June 2019
28 Jun 2019
Homework Workshop Evening FAO: Parent/Carer for pupils in years 5, 6 & 7 At St Bede’s Catholic Middle School, we use evidence-based practice to ensure that we work towards achieving the best outcomes for all our pupils. Recent research has evaluated the impact of homework, in particular in KS2 and KS3. The research by the Education Endowment Foundation found that homework at a primary stage has limited impact. As a school leadership team, we discussed the benefit of homework in our setting and for our pupils. Therefore, it was decided that our homework policy would change and for the majority of subjects, that homework is optional rather than compulsory. In modern Britain, as a school, we feel it is more important for parents to spend quality time with their children completing a variety of activities to develop resilience, emotional regulation, independence and communication skills. Pupils will still be required to complete reading, spellings and arithmetic homework’s on a regular basis. There will be extra support to help parents and pupils online from September. The Quality of Education Policy which will explain the new homework policy, will be available online, once it has been ratified by the governors. There will be an information evening on Wednesday 17th July with two sessions for parents to drop in to find out about the changes for September. The first one will start at 4:00pm and the second will start at 6:00pm. The aim is for both of these sessions to be completed in half an hour at a maximum, this will take place in the school hall. We look forward to seeing you there. Mr M Russell
27 Jun 2019
Year 6 Liddington return 2019 I’m sure you’re all counting down the hours until you get your little ones home and their washing back! The coaches are expected to be back at 12noon – you will be text with a confirmed time after 11am. PLEASE DO NOT block the front of the school – the two coaches will need to park up to drop off the children. Parking will be available on the lower school playground. E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any collection arrangements or if your child will be staying in school until the end of the school day.
27 Jun 2019
! would like to thank to all the Year 6 and 7 pupilswho have already applied to be a Language Ambassador for next September. Due to the Liddington trip, I have decided to extend the application for all Year 6 and 7 students to Friday 5 July. The letter of application needs to be handed in to Mrs Bourne (Room 11) by this date. Bonne Chance!
26 Jun 2019
Due to the unprecedented uptake on the school residential trips for next year, we are pleased to advise that we have managed to secure further places for all of the trips. Anybody who had requested to be put on the waiting list has already been notified and the places are now available for general booking on ParentPay. Please be advised that all residential trips are operated on a first come, first served basis. If the places fill up again, we will return to holding a waiting list.
A reminder that the next instalment for the Liddington trip is due for payment on ParentPay on Monday 1 July. Thank you
Cricket for Year 5/6 for Thursday after school has been added Clubs for the week ahead 24 June to 28 June 2019
Library Data Friday 14 -Thursday 20 June 2019
21 Jun 2019
Well what a week for Athletics! After the huge success in the Super 6 event on Monday, the PE Department was on a high. Tuesday’s KS2 quads is looking to be rearranged for the w/c 1 July.However, pupils got off to a good start! On Thursday we saw the whole KS3 Athletics Team compete in the Quads athletics against Birchensale, Ridgeway and Woodrush. Our pupils, as always, did themselves proud and we managed to fill every place in all events which meant we gained as many points as possible! We saw some brilliant performances, both on the track and the field, and many of our athletes qualified for the individual district finals taking place on Friday 5 July which allows pupils to compete again this time for a chance of a medal. Overall, as a team, St Bede’s, once again, retained the district trophy, managing to hold Birchensale off who pushed us all the way! This result, yet again, is down the hard work and commitment to the athletics season of both staff, pupils and parents! Mr Stenning would like to thank everyone involved in Athletics this year!
20 Jun 2019
Please read letter attached and download SIMS Parent App. School reports and SATs results will be on the app in prior to us breaking up in July – please ensure you have access to both SIMS Parent App & Epraise. St Bede’s Online Services for Parents – update 2018-2019
18 Jun 2019
Plastic bottle caps for fundraising appeal: We would like everyone to know that we are going to start collecting plastic bottle caps. We would like to bring this into our daily routine we will make little bins for bottle caps. This will help with recycling in school and support our Eco School activities. Why do we need to collect them? We need plastic caps because it is hoped that 10 TONS of plastic bottle caps will be collected to help raise money for some treatment for a young girl who needs urgent care and support with her medical condition. Her family are collecting so they can raise funds for the amount of weight they have with the bottle caps from the recycling plant. Why just the plastic bottle caps and not the bottles themselves? We are asking for bottle caps because the bottle caps and the plastic bottle are made of different plastics the plastic cap is made out of polypropylene and the bottle is made out of polyethylene terephthalate. The polypropylene is easier at the moment to recycle and can be exchanged for cash. So, over to you! Get collecting and help reduce, reuse, recycle! We would like it very much if each class could continue with collecting bottle caps over the next few weeks up until the Summer holidays. We will stop collecting on Friday 19th July. These can be brought into school and passed to your Form teacher, Mrs Simmons on Reception, Mrs Keggans in the Library or Miss Downes in her Office in Room 8. Thank you for your support
18 Jun 2019
We now have a provisional list of activities for Liddington which does include a wet activity where pupils will probably end up in a lake. Since some pupils are timetabled to do this on Monday afternoon and we have no way of drying clothes, these will be very smelly by Friday. We would, therefore, highly recommend that pupils have one set of very old clothes which can be thrown away after their session. We will advise pupils on Friday at their final briefing if they are timetabled to do this activity on Monday afternoon so they can come dressed appropriately. Mr Bailey