Clubs for the week ahead 14-18 October 2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
13 Sep 2019
Dear Parents and Carers Another busy week at Bede’s and the summer holiday already seems like a distant memory! Once again, thanks to all parents and carers for ensuring that pupils have come to school this week looking smart and being well equipped. I’ve been lucky enough to have a few walks around school this week and it’s been great to see all pupils engaged with their learning and teachers’ teaching. Sometimes we take it for granted at Bede’s just how well behaved our pupils are and, as a teacher, it is great to work in a school where you can actually teach and not be on crowd control every lesson!, This week, Mr Russell, Mrs Gallinagh and I went to London for the PiXL Conference. PiXL is a system we use to identify gaps in learning in English and Maths at KS2 to help to ensure the best possible outcome for pupils in their SATs and improve their life chances. What I found really interesting was that this year in the SATs, only 37% of pupils across the country could correctly input capital letters into a sentence. Miss Mogg is on the case already to ensure that Bede’s pupils are part of that 37%! Please make sure that, if you haven’t already, you have downloaded and registered the SIMS App. This has been launched this week with Year 5. This will be the only portal you can use to update consents and receive school reports. I am pleased to announce that we already have a 75% sign up with existing students but I am hoping to get this at least to the sign up numbers with have with ParentPay which is 91%! Also, download the ePraise app where you can see the points and demerits your child has received.…
10 Sep 2019
Over the last 2 years we have been asking for an annual donation from you to the School Fund. If you wish to donate, you will find details on your ParentPay account. Last year’s donations were spent on our beautiful bespoke school clock along with the following: Year 5 Ice creams for all Year 6 SATs treat afternoon Year 7 Cinema snacks Year 8 Leavers’ photo booth Whole school Sports and play equipment for lunch times Whole school Christmas ‘Scroogical’ performance
Already have a sibling here? SIMS Parent App & Epraise not linking? If you have more than one child at St Bede’s and your accounts haven’t automatically linked please get in touch. We will be able to solve this for you by ensuring we eliminate duplicate parent contacts. E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your child(rens) full name(s), your name and your preferred e-mail address.
Clubs for the week ahead 9-13 September 2019
6 Sep 2019
Dear Parents and Carers It has been a very busy week here at St Bede’s and it was fantastic to see our new pupils arrive and our existing pupils return on Wednesday. Prior to their arrival, all staff had a busy two days on Monday and Tuesday. Monday involved staff taking part in statutory safeguarding training, as well as training on OFSTED, Special Educational Needs and assessment. This has meant that all staff are fully prepared for the challenges that lie ahead this academic year. On Tuesday, we were joined by our colleagues from across the MAC and Catholic Partnership Schools to take part on training delivered by the Columbans about asylum seekers and refugees. It was a thought provoking experience and something that we will continue to build on as the year progresses… more information to follow!! It was great to see all pupils looking super smart and ready to learn on Wednesday and we celebrated a lovely first mass of the academic year, lead by Father Tony. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate any of our masses with us so please feel free to come along and have a cup of tea and some cake after mass. Lessons started in earnest on Thursday and there was a real learning buzz around school. We hope to capture this atmosphere and ensure that it’s the norm throughout the academic year. Can I please ask all parents to be considerate of our neighbours and each other when dropping off and collecting your children. The Studley Road gets very busy but please be safe and courteous. I’d like to welcome Mr Gallinagh, Ms Cullen, Miss Riddell, Mrs Richardson and Mr Evans who have started with us this week, teaching a variety of subjects. I’m sure you’ll welcome them to the Bede’s…
13 Aug 2019
St Bede’s Term Dates 2019/2020 – Attendance Term Dates for 2019/2020 – see below. Attendance at school up to the age of 16 is a legal requirement and it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child attends school regularly. In order to encourage maximum attendance levels, both staff and pupils need to work within a framework of good practice that both supports and helps to motivate pupils, and is consistent across the school. Pupils should aim to meet the target of 96% or above attendance. 100% attendance is certainly possible, but in the event of your child being away from school it is essential that you, the parent/carer, inform the school for reasons for absence on a DAILY basis. If you do require leave from school for a medical/dental appointment etc you must provide evidence (apt card/text) or for a longer period of time a ‘request for leave form’ must be completed (e-mail reception@st-bede’s.worcs.sch.uk to obtain a form) St Bede’s do not authorise holidays during term time and requests for leave could lead to a referral to the Education Investigation Service, which may result in a fine. AUTHORISED St Bede’s Catholic Middle School Term Dates 2019 – 2020 (4)
29 Jul 2019
St Bede’s uniform With feedback from both parent and pupil a few amendments had been made to our uniform policy. The school council will have fed this back to each form group, during last half term, after they discussed the possibility of new/trendier items. We introduced a new style tracksuit bottom (unisex) and the girls wanted a skort or legging for PE (please note these are optional items). The council also opted for a clip on tie. You will also see that we are phasing out navy skirts, during the academic year 2019/2020, and replacing these with grey ones. See our Uniform Policy and Order form from Orchard Clothing: St Bede’s Uniform Policy 2019 2020 (1) St Bede’s Uniform Order Form ORCHARD CLOTHING 2019
19 Jul 2019
Dear Parents and Carers I hope this letters finds you well. It’s been a while since my last newsletter and I did point out that I felt that a weekly letter wasn’t a good use of my time given the feedback I have received from you. Believe me, I have not been inundated with requests to start writing again! Having said all that, I thought it would be timely to update you on a few significant changes for next year and a recap on the current position of the school. We continue to evidence outstanding achievement and progress for all groups of pupils, especially from entry in year 5 to exit in year 8. 99% of pupils make expected progress, with a large proportion making better than expected progress. Individuals that haven’t made that progress have had significant issues with health and/or attendance. In terms of attainment on exit, the picture is similarly very strong. Using nationally benchmarked tests pupils show that they perform well above the national mean in both English and Maths. 88% of our pupils leave at National Expectation or above in English, while 84% leave at National Expectation or above in maths. In science, pupils this year have performed roughly in line with national standards. Our pupils still have a broad and rich curriculum, supplemented by a wide range of extra-curricular activities – too numerous to mention. In RE, 91% of pupils are at National Expectation on exit from St Bede’s. The end of key stage 2 ( SATs) test that happens in the middle of our school years (year 6) shows that we continue to improve rapidly. Over the last 4 years, we have gone from being well below National Standard to consistently at and above. This year, 85% of our pupils achieved the Expected…
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
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.
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.
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