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St Bedes Catholic College

Long Cross, Bristol BS11 0SU

Tel: (0117) 3772200 Fax: (0117) 3772201


27th June 2014

3rd July
Year 6 Transition Day
Year 6 Parents Evening 6.30pm
5 July
Joint Bell Burnell, Descartes and
Pasteur House trip to Thorpe Park
7 July
College Sports Day
9.30am 12 noon
11th July
1st Year 10 Triple Science Trip departs
13th July
Barcelona Trip leaves
14th July
Inservice Day

14th 18th July

15th 18th July

Year 7 Watersports Activity trip to

France leaves
Year 10 Work Experience
Year 7-9 Enrichment week


On Wednesday the 25th of
June, Ben Whitfield and Alex
Conway contested the
regional final of the Routes
into Languages South West
Speaking Competition. Ben
entered the KS4 non-native
category, speaking Spanish,
and Alex entered the nearnative KS4 category with a
Polish presentation. Both boys spoke confidently and
wittily, getting laughs from the audience. With other
schools coming from as far afield as Truro in Cornwall
the competition was extremely fierce this year. I am
very proud to say that Ben Whitfield was a runner up in
his category and that Alex Conway won first prize in his
and received 50 and a trophy.
Congratulations to past pupil Euan Shanahan, who has
been offered a place at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre
School from September. Euan, who left us in 2011, is
one of only 14 people out of 2500 applicants to be given
a place.

Congratulations to the following pupils who received the
Sacrament of Confirmation at
St. Bernards Church on 17thJune:
Annalise Brady
Caitlin Brady
Thomas Egan
Chloe Hayball
Lori Hayball
Tommy Howlett
Olivia Johnson
Fionnuala Keagan
Romano Navari
Ellie ONeill
Victor Pereira
Michael Sturch
Congratulations also to the following who received the
Sacrament of Confirmation at Sacred Heart Church on
20th June:
Jack Burns
Joshua Bonacorsi
Chali Chaligha
Beth Goodwin
James Saunders
Peter Savery
Abraham Stengler-Hansen
Last week we launched St Bede's Spelling Bee. All three
houses have been taking part in the search to find the
best speller in years seven, eight and nine. The first
round has already been completed and pupils are now
battling it out for the honour of representing their
house. With much fanfare the winner will be decided
next Friday. Already words such as "receive", "avarice"
and "superfluous" have proved to be no challenge to the
very best.
Clothes for a Cause started again on Monday 23rd June
and run for a period of two weeks.
Donations of clothes, textiles and books are gratefully
received during this time. Thank you.

The Governing Body of St Bedes has one vacancy for a
new Governor who is a parent. The full Governing Body
meets four times a year. Committees are established to
divide the workload, each of these meet no fewer than
three times annually. All parents of a pupil on roll
should now have received a nomination form via post.
Candidates must be proposed and seconded and
nominations must be completed and returned to Mrs
Walker, Returning Officer by noon on Friday, 4th July.


The World Cup door decorating challenge is well and
truly underway! Each tutor group has decorated their
door in the flag and colours of a World Cup nation
including numeracy facts about their country. The
winner will be decided next week.


SPORTS DAY Monday 7th July 2014
Track events will begin at approximately 9.30am.
As there is no shade on the field, please ensure that
your son/daughter comes to College well equipped with
sun block, a hat, sunglasses and plenty of water to drink.
(No glass bottles please).
Competitors may change into PE kit before going out
onto the College field, but all pupils must come to
College in the morning in full uniform.
Parents who wish to attend are very welcome. If you
do intend to come and spectate, please let us know in
advance so that seating arrangements can be made. In
the interests of Health and Safety do not bring dogs on
the premises.
Please ensure that your child brings books for lessons 4
and 5, week B.
If the weather is wet, books will be required for all
lessons. Thank you
St Bedes has played hosts to two Primary School Sports
Festivals over the past couple of weeks. On Wednesday
11th June, eleven schools participated in the annual
Quad Kids Athletics event. They were competing for two
places representing North Bristol in the County Finals at
Bath University.
Each school team comprised of eight Year 5 and 6 pupils,
four boys and four girls, who all took part in a 600m run,
a 75m sprint, the stand long jump and the soft javelin.
The eventual winners were Henleaze Juniors with
Elmlea Juniors the runner up.
On Thursday 19th June, we hosted the Year 3 and 4 TriGolf Festival. A series of eight different golf stations
were set out for all the children to complete and
accumulate points for their school. St Bonaventures
school was the winner on the day and now go to the
County Finals at Bath University on 2nd July. A big thank
you to the Year 9 St Bedes pupils who helped out at
both events to ensure that everything ran smoothly and
the children enjoyed themselves.


He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams W.B.Yeats
I have just received notice that the NUT Teachers Union
will be joining the public sector workers strike on 10th
July 2014. I am in the process of looking at the timetable
to ascertain how we might manage this strike action as it
affects 27 of my teachers. I shall let parents know next
week the impact it will have on the College.
SPaG Matters
Interesting trivia:
The words "abstemious" and "facetious" contain all five
vowels in order.

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