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  • Catholic Life | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    Catholic Life As a Catholic School we are always mindful of the teachings of the Church and how we should follow in Jesus’ footsteps. The pupils’ are encouraged to follow the example set by the Saints to do Charity Work in School, in the Parish and the Local Community; through volunteering and supporting peers, fund raising or donating goods and time. Education gives people the grounding they need for life— preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of later life; helping them achieve positive things and preventing many problems happening later in life. We try to ensure that all pupils have the experiences that will ensure they become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. So that they become young people who understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain. The Charity Work undertaken generally comes under the RE, PHSCE or Enrichment Curriculum umbrella. We have implemented this programme because of relevant legislation. The Education Act (2002) Requires all schools to teach a curriculum that is “broadly based, balanced, and meets the needs of pupils.” ​ From this, we must promote the spiritual and vocational, moral, cultural, social, mental and physical development of pupils at school. It requires and looks for children to live ‘full active lives as part of their community’ and into adulthood. ​ It looks for children to feel safe, be happy, fulfil their potential and appreciate others It must promote British Values (‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011.) Teaching British values means providing a curriculum which 'actively promote(s) the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs'. ​ Pupils in each Year band take the main responsibility for Charity Work for one half term per Academic Year. The pupils are encouraged to adopt a Charity of their own choice. Autumn 1 Year 3 Autumn 2 Year 4 Spring 1 Year 1 Spring 2 Year 2 Summer 1 Year 5 Summer 2 Year 6 EYFS (Reception & Nursery) Throughout Autumn 1 and the Summer Term a weekly Charity Enrichment Activity is held which children choose to be part of, where they undertake extra fund raising work for Charities of their choice. During Vocations and Citizenship Day, held annually around May, Yearbands often take a different charitable slant. Often this involves supporting the Homeless found in Birmingham City Centre. The Homeless are also supported at Harvest Time with donations from the Harvest Festival going to the Fireside Centre. There are also whole School Charity initiatives annually in Lent and Advent. The School always gives support to the Diocesan Charity of Father Hudson’s Care and pupils from each Yearband represent the School at the annual Good Shepherd Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral. The focus of the Advent Charity varies. Previous Advent or Academic Year Charity Fund Raising Initiatives have seen the pupils raising money for the Parish Church refurbishments. Each year the School supports Mission Together, an initiative of Pope Francis. ​ The Staff of St Bernadette’s are also heavily involved in Charity Work in many forms. Supporting by donating Raffle Prizes or other goods as needed. Volunteering and giving time to support children and families outside of School. As well as undertaking personal fund raising activities. ​ ​ Read More Vocations ​ It is important that all pupils have a basic understanding that all of us are created in the image and likeness of God and although we are all very different , God loves every one of us no matter what we look like or how different we are. Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to reach their full potential and this is achieved through the broad and balanced curriculum on offer and the strong, pastoral support available to all children. Mission Our school mission statement is: At St Bernadette’s catholic School you will find us caring, hardworking and co-operative. We follow the ways of Jesus using our talents and gifts to make our school special. We show respect to all and welcome you. Class Saints

  • Saints | St Bernadette's Cath

    Saints St. Patrick ​ Feast Day: 17th March Patron Saint: Ireland and Nigeria. ​ When Patrick was about sixteen, he was captured by pirates from his home in Roman Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he looked after animals. He lived there for six years and during this time he learned the local language and became closer to God. ​ Patrick escaped captivity and returned to his family in his early twenties. He later travelled to France where he trained in a monastery, possibly under Saint Germain, the Bishop of Auxerre. He dedicated his life to learning. It is thought, twelve years later he returned to Ireland sent with the Pope's blessing. As he knew the language, he could preach to people and baptise them and he also married couples. He established monasteries, schools, and churches. He brought Christianity to Ireland and converted people to his religion. He is credited as being the first bishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland . Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the holy trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). ​ We cannot be certain exactly when Patrick was born or when he died but there is evidence of him being in Ireland in the 5th Century. Saint Patrick's Day is observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses in Ireland, it is a holy day of obligation . All around the world, St. Patrick and Ireland is celebrated on this day. Please talk to Year 5 about their special saint friend. ​ St. Patrick Pray for us St. Teresa of Calcutta ​ Feast Day: 5th September Born: 26th August 1910 Died: 5th September 1997 ​ Patron Saint: World Youth Day, Missionaries of Charity, Archdiocese of Calcutta. ​ Agnes Bojaxhiu was born in the city of Skopje, which is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, in August 1910. Her mother died when she was eight years old, and she was brought up by her father. ​ At 18, she went to Ireland and joined the Sisters of Lorreto and became a missionary in India. Based in Darjeeling, she learnt the language so that she could teach in a local school. Eight years later, she made her solemn vows and took the name Teresa after Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. In 1946 she had what she called, “the call within the call,” and experienced interior visions that led her to the conviction that Christ was calling her to serve “the poorest of the poor.” Inspired by what she was doing, many other women joined her. This is how the Missionaries of Charity was formed and she became known as Mother Teresa. ​ Her legacy continues today through the work of over 4500 sisters who care for people all over the world, run schools, soup kitchens and homes for orphaned children. During her life she won awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India’s highest civilian award in 1980. In 2003 Pope John Paul II began the process of making her a saint and she was canonised as Saint Teresa of Calcutta in September 2016 by Pope Francis. ​ Please talk to Year 6 about their special saint friend and her inspirational life and quotes. ​ St. Teresa of Calcutta Pray for us. St. Joseph ​ Feast Day: 19th March ​ Patron Saint: fathers, Catholic Church, unborn children, happy death, carpenters, pilgrims, and immigrants (to name but a few). ​ Joseph was the husband of Mary and Jesus’ foster father. Saints Luke and Matthew both comment that he is a descendant from David, who was thought of as the greatest king of Israel (Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38). From the Bible, we learn that he was a carpenter and a hard-working man. He was not thought to be rich as when he and Mary presented Jesus in the temple he offered two turtledoves as a sacrifice, which was allowed if you could not afford a lamb (Luke 2:24). There are no spoken words recorded by Saint Joseph in the Bible. Joseph was a man of action and protected Jesus when God told him to go to Egypt and protect Jesus from King Herod. He was compassionate and loving towards Mary and Jesus and he listened to and respected God. Since Joseph does not appear in Jesus' public life, at his death, or resurrection, many people believe Joseph probably had died before Jesus entered public ministry. It is believed that he died in the arms of Jesus and Mary which is why he is the patron of a happy death. Saint Joseph’s feast day is 19th March which is always during Lent. Many countries around the world celebrate and remember Saint Joseph’s life and example on this day. In Spain people celebrate Father’s Day, El Dia del Padre, on this day. Please talk to Reception about their special saint friend. ​ St. Joseph Pray for us

  • Inspection Reports | St Bernadette's Cath

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  • Pastoral Support | St Bernadette's Cath

    Pastoral Support PASTORAL SUPPORT A message from the Pastoral Team: Mr Lavin, Mrs Bhella, Mrs Shalvey and Mrs Payne. To All our Parents, Carers and Children. ​ We hope that you are all keeping safe and well during this worrying time with the current coronavirus situation we are still facing. Unfortunately for some, we have been faced with the reality of the virus either in our families, friendships or our wider community. As St Bernadette’s family, be assured that we continue to keep you all in our prayers. ​ During the unusual period of enforced national lockdown, many children would have missed their school friends, teachers and the daily routine that school offers. As St Bernadette’s opened its doors in September, we had some tears and tantrums, love and laughter. For some children they were concerned that they were going to be behind with their work, their social skills would have taken a dip and their confidence knocked. Others were delighted (including parents!) to see their friends and teachers and appreciated that the ‘long holiday’ was over!! ​ As part of the Pastoral team we work hard with our children to overcome any barriers to their learning. We were delighted to reassure them and support them either individually or in small groups to recognise their emotions and help them understand what has happened over the past few months. We have worked hard with Parents to address their child’s emotional needs, as we know children who are not emotionally settled may struggle to learn. For some children further intervention may be necessary and we can signpost them to relevant external agencies. If you feel your child may benefit from extra support, please contact one of the Pastoral team. ​ As we continue in these uncertain times, we will continue to encourage the children to maintain class bubbles, promote hand washing, clean surfaces regularly and monitor and act promptly to any symptoms of Coronavirus. Stay safe. A PRAYER FOR PRECIOUS CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD. Dear Jesus, Thank you so much for all the precious children in this world, we know they mean so much to you. We pray you will help us do all we can to protect and give them the start in life they deserve. Lord we bring to you all our families and ask for help at this special time of need as the COVID infection continues to affect our world. We pray to St Bernadette and our Mother Mary to help and care for all of us. Please take a look at the following websites where you will be able to access support from various organisations if needed. BARNARDO’S – Support for children, young people and families in need. Contact details: , Helpline telephone: 0121-550-5271. SHELTER - Housing advise and homelessness. Contact details: , Telephone helpline number 0300-330-1234 MIND - Adult support for mental health, benefits and housing. Contact details: Birmingham, Telephone 0121-262-3555 Support for key worker practical advice for staying at home taking care of your mental health support for work, benefits, and housing talking to children about coronavirus how to talk to your anxious child or teen about Coronavirus and much more WOMEN’S AID - Provides front line domestic violence and abuse support to women and children in Birmingham and Solihull area. Contact details: Contact telephone number: 0800 800 0028 (freephone helpline)/ 07891 492327 for anyone who would have accessed the drop-in centres. Any women at risk of homelessness as a result of domestic violence and abuse in Birmingham can call the Housing Options HUB. Telephone number: 0800 169 9604 EDWARDS TRUST - Support for Children and Families facing loss and surviving bereavement across the West Midlands. Contact details: Bereavement telephone: 0121-454-1705 CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE - Support for Children and Families facing loss and surviving bereavement. Open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm Contact Telephone number: 0808 808 1677 Email: BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN'S TRUST - COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY - Offer family telephone support for those living in Solihull - 5 days a week Contact telephone number: 0121 779 1734 Email: How best to look after your own and/or your child mental and emotional wellbeing on a daily basis How to talk with children about COVID - 19 and their worries relayed to it How to support children to engage with learning at home How best to maintain social connections whilst complying with social distancing How to manage behaviour that can be challenging or difficult to manage FOOD BANK VOUCHERS - These can be obtained from school. Your local Children’s Centre will also be able to offer you advice and may sign post you to other appropriate organisations. We also know that lots of children will be over hearing adult conversations, listening to the news, and have access to social media etc. all of which may leave them feeling confused and frightened. Please have a look at these links with your children to help them understand about coronavirus, social distancing and self-isolation as they may benefit from a simple explanation; Further support can also be accessed through: CHILDLINE- 0800 1111 SHOUT 24/7 - free text service for children- text to 85258 CHILDMIND HTTPS://CHILDMIND.ORG/ARTICLE/HOW-MINDFULNESS-CAN-HELP-DURING-COVID-19/ provides simple mindfulness activities to do with children PAUSE - is a drop in mental health and emotional well-being service for under 25s it is currently offering telephone support from 10 am - 6 pm 7 days a week for children and their parents. contact no: 0207 841 4470 email: OUR ROOTS CIC offers free telephone counselling (CBT or talk therapy) Telephone : 0121 439 9045 For support, advice and information in a crisis please contact one of the following: - YOUR GP or out of hours service - SAMARITANS on 116 123 free 24hr support - POLICE -Call 111 (open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year) - SANELINE on 0845 767 8000 (open 4:30 pm – 10:30pm every day) - CALM HELPLINE 0800 58 58 58 open 5pm – Midnight 365 days a year

  • Change of Details | St Bernadette's Cath

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  • Spelling & Grammar | St Bernadette's Cath

    Spelling & Grammar In 2019 we introduced a new approach to our spelling teaching and learning using 'Spelling Shed'. This scheme has been created following key National Curriculum objectives and provides children with 100% coverage of the statutory and non-statutory spelling lists in each age phase. ​ It is a fun interactive way to help children practise spellings via simple online games. Pupils will also be given a booklet containing their spelling lists for the year (also available on the school website). Each week, children are set ten spellings. The words in their spelling list either follow a particular rule or relate to a certain sound, depending on their age and/or ability. They will be tested each week and should practise their spellings using both the booklet and the Spelling Shed website. You do not have to purchase the app – they can log in using the official website instead. There are four difficulty levels, which offer different levels of support. By playing the games, pupils earn points to buy items for their avatars. We will be able to monitor how much each child practises their spellings and will be able to address common areas of difficulty. Progression in writing: years 1-6 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6

  • School Meals | St Bernadette's Cath

    School Meals At St Bernadette's our school meals are provided by Cityserve. They provide a nutritionally balanced meal for our children who have a school meal at lunchtime. The menu provided runs on a 4 weekly rolling cycle and includes healthy and nutritious options each day. If your child has a school meal please complete the menu choices below. Please only complete this once as this information will be used by the cook to order ingredients and produce the correct number of meals Dear Parents/Carers ​ I am writing to introduce myself as the Schools new Catering Supervisor. My name is Sharon Worth and I have twenty four years experience in this role. ​ I am passionate about providing our children with a tasty, healthy school lunch. Almost all of the food we serve is cooked from scratch using fresh locally sourced ingredients. We provide a salad cart with fresh bread daily. ​ I am developing a new menu for 2022 and have lots of ideas for the coming months which include tasting sessions at parent evenings and regular theme days. ​ If you would like to contact me about your child’s dietary needs, or for any queries about school lunches please email me at ​ Kind Regards Sharon Worth

  • SEND | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    SENCO Surgery ​ This will take place termly and gives the opportunity for any parent/carer to come into the school and discuss any aspect of Special Educational Needs and Disability with Mrs Bhella - Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Please email or telephone 0121 783 7232 (option 3) to book an appointment. If the day allocated is not convenient please get in touch and we can arrange a different day / time. Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Report (SEND Code of Practice 2014) SEND Policy 2021 SENCO Parent Welcome Important Information for Families of SEND Children Learning Difficulties BCC - Here to Help Sensory Support Communication & Autism Top 10 Tips to help Your Child ADHD Parents Guide ADHD Summary Booklet Autism Guide Ages & Stages Info Dyspraxia Explained Speech & Language Verbal Dyspraxia Top 10 Toys Talk Together My Child Has Glue Ear Visual Timelines Toddler Stammering Pre-School Parent Link Officer Service Parent Link Service Parent Link Officer Special Educational Needs Information Report Reviewed September 2021 Special Educational Needs Information Report (Academic Year 2021 to 2022) ​ The school's SEND information report sets out what we provide for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) throughout their time with us. It explains how we support them on to the next stage of their education. This report should be read with the SEND Policy. St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School is an inclusive school which offers a range of provision to support children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. You can find the Birmingham Local Offer at Background ​ Children and Families Act 2014 ​ The Children and Families Act takes forward the Government’s commitments to improve services for vulnerable children and support families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background. The Act aims to reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs. The Government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them. The Act has extended the SEN system from birth to 25, given children, young people and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met. It has taken forward the reform programme set out in Support and Aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability: Progress and next steps by: Replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments with the birth- to-25 Education, Health and Care Plan, extending rights and protections to young people in further education and training and offering families personal budgets so that they have more control over the support they need. Improving cooperation between all the services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together. Requiring local authorities to involve children, young people, and parents/carers in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational needs and to publish a ‘local offer’ of support. What is the Local Offer? The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This easy-to-understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child. The Birmingham Local Offer was published in September 2014 and has been reviewed since. It aims to provide parents/carers with information about how to access services in their area, and what they can expect from those services. With regard to Education, it will let parents/ carers and young people know how schools will support them, and what they can expect across the local settings. This document outlines how St Bernadette’s Primary School intends to demonstrate its local offer to support children with SEND. SEND Information Report 21/22