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St Bedes Catholic College Long Cross, Bristol BS11 OSU

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

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THE BIG ASSEMBLY LIVED UP TO EXPECTATIONS! Last Thursday, 17 of our year 11 pupils took part in the 'Big Assembly' at the Colston Hall. As part of the Year of Faith, over 70 Catholic primary and secondary schools from the Clifton diocese participated in the event. All of the schools showcased their gifts and talents, through singing, dance and was great! Bishop Declan led the liturgy for what was to be a fitting end to a wonderful day. All pupils agreed that the day was a great success. Alex Bevan, Abi Alexander, Grace Beasley Suffolk, Emily Shiga and Molly Spencer-Harty. SHOE BOX APPEAL OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD We will be challenging our pupils to put together as many shoeboxes as possible, filled with gifts and toys for children in the world who won't be receiving any presents this Christmas. Operation Christmas Child seeks to bring a small amount of happiness to thousands of children all over the world. A simple thing such as a shoebox filled with toys, gifts and toothbrushes can make a world of difference to children who would otherwise have nothing. Please support our shoebox appeal and bring in empty shoeboxes and items that will contribute towards a box. If you are not in year 7, 8 or 9 but would still like to put a box together, then please speak to Lay Chaplain, Camilla or Mr McCarthy who can give you more information! Thank you so much!

REACHING FOR THE STARS! 4th October 2012: National Poetry Day. This year the theme was 'STARS'; which gave the pupils and staff of St Bede's lots of scope to be creative, from Science to RF to our sporting heroes and people of inspiration. As usual there was a buzz around the college3772200 Fax:creativity; Year 11s Tel: (0117) as we embraced our (0117) 3772201 buddied with Year 7s to produce their star themed poems. Exciting poems were produced across the curriculum and many shared their favourite poems in tutor time and during lessons-as our own stars were shining brightly.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Term 1 Monday 3 September to Thursday 25 October 2012 Term 2 Monday 5 November to Thursday 20 December 2012 Term 3 Monday 7 January to Friday 8 February 2013 Term 4 Monday 18 February to Friday 22 March 2013 Term 5 Monday 8 April to Friday 24 May 2013 Term 6 Monday 3 June to Wednesday 24 July 2013 Schools will also be closed for the following INSET Days: Thursday 20 December 2012 Friday 1 March 2013 Friday 3 May 2013 Monday 15 July 2013 Please note that the College calendar for this academic year is now available to view on our website.

BRISTOL RUGBY TRAIN AT ST BEDES Bristol Rugby's first team squad trained on our 3G artificial pitch on Monday of this week prior to their B&I Cup opener with Cardiff at the weekend. Former St Bede's pupil and full-time Bristol Rugby Academy member Joe Joyce suggested the venue after poor E-mail: weather had affected the pitches at the Club's Clifton RFC training base. "I left St Bede's before the sports complex facilities were completed," said Joe. "I didn't get the chance to take advantage of them as a pupil, so it was great to come back today. The boys really enjoyed training on the state of the art full size playing surface. It was nice to come back and return to my old school and I even managed to catch up with my ex-teacher Mr Johnson after training."

LAWRENCE WESTON COMMUNITY FARM HALF-TERM ACTIVITIES Visit Lawrence Weston Community Farm this half-term for some great free activities. Activities include: Lantern Making - Thursday 25th Oct 1.30pm - 3.30pm Trapeze in the trees - Tuesday 30th Oct 1.30pm - 3.30pm Join performance group Whispering Woods in our Water Vole Woodland to have a go on a trapeze in the trees. Soup cooked on a fire - Wednesday 31st Oct 12.00pm - 2.00pm Come and help make a big pot of soup on an open fire in the woodland using ingredients from the farms gardens. Yummy! for more details.

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SPORTS NEWS Inter-house Cross Country What a great turn up for the first inter-house of the year. The ground was still wet from the previous days rain, but still over 150 pupils turned out to represent their house. Year 7 Boys 1st Joe Eustace, 2nd Bertie Powell, 3rd Dom Robbins Year 7 Girls 1st Rhian Hughes, 2nd Victoria Szynanska, 3rd Mary Riveria Year 8/9 Boys 1st Leevan Uhlyk, 2nd Ted Phillips, 3rd Emmanuel Tsagurnis Year 8/9 Girls 1st Natasha Soodeen, 2nd Martha Eustace, 3rd Marika Niekowal Year 10/11 Boys 1st David McMillan, 2nd Aaron Coleman, 3rd Mike Bojski Year 10/11 Girls 1st Katie Constable, 2nd Megan Souness, 3rd Lauren Upton Boys Rugby Year 7 Oasis Brightstowe Academy Festival 'A' Team finished 2nd 'B' Team finished 7th Year 8 vs Fairfield Won 56 - 0 Year 10 vs Fairfield Lost 27 - 22 Boys Football National Cup Year 8 Vs Writhlington Lost 6 - 1 Year 11 vs John Cabot Won 4 - 1 Girls Netball Year 9 vs Oasis Won 22 - 3 Year 10 vs Oasis Won 21 3 Year 9 Football Team into National Cup Round 4 Congratulations to St Bede's Year 9 football team who have won twice in a week to progress into Round 4 of the National Football Competition. Two goals from Leevan Uhylk and a man of the match performance from Elliott Soodeen produced a 2-1 victory against Backwell in Round 2 and set up a Round 3 match at Hanham High School. This time a hat trick from Leevan Uhylk and a goal from Iwan Hughes produced a comfortable 4-2 victory and now the boys await the draw for Round 4 next week. A special thank you to Mrs Lydon and Mrs Tsagurnis for helping out with transport to Hanham.

ECO NEWS Congratulations to the new Year 7 Eco Reps! Ella Clifton, Niamh Kelly, Kellie-Ann Steadman, Olivia Gilmore, Joel Hucker, Dominik Ziegot, Emily Gilbert, Joseph Eustace, Morgan Brady, Lara Mae Asuncion, Louie Phillips, Keeley Doherty, Kennedi Cross, Katie Norris, Evelyn McKee, Sophie Marriot, Kieron Obee. The Year 7 Eco Reps were presented with their badges during their Eco Assembly on Friday. This means we now have 80 Eco Reps helping us to maintain the School's Eco Code. Our Eco Code Sustainable-We will not waste our resources and recycle whenever we can. Travel- We will try to use public transport, bikes and our legs. Bins- We will use them and be litter free! Energy- We will switch on to switching off! Diversity- We will develop our college grounds to encourage and maintain different species. Educate- We will educate people about fair trade, healthy living and spreading the eco message. Save the planet- If we stick to our eco-code!

OCTOBER HALF-TERM SPORTS CAMPS From Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November the community sports team will be running sports camps at St Bede's for boys and girls aged 7-14. The cost is 10 per day or 40 for all 5-days. For more information and how to register please contact Rob Allan, Sports Development Officer, on 07825 767582 or email Any family experiencing hardship at the moment who would like their child to participate, please contact Mrs OHagan in confidence. We can subsidise a few places for our children.

FOOD DEPARTMENT REQUEST The Food department is in need of take-away plastic containers and tins with lids. If you have any surplus at home, it would be appreciated. Thank you in anticipation.

E-SAFETY TIP At bedtime ensure your child leaves all portable electronic devices downstairs, this removes the temptation to play games when you think they are sleeping or surf the internet.

ART COURSEWORK Art coursework club takes place every Tuesday after school from 3.15-4.15.

BRAINTEASER In a school, three rings of a bell indicate break time. Most of the pupils try to get from their classroom to the school playground before the third ring of the bell. There is a ten second interval between each ring. If two seconds are used to store their books... Question : How much time is available to reach the school yard before the third bell? LAST WEEKS BRAINTEASER ANSWER

SAM LEARNING St Bede's provides all pupils in years 7 11 with free access to the fantastic online study tool SAM Learning. Using SAM Learning is a proven way to boost academic performance. Studies have shown that using the service leads to better exam results. Students can log into SAM Learning from home and complete 1000s of interactive tests, exam practice questions and exam papers for many different subjects. To access SAM Learning your child needs to go to and enter their unique login details: Centre ID:BS11SB User ID: Date of birth followed by two initials; first name then last name. Example: 010899DJ is the User ID for David Jones born 1st Aug 1999. Password: Initially same as User ID (but can be changed once logged in).If your child forgets their password to have it reset they need to see an ICT teacher at lunchtime.