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St Bedes Catholic College

Long Cross, Bristol BS11 0SU

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3rd April 2014

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9th April
22nd April
1st May 6.30pm
2nd May
5th May

END OF TERM 4 Pupils leave at 2.00pm

Year 11 Berlin Trip leaves
Year 11 Berlin Trip returns
Annual Prize Giving


On Thursday 27th March
Ben Whitfield, Alex
Conway and Mateo
Turvey participated in
the 'Routes into
Languages' speaking
competition held at The
Royal High School in
Bath. The pupils gave
performances in Spanish
and Polish on the day. 17 schools were represented in this
regional sub-final and a total of 77 pupils performed. Ben
Whitfield, a Year 11 Assistant Head Boy, came first in the
KS4 non-native competition with a stand-up comedy
routine on health which was excellent. Year 10 pupil Alex
Conway came first in the KS4 near-native competition for
other languages with an assured and dynamic account of
his holidays. Mateo Turvey from Year 8 gave a very
creditable and fun performance of his hobbies. Both Ben
and Alex are going forward to the main regional final to be
held at Bath University on the 25th June.

Thank you to everyone that
completed the 'Readathon'
challenge. St Bede's raised a
fantastic 616.07 for three
exceptional childrens
charities: ReadWell, which
provides books and storytelling to children in hospital; CLIC
Sargent, giving support to children and young people with
cancer and their families; and Roald Dahls Marvellous
Childrens Charity, which helps seriously ill and disabled
children. Thank you all for your generosity.


Hold the front page! St Bedes was, once again, involved
with BBC School Report this year. Pupils were encouraged
to make their own news on Thursday of last week and the
results can be found on our website.
Every year the BBC throws open its news rooms to young
journalists and gives them the opportunity to have their
voices heard. We are enthusiastic supporters of the day
and this year had more budding writers than ever before.
The stories that made it through the rigorous editing
process included a profile of the Mendip Snowsport Centre,
an interview with snowboarder Jamie Barrow, a meditation
on what it means to be a girl in 2014, and a report of the
terrifying ordeal that one of our teachers withstood during
a holiday to Tunisia.

Brick City at St. Bedes

As part of the PSHCE Drugs
Education programme we
welcomed ex X Factor group
Brick City to St Bede's last week.
Brick City gave an inspiring talk
to our Year 9 and 10 pupils about
the dangers of drugs and peer
pressure. Pupils were also
treated to a 'mini concert.' The event was well received and
Brick City were delighted with the response from our


Congratulations to Year 11 pupil Alex McGee who won a
city wide award last Friday. Alex was nominated by Manor
Farm Boys Club in the Junior Section Leader Award as part
of the wider Young Bristol Youth Club awards and won!
Alex who has attended the Youth club in Horfield since he
was 8 years old received a glass trophy. He will develop his
role by arranging and organising activities for others at the
Youth Club. A great achievement Alex, well done.

The All Seasons team participated in the Young Enterprise
Final at Cribbs Causeway on Monday evening. They had to
deliver a presentation to hundreds of people and be
interviewed by business professionals. Although the group
did not proceed to the regional finals they performed
excellently. Caroline Tarbuck, Young Enterprise Manager
commented that
"St Bede's did
superbly well and
were very close to
progressing". Well
done to all students
that were involved
this year and we
look forward to
competing again
next year. 400 was raised in total by the team.


On Thursday 27th March the North Bristol Primary High 5
Netball tournament was held here at St Bede's. Fourteen
local primary school teams of Year 5 and 6 pupils were in
attendance. They each took part in games against one
another in a group format, all trying to qualify for the semifinals and final. Eventually it came down to two, St
Bonaventures beating Bishop Road in a competitive final.
Congratulations to both of these teams who will now go on
to represent North Bristol in the County final at the spring
school games. All of the games on the day were umpired by
pupils at St Bedes a big thank you to Year 10 pupils
Maura Rolls, Martha Eustace and Erin Davies and Year 9
pupils Michaela Mattis, Olivia Johnson and Emily Baker for
doing a superb job.


Pupils studying Textiles at GCSE were invited along with
five other Bristol schools, to take part in the latest BIG
John Lewis competition. Competitors were asked to design
their own Prom dress. Rhia Bebbington and Elisa Smith,
Year 10, were shortlisted from 40 applicants to work with
John Lewis professionals to make their prom dress design.
Last Friday, both Rhia and Elisa were given the privilege to
model their design during Bristol Fashion week held at The
Mall, Cribbs Causeway. They were able to experience
behind the scenes and learn so much more about the
fashion industry. Rhia, who was awarded the runners up
prize said: I really enjoyed the whole experience from
making a prom dress at John Lewis to modelling on the
catwalk. It was great. I am glad I can now follow a
pattern, so I will make dresses in the future!

Congratulations to Year 8
pupils Kelly-Ann
Steadman, Emily Gilbert
and Shola Middleton
who last week organised
a Sports Relief challenge.
Pupils and staff gathered
in the Sports Hall to challenge each other to a hula-hoop
contest and a penalty shoot-out with Mr McNamara and
Mr Lincoln in goal. Well done to all involved.

History students from our Sixth Form were lucky enough to
attend the inaugural A-Level History Conference last week.
Guest speakers from some of the UK leading universities
such as Professor Ronald Hutton and Dr Toby Thacker,
visited Bristol to deliver a range of lectures on Tudor and
Nazi German history. The students had an opportunity to
not only listen to lectures from experts in their field, but
also to engage in question and answer sessions. Overall, it
was a very beneficial experience!


Last week members of our Eco committee teamed up with
a representative from Bristol City council and Sustrans, the
charity which works towards making travel more
sustainable. We carried out a large scale survey to get
information about how St Bedes pupils travel to school
and where they travel from. The results from this survey
will be used to plan strategies to encourage more ecofriendly journeys to school. Thank you to all the students
who participated - we hope to see you on your bikes soon!

Over the past week
Key Stage 3 classes
have been able to
come to Soul Space in
the chapel during
Religious Formation
lessons. The pupils
have participated in a
variety of activities
and reflections on the theme of Lent. Pupils commented
that Soul Space was peaceful and calm, and that it gave
us time to reflect and have some quiet time with God.

Later this year we are introducing an on-line payment page
for parents and an up to date email address will enable you
to use this facility.
Please do let the College know your email address if you
havent already done so. Thank you.


Year 7 pupil Divin George impressed Ms Hughes last week
with his problem solving skills. Divin can complete a Rubiks
cube in an amazing 1 minute and 13 seconds!


On Thursday 27th March a group of Year 9, 10 and 11
pupils represented the Diocese of Clifton at the Civic Inter
Faith celebration hosted by the Lord Mayor of Bristol.
The pupils presented a short reflection on the stations of
the cross. We were also able to hear representatives of
many other faiths in Bristol including Muslims, Ba'hai,
Sikhs, Buddhists and Jews.

The St. Bede's Community Sport team were invited last
week, to Teddies Nursery in Bower Ashton to deliver two
sessions for their preschool class in aid of
Sports Relief. The
children really enjoyed
the experience and we
look forward to working
with Teddies in the


The St Bede's community sports team will once again be
running sports camps during the 2014 Easter holidays. The
camps will consist of a full week of multi-sports
commencing 7th April and 4 days of football the week
commencing 14th April. The camps will run from 9am-3pm
each day and cost 10 per day or 40 for week 1 and 35
for week 2.
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.

Governors of St Bedes Catholic College are seeking to
appoint the following:
Vice Principal Teaching and Learning - 1st September 2014
Leader of Computing and E-Learning - 1st September 2014
Mathematics and Economics Teacher - 1st September 2014
Examination Invigilators Exam period Summer 2014
Job descriptions and application forms are available to
download from our website.

Explore the parental control settings on your childs game
consoles, tablet, iPad and phone, they are getting easier to
understand and simpler to access. These can limit time
played and adjust access to content. You can find out how
to do this at
A little knowledge goes a long way!

I am a word of 5 letters and people eat me.
If you remove the first letter I become a form of energy.
Remove the first two and I'm needed to live.
Scramble the last 3 and you can drink me.
What am I?
Startling Begin by removing t, which makes it starling,
then take away the I, making it staring, now remove the
a, making it string and so on: sing, sin, in and I.

Our greatest natural resource is in the minds
of our children. Walt Disney

May the promise of Easter fill you with renewed faith,

hope and joy and may all of these continue to bless your
life all through the year. Happy Easter