Spring 2018

January Events


Governor support

Our Governors are a dedicated group of volunteers who regularly visit school to support, monitor and challenge school performance. This month we have had several Governors to school:


.Mrs Laura Cutler has met with Miss Brady to develop an action plan for reviewing our Mission statement as part of her Catholic Caring Community role. She has also visited the Y3 children and met with Mrs Smith.

.Mr Paul Benfield met with Mr Bourner to visit Y4 and discuss developments in Maths across the school.

.Mr John Shiel met the Y6 class to see how they are preparing for their SATs in May.

.Mrs Juliette Scott visited Y5 and met with Mrs Pennick to review how we support children special educational needs.

.Mrs Louise Brady visits Reception and Nursery regularly to support and monitor developments. As well as meeting the children and staff in EYFS, she also spent time with Miss Brady, the EYFS lead.


We thank all these Governors for their time and commitment and look forward to further visits next month.



Y5 Assembly

Our Y5 children presented an excellent and lively assembly on Wednesday 17th January summarising all their knowledge on their Autumn term topic – Pharaohs. We were delighted to be joined by friends and family, as well as Y5 children from The Avenue who are about to begin learning about Ancient Egypt.



Attendance Assembly

On Monday 15th January, our excellent attenders from the Autumn term were rewarded with certificates in a special Attendance Assembly. Roary the Lion, the Middlesbrough mascot, presented with their certificates!



Our Year 5 Webwatchers have been very busy in school with Mr Lynn last term. Each week they update information about memorable class topics and events for each Year group. You can read about what’s been going on in the Autumn term by visiting our school website: Class pages section.


There will be an e-safety presentation in school on Thursday 8th February for Y2-Y6, parents are welcome to attend. The presentation will run from 9.30 – 10.30am.



Attendance Celebration

On Monday 29th January, Mrs Simpson took four children to an ‘Attendance Celebration’ at the Riverside Stadium.

Gabriel B, Joshua Y, Evangeline B and Charlie T enjoyed a stadium tour, met Roary, participated in a number of football related activities and were presented with some gifts to take home.

The pupils were chosen for their excellent attendance over a number of years. Special recognition was given to Charlie T who has had excellent attendance since he started school.


February Events

E-safety week

On the WB 5th February all children across the school explored a variety of age appropriate e-safety themes. Mr Lynn has compiled a video displaying some of the activities on the school website: Our School / E-safety / E-safety week 2018.

Our annual week of e-safety activities coincided with National Safer Internet Day on 6th February 2018. All classes took part and enjoyed a range of activities to raise e-safety awareness. Activities such as role playing, quizzes, investigations and games were included in the week’s schedule. We once again welcomed the ‘Barking up the right tree’ theatre group to perform a highly enlightening and entertaining presentation, to inspire a deeper learning and understanding of current e-safety issues, thus effectively topping off our valuable learning from the preceding days. Of course e-safety issues remain a focus throughout the year and will continue to feature on a weekly basis to equip our children with the knowhow and tools to safely cope and thrive in an increasingly internet connected world.


EYFS Dinosaur performance

Thank you to all the parents who came and danced to the EYFS dinosaur evaluation on Wednesday 7th February! It was lovely to listen to the enjoyable songs the children had learnt during their topic with Mrs Beaumont.


Year 1 Assembly

Our Year 1 children presented an Assembly on Wednesday 7th February on Superheroes. We learnt that superheroes do not just fly and have superpowers but are all around us…mums, dads, nurses, teachers, firefighters etc.


Y1/Y2 Meetings

Thank to all the parents who came to the Y1 Phonics meeting and Y2 SATs meeting. It was great so many of you were able to make it. If you could not make the meeting but would like to know more about the Y1 Phonics Screening or Y2 SATs please make contact with your child’s class teacher through the school office or in person.

Mr Lynn has complied a video of last year’s Reception children clearly and precisely demonstrating the individual letter sounds. You can view it on our school website: Our School / Curriculum and Assessment / Curriculum support videos


PTA Valentines Disco

Thank you to the parents and parishioners who helped with food stalls the disco on Wednesday 7th February. DJ Snaith entertained the children with some great modern tunes and some traditional favourites!


Attendance Celebration

Middlesbrough Football Club kindly award our school with 3 pairs of tickets for the Middlesbrough v Hull City match on the evening of Tuesday 20th February.

The tickets were awarded by the Club as recognition of the excellent attendance at St Bernadette’s School.

We decided that the fairest way to award the tickets, was to place all the children in KS2 with excellent attendance from September 2017 to date into a draw. The three lucky winners and their adult guests thoroughly enjoyed their time at the Stadium.



March/April events


Thank you for your support with fundraising recently:

In Lent, a staggering £515.94 was raised through our Red Mission Box appeal. This money will go directly to Mission Together which directly impacts on the lives of children in Africa.

We also raised £149.65 for Sports Relief when we dressed in sports clothing and joined the ‘Billion Step Challenge’ through active keep fit classes led by Mrs Stoker, Mrs Mannion and Mr Lynn.

Our annual Easter Egg raffle organised by the PTA raised £1167.00. Thank you to all who supported. Your help is necessary for such events to take place and greatly appreciated. This was matched funded by Barclaycard, thank you to Mrs Kinson, one of our Y5 parents for facilitating this.


Governor visits

Recent Governor visits to monitor and support school systems and performance have been conducted by Mrs Mary Bilous (Safer Recruitment and Health and Safety) and Mrs Louise Brady (Literacy and ICT/Website)


World book Day

On Friday 9th March, children across the school dressed in their favourite book characters. Mrs Bilous, our Chair of Governors and Mrs Brady, our Literacy Governor, presented winning prizes to each class. Thank you to you all for supporting the day.


School Praise

KS2 enjoyed a singing festival on 15th March, this was organised by our Diocesan Director of Music, Tim Harrison. Children sang liturgical songs and songs from the musical ‘Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat’.


Transition Project

Our Y6 children were TV stars last month and appeared on BBC Look North. This follows work they have been doing with MFC Football Foundation and Trinity Catholic College, focussing on making transition to secondary school a smooth and natural process.


Headstarters Conference – Year 5

On Monday 23rd April, a number of Year 5 pupils attended a ‘Headstarters’ conference. This was organised to give our current ‘Friendship builders’ an insight into their new role as Headstarters.

We were delighted to receive the following feedback:

‘I'd just like to say a big thank you from the HeadStart team to St Bernadette's for attending the HeadStart Conference yesterday. The pupils were an absolute credit to your school and to the HeadStart Middlesbrough programme. We really couldn't have done it without them and without the help from your TAs, Mrs Lumley and Mrs Kemp.’

James Woodgate, Engagement Officer, Middlesbrough Headstart


Additional Educational experiences

In March and April several groups of children experienced additional educational experiences:

- Y4 prepared for their Sacrament of Reconciliation with a Pilgrimage to the Lady Chapel in Osmotherley. Miss Brady, Y4 staff and the Catechists led a day of reflecting on forgiveness.

-Y3 have visited Pizza Hut as part of their Scumdiddlyuptious topic sampling the kitchen and food.

-Y3 and Y5 have experienced Outdoor learning in Bernie’s Base delivered by AP Adventures. This experience was so successful we have offered it as a PPA activity for Y5/6 this Summer term. St Hilda’s Catholic Academy Trust Company No: 9811711 Registered Address: Trinity Catholic College, Saltersgill Avenue, Middlesbrough, TS4 3JW

-David Foster has been delivering PSHCE lessons with Y5 covering various topics such as racism, rule of law and democracy

-Y5 Friendship Builders took part in training to promote mental health and well-being partaking in several relaxation and raising awareness workshops.