Our end of year assembly with Year 6
This weeks stars from our Celebration Assembly
This week, 8 pupils from Year 5 were lucky enough to travel through space and time to Keynsham to take part in a Sci-fi and RE day run by Clifton Diocese. Working alongside other schools in the area, they learnt all about how it's not our abilities, but the choices we make that make a real difference. From Supergirl to Harry Potter - they learnt that everyone has the power within them to make change and do good in this world. The children even taught the rest of the class what they'd learnt the following day! Year 5 believe they can change the world - what superheros!
A recount of our fun day out at the beach!
KS1 Sports Day a fantastic Sports Day despite the heat! Thanks to all the parents who were able to come along to support the children and to the house captains from Year 5 who did an amazing job of helping to run the event.
Our school choir gave an amazing performance last night at Colston Hall, in a celebration of music from Primary Schools across the city. They really did St Bernard's proud!
Fun and games at MOJO Active
We had such fun at the Daisy Field, playing in the grass, counting flowers and sketching the beautiful view! We even got a toot from a train driver!
On Wednesday, Years 1 - 6 all took part in The Body Coach's live school HIIT session! Along with hundreds of other schools across the UK, each class tuned into YouTube to burpee, high knee and squat their way to fitness! We even had a shout out from the Body Coach himself!
Yesterday, our Year 6 children joined youngsters from all Catholic schools of the Diocese, for a celebration leavers Mass at the Cathedral. Bishop Declan's face lit up at the sight of our schools offering; our fish signifying the Cafod Fundraising we did last month. Thank you again to all who supported this. We were especially proud of Oscar, who not only represented our school, but all the children present, when he carried the Light Of Christ in the procession.
Reception and Year 1 had a fantastic day out at Weston Super Mare
As part of their Coast topic, Year 5 visited Exmouth Beach on Thursday. The weather was glorious and a fantastic time was had by all. When lunches were threatened by swarming seagulls, Year 5 held their ground and all came out winners! They celebrated with games on the beach, a paddle in the (freezing) sea and topped it off with a well deserved ice cream! A HUGE thank you to Ellie's grandma, Mrs Rockell, for accompanying us on the day - we loved having you with us!
KS2 conducted their own election in school. Year 6 visited all the classrooms to outline the manifestos of the four main parties and answer questions. The school then voted and Labour were the winners with 45% of the vote. Year 3 also took the opportunity to visit our local polling station.
Today Year 5 went on their very own Poo Patrol, highlighting the problem of dog poo on the streets of Shirehampton. It was part of a wider Bristol City initiative with over 40 primary schools taking part. To find out more about the campaign visit their website https://teampoopatrol.com
This week, Year 5 made their way to the American Museum in Bath. They had a fantastic time learning about the landscapes of the USA and immersed themselves in Native American culture, art and textiles. They enjoyed making their own Pueblo Pots, which will be painted in the coming weeks! The children spent the afternoon enjoying the beautiful grounds and having fun with an American football. A huge thank you to Mrs Porton for accompanying us. Great day had by all!
Reception had a lovely trip to Lawrence Weston Community Farm and met some of the animals that live there.
Year 6 led the school in craft based activities around the Station of the Cross
We had some very imaginative entries for our name the bunny competition and raised £108.30p. Thank you everyone for your support and huge congratulations to our winner!!
Our house captains organised an Easter Egg hunt for all the children.
Rainbow Productions theatre company came into our school today to perform the Easter Story.
St Bernard's children from Year 3 and 4 took part in a multi school sports festival.
A look at all the things that Year 3 have been learning this term
We have been learning about the story of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and we have had a go at making our own bridges!
We had a visit from Father Cosmos today, he showed us what he wears when he is working and explained what happens when we visit church.
Our school choir represented St Bernard's last night at this concert at St Bede's. It was a brilliant night celebrating inspirational people with songs and the children all sang beautifully.
Year 4 had an amazing trip to Mojo Active for a 'Viking Day'. We learnt archery, took part in orienteering and raiding and made Viking boats and then destroyed them.
A pupil's account of the day: "Firstly, we rushed into school and we waited in the Year 4 classroom for the taxi to arrive. Next we got into the taxi and the driver took us to Horfield Leisure Centre. After this, we had to be told by a volunteer to go to the changing rooms. We all got changed and finally set off to our places. Mrs Pountney led us to the competition area for our warm up. In the warm up we all dived and practiced our strokes. When the warm up was finished we were allowed to get a drink and wrap ourselves in our towels to keep warm for our races. There were many different heats, such as freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and many more. We all tried our hardest and Mrs Pountney cheered us on."
Today we were visited by Bristol museum with a very exciting assembly!
We all had lots of fun dressing up as our favourite book characters and doing World Book Day activities in class.
PTA DISCO Thank you to everyone who came and supported this PTA event yesterday. It was a great success and we raised a fantastic.... £435.80! Well done Everyone!!
A school council fundraiser to raise enough money to buy every child in the school a water bottle to ensure clean, fresh drinking water is available for everyone.
This week, Year 5 have enjoyed learning about some parables from the Gospels. We learnt that Jesus used hidden meanings in them to help describe the Kingdom of God and thought about how we can learn from them as Christians today. Live from Bible News, our reporters described events at the local farm where seeds that fell on good soil produced this year's biggest harvest. We decided we wanted to be like the good soil. We want to hear the word of God and put it into action in our lives everyday.
As you know, year 4 have been corresponding with children in South Africa. The school we are working with is called Inchanga and is a Catholic school in Kwazulu-Natal in an area which is often called 'the valley of 1000 hills'. Here are some photos of their learning environment.
We went to Bristol Cathedral to learn about Cadlemas through lots of fun activities: painting, poetry, puppets and (my personal favourite) the light dome! The children were so well behaved, they represented the school fantastically.
We had a fantastic time learning about states of matter at St Bede's. Can you explain to an adult at home what each picture shows?
On Wednesday, year 4 and 5 went to Bristol Cathedral to learn about Candlemas. We participated in four different activities: poetry, making candles, puppets and a light show. We had a fantastic time and the children were exceptionally behaved.
Today we celebrated our four altar severs joining the guild of St Stephen. We are very lucky to have four altar servers here in our school who serve both here and in the parish. Congratulations to them all!
Our children took part in a interschool dodgeball competition at St Bede's after a rocky start they got their confidence back and came second in their group!
Four children from Year 5 represented our school at the Young Mathematicians' Award yesterday, a competition designed to inspire children to aim high and be the very best they can be. They all had a great day out and we are looking forward to hearing if they have made it through to the next round.
Some photos of all the fun we have been having this Christmas
Our KS2 children warmed our hearts with some beautiful singing and retelling of the Nativity at St Bernard's Church.
What a fantastic nativity KS1 gave us this year! Our reception children really were shining stars, Year 1 sang beautifully and Year 2 all gave superb performances. Thank you to all the parents for coming along to watch and the staff who have worked so hard to make it a success.
Year 4 performed a fantastic assembly this morning reminding us that not everyone will be looking forward to Christmas this year. Homelessness has risen by 30% so Year 4 are fundraising to provide 10 homeless people with a Christmas dinner, a haircut, health check, support and advice.
Our Magical Maths after school club gave us an exciting assembly this morning.
The choir had a fantastic time performing at St George's on Wednesday. All 40 children sang their hearts out and made us really proud representing St Bernard's.
A Spotacular Success! Thank you to everyone who dressed up today for Children in Need. There were spots everywhere, with some brilliantly creative homemade outfits too! Most importantly we raised a fantastic £171.30.
Class 5 led a moving service this morning to help us to remember all those whose lives have been touched by war.
This lesson gives students an opportunity to compose and perform music using common objects.
We had great fun at our film night last term and raised £190! Thanks to all who attended.
In year 6 the children looked at the work of an American pop artist Jim Dine, a man, who celebrated the value of true craftsmanship by making portraits of tools. Children drew their portraits with charcoal, creating depth and perspective using an invert and other shading techniques.
We enjoy our music lessons at St Bernard's
Year 6 have been learning about crime and punishment this term and acted out an assembly on crime through the ages.
The Year of Mercy in Action at St Bernard's. One of the seven Corporal Works of Mercy is to feed the poor. St Bernard's parish asked parishioners to donate an item of food to the NW Bristol Foodbank on the first Sunday of each month. The school is working with the church to collect donations and any non-perishable items can be left in the school office.
Family Fast Day We have also been collecting money for CAFOD today, supporting Nicanora, a farmer in Bolivia. We raised £71.38 which will enable her to buy training sessions, good quality potato seeds and worms!
Class trip to Blaise Castle
Year 2 gave us a lovely assembly about the true meaning of harvest time.
Our Chaplaincy team visited Clifton Cathedral yesterday, where they were commissioned by Bishop Declan and received a badge and certificate. There were almost 1000 children, Chaplaincy teams from both primary and secondary schools within our Diocese.
Thank you to all the parents who baked cakes for our Macmillan coffee morning cake sale today and to all the children who brought in donations - we made a fantastic £220.56!
Our Chaplaincy team were privileged to take part in The Year of Mercy Pilgrimage walk to Downside Abbey. The breath-taking home of the Benedictine Monks (since 1605) was a fitting place for their spiritual journey. They had an opportunity to meet children from other schools of the Clifton Diocese, reflecting on the importance of mercy in our lives. They entered into the church through the Miseri Cordiae Porta (the door of mercy) for a joyous service of light. They were shown the treasures of the Downside Abbey, visited the relics of one of the British Saints - Oliver Plunkett. They finished their day by enjoying a friendly game of football with children from Our Lady of the Rosary and St John's, Bath. 'The sun shone throughout and Our Lady's children thought we were fun, we hope to meet them soon for more adventures. Verdict: we would like to go on a trip like this every Thursday!'
After having to cancel our Sports Day due to bad weather, Key Stage 1 enjoyed a very successful sports day yesterday with a carousel of activites and group races.
We had a fantastic sports day, thank you to all the parents who came and showed their support and thank you to all the children who behaved perfectly and competed with a positive and enthusiastic attitude despite the bad weather. We had a very enjoyable day and are looking forward to more Mojo activities next year!
The children have been practicing in class for our afternoon celebrations and the kitchen staff have been busy baking scones!
Bishop Declan led the end of year Education Mass at Clifton Cathedral. Shirley and Matiss carried our St Bernard's banner proudly and Eleanor and Alfie presented our gift to the altar. The children commented that it was amazing.
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