St Bede’s is a vibrant and active school community in which the children can participate in various activities/clubs and numerous events throughout the academic year.
The School Council play an active part in the life of the school.Councillors have been elected by their peers.Our School Councillors this year are:
Peer Mentors are volunteers who have been trained to work closely with children of all ages across the school, helping them in their friendships and offering a listening ear.
Our Peer Mentors will be appointed soon.
breakfastclubThe Breakfast Club Ambassadors are a group of children who regularly attend the school Breakfast Club. The Club runs from 8am each morning. The children are provided with a three course breakfast which includes a selection of cereal, fresh fruit, smoothies, yogurt, toast, croissants, pancakes and crumpets. The Ambassadors meet with the Head Teacher to discuss the menu and any additions or adjustments they would like to make to it. They are always keen to add something new to their menu!
The staff and children of St Bede’s are also continually supported by a committed group of parents who make up ‘The Friends of St Bede’s’ and our Parish families. This group, provide support at school events like the Macmillan Coffee morning, Leavers celebration evening, and fundraising events. All parents/carers are welcome to join the ‘Friends’ at any time throughout the year.
The DDP is made up of a cluster of schools within Darlington Deanery: St Bede’s, St Augustine’s, St Teresa’s, Holy Family, St Mary’s (Barnard Castle) and Carmel College. The Partnership was formally established in 2011 and staff across the schools have worked in collaboration to support teaching and learning and to improve pupil outcomes. In 2013 the DDP purchased a minibus to share amongst the schools: at St Bede’s we have used it on numerous occasions for sports events etc.
Our links with the wider school family extend as far as Kenya to our partner school in St Helen’s.
In 2012, St Bede’s RC Primary School was partnered with the St Helen Children’s Centre through the British Council as part of the Olympic celebrations. Our family school is called the Mother School and we regularly receive emails from the Head Teacher Christabel and her son Jasper. The children have sent letters and photos to each other across the miles and we learn together.
The school has recently launched its own website as a result of its partnership with St Bede’s. It has been designed, created and donated by our own website providers, Inspirar. Christabel the Head Teacher tells us that their school is the first to have a website in the entire region, ‘How good is that?’ To see more of our school family in Kenya log onto http://sthelencentre.org/