St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2023 Term 2 Week 2


Dear Families of St Bernadette's

Welcome back! I hope you had a peaceful break and were able to spend some time with family and friends.

Next Sunday we celebrate our Mums, Grandmas and all significant other mother figures in our lives. Our relationship with our mother is a precious one. As one of our parents, they are our first examples of unconditional love. 

We will celebrate our Mums next Friday beginning with a liturgy in the Hall followed by some time to visit your child’s classroom and ending with some morning tea.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of these special women in our community a very Happy Mother’s Day. 

Love and Light

Lisa Gerrard


(on behalf of the St Bernadette’s staff & students)


Welcome back to Term 2. 

As the weather cools down, we are moving to our Winter School uniform. Having and wearing the correct school uniform is an important part of our school as it shows that we are proud of belonging to our St Bernadette’s community. 

We ask that all students be in their winter uniform by Monday 8th May. Just a reminder that students should not be wearing nail polish to school.

The correct winter school uniform is: 


Winter tunic

Long sleeve shirt

Tab tie

Stockings or long socks 

Black leather school shoes

Boys - 

Long sleeve shirt - tucked into pants, top button done up.

Long pants


Black leather school shoes

Our clothing pool will be open this Friday 5th May between 8:30am - 9:30am for any parents wishing to come in and purchase winter uniform items. 

As we are cashless, items are to be paid in the school office via eftpos or credit card.

Have a wonderful week, 

Rebecca Boidin

Assistant Principal


Sunday 07 April 2023

Fifth Sunday of Easter Year A


Jesus said to his disciples:

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.

Trust in God still, and trust in me.

There are many rooms in my Father’s house;

if there were not, I should have told you.

I am now going to prepare a place for you,

and after I have gone and prepared you a place,

I shall return to take you with me;

so that where I am

you may be too.

You know the way to the place where I am going.’

Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus said:

‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

No one can come to the Father except through me.

If you know me, you know my Father too.

From this moment you know him and have seen him.’

Philip said, ‘Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’ ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip,’ said Jesus to him ‘and you still do not know me?

‘To have seen me is to have seen the Father,

so how can you say, “Let us see the Father”?

Do you not believe

that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?

The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself:

it is the Father, living in me, who is doing this work.

You must believe me when I say

that I am in the Father and the Father is in me;

believe it on the evidence of this work, if for no other reason.

‘I tell you most solemnly,

whoever believes in me

will perform the same works as I do myself,

he will perform even greater works,

because I am going to the Father.’


By Dianne Bergant CSA

The gospel readings for the Sundays just before the feast of Pentecost are all taken from Jesus’ last discourse in the Gospel of John.  In them, Jesus prepares his followers for his death and resurrection and his ultimate exaltation. 

This Sunday Jesus says that it is through his death that he goes to God. However, it is as he is raised up in crucifixion that he is exalted. The author of the epistle declares him ‘chosen and precious in the sight of God’ but it is as the stone that was rejected that he is so honoured. If we ever wonder how the exaltation of Jesus will effect us, we have Jesus’ own words of explanation. He promises to go ahead of us and make arrangements for us to share in his exaltation in the house of the one he calls Father. All we need do is follow him. 

Today’s readings suggest that the exaltation of Jesus is most dramatically manifested in the character of the community of those called by his name. It is revealed in the way Christians settle their differences so that all parties are treated fairly. Jesus is the cornerstone upon which this community is built, and the community mirrors his influence in its life. Christians also participate in the exaltation of Jesus by spreading the good news to others. In Acts we see how the witness of life and the preaching of the word of God increased the number of believers.

Children's Discussion Starters

What are some really precious things you have?

What makes them precious?

Jesus says that we are precious in his eyes.

How are we precious in God’s sight? (God lives in us)

We can do good works because Jesus lives in us.

What good works can we do this week?

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St Bernadette's Feast Day Awards

We celebrate the feast of St Bernadette each year by awarding one child from each class. These children display many of the virtues and qualities of St. Bernadette:

  • Honesty
  • Prayerfulness
  • Trust in God
  • Humility
  • Obedience
  • Care for others
  • Courage
  • Devotion
  • Perseverance


Term 2 Reconciliation & Mass Calendar

Cheese Toastie Breakfast

Get ready for a delicious start to your Wednesday mornings with our new Cheese Toastie Breakfast!

Join the Faith in Action Team at the canteen between 8:30 and 8:50 am for a mouth-watering cheese toastie that will leave you feeling energised for the day ahead. 

To participate, simply purchase a voucher for $3 through QKR between Thursday 10:00 am and Tuesday 10:00 am. The vouchers will be sent home every Tuesday afternoon with students to bring in for the following day's breakfast. Each voucher will only be used once. 

All proceeds from the sale of the cheese toasties will be donated to the Manning Foundation, a worthy cause that supports our parish and community.

Don't miss out on this tasty opportunity to support a good cause and start your day off right. We can't wait to see you there!



Attendance Rate: 78.8%  - To unpack this a little more, this means that 78.8%  of our students have an attendance rate of 90% -100%. 

Mother's Day Celebration

We are delighted to invite you to our upcoming Mother's Day celebration on Friday, May 12th. We have planned a special morning to honour and appreciate all our wonderful mothers and mother figures.

Starting at 9:30 am, we will begin the celebration with a liturgy to express our gratitude and love for all that mothers do. After the liturgy, we welcome you to visit our classrooms, where you can witness firsthand the amazing work your children have been doing throughout the year.

As a token of our appreciation, we would like to invite all mothers and mother figures to enjoy a morning tea, where you can catch up with other parents and teachers and enjoy some delicious treats.

We hope that you can join us for this special occasion and make some wonderful memories with your child and the school community.

2024 Enrolments

We have now started our Kindergarten 2024 Interviews.

If you are looking at enrolling a child into our school for 2024 and don't have an enrolment form pack, please contact the school office and we will send one home for you.

Representative Sport

Diocesan Cross Country

Next Wednesday, 10th May, St Bernadette’s will be represented by  30 children at the Diocesan Cross Country Carnival. We look forward to more news then!

Congratulations to the St Bernadette’s Diocesan Cross Country Team for 2023!

Parramatta Rugby Union Trials

Last week, Liam M attended the Parramatta Rugby Union Trials. This trial was held to select the best players from all of the schools in the Parramatta Diocese. Liam was successfully selected in the squad and will now represent Parramatta Diocese, this June in the MacKillop trials in Forbes. Congratulations to Liam on this outstanding achievement! We look forward to more news in June.

Assembly Week 3

In Week 3, we will not be holding our usual Assembly as we we will be having a Mother’s Day Liturgy that morning with all classes involved. At the end of the Liturgy we will be presenting the awards.


Term 2:

Week 2:

Friday 5th May : Clothing Pool open ( 8:30am - 9:30am )

Week 3:

Wednesday, 10th May : Diocesan Cross Country ( Eastern Creek )

Wednesday, 10th May : Cheese Toastie Breakfast

Thursday, 11th May : Mothers Day Stall

Friday, 12th May : Mother's Day Liturgy at 9:30am ( School Hall )

Week 4:

Wednesday, 17th May : Cheese Toastie Breakfast

Week 5:

Wednesday, 24th May : Girls Soccer Gala

Wednesday, 24th May : Cheese Toastie Breakfast

Friday, 26th May : Athletic Carnival ( Barton Park )

Week 6:

Wednesday, 31st May : Stage 3 Leave for Great Aussie Bush Camp

Wednesday, 31st May : Cheese Toastie Breakfast

Friday, 2nd June : Stage 3 Return from Great Aussie Bush Camp


PBS4L - Social Emotional Learning

This term all students will be taking part in Social Emotional Learning (SEL). These lessons will be in Bernie Buddy groups (mixed groups of K-6 students). They will be assigned a teacher who will teach the weekly focus.

SEL assists students develop the competencies and skills that support their understanding of resilience and regulate emotions, behaviours and relationships with others. It explores: 

  • creating an understanding of, and managing their emotions

  • setting and achieving positive goals 

  • feeling and showing empathy 

  • developing and sustaining positive relationships

  • making responsible decisions

The SEL lessons will examine the following areas:


Self-awareness enables students to recognise the impact of emotions and thoughts on behaviour. It includes assessing strengths and weaknesses accurately, leading to a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism. 


Regulating emotions to handle stress, control impulses, and motivating oneself to persevere in overcoming obstacles, setting and monitoring progress toward the achievement of personal and academic goals; expressing emotions appropriately.

Social Awareness

Being able to take the perspective of and empathise with others; recognising and appreciating individual and group similarities and differences.

Social Management

Establishing and maintaining healthy and rewarding relationships based on cooperation and resistance to inappropriate social pressure, preventing, managing, and constructively resolving interpersonal conflict; seeking help when needed.

Problem Solving

Making decisions based on a consideration of all relevant factors, including applicable ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms; the likely consequences of taking alternative courses of action; evaluation and reflection.​

SEL - Zones of Regulation

Last week the students learnt that having big emotions isn’t right or wrong, however we need to be able to regulate our emotions. They learnt about the Zones of Regulation. This is a framework that helps people understand their emotions. There are four coloured zones - red, yellow, green and blue. Once we can understand what zone we are in we can then work out what tools we need to help us be (or stay) in the green zone.

Our calm spaces have visuals to help our students identify what zone they are in and the tools they need to help them be in the green zone. Our calm spaces are in all the learning spaces and have a variety of tools available to assist our students regulate their emotions so they are in the green zone ready to learn.

Gentle Reminders

Due to a number of near misses as staff leave the car park, we have decided to enter via the gate closest to COSCH and exit via the gate closest to Father’s driveway. We ask that parents drop off their children to before school care park at the front of the school and walk their children down to the COSCH gate. Staff enter the car park from 7am each morning so parking across the driveway to watch your child walk down to COSCH unaccompanied is not safe.

Also just a reminder to please not perform u-turns in cox crescent .

St Bernadette's Primary School Host Families Needed

St Bernadette's Primary School will be hosting Japanese students from  

30th July - 6th August 2023. 

Share your lifestyle and home whilst experiencing another culture.

·  Students attend school on weekdays and enjoy family life with you on the weekend

·  Japanese language is not necessary.

·  Students just fit in with your family routines – eat your food, they need their own bed but can share a room.

·  Families are paid $50 per night for hosting one student. If hosting 2 students families are paid $90 per night. 


If you can assist in hosting a student (for 7 nights) or would like more information, please contact……..

                  VS Oceania Pty Ltd

                  Ph: 02 9889 4366  

                  Email :

Happy Birthday

Nicolas - 07/04

Ivo - 07/04

Joshua - 08/04

Sam - 12/04

Scarlet J - 12/04

Jackson C -14/04

Jessica - 16/04

Jyron - 18/04

Havana - 20/04

Christiaan - 25/04

Tyra - 25/04

Morton - 27/04

Jayvis - 28/04

Soane - 29/04

Jasmine - 30/04

Jayden L - 30/04

Daniel - 03/05

Ruby - 04/05

Terrence - 07/05

Just a reminder that any treats sent in are kept to a minimum and individually portioned.

Clothing Pool

This Friday 5th May our clothing pool will be open between 8:30am - 9:30am if you would like to come in and purchase some winter uniforms. All payments need to be processed via EFTPOS only in the school office. 

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NSW Police Force Driving Offence Reminders

St Bernadette's Primary School

St Bernadette's Primary, Dundas Valley is a community focused, Catholic parish school catering for boys and girls from Kindergarten to Year 6. The school strives to build a Christ-centred community where faith is integrated with daily life. We provide learning and teaching experiences which enable the children to deepen their faith understandings, investigate, solve problems and explore their learning. We recognise the importance of creating a learning environment that provides opportunities to develop 21st century learning. Technology is integrated into the learning at St Bernadette’s in all Key Learning Areas.