St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2020 Term 2 Week 10


Dear families of St Bernadette's,

Welcome to Week 10!!

I’m sure you feel the same way as the staff here and I do in that this term has been a marathon not a sprint. 

We began this term in an effort to continue with online learning with the clear direction to transition our students back into class and we made it! Great job all round. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for all of your support and trust in our process. We have worked really hard to maintain a strict regime of hygiene controls to ensure that our students and staff continue to remain healthy. 

Moving forward into Term 3 we will continue to be guided by the NSW Department of Health and CEDP protocols around social distancing etc to ensure that school continues to remain open. 

Obviously, if things change as they have in other states, we will notify you via skoolbag. 

So enjoy the holidays and we look forward to a return to a robust learning program next term.

Stay well and take care. 

Love & Light

Lisa Gerrard

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

 Attendance Rate: 85%  - To unpack this a little more, this means that 85%  of our students have an attendance rate of 90% -100%. 


Year 1 have been following the scientific process of Predicting, Testing and Recording Result with the Blu Bots. Year 1 used their prediction skills and thought about how many times the button would need to be pressed and how many would be too high or too low. We then tested how many times you need to push the buttons to make the Blu Bot travel the length of the table or  around a chair. We recorded our results in our Science books. 

Mrs Willard

Assistant Principal

Blu Bots


Christianity not a Cult

REFLECTION by Father Michael Tate 

In the early Church, Christianity ripped families apart. Good Jewish families would have been appalled to see their sons and daughters go off to follow a crucified blasphemer. Good reason to keep apart in the synagogue, avoiding damnable pollution. This sectarianism contrasted with the Christians who fearlessly went out into the world.

St John Paul II personified what it is to be Catholic. But, he pressed a prayer into a crack in the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and as an old man shuffled across the floor of a Mosque in Syria.

Of course, there was no compromise of belief and faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, denied by both Jews and Muslims. But his actions were not those of one with the siege mentality of the member of a cult. Rather, he was able to respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit to take these steps recognising what was good amongst the adherents of those faiths.

We could pause for a moment to implore the Holy Spirit to break us out from any constricting cult-like tendencies so that we can go out into the world powerfully proclaiming the resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.


Important Dates

Friday 3 July 2020 - Last day of Term 2

Monday 20 July 2020 - First day of Term 3 

Thursday 23 July 2020 - Music Bus resumes for Term 3

Friday 24 July 2020 - School Banking resumes in canteen from 8:30am

Back gate

The back gate will continue to remain closed while restrictions are still in place for Term 3. There continues to be limited / no access to our school site by adults unless they have the need to be there for work etc.

Thank you for your ongoing support in keeping our staff and students safe as they make their way home each day. 

Drive through

A gentle reminder that parents overtaking in the drive through line will be asked not to use drive through for two weeks.This is a dangerous practice that puts our students at risk.

Thank you! 

Mrs Lisa Gerrard

What do I do if my child is unwell

We ask that all parents keep their child/children home if they are unwell. Even with mild symptoms, we would appreciate that they are kept home. Please seek medical advice where necessary and obtain a medical certificate/clearance when they are well enough to return to school. Any child who is away sick will have their absence marked as 'sick'. Please remember to send a Skoolbag or note advising us that your child is away.

If your child becomes unwell during the day at school, we will be asking that they are collected from school immediately. Please note that all children upon entry to sick bay will have their temperature checked.  

As a Community of Learners

Our staff have been working hard to prepare the Semester 1 reports for your children. These reports as I have mentioned in previous newsletters will look different and will be a more anecdotal record of your child’s progress. Once the various restrictions regarding social gatherings etc is relaxed further we will provide the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher more formally. Should you have any concerns that need to be discussed urgently, please feel free to contact the office to arrange a phone or video conference with the class teacher.

Enrolments for 2020

We now have a full quota of students for Kindergarten 2021. We even have a small waiting list. However we do still have some places available in other classes should someone you know need to relocate their child.

Linda's Lunches

Linda's Lunches will resume taking orders in Week 2, Term 3. 

Lunch orders are only available on Wednesdays - the first date for orders will be Wednesday 29 July 2020. 

Please write your order clearly on note paper and place in a medium/large snap lock bag, along with the correct money. 

School Banking

CBA School banking will re-open Term 3 2020. 

First banking day for students will be Friday 24th July. 

Don’t forget to drop your banking books into the canteen at 8:30am.


Congratulations to Francis who won our Bernie Bright token count. Francis chose free time as their recognition of achievement. 


Francis recognition afternoon

Operation Art entry

Every year Public Schools in New South Wales are invited to participate in Operation Art, an initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in association with the New South Wales Department of Education. The Operation Art program provides a forum for schools and students to demonstrate their visual arts achievements through exhibitions at the Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Jun L in Year 3 has entered himself into this program and his artwork has been submitted. We hope you enjoy the image of Jun's artwork below as much as we did. 

Jun L artwork will be displayed at one of the exhibitions and goes into the running to win an Operation Art Award.

We wish Jun L all the very best! 

Happy Birthday

23/6 - Cameron B

26/6 - Elena M 

28/6 - Jocelyn M 

29/6 - Nerso B

29/6 - Nataniel T

Principal's Morning Tea

This Thursday was the first Principal’s Morning Tea

Term 1: Encouragement

Kindy: Sebastian B & Arya H 

Year 1: Catherine V & Henry S 

Year 2: Nicolas L & Mia G 

Year 3: Caleb L & Ansh T 

Year 4: Kayla H & Johnluke A 

Year 5: Chloe D & Ryan R 

Year 6: Jessica Elias & Rebecca K

Term 2 : Behaviour

Kindy: Orlando M & Caroline Z 

Year 1: Chloe X & Adam H 

Year 2: Ella M & Orlando C 

Year 3: Elena M & Olivia E 

Year 4: Ian B & Renee T 

Year 5: Louis R & Angelica B 

Year 6: Brandon N & Kobi M 


Community Health Advice

St Bernadettes 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.

Attendance Rate: 85 %