St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2023 Term 1 Week 8


Dear Families of St Bernadette's

Can you believe that our first term is nearly over??

Over the next couple of weeks our Year 3 & 5 students will be sitting for their NAPLAN tests. These are standardised tests designed to see how well students can demonstrate their understanding in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy. The teachers in these classes have given the students an opportunity to practise under the required test conditions so that it won't be so unsettling on the day. It is important to ensure that your children, if in either of these classes, get to school on time.

Lowes have been in touch with us in regards to supplying our school hats. They have sent us a sample of a legionnaire style hat but we have also asked them to supply us with a sample of a bucket hat so that we have a couple of options. We look forward to these being available in the near future.

I would like to also send my thanks to all of those who attended our Catholic Schools Week liturgy last Friday morning. It was a lovely way to finish our week. The theme of the rainbow is associated with God’s protection. It is described in the Book of Genesis (9: 11-17) as a sign of the covenant between God and man. It definitely brought a tear of joy to my eye seeing the children use sign language when singing “True Colours”.

We are truly blessed to have such dedicated staff to rehearse and prepare these special events.

Love and Light

Lisa Gerrard


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


Yesterday saw our Year 3 and Year 5 students begin the National Literacy and Numeracy Assessments (NAPLAN). We wish them all the best as they aim to show all that they know. We thank our teaching staff and families for supporting their preparation. We ask our families to further support our students by ensuring, especially over the next two weeks, that our children get a good night's rest and that we maintain a positive and calm approach to coming to school each day. We ask that you encourage your child to do their best and have a go, just as you would for any other day at school. Some students may feel nervous, so please remind them that these assessments are just one of the many ways that teachers get to know students and then assist them in their learning to move forward with confidence. Let us celebrate and acknowledge all of the little things that make our students successful, both academically and socially.

Have a wonderful week, 

Rebecca Boidin

Assistant Principal


Sunday 19th March 2023

Fourth Sunday of Lent Year A

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

The blind man went off and washed himself and came away with his sight restored.

As Jesus went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. He spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man and said to him, ‘Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam’ (a name that means ‘sent’). So the blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored.

His neighbours and people who earlier had seen him begging said, ‘Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?’ Some said, ‘Yes, it is the same one.’ Others said, ‘No, he only looks like him.’ The man himself said, ‘I am the man.’ 

They brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. It had been a sabbath day when Jesus made the paste and opened the man’s eyes, so when the Pharisees asked him how he had come to see, he said, ‘He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see.’ Then some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man cannot be from God: he does not keep the sabbath.’ Others said, ‘How could a sinner produce signs like this?’ And there was disagreement among them. So they spoke to the blind man again, ‘What have you to say about him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?’ ‘He is a prophet’ replied the man.

‘Are you trying to teach us,’ they replied ‘and you a sinner through and through, since you were born!’ And they drove him away.

Jesus heard they had driven him away, and when he found him he said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied ‘tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said, ‘You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.’ The man said, ‘Lord, I believe’, and worshipped him.


By Dianne Bergant CSA

Humans see and judge by appearances, but God looks into the heart, and there finds the real person.  God’s standards are not superficial, as are so many of the standards of the world.  It is not age, beauty or physical strength that is important; it is not social position or religious role that is preferred.  God chooses whom God chooses.  God saw in David, the insignificant shepherd, the potential for being the chief shepherd of his people.  The man who was born blind became the one through whom others would see the mighty works of God.  Yet, neither young David nor the man in the gospel made the initial step; each simply responded with openness to God’s choice of him.

By what criteria do we judge others?  Do we consider some people too insignificant for greatness?  Are we overly concerned with status?  Do we categorise people according to the disease or physical limitation that they must endure?  Do we sometimes blame them for their disability?  Do our eyes perceive life in accord with the standards of a materialistic, body-orientated, pleasure-seeking society?  Or do we look into the other’s heart, as God does?

As with the other scrutiny Sundays, catechumens and long-standing members alike are exhorted to make a choice.  Jesus is the one who gives sight to blind eyes and religious insight to those open to receive it.  However, there is a price to pay.  Will it be the standards of the world, or the power of God in Jesus Christ?

Children's Discussion Starters

A beginning point for discussion of this week's Gospel with children:

Can you remember a time when you were in the dark?

What was it like?

The blind man in today’s Gospel could not see until Jesus healed him.

What would it have been like for the blind man after he was healed?

What does it mean that Jesus is the ‘light of the world’?

How can we be the light of the world to others?

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week is a special time in the year when we celebrate and give thanks for Catholic schools, especially our own school, St Bernadette’s.

It is a time to give thanks for the wonderful teaching and learning that takes place each and every day in every classroom.

It is a time to acknowledge the great gifts that each member of St Bernadette’s brings to our community.

In our prayer we acknowledged and gave thanks for all who work together in the service of Catholic education.

In our beautiful liturgy to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, the Gospel was proclaimed by spoken word and Auslan and all students from Kindergarten to Year 6 signed “True Colours”.

It was wonderful to welcome so many families to our liturgy and open classrooms.

Andrew Chinn Concert - 5th April 2023

On Wednesday 5 April, Australian religious songwriter and singer, Andrew Chinn, will be visiting our school to share his songs with our children. Andrew’s songs, such as “These Hands”, “Rainbow”, “An African Blessing”, “Together as One” and “Rise Up!” are used in classrooms and liturgies around Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. The concert will take place in the Hall, from 2:00 - 2:55 pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

Term 1 Reconciliation & Mass Calendar


School Fees

Please be aware that 2023 School Fees Statements were issued and sent home to families. If you have not received your statement for any reason, please contact the office immediately. It would be appreciated if your payments are made in accordance with the due date (15/03/2023) listed on your statement. 

Should you wish to make an arrangement to suit your needs, or if you have any queries regarding your fees, please contact our Finance Officer Mrs Haddad. All conversations are strictly confidential. 

Thank you for your continuous support.

2024 Enrolments

We are now accepting enrolment forms for 2024 and will begin interviews in term 2.

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.

Enhancing School Identity

This year, in partnership with Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, our school will begin a journey of growing our Catholic identity, shaped through dialogue with all community members. 

Over the coming weeks, all students from Years 5 and 6 at St Bernadette’s, along with staff and parents, will be invited to complete the Catholic Identity Survey. 

We would like to invite you to complete the survey in the school hall during Week 10 (27 - 31 March).

To enable us to get the best possible picture of our community, it is vital that we have as many families as possible participate in the survey. As an incentive, if we reach 75% participation by Friday April 28, we are excited to offer a Fun and Games Afternoon with sausage sizzle and ice block for all students and parents. We will measure participation over the coming weeks with a large thermometer in the breezeway and in the newsletter. 

Parents who are unable to join us at the school are still encouraged to complete the survey at any point prior to Friday April 28.

We greatly appreciate your participation in this very important survey.

Our participation total is currently 4%.

NEWS from the SRC

We hope everyone has been having a fun and positive week so far. We would like to acknowledge all the students that made it into the zone swimming carnival. We appreciate all the hard work and effort they have put into representing our school. We also have some exciting events coming up like the Easter raffle, St Patrick's feast day and Mission market place.

Last week was a very exciting occasion, Catholic Schools week. To celebrate we held a special liturgy. It is important to celebrate Catholic Schools week so we can honour the great work of Catholic Schools and the impact they have on students’ lives.

The students have been enjoying a lot of physical activity lately including, Motiv8 on Monday afternoons and dance fever on Thursdays.

Cross country is coming up soon so we encourage students participating to practise and train before then. 

We look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events and we really hope you can make it, so you can experience the fun and exciting things we have to offer. 

Kind regards,


Representative Sport - Swimming

In the last newsletter we acknowledged some of our children who were to attend the Cumberland Zone Swimming Carnival. They all did a fantastic job of representing our school and competed well in all events. 

Congratulations to our Zone swimming team for 2023!

Jayden E

Ayden H

Jackson C

Samara C

Liam M

The following children were successfully selected to compete at the Diocesan Swimming carnival on Tuesday, 14th March. What a fantastic achievement!

Jayden E (50m Freestyle)

Ayden H (50m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke)

Liam M (50m Backstroke)

They did very well to reach this very high level of competition and we are proud of them all.

Assembly Week 9

The class presenting at our Week 9 assembly is Year 1.

Harmony Day - 21st March 2023

On Tuesday 21 March 2023 students are invited to wear mufti. Students are encouraged to wear their cultural dress or the colour of Harmony (orange). 

Also students are invited to enter a Harmony Day colouring in competition run by the Moving Forward Together organisation. Below is the link for all the details regarding the colouring competition.


Term 1 2023 :

Week 8:

Friday, 17th March : St Patrick's Day Morning Tea (Kindergarten organising)

Week 9:

Tuesday, 21st March : Harmony Day - Mufti Day ( Traditional cultural dress or Orange clothing) 

Friday, 24th March: Mission Marketplace

Week 10:

Monday, 27th March : Last session of Motiv8 Program

Monday, 27th March : Sushi Day

Tuesday, 28th March : School Cross Country ( Year 2 -6 )

Week 11:

Tuesday, 4th April : Easter Raffle & Easter Hat Parade  ( Time TBA )

Wednesday, 5th April : Andrew Chinn Concert ( 2:00pm - 2:55pm )

Thursday, 6th April : Last Day Of Term 1

Term 2:

Week 1:

Monday, 24th April : Staff Development Day ( No Students at school )

Wednesday, 26th April : First day back of Term 2 for Students


Our PBS4L focus this week was we care for property and the environment.

The focus for next week (Week 9) will be caring for people, accepting their differences and standing up for others. At St Bernadette’s we care for people and accept each other’s differences. We ‘stand up’ for others in our community. This lesson also looks at what bullying is, where students  learn that bullying is more than just a fight or disliking someone. Bullying is being mean to someone over and over again, repeatedly. Bullying can be verbal, physical, social and cyber.

The focus for Week 10 is we take responsibility for our decisions and actions. At St Bernadette’s it is important for the students to know that their choices and actions lead to consequences. Being a Bernie Bright Star means they are making choices that are positive and lead to positive consequences.


Our raffle tickets were sent home last week and everyone has been busy selling. Thankyou to everyone who has returned their tickets and sent in the money (via QKR). The response so far has been amazing.

All money raised from the raffle will go towards new furniture in the learning spaces. This year, the prizes have been donated by Woolworths, Carlingford and Social Hideout Cafe, Parramatta. 

Just a reminder that a note and tickets were sent home last week for all students to sell. 

There will be 4 major prizes, 7 minor prizes and 1 prize for a student in each class. Children will be eligible for the Class prize if they sell $10 worth of tickets. For every $10 they will receive an entry. 

THANK YOU to our sponsors for our school Easter Raffle:

  • Woolworths Carlingford 

  • Social Hideout Cafe Parramatta.

Gentle Reminders

When dropping your child off in the morning on Cox Crescent, please remember to stay in your car if it is after 8.30am. Parking in this area can cause safety issues with cars overtaking or cutting in line while others are trying to pull out. Also parking in a school zone can incur a hefty fine. 

Expression of interest for Term 3 Motiv8 Program

We are in the process of organising another Motiv8 after school program for Term 3 2023 after success a successful Term 1 Program.

If you are interested, we ask that you contact the school office via email at to indicate your expression of interest.

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 & 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

Hunter - 06/03

Rachel - 08/03

Nicholas F - 12/03

Liana L - 12/03

Eseta - 13/03

Gabriella - 14/03

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

Clothing Pool

If you wish to purchase any items from our school clothing pool, please email the school office via . If the items are available, they will be sent home with your child. We are no longer able to have uniforms paid for via QKR! app, as unfortunately refunds aren't able to be processed if your required uniforms aren't available.  Therefore all payments need to be processed via EFTPOS only in the school office. 

Our Digital Sign

We would love to advertise events in our community so if you know of an upcoming event please email the details to

Don't forget to collect your Bread Tags!


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.