St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2020 Term 3 Week 6


Dear families of St Bernadette's,

Wow it’s week 6 already!!

This term is flying by but thankfully we have not had to go back into remote learning. It’s so nice to see the children back and socialising with their friends. This is partially due to the fact that as a community we are really trying to observe the Covid safe practices. I know it’s not easy to keep children home when they may just appear to have a cold but we know that it's better to be safe than sorry.

This Sunday we have our students receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time. I know it is going to be a very special celebration and I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all of these students. I can still remember the day I made my First Communion, it was a very special day in my faith journey. 

Stay well and take care,

Love & Light

Lisa Gerrard

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

 Attendance Rate: 85.7%  - To unpack this a little more, this means that 85.7% of our students have an attendance rate of 90% -100%. 


We are working in an ever-changing environment with regards to COVID-19 and restrictions that come with it. Sometimes it seems that regulations change daily and it is a challenge to keep our children informed at an age appropriate level. We ensure that when we need to make a change here at school, we tell our students what the change is and why it is important - to keep them safe. Older students often want to know how it keeps them safe but younger students just need to know we are looking out for them. 

It also helps our students when we remind them that things won’t be this way forever. We might think of some ideas or activities we are looking forward to doing again - I know my family has our tickets to Perth stuck to the fridge as a hopeful reminder! You might look forward to getting away or just catching up with family you haven’t seen in a while. It’s important to talk about these positives all aspects of a situation so we can build resilience in our children. 

Mrs Willard

Assistant Principal


Sunday 30 August 2020

REFLECTION by Dianne Bergant CSA

The gospel does not say that Jesus will gallantly step forward, take suffering upon himself, and thus demonstrate his power. Instead, his fate will be a demonstration of his vulnerability. He will be taken forcibly and will suffer at the hands of others. He will do this willingly, but not as a volunteer. Jesus will be a victim. This picture of Jesus carries implications for discipleship. Whoever follows him must follow him to the cross. If we participate in his success, we must also share in his shame. Disciples have a choice to follow or not to follow, but if they choose in his favour they must be ready for suffering and humiliation.

Paul exhorts us to reject the standards of the world. This is a very difficult path to follow, especially when it seems that those who conform to this age prosper. Following Christ can place barriers between ourselves and others. If we no longer share their values and their interests, we may feel alienated. Suffering is bound to invade our ministerial lives as well. We must remember that Jesus’ message antagonised many people in his day. Those who proclaim the same message in their own contexts must be prepared for a similar reaction.

After witnessing the marvellous feats that Jesus accomplished, we discover that he is going to suffer and be put to death. How can this be? With Peter we protest. With Jeremiah we wonder: Have we been duped?  The realisation that we too will have to suffer becomes a crucial test of our faith.

First Holy Communion

Our prayers and congratulations are with the children receiving their First Holy Communion this Sunday. May the Eucharist you receive for the first time on Sunday, nourish and sustain you throughout your life.

PLEASE NOTE: For any family members unable to attend on Sunday due to covid restrictions are invited to view the ceremony via the Friars of St Francis youtube channel. Please follow the link below to access the live stream of the event -


Gentle Reminders

If your child has cold or flu symptoms they need to stay home and must present a doctor's clearance or negative Covid test results before returning to school. If your child has a covid test then we ask that all siblings remain at home until you receive the negative results. Should you receive a positive result please contact the school asap so that we can action the procedures we are required to follow.

Thank you for your patience and co-operation.


Please remember that when you contact the school office that the person you are speaking to has a procedure to follow so while they may not have the answer you want to hear please don’t take your frustration or anger out on them. Your actions impact on them and as you can imagine it can take its toll. All of our admin staff are happy to assist you in any way they can and just as I expect them to manage themselves professionally, I ask that we all do the same.

Thank you for your patience and co-operation.

REMINDER: School Photographs

Orders for packages and sibling photographs can be placed securely online at using our school’s unique 9 digit advanced order code 9BK 8ZG AKF. Portrait and group package orders are due by photography day. 

School photographs are scheduled to be taken by advancedlife on Tuesday 1 September 2020. 


It is our preference that ordering be completed online to reduce administration and potential security issues related to the return of cash and envelopes on photo day. 

As a large number of our families have purchased their photo packages already online, envelopes will not be distributed home. If you would still like to pay via cash your child may request an envelope at the office. On photo day these envelopes and money are to be given to the classroom teacher. NO ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED  AT THE SCHOOL OFFICE.


  • Portrait and group package orders are due by photography day. 

  • All students will have their individual and class photo taken on the day. Please note that any late orders will need to be purchased 24hours after photo day and will incur a late fee. 


Should you wish to purchase a sibling photograph, the order must be placed no later than the day before photography day. Sibling photographs will only be taken if an order has been placed. Please place this order online. 


All students must be in their full winter uniform. Photos will be taken without jackets and jumpers. Please ensure that:

  • Students are wearing their ties - boys and girls

  • Students are not allowed to wear skivvies, undershirts, etc that can be seen under their school shirt or blouse. 

  • Girls should wear grey stockings or grey knee high socks

  • Boys should be wearing their grey pants - no shorts

  • All ribbons, bows, headbands etc must be in the school colours otherwise they will be asked to remove them.

  • Sports uniform and sports shirts should not be worn for any class photos 


  • Choir and Altar servers

  • SRC

  • Year 6 and Kindergarten Buddy Photo, Year 6 Fun Photo

The Amazing Race Through Time

You would have received a note about our major school fundraiser for 2020:

The Amazing Race Through Time

The children will ‘race’ through 9 different stations with different teachers based on activities in schoolyards in the last 200 years. We will have activities that encourage teamwork as students will be placed into groups to achieve a goal.

We encourage dressing up with the theme of ‘old school yard’. 

You should have received your child’s fundraising log card. Sponsors can pledge money on this and it can be paid electronically at the school or cash can be brought in by the students after our event. 


Jersey Day - Friday 4 September 2020

Next Friday 4th September, we will be joining in Jersey Day to raise awareness about organ donation. This is not a fundraising day but an awareness raising day. 

Students are encouraged to wear their favourite team jersey on the day and we will present some (age appropriate) information about organ donation and the Donate Life network. 

Students can wear any team jersey they like with their school sports shorts. If they do not have or prefer not to wear a team jersey, they may wear their school sports uniform. 

LINK to Week 5 Zoom assembly recording

We have started recording our Assemblies so we can share them with our Parent Community. To access these, you will need to download Zoom. 

Go to

and create a free account. You do not need to pay to access our recording. Once you have created an account use the following link to access the Assembly.

Password: 48#c!Tg*

2020 Premiers Reading Challenge

The Challenge is quickly drawing to a close. Friday August 28 is the final date for entry of Student Reading Records by students. Please ensure you have added all your books by this date.

Chocolate Freddo Drive

We would like to express our joy and thankfulness to each and every family who purchased chocolates to support our Year 6 students.

$1200 was raised!

Kindergarten 2021 Enrolment Interviews

Our Kindergarten 2021 Interviews will be held on Monday 31 August, Wednesday 2nd September and Thursday 3rd September 2020.

Due to Covid restrictions there will be no face to face to interviews, instead they will be held via a Zoom meeting with our Principal and Assistant Principal.

It is optional if you choose to have your child present during the interview or not.

We understand that many families have children in daycare and it is not essential that they sit in on this Zoom meeting with you.

Bookings will open at 9:30am on Monday 24th August 2020. Bookings must be finalised by Friday 28th  August 2020 at 3pm. 

To make your appointment please log in using the details below and select a suitable time. 


2. enter the code wb9h7

3.  Enter your details - Select the interviewer - Select the appointment time that suits your family      



Last week MacKillop received their recognition for the most tokens. They enjoyed an afternoon of free time - using technology, playing games and chatting with friends.

Birthday celebration treats at school

We received a recent notification regarding birthday celebration treats at school. In future, any birthdays treats brought in to be shared at school will need to be in the form of individually wrapped lolly's or ice-blocks. We need to minimise the handling of food and food that has been prepared at home to ensure the safety of everyone. 

Thank you for your understanding.  

Happy Birthday

15/8 - Lachlan B 

17/8 - Louis R

19/8 - Benjamin G 

21/8 - Tracey L

25/8 - Youssef E K H 

26/8 - Mia L 

27/8 - Marie-Elise B

As a community of learners

This week teachers worked alongside Lise, our Literacy Teacher Educator from CEDP. The teachers looked at the text complexity of various fiction and non-fiction books to help students engage with suitably challenging texts.

Take a look at some of the great Literacy work students across Kindergarten to Year 6 have been completing in class.


Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

Year Five

Year Six


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: 85.7%