St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2023 Term 1 Week 10


Dear Families of St Bernadette's

As we move into the last week of Term 1 we can reflect on all of the great things that we have achieved so far this year.

It has been great to see so many of our parents attend our assemblies, open days and liturgies. This is one more step towards continuing to re-establish all of the great opportunities to include our wider community in our school events.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our parents who are using drive thru appropriately by patiently waiting for the car in front to move and not overtaking. It has ensured that our children are safely transported home with minimal stress for the staff on duty.

Over this term I have had enquiries about how we manage incidents both in the classroom and on the playground. In this newsletter I have once again included a copy of our flowcharts that will assist to clarify our procedures. You will see that we have identified and categorised behaviours into minor and major incidents which the children are made aware of at the beginning of each year, and reminded during their PBS4L focus and lessons. This framework is based upon resilience building rather than  punitive consequences. We use the time when dealing with various incidents as opportunities to reteach and provide strategies on how to improve behaviour in the future. By using this framework we have noticed a reduction in repeated poor behaviour as the children are reminded regularly how to work together to support each other by doing the right thing.

I wish everyone a very Happy Easter and may you have the opportunity to celebrate this blessed event with family and friends.

Love and Light

Lisa Gerrard


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


It has been a very busy and productive term. The children have all been working extremely hard and the classrooms have been a hive of activity. I mentioned at last week’s assembly how it is a privilege to work at St Bernadette’s. The community definitely embraces the school motto: Come to learn, live and love. 

Take the time over the break to rejuvenate and spend valuable time with family and friends as we celebrate the most important season of the church year.

Have a wonderful week, 

Rebecca Boidin

Assistant Principal


Sunday 02 April 2023

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Year A


The passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate, the governor, and the governor put to him this question, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ Jesus replied, ‘It is you who say it.’ But when he was accused by the chief priests and the elders he refused to answer at all. Pilate then said to him, ‘Do you not hear how many charges they have brought against you?’ But to the governor’s complete amazement, he offered no reply to any of the charges.

At festival time it was the governor’s practice to release a prisoner for the people, anyone they chose. Now there was at that time a notorious prisoner whose name was Barabbas. So when the crowd gathered, Pilate said to them, ‘Which do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?’ For Pilate knew it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over.

Now as he was seated in the chair of judgement, his wife sent him a message, ‘Have nothing to do with that man; I have been upset all day by a dream I had about him.’

The chief priests and the elders, however, had persuaded the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus. So when the governor spoke and asked them, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’ they said ‘Barabbas’. ‘But in that case,’ Pilate said to them ‘what am I to do with Jesus who is called Christ?’ They all said, ‘Let him be crucified!’ ‘Why?’ he asked ‘What harm has he done?’ But they shouted all the louder, ‘Let him be crucified!’ Then Pilate saw that he was making no impression, that in fact a riot was imminent. So he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd and said, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood. It is your concern.’ And the people, to a man, shouted back, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’ Then he released Barabbas for them. He ordered Jesus to be first scourged and then handed over to be crucified.

The governor’s soldiers took Jesus with them into the Praetorium and collected the whole cohort around him. Then they stripped him and made him wear a scarlet cloak, and having twisted some thorns into a crown they put this on his head and placed a reed in his right hand. To make fun of him they knelt to him saying, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ And they spat on him and took the reed and struck him on the head with it. And when they had finished making fun of him, they took off the cloak and dressed him in his own clothes and led him away to crucify him.

On their way out, they came across a man from Cyrene, Simon by name, and enlisted him to carry his cross. When they had reached a place called Golgotha, that is, the place of the skull, they gave him wine to drink mixed with gall, which he tasted but refused to drink. When they had finished crucifying him they shared out his clothing by casting lots, and then sat down and stayed there keeping guard over him.

Above his head was placed the charge against him; it read: ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’ At the same time two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left.

The passers-by jeered at him; they shook their heads and said ‘So you would destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days! Then save yourself! If you are God’s son, come down from the cross!’ The chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him in the same way. ‘He saved others,’ they said ‘he cannot save himself. He is the king of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He put his trust in God; now let God rescue him if he wants him. For he did say, “I am the son of God.”’ Even the robbers who were crucified with him taunted him in the same way.

From the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you deserted me?’ When some of those who stood there heard this, they said, ‘The man is calling on Elijah,’ and one of them quickly ran to get a sponge which he dipped in vinegar and putting it on a reed, gave it him to drink. ‘Wait!’ said the rest of them ‘and see if Elijah will come to save him.’ But Jesus again crying out in a loud voice, yielded up his spirit.

At that, the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked; the rocks were split; the tombs opened and the bodies of many holy men rose from the dead, and these, after his resurrection, came out of the tombs, entered the Holy City and appeared to a number of people. Meanwhile the centurion, together with the others guarding Jesus, had seen the earthquake and all that was taking place, and they were terrified and said, ‘In truth this was a son of God.’


By Dianne Bergant CSA

As we prepare to enter the sacred time of Holy Week, we look again at the significance of Christ in our lives. Though he was really in the form of God, Jesus came in the form of a slave. We have a saviour who was crushed for our iniquities, nailed to a cross as a convicted felon, and there endured the sense of abandonment. We have a saviour who was finally lifted up and exalted precisely because he emptied himself of his divine privileges. Unlike conquerors who triumph by putting down their opponents, Jesus was raised up because he himself was first willing to be put down. We have a saviour who first offered himself for us and then continues to offer himself to us as an example to follow. As he was willing to empty himself for our sake, so we must too be willing to empty ourselves for the sake of others.

The best way to enter Holy Week with Jesus is in the company of those with whom he has identified himself: the poor and the broken; the humiliated and the marginalised; those who suffer the abuse of others; those who never use rank to force their will. If we are to be saved, we must go where salvation takes place: in our streets and in our homes where violence rages; in the dark corners of life where despair holds sway; wherever the innocent are abused or the needy are neglected; wherever there is misunderstanding or fear or jealousy. We must go wherever Christ empties himself for our sake.

Children's Discussion Starters

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

Who are the people who love you?

What special things do they do for you?

Jesus suffered and died because he loved us.

How can we show God’s love to others?

Today is the beginning of a special week of celebrations.

How can we participate in Holy Week?

© Creative Ministry Resources Pty Ltd

Andrew Chinn Concert - 5th April 2023

On Wednesday 5th 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



Attendance Rate: 87%  - To unpack this a little more, this means that 87%  of our students have an attendance rate of 90% -100%. 

Catholic Identity Survey

This week is our allocated survey week. This week the staff and our Stage 3 students completed the survey. While surveys can be completed up until 28 April, we ask that as many surveys as possible be completed this week. This is an excellent opportunity for you to give your feedback concerning the Catholic Identity of our school. 

Thank you to the parents who have completed the survey. Our current participation rate is 11%. To achieve our goal of 75% participation and be rewarded with the Fun and Games Afternoon with sausage sizzle and ice block for all students and parents we still need at least a further 90 parents to respond.

B & B Highway - Stage 1 Science

The B&B Highway (Bed and Breakfasts for Biodiversity: Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Bats, etc) is an urban and peri-urban regenerative initiative featuring pollinating plants and habitats to support declining numbers of pollinators. 

In partnership with, our Stage 1 children have learnt about the crucial partnership between native plants and pollinators through lessons and interactive activities.

They have planted and cared for many native plants, tended to our fantastic new wicking beds and most recently saw the establishment of our very own native bee hive (don’t panic, they are stingless)!

The children have loved working with Alan, Ella, Kate, Nicole and Susan and through the experience learnt a great deal about our environment. It has also been wonderful to see the care they have taken to tend to the plants so generously donated by our facilitators.

We look forward to seeing the positive impact this initiative will have on our local environment.

School Fees

Thank you to all our families who have settled their school fees account or continue to pay fortnightly/monthly instalments. If your school fees are still outstanding and you are experiencing financial difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact our Finance Officer, for a confidential discussion on options available to you.

Please notify our office as soon as possible, if you know that you may be leaving St Bernadette’s. As you know, you are required to give ten week's notice if you are leaving. Please contact our office for a copy of a leaving form that must be completed.We thank you for your ongoing support.

Easter Raffle

Thank you to everyone for supporting our Term 1 fundraising. The Easter raffle will close on Friday, 31st March. It will be drawn on Tuesday, 4th April after our Easter Hat Parade.

St Patrick's Day Morning Tea

Congratulations and thank you to our Kindy parents for providing us with so many different green food choices to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

The children were super excited to dive into these delicious treats.

Well done!

Harmony Day

It was wonderful to see the children in their cultural dress, or wearing orange, to show our harmony with Australians of all different backgrounds.

Mission Marketplace

Mission Marketplace was an incredibly fun opportunity for all students at St Bernadette’s. Everyone was buying and selling fun and delicious things. This raised $1419 for Project Compassion while we were having tons of fun. This was important because we were helping people who are less fortunate.

The Faith in Action Team

A huge thank you to the children of St Bernadette’s for their generosity and hard work in social justice and to parents and carers for supporting the children.

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.

Assembly Week 11

There is no assembly next week due to Good Friday.

Dance Fever - Parents invited to watch in Week 11

All families are invited to come to the hall on Thursday, 6th April to watch the final lesson. Please refer to the timetable below.

School Reader Books

Could we please ask that any school readers that children have at home please be returned to school.  We have quite a number of books that are parts of sets that are missing.


Term 1 2023 :

Week 11:

Tuesday, 4th April : Easter Hat Parade & Easter Raffle to be drawn ( 9:30am- Parents are welcomed to attend )

Tuesday, 4th April : Back-up Cross Country Day 11:30am - 1:30pm ( After Easter Parade )

Wednesday, 5th April : Andrew Chinn Easter Performance

Thursday, 6th April : Last Day Of Term 1

Thursday, 6th April : Dance Fever ( Parents invited to watch their child's  grade performance )

Term 2:

Week 1:

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

Tuesday, 25th April : Anzac Day ( Public Holiday ) 

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


Congratulations to Year 2 and Year 6 who have filled their class star jars. They placed their piece of the Bernie Bright puzzle at our Week 9 assembly.

The focus for Week 11 is we wear our uniform with pride. At St Bernadette’s we wear our correct school uniform with pride. This shows that we belong to our school community and we are proud of the traditions and values here.

A reminder students are to wear winter uniform in Term 2. Due to the unpredictable weather we will allow students to wear either their summer or winter uniform for the first two weeks of the term. Students are not to wear a combination of both eg. long sleeve shirt and shorts.

Gentle Reminders

The first day of school for Term 2 is Wednesday April 27th. On Monday the staff will gather for a SDD on the new 3- 6 English & Mathematics syllabus to be implemented in 2024.

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 such 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 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

Yvonne - 22/03

Tri - 23/03

Nicky - 24/03

Samara - 25/03

Sebastian L - 30/03

Noah P - 01/04

Eva - 02/04

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


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.