St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2022 Term 2 Week 6


Dear Families of St Bernadette's

Cyber safety is an important issue that I wanted to build awareness around in this week's newsletter. Over the past few weeks we have had to manage a number of issues involving children accessing and sharing information and content that is vastly inappropriate for their age and stage of development. A number of these incidents have occurred while students are using their devices at home. It just reinforces the idea that it is crucial, as parents that we stay vigilant when our children are using technology and what sites they are accessing.

It is natural for children to be curious about the body but, as we know, searching this topic can lead to sites with pornographic material. These sites can give children an unrealistic view of relationships and how we treat each other physically. 

Also be mindful of the gaming accounts your child has and who they are connecting with as the person they are playing with may not be another child and may lead to your child giving personal information to someone who could be a risk to their safety.

In the coming weeks we will be offering a cyber safety parent meeting as well as a student forum where we will address some of these issues and give tips on how to keep ourselves cyber safe.

This is by no means a message to spark fear but just a reminder that we must remain alert when it comes to using the internet.

Stay well and take care.

Love & Light  

Lisa Gerrard

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


As the weather gets colder and it gets harder to get kids out of bed and ready, we have noticed that more children are arriving at school after the bell. 

The morning bell rings at 8:55am and all children are expected to be inside the school gates by this time. If your child arrives after this time, you must walk them into the School Office and give a reason for the late arrival. 

Getting your child to school after the bell can cause a number of issues:

  • Your child misses out on playing and bonding with their friends

  • Your child misses out on important class announcements 

  • When each late child arrives, they interrupt the learning that is already happening in the class

  • Class prayer happens at the start of the day so your child may miss this important spiritual opportunity, or interrupt this special time for the rest of the class

  • Modelled reading is often done at this time, so your child also misses the important modelling of fluent reading.

Getting your child to school on time now helps build this lifelong pattern of good school attendance and leads to better learning outcomes for each child. 

Have a wonderful week, 

Jackie Willard

Assistant Principal


Sunday 5th June 2022

REFLECTION by Fr Michael Tate

Holy Ghost, Holy Gust

In the very old days, the ‘Holy Spirit’ was known as the ‘Holy Ghost’. It comes from the old English word ‘gust’ which ‘blows wherever it pleases’. St Luke’s account of Pentecost tells of what ‘sounded like a powerful wind from heaven’. This is the Divine Wind, this is the Holy Gust, the Holy Spirit. Out of nowhere, this mighty Gust burst into the disciples’ lives with gale force, sweeping away their fear.

The Divine Wind is nothing less than the Breath of God. ‘O Breathe on me Breath of God’ is one of the most beautiful hymns, sung to a traditional Irish melody. One verse goes: ‘O Breathe on me Breath of God . . . until this earthly part of me glows with thy fire divine’. It is like a log at the back of the fireplace late at night. The log is intact but absolutely glowing through and through with fire. It is to be the same with us.

Peter was inspired to preach to the crowds ‘with a loud voice’ about ‘Jesus the Nazarene’ and the fact that ‘God raised him to life’. That is the gospel. That is the message which those who breathe with the breath of God have been preaching since the birthday of the Church at Pentecost.

We could pause for a moment to pray an ancient chant of the Church:

‘Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,

and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they will be created,

and you will renew the face of the earth.’

Parish Mass

We are delighted to once again be attending Mass with the parish, both as a school and in class groups. As parish Masses begin at 9:00am, the classes involved will assemble at 8:45am, in order to be seated in the church before Father enters. Your extra effort to be at school by 8:45am on these days would be greatly appreciated. Please see the roster for when your child will be attending Mass and/or Reconciliation.

Sacramental Program

Final Practise – Sunday, 5th June 3.30 – 5pm. (Please meet in the Church- Compulsory)

 First Holy Communion – Sunday, 19th June at 11.30am.

Kindergarten Religion Work

In Religion, Kindergarten have been learning about what it means to be a good neighbour through what they know about the words and actions of Jesus. They have been exploring Jesus' commandment to love one another and have made promises to Jesus on how they can live by that commandment in order to be a good neighbour.


Stage 3 Canberra Trip:

This week our Years 5 and 6 children will head down to Canberra.

Some of the highlights will include:

Parliament House

Old Parliament House


Dinosaur Museum

We know that they will have an awesome time and we look forward to hearing the stories upon their return.


Week 6:

Thursday, 2nd June and Friday, 3rd June : Stage 3 Canberra Excursion 

Week 7:

Friday, 10th June : Staff Development Day (This is a pupil free day)

Week 8:

Thursday, 16th June : Canteen Hot Chocolate & Chips, a fundraiser for the Year 6 dinner 

Week 10:

Friday, 1st July : Athon Activity Day.  The information for this day will be sent home in the coming weeks.

Tell Them From Me Survey

In the coming weeks we will be inviting our students, teachers and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.


From Monday, 30th May to Friday, 1st July, we invite you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at St Bernadette’s Dundas Valley.


The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You are able to access the parent survey (20 different languages available) on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:


If you have any questions or would like to come and have a cuppa and fill out the survey, we will be happy to have devices set up next week on  Wednesday, June 8th and Thursday, June 9th from drop off time. 


Your opinion is very important to us and we take your feedback very seriously. So we would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes and complete the survey.

Past Fundraising Amounts

  • Sausage Roll Day - $351

  • Election BBQ - $853

  • Sausage Sizzle Day - $479

  • Sushi Day - $155

  • Mother’s Day Stall $572

  • Sausage Sandwich Day $347

As previously indicated, all funds raised this year will contribute towards our high-maintenance costs. We don’t have a maintenance fee included in the school fees, this expense continues to be a challenge to the school; so far we have spent over $50K on maintenance (such as cleaning service, waste, water, air conditioning, building and landscaping maintenance.)

We are also aiming to replace necessary equipment in the school, such as a new oven for the canteen, to be able to assist with future canteen fundraiser events and a new vacuum cleaner to replace the broken one.

Representative Sport

Congratulations to Renee T, who recently attended the trials for the Parramatta Diocesan Softball Team. She was successfully selected for the team and will now compete at the MacKillop Trials in June! We look forward to more news in June. Well done Renee!

Pyjama Day!

Thank you so much to our school community which has supported our Vinnies Winter Appeal. Your very generous donations of socks, beanies, gloves, scarves and blankets are much appreciated. They have been donated to Vinnies at Harris Park and Penrith and will be given to those most in need.

Thank you for supporting Stage 3 in their social justice initiative and responding with mercy to the suffering and hardship of others.

Enrolment for 2023

We are currently finalising Kindergarten enrolments for 2023.

If you have a child who you wish to enrol please download the enrolment form from our website or pop into our office to pick up one.


Attendance Rate: 70.8%  - To unpack this a little more, this means that 70.8%  of our students have an attendance rate of 90% -100%. 

A reminder that classes commence at 8:55am.

To help your child have a positive start to the school day it is important that they are at school on time.

Being at school a little before 8:55am allows them to have time to calm themselves and be confident in knowing they are prepared and ready to learn. It also gives them time to say hello to their friends and classmates.

Arriving late can cause stress to the child entering a class that is already working and it can cause disruption to the lesson that has started.

If we were 5 minutes late every day x 5 days = 25 minutes lost each week. 25 minutes x 10 weeks of each term = 250 minutes each term.

That adds up to a lot over the course of the year.

So please be mindful of what time your child  is arriving at school. It is important we establish good routines as it sets our children up for success.

If your child is late, they must come to the school office to be signed in by their parent or carer. They are not to be dropped late and left to run through the school gate unaccompanied.

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 with 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. 

Happy Birthday

Isla - 23/05

Madison H - 24/05

Antonio - 28/05

Devanshi - 31/05

Stefan - 31/05

Hailey - 02/06

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

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!


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.