St Bernadette's Primary Dundas

Newsletter 2019 Term 2 Week 8


Dear families of St Bernadettes,

Thank you for the welcome that I have received in the last week at St Bernadette’s. In the last few days I have had the opportunity to be a part of the school athletics carnival, meet numerous children in the playground, attend mass with Year 6 and visit children during learning time in their learning spaces.

Even in these initial days at St Bernadette’s I have been impressed by the spirit that is evident within the school, the pride the children demonstrate in their school and the commitment of staff as they work with parents to improve all aspects of each child’s learning.

The way in which the children have presented themselves and talk so proudly about their school reflects the pride they have in themselves in being a member of St Bernadette’s.

I very much look forward to meeting the children and families of St Bernadette’s in the coming weeks.

God Bless,

Keiran Byrnes


Sunday, 23 June 2019: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ - (Corpus Christi) - Year C

REFLECTION by Fr Michael Tate

The feeding of the five thousand in today’s Gospel is one of those anticipatory sharings in the heavenly banquet of the age to come.

We say this feeding is miraculous, and it was. A major part of the miracle is in the transformation of the Twelve. Our Lord did not personally feed the five thousand. He required his followers to get involved in alleviating hunger: ‘You give them something to eat,’ rather than leaving the crowd to fend for themselves, or resort to market economics. When they shared the food he had blessed, the miracle of the hospitality of God was multiplied throughout the crowd – extravagantly.

And so Our Lord gave his followers and the crowd a real taste of the future generosity of God in the heavenly banquet. But, it would not have happened had the inner groups of disciples not shared Jesus’ vision and got involved in what seemed to be an impossible task.

The Last Supper was the greatest anticipatory meal which Our Lord shared with his disciples. And, at Mass, we are eating and drinking the glorified humanity of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ: the life of the future.

We could pause for a moment to identify the myriad of hungers in this world and resolve to fulfil Our Lord's Command: ‘You give them something to eat’! so that Divine Generosity might transform human history.

© Fr Michael Tate

Corpus Christi Procession


June 22, 2019 4:30 PM to June 22, 2019 5:35 PM


Cox Crescent, Dundas Valley NSW, Australia

More information

Come and join our Annual Feast of Corpus Christi Procession. 

"When you have received Him, stir up your heart to do Him homage; speak to Him about your spiritual life, gazing upon Him in your soul where He is present for your happiness; welcome Him as warmly as possible, and behave outwardly in such a way that your actions may give proof to all of His Presence."

- St Francis de Sales

Event Details: 

4:30PM - Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to special altars of adoration located around the parish & school grounds while singing prayers, hymns and moments of quiet adoration at each little shrine. 

Followed by Benediction (i.e. being blessed by Jesus-in-the-Eucharist Himself) at 5:35PM & 6PM Youth Mass. 

Corpus Christi Procession Flyer


Confirmation Information Evening

There will be a Confirmation Information evening for Parents/Carers on Thursday 20th June at 6:45pm in the CAR of St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School.

Confirmation is for children in Year 6 and older who have been baptised and have received their First Holy Communion.

Confirmation will be on the 19th Sept at 6:45pm. 


Upcoming Events for Term 2

21/6 - Confirmation Information Night

25/6 - Pasta Meal Deal Canteen Day

27/6 - Stage 3 Attending St Pat's Musical

27/6 - Confirmation Lessons Begin

28/6 - Reports to go home

1/7 - Parent Teacher Interviews Begin

5/7 - Last Day of Term

Principal Awards

Kindergarten - Nerso B

Year 1 - Liam M

Year 2 - Preston B

Year 3 - Isabelle E

Year 4 - Sereno C

Year 5 - Zoey L

Year 6 - Aaliyah M

Happy Birthday

8/6 - Brandon T 

9/6 - Willem K L

11/6 - Samuel M

11/6 - Ansh T

13/6 - Eamon N 

16/6 - Rick A 

17/6 - Isabelle A 

18/6 - William B 

19/6 - Daniel M 

Attendance Matters

As we are nearing the end of term, please ensure any  absence notes for your child are returned to school by Wednesday 26 June 2019.

If we do not receive an explanation for your child's absence from school, this will be marked on their report as 'unexplained.' 

Parent Teacher Interviews

Our Parent Teacher interviews will be held in Week 10 from 1st July - 5th July 2019.

A note is going home to all families today with detailed instructions on how to book in your interview time with your child's teacher. 

Alternatively, you can follow this link to the booking site and use our school code xvbwy to schedule your interview time.

PBS4L Update

Star token tally up to week 8


If you are in any of our classrooms in the next few weeks you may notice a small area of the learning space dedicated as a “Calm Space”. Establishing calm spaces supports children in self-regulation of their emotions. Students will be taught how and when to use a ‘calm space’ and, more importantly, how to recognise when they may need to keep their feelings in control.  Once children can identify what they are feeling and why they are feeling that then they can begin to select a strategy to help address the issue.

A calm space is pro-active, rather than reactive, so children will be encouraged to go to a calm space before they get overwhelmed with emotion, rather than being sent to an area to cool down after there has been an incident.

The focus for the next two weeks are :‘We care for people and accept their differences’ and ‘Encourage, support and share ideas’.

SRC Update

Hello to all parents and carers,

In the last newsletter for the SRC piece, we said that the Breakfast money was raised for the Year 6 gift for the school but that is incorrect. The money raised for the Year 6 gift for the school was the leftovers of the election BBQ. The Breakfast was actually a P&F meal deal.

We are so sorry for the misunderstanding.

Last week we had our Athletic's Carnival, where our colour house teams versed each other with a fun set of activities like shot put, discus, long jump, ball games and of course the 100m sprint, 200m run and our 800m run. It was a great day and we are glad to see that all of the students had fun and enjoyed it. We are also glad that the Year 6 leaders led with pride. Also, we got to meet our lovely new visiting Principal while Mrs Gerrad is on leave till the end of the term.

On the 19th of June, our stage 3 boys had the soccer gala day. They were accompanied by the Year 6 teacher Mrs Brooker, our assistant principal, Mr Kensell and of course, their coaches. We are glad that they represented our school with pride and we know they tried their best.

Thank you. Have a good weekend


Athletics Carnival

St Bernadette’s had a fantastic day out at our Annual Athletics Carnival, on Thursday 13 June. The weather conditions were perfect for competition and the children showed great team spirit from start to finish.

As always we had so many parents come along to cheer and help run the events on the day. Events like this couldn’t happen without your continued support which as always is greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Francis, who were the winners on the day!

Junior and Senior Age Champions will be announced at the week 8 Friday assembly.

NSW Catholic Primary School’s Cross Country

Last Friday, St Bernadette’s was represented by 3 talented runners at the NSWCPSCCC, otherwise known as the New South Wales Catholic Primary School’s Cross Country Carnival. The girls ran as part of the MacKillop team, which is a great achievement.

Congratulations to Kiara B, Amelia N & Heidi S for this outstanding achievement!


Thank you!

On May 31st the P&F hosted a breakfast style canteen day. The children got to enjoy a variety of cereals, flavoured milk, fruit and cheese toasties! A total of $137.04 was raised ! We thank the school community for their ongoing support.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

For any 2nd hand uniform needs please contact Cathy Nagy 0416048169

Plenty of stock in various sizes of:


Track pants


Boys and girls long sleeved shirts

School Banking

Don’t forget – CBA school banking is available every Friday morning from 8:30am in the canteen.  If you would like to open an account for your child,

please visit a CBA branch or open an account online at

Regular banking on Fridays mean children can earn tokens for reward prizes as below:

2019 Polar Saver rewards  (two released each term, available while stocks last)

Term 1                                                             Term 2

Scented Stackable Highlighters                    Yeti Fluffy Notebook

Snowy Origami Set                                          Icicle Slapband Ruler

Term 3                                                             Term 4

Arctic Owl Fluffy Keyring                               Water Skimming Bounce Ball

Scratch Art Cards                                            Polar Pencils & Pencil Toppers

If you have any questions about the program, please see Cathy Nagy in the canteen on Friday mornings to discuss.


Claim Two $100 Active Kids Vouchers

All NSW school-enrolled children are eligible for two $100 Active Kids vouchers. The vouchers can be used with any approved Active Kids provider, to help cover costs towards registration or membership fees for sport and active recreation. Voucher one is valid January to December and voucher two is valid July to December. After 1 July 2019, the second voucher can be claimed immediately after the first voucher. 

Visit and login to your MyServiceNSW Account to claim your voucher. 

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.

Our Attendance Rate to date is 84.2%