St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2022 Term 1 Week 8


Dear Families of St Bernadette's

How lovely it was to see so many parents at our Catholic Schools Week Liturgy last Friday. It was a great way to celebrate as a Catholic community. The children were so excited to show off their work to those parents who were able to attend our Open Classroom.

Today we celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a canteen day organised by our Kindergarten parents. What an amazing variety of “green” treats we were tempted with. Sincere thanks to all of those parents who supported this event.

Last week we had our first Parent Committee meeting. It was great to sit down and map out some great events and canteen days for the rest of Term 1 and Term 2. These have all now been added to our Parent calendar and reminders will be sent out via skoolbag closer to the event. 

Stay well and take care.

Love & Light  

Lisa Gerrard

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

St Patrick's Day


As you know tomorrow is our CEDP wide fundraiser for the flood disaster victims, Fiver for Flood Victims. While we do try to limit the amount of money we ask of our parent community, we feel that this is an important Social Justice initiative as it directly supports the Option for the Vulnerable and Poor in our Catholic Social teaching. I suggested in the letter to parents that students try and donate the ‘fiver’ themselves as they can understand that they can directly contribute to the support of others less fortunate. Teachers will also relate the ‘rainbow mufti’ idea to the Bible story of God sending a rainbow as a sign of hope after the floods. 

We hope that our small acts of charity will be a sign of hope after the floods for needy communities. 

I also wanted to say thank you to our families as we continue to navigate through these challenging COVID times. We have been so appreciative of the way parents have come to collect children when they may be sick or kept their children home when they may be unwell. Testing of children by their parents has ensured that they don’t come to school if they are sick.  This has helped keep our school community quite safe when other schools have had quite a spread of COVID throughout their school. Thank you for your continued support. 

Have a wonderful week, 

Jackie Willard

Assistant Principal


Sunday, 20th March 2022

REFLECTION by Fr Michael Tate

There was a terrible disaster when a building fell down killing eighteen people. Some said, ‘Oh, those killed must have been sinners, they or their parents.’ Jesus repudiates that notion: ‘No, it wasn’t for anything they did.’ It was clear to Jesus that they were the victims of poor construction and conditions at Siloam. Look at the builder.

Responsibility needs to be brought home to those who would otherwise hide behind a religious ideology, or the sheer self-interest of evading blame for a situation.

To identify those really responsible may well require major changes to the way society is organised.

Does it all seem too difficult? Jesus helps us with a metaphor:

You are like a fig tree which may not be bearing much fruit just now,

but, I am a terrific gardener:

I will water you, dig around you, make sure you are well nourished

so that you will bear the fruits I desire.

Our Lord does that by:

watering us with the waters of baptism;

pruning us, especially during Lent;

nourishing us with the bread of life in Holy Communion.

We might pause at various times during Lent to allow Our Lord to garden us so that he may create a heavenly botanical garden, a new Eden, of the whole of humanity.

Year 1 Work Samples

This term, Stage 1 has been developing their understanding and appreciation for Prayer. 

This week the students were assigned a task where they had to reflect on the following questions:

  • What Prayer means to them 

  • Why they pray 

  • Where they pray 

  • When they pray 

  • How they pray 

Here are some of our Year 1 responses...

Update from Father Christopher

Father Christopher would like me to inform the community that there has been a change to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. He has decided to invite children who are in Year 7 or older (not Year 6) to participate in this program from this year. 

If you have a child in Year 7 who wishes to participate in this Sacramental program, please contact the parish on 9871 4414 for further information.

Sacramental Program

Term 1

Lessons : Weeks 8-10 inclusive.

Week 8 : 17th or 18th March

Week 9 : 24th or 25th March

Week 10 : 31st Mar or 1st April.

Term 2

1st Practise – Sunday 29th May 3.30 – 5pm. (Please meet in the church – Compulsory)

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

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


Enrolment for 2023

We have now begun the enrolment process 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.

Mathematics in the infants classes in 2022

This year we have been very lucky to partner with our CEDP Teacher Educator, Nadine Meredith, for an exciting new Mathematics initiative. Titled EMC3 (or EMC cubed), Exploring Mathematical Sequences of Connected, Cumulative & Challenging Tasks), this infants school  focused project was developed by the professors at Monash University and has been delivered successfully in many CEDP schools. It presents challenging tasks which cater to all learning levels and encourages children to make meaningful connections between mathematical concepts.

Thus far, Kindergarten has been exploring principles of counting including visual recognition of number patterns, counting forwards and backwards from a range of starting points as well as recognising numbers one more and less. Currently they are experimenting with measurement by comparing lengths with a range of informal units, as well as the difficult concept of accurately determining the lengths of several objects, with which to then determine a length that falls in between them!

In Stage 1, the children have Explored the structure of numbers by organising a range of quantities in many different ways and seeking to work in a systematic way to explain their thinking and find many (or even all) possible solutions to problems. Currently they are working on the concept of making things equal by balancing quantities and even writing balanced equations in the form of number sentences!

It has been so impressive to see how the children have embraced this challenging mathematics with a growth mindset and a willingness to take risks - in infants we don’t rub out our mistakes, as they are all part of our thinking and ultimately the solution! Another great thing has been how our infants team have worked together with enthusiasm and in such a collegial manner, frequently discussing what is happening in their rooms and planning next steps together. Stay tuned for more exciting news later in the year.

Diocesan Swimming Carnival

Diocesan Swimming Carnival

Last Friday St Bernadette’s was represented at the Diocesan Swimming Carnival by 3 excellent swimmers. They have done very well just to compete at this very high level of competition, which sees the best swimmers in all Parramatta Primary Schools come together.

Congratulations to our Diocesan Swimmers for 2022!

Ian B

Jayden E

Ayden H

Ian successfully qualified to represent our Diocese at the NSW Catholic Primary Schools Championship in the following events:

50 metre Freestyle, 50 metre Backstroke and 50 metre Butterfly.

Congratulations to Ian on this outstanding achievement! We look forward to more swimming news later in March.

Parramatta Team Trials

This week three of our Stage 3 children attended the Parramatta Diocesan Football (Soccer) Trials. It is an achievement in itself to be selected to attend these trials, as due to the popularity of the sport there are hundreds of applicants, many of whom are not selected to attend.

All of our children performed well at the trials and gained valuable experience to take away with them for future competitions. 

Congratulations to Eamon N, Noah P & Sofia!

Sofia is away from school today, attending the MacKillop Tennis Trial in Wollongong, having already been successfully selected for the Parramatta team earlier in the year! Great work Sofia!

Smart Watches

It has come to my attention that a number of children are wearing watches that can make or receive calls to school. If children are wearing these to school they must be treated like a mobile phone and be handed into the office once they come into school and they will be returned at the end of the day.

Lunch Club

Our School Counsellor, Jeanette Mansour, will be facilitating Lunch Club in the library each week on Wednesday. This will recommence in Week 9 and continue throughout the year.

 Lunch Club has been popular in the past for students who are seeking an alternative to the playground. Board games and other indoor activities for quiet play will be provided. Students are welcome to attend as they please.

 Parents/carers are welcome to speak with Jeanette if they have any queries about Lunch Club. She is available at the school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.



Positive Behaviour Support for Learning (PBS4L) is a whole school framework that helps create positive learning environments. The philosophy of PBS4L is to teach behaviour in the same way we teach educational content.

Over the last 8 weeks students have been taking part in lessons that explore our school’s expectations. Some of our school's expectations could be useful at home too!


Term 1:

Week 8 :

Thursday 17/03/22 : St Patrick's Day Morning Tea

Friday 18/03/22 : Fundraising for Flood Relief Victims ( Rainbow theme Mufti )

Week 10 :

Thursday 31/03/22 : Sausage Sizzle Lunch

Friday 1/04/22: Cross Country 

Week 11: 

Thursday 7/04/22: Dance Fever final lesson 

Friday 8/04/22 : Last day of Term 1

                             Mufti Day ( No Theme)

Saturday 9/04/22 - Monday 25/04/2022: School Holidays 

Term 2: 

Tuesday 26/04/22: First day of Term 2

A Gentle Reminder

Being situated in a very narrow street can pose a number of challenges when dropping off and picking up our children. Some of our smaller students are so full of news about their day that they take a little longer to get into the car and buckle up. Here are a few pointers that may make this process a little easier:

  • Ensure that the children enter from the footpath (passenger) side of the car.

  • Dont ask your children to put their bags in the boot.

  • Make sure that the children know how they are supposed to be going home.

A few issues to consider:

  • Be mindful of not blocking our priests or neighbours driveways. This can stop these people from entering or leaving their residence which can result in frustration and complaints.

  • Please don't block the pedestrian crossing as this can impede the view of other drivers so that they don't see people crossing.

  • Try to be patient and considerate and take turns in allowing people to turn onto Cox Crescent. This will alleviate congestion on Evans Road.

 Using the parish car park to pick students up from the back gate continues to be an issue. Last week a staff member approached a parent who was parked in the wrong spot to ask them to move their car to a designated spot and they were met with a verbal attack. The staff take their duty of care (the safety of your children) very seriously and do not deserve to be spoken to in a disrespectful manner. 

 A few pointers to consider:

  • Do not park in the centre 4 car spots as it is unsafe and blocks the flow of traffic.

  • Reverse park into the marked spaces.

  • Get out of the car to collect your child/ children, hold their hand or walk closely beside them until you reach your vehicle.

  • Do not allow children to run between the cars or play on the grass. The car park is not a place to gather as it is unsafe for children with so many cars moving around.

I hope that these ideas will resonate with you and that you will work with us to keep everyone safe.

Clothing Pool

If you wish to purchase any items from our clothing pool please email the school office via . The items are to be paid for via EFTPOS only in the school office. Another option is to order and pay via the QKR! app.


Attendance Rate: 79.5 %  - To unpack this a little more, this means that 79.5%  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.

Principal Morning Tea & Assistant Principal Awards

For 2022 we will continue our Assistant Principal awards.  Mrs Willard will update our community on the upcoming events and present two students from each class with an award based on achieving a personal best.

Once a term a Principal’s Morning Tea will be held where two students from each class will be selected according to the nominated criteria.

Term 1 - Encouragement

Term 2 - Positive Behaviour

Term 3 - Christian Service 

Term 4 - Academic Excellence

These Principal Awards will be handed out at the second last assembly each term. Parents will be contacted for both of these awards as usual by our office staff.

Happy Birthday

Nicholas - 12/3

Liana - 12/3

Robert - 12/3

Eseta - 13/03

Gabriella F - 14/03

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.