St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2022 Term 3 Week 4


Dear Families of St Bernadette's

This past fortnight has been a busy one. We have had a yummy canteen day thanks to our year 3 families, young people dressed as old people, and various athletic skills were demonstrated at Barton Park.

I would like to say a sincere thank you to all of our parents who assisted and participated in these activities. As we know, many hands make light work and it is great to see our wider community get involved again as we find our new normal.

As you will see from our dates to remember section, we are organising our next Parent Committee meeting for Wednesday of week 8. We have listened to your feedback and will begin our meeting at 6:00pm in the Hall. An agenda will be circulated closer to this date to capture all ideas for discussion. 

Just to give you all the heads up, I will be on leave for the last two weeks of this term. As many of you know, my son has been trying to get married in New Zealand since 2020 and it looks like we are finally going to be able to celebrate this event. In my absence, Jackie Willard will be Acting Principal and Anthony Kensell will be Acting Assistant Principal.

I will be back on board in Term 4. 

Stay well and take care, 

Love & Light  

Lisa Gerrard

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


It isn’t always easy to get up in front of others and perform or deliver a speech. This week, we have seen some outstanding Voice of Youth speeches, but I know that not every year 6 child enjoys the experience. What is wonderful to see is every child giving it a go and for some, that means really challenging themselves and being brave. This is what experiences like our Voice of Youth competition or our Talent Show can encourage students to do, get out of their comfort zone and try new things. It is a good way to build resilience in our children as they can see that they can try something that is hard for them, but they will get through it with support from family and friends. Then there is a sense of accomplishment and feeling proud of themselves for being brave and trying. 

Our Talent Show is coming up soon. This can be a way that your child might like to try something new by getting up and showing off a talent to our community. You can encourage your child to give it a go, knowing that our community will be very supportive and cheer them on. We can’t wait to see what talents our community has!

Have a wonderful week, 

Jackie Willard

Assistant Principal


Sunday 14th August 2022

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C


Lk 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over!

‘Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’


by Dianne Bergant CSA

As disciples we commit ourselves to values and principles that are not always cherished by others. We can be misunderstood for our beliefs, even ridiculed. Our lives may be a reproach to those who do not share our aspirations. There may be times when we must stand in opposition to others. All of this tends to alienate us. It could even place us at enmity with those whom we love. Yet, if we are genuinely committed, we realise that there is also a price to pay if we are not faithful. It is very difficult to live with ourselves when we disregard our deepest convictions and ignore the promptings of God that we experience within ourselves. As difficult as a life of faith may be, we know that it is the only way to live in this world.

Faced with the cost of discipleship we are brought to the realisation that, by ourselves, we do not have the necessary resources. We need assistance. Like Jeremiah, we might find that this aid will come from places we may have never expected. The real support and assistance that we get is from Jesus who came to set the world and our hearts on fire. Paul assures us that there is a vast throng cheering us on as we run the race of discipleship. They are not merely spectators; they have already run or are still running their own race. We are not alone in our commitment, in our struggle. There are many witnesses, many examples for us to follow.

Feast of the Assumption of Mary

During the Angelus on the feast of the Assumption in 2020, Pope Francis said that the Virgin Mary shows us that our goal is not to gain the things here on earth, which are fleeting, but the homeland above, which is forever. Addressing a holiday crowd from the window of his studio overlooking the square, the Pope said that in Mary’s Assumption into Heaven, we celebrate an infinitely greater conquest than the “giant step for mankind” when man first set foot on the moon.   When the lowly Virgin of Nazareth set foot in paradise, body and spirit, he said, it was “the huge leap forward for humanity”. This, the Pope said, gives us hope that “we are precious, destined to rise again”. “God does not allow our bodies to vanish into nothing. With God, nothing is lost!”

Prayer for the Assumption of Mary

Father in heaven,

all creation rightly gives you praise,

for all life and all holiness come from you.

In the plan of your wisdom

she who bore the Christ in her womb

was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.

May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness

and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Confirmation Program

Fr Christopher has made the decision to only offer Confirmation to students in Year 7 and above. This program is currently running in the school hall on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. Please contact the parish office for further information.

Community Of Learners

100 Days of Kindy

On Friday, 29th July, kindergarten children celebrated their 100 Days of Kindy.  Amidst the celebrations within Religion, children have been learning all about belonging to the church community. In celebration of 100 Days of Kindy, students wrote 100 reasons why they love St Bernadette’s and they were able to make connections with belonging to their school and the local parish community. 

Parish Mass

We are again 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.


Athletics Carnival

It was third time lucky for St Bernadette’s on Monday. After so much wet weather and so many disappointments we finally made it to Barton Park for our 2022 Athletics Carnival! 

The excitement from the children was so evident, through the way they cheered for their house colours, the friendly yet spirited competition, as well as the way support and encouragement was given to all. It was wonderful to see everyone coming together and enjoying their events in such a positive way.

Thank you so much to the army of parents that came along to help! Your generous support is always valued, so if we didn’t make it around to personally thank you on the day, rest assured that we are very thankful to have such a generous and supportive parent community. The day was a great success in no small part thanks to you, whether you helped with primary track and field or with the many infants events.

We are proud of all of the children for the way they competed with such enthusiasm and pride. There were, however,  some outstanding achievements on the day and we will be announcing Our Junior and Senior Age Champions at this Friday’s whole school assembly. The winning house colour will also be announced at this time.

St Bernadette’s will be sending a large squad of 35 children to the Cumberland Zone Athletics next Friday, 19th August. I am sure we will have more great news to share soon!

Mufti Day - Mufti for our Mates - Tomorrow Friday, 12th August

Stage 2 is inviting all students to help support them putting their faith into action by wearing mufti tomorrow and donating to this cause via the QKR app. 

The students of stage 2 have really wanted to support St Joseph’s School at Woodburn, after hearing of the flooding of the school as well as many of the local homes.  Our stage 2 students have already written letters to send to St Joseph’s School and they plan on having a stage prayer to also help support them.

So, please, by making a small donation you will be helping our students to reach out to others and to put their faith into action.

Celebrating Book Week 2022

This year the theme for Book Week is Dreaming with eyes open.

St Bernadette’s will be celebrating Book Week by having the Scholastic Book Fair visit our school. The Book Fair is like having an exciting bookstore come to the school and children will be able to purchase items from the store. The Book Fair will be open from Monday, 22nd August until Wednesday, 24th August.

On Tuesday, 23rd August we have a book parade where all children are encouraged to come dressed up as their favourite book character. Parents, grandparents and carers are invited to come and watch their child’s class parade. Stay tuned for more information sent out via SkoolBag.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Challenge is quickly drawing to a close. Friday, 19th August is the final date for entry of student reading records by students. Please ensure you have added all your books by this date.


Week 4: 

Friday, 12th August:  Mufti Day Fundraiser

Friday, 12th August:  Afternoon School Assembly

Week 5:

Friday, 19th August: Zone Athletics Carnival

Week 6:

Monday, 22nd August - Wednesday, 24th August: Book Fair At School

Tuesday, 23rd August:  Book Week Parade 

Wednesday, 24th August:  Primary Netball Gala Day

Friday, 26th August:  Canteen Day ( Run by Year 1)

26th August:  Afternoon School Assembly

Week 7:

Monday, 29th August:  School Photos 

Thursday, 1st September:  Father's Day Stall 

Friday, 2nd September:  Father's Day Breakfast 

Week 8:

Wednesday, 7th September:  Parent Committee Meeting at 6:00pm

Friday, 9th September:  Afternoon School Assembly

Week 9:

Monday, 12th - Friday, 16th September:  Swimming Program

Week 10:

Monday, 19th - Thursday, 22nd September:  Swimming Program 

Thursday, 22nd September:  Last day of Term 3

Friday, 23rd September:  Staff Development Day (no students at school)


Have your say on what matters regarding the wellbeing and learning of your child. If you are a parent or carer with a child in a Catholic school, CSPA would love to hear from you.

Click on the survey link and share your feedback to assist CSPA in reporting to the Federal Government and Catholic education. Your feedback will remain anonymous.

CSPA 2022 Parent Survey_flyer.pdf


We have been approached by Globe Mobile Dental Services (GMD) which provides a free mobile dental service under the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) for children aged 2-17 years. They provide children with essential dental treatment and education using the latest technology in portable dental units. Their program involves:

-  Dental education about oral hygiene and the importance of maintaining great oral health

-  A comprehensive oral examination

-  Scale, polish and clean 

-  Tooth mousse (topical application for prevention of decay)

-  Fissure sealant (if required)

Parents don't always have the time to take their children to a dentist, so GMD's aim is to bring the dentist to them in a fun and relaxing environment. There are no out-of-pocket costs – GMD will provide a FREE dental check-up for eligible students. To be eligible for CDBS, children must be aged between 2 and 17 years and they must be enrolled in Medicare. Their family must also receive Family Tax Benefit Part A.   

If you are interested in this free service, kindly email the school at so that we can gauge the level of interest.

Happy Birthday

Renee - 01/08

Matipa - 02/08

Megan - 04/08

Catherine - 06/08

Roy - 06/08

Jack - 07/08

Maree - 10/08

Oliver - 11/08

Ella - 13/08

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

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. 

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.