St Bernadette's Primary Dundas

Newsletter 2019 Term 3 Week 8


Dear families of St Bernadette's,

Welcome to the eve of our whole school swimming program. Over the next two weeks our children from K-6 will be involved in the extra curricular activity of water safety and learning how to swim. Learning how to swim in Australia as we know is a survival skill necessary to ensure our children's safety while participating in a fun sport.

This means that our classroom timetables will undergo a number of adjustments to facilitate this opportunity.

Your child's teacher will make provisions to ensure regular food breaks occur in the best order to cater to their time in the pool. As was mentioned in a note sent home earlier this week, it may be a good idea to pack a little extra food as the children are often a little hungrier than normal due to the extra exercise.

If you get the chance try to go along and see how your child is progressing over the course of the two week program. I’m always amazed at how the child who is reluctant to participate initially has a huge smile on their face after only a few lessons.

Love & Light

Lisa Gerrard


Twenty- fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time C Sunday 15 Sep 2019

REFLECTION by Sister Veronica Lawson rsm

All three parables in today’s gospel invite us into the experience of loss: loss of a valued creature; loss of the means of survival; loss of an adult child’s respect and presence. All three parables likewise invite us into an encounter with a God who seeks and ‘saves’ what is lost. The parables are prefaced by an account of the criticism Jesus endured for hosting ‘the lost’, the toll collectors and ‘sinners’. The critics are those who consider themselves ‘righteous’. They have no room in their hearts for compassion or forgiveness on the one hand, and no capacity on the other to accept the goodness of a prophet who acts in ways that cut across their expectations.

‘What man of you…?’ asks Jesus of his critics, who incidentally would not care to be identified with shepherds, whom they despised as unclean. As the story unfolds, the lost sheep is sought and found and ultimately embraced by the community. The celebration that ensues is likened to the heavenly banquet of God’s reign where there is more joy over one who repents than over those who have no need of repentance. Repent/repentance may seem a strange choice of words as all the action is taken by the shepherd: the sheep simply responds to the initiative of the shepherd who goes after it and returns it to the fold.


‘Or what woman….? is Jesus’ second question to his critics. The pattern is repeated. The drachma, representing a day’s wages, is lost, sought and found, and the community rejoices. Now and then, as here, God is imaged as a woman. God is not only the good shepherd or the good male parent as in the third parable. God is also the diligent female householder who seeks and saves what is lost.


No single image can contain the compassionate, loving God presented in these parables. The invitation to the believing community is to find ways of opening our hearts and the hearts of the unforgiving in our world to God’s action of seeking and saving the lost-here and now, not simply in the afterlife.

A message from our Parish

Congratulations to the 18 children who received Confirmation during a special Mass last Thursday evening. May God bless them abundantly as they move forward in their life with Jesus.  

There will be an information evening for the First Reconciliation /First Holy Communion program on Thursday 17th Oct, 2019 at 6:45pm in the Creative Arts Room of St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School.  First Reconciliation is for children in Year 2 or above. Baptism is required for the Sacrament.

Lessons begin in Term 4, with First Reconciliation being on the 4th Dec. Lessons then continue for First Holy Communion in Term 1 - 2020, with 1st Communion some time in Term 2.

A note will also go home with the Year 2 children in Week 10 of this term.

For more info please contact the Parish office 9871 4414  

PARISH: Altar Servers' Roster July 6 - Nov 3, 2019



Upcoming Events for Term 3

13/9 - Colour Fun Run

13/9 - Canteen Snack Day 

16/9 - Whole School Swim Program

19/9 - Confirmation Mass 6:45pm

20/9 - Class Mass Year 2 

25/9 - NO Linda's Lunches 

27/9 - Class Mass Year 1 

27/9 - Assembly 2:30pm

27/9 Last day of Term 3

14/10 - School Resumes for Term 4

2019 Term 3 Parent Calendar


Happy Birthday

30/8 - Sarah H

31/8 - Gabriella V 

3/9 - Melanie M 

3/9 - Oliver M 

4/9 - Vince A 

5/9 - Abigail B 

12/9 - Liam M 

As a community of learners

Last week our Stage 3 teachers participated in Peer Review. This is a spot check conducted by CEDP in accordance with NESA. During this process Corinne and Linda had to present programs and samples of work in the areas of English and Mathematics to prove that we are following the NSW Curriculum in their classrooms. This is an annual practice where the school only has two weeks notice about the Key Learning Area and Stage to be reviewed. 

I’m proud to say that we were found compliant for another year. Congratulations to Anthony, Corinne and Linda for such a professional presentation.

This week our leadership team presented work we are doing around our whole school goals in Religious Education, Literacy and Numeracy at our Term 3 Action Plan Meeting. During this time we met with teams from St Patrick’s Parramatta and St Monica’s North Parramatta and discuss how we are meeting the projections made at the beginning of the year.

These meetings are a great way to share and gather insights into how best to support student learning and engagement. 

Staffing News

We welcome our new Assistant Principal (AP) Mrs Jacquie Willard. Jacquie comes to us from St John’s at Riverstone where she has currently led learning in her AP role. She will begin with us Term 1 2020. 

Anthony will remain as Assistant Principal until the end of the year. 

Child Protection

There are always times when things don’t go to plan or a question needs to be asked regarding your child’s learning.

Remember that your child’s teacher is always the first point of contact. Anthony and I are always willing to meet to address your concerns however if you feel an issue needs escalating. For these appointments please contact the front office to schedule a day and time.

Any feedback is an important way to ensure open communication and enables us to move forward especially if things can be done to build better relationships between home and school.

Drive Through

When using Drive Through please ensure that you (the driver) stays in the car or the Rangers /Police will consider it as parking which is an offence for which you can be booked between the designated times. Also please don’t call your child to the road side of the car or behind your car to place items into the boot as this puts your child at risk of being crushed between cars or being run over by fast moving traffic along Cox Crescent.

Also please be patient with other drivers whose child may take a little longer to get into the car and buckled up. By pulling around other cars or backing up to get out of the line is not safe. There is no after school event that is worth putting a life at risk.

Thanking you in advance for your support.

Attendance Matters

When your child is going to be absent from school please ensure you notify us with an explanation. You can provide this through the following methods;

  • an absentee form via our Skool Bag App, email the school directly at or send in a hand written note. 

It is important that you give a reason for the absence on the same day or on their first day back at school.

If you do not provide the school with a valid reason this will be recorded as 'unexplained'. We will send home a letter asking for an explanation, however if this note is not returned in a timely manner it will remain marked as 'unexplained'.

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter. 

Understanding our Attendance Rate

Attendance Rate: 82.6% - To unpack this a little more, this means that 82.6% of our students have an attendance rate of 90% -100%. 

Linda's Lunches

Please note that there will be no Linda's Lunches in Week 10 of Term 3. 

Linda's Lunches will resume taking orders in Term 4, Week 2.

Premier's Reading Challenge

The following children have completed the Premiers Reading Challenge for this year. Their online reading records have been validated and the certificates will be issued towards the end of Term 4.

Ryan D, Mia L, Dimitrios M, Tahlia N, Aaron S, Shane F, Megan L, Caitlyn O, Natalie H, Caleb L, Eva L, Afreen M, Elena M, Christian P, Ian B, Renee T, Eamon B, Emily B, Marie Elise B, Chloe D, Marcus K, Jacob L, Lucas N, Heidi S, Zoey L, Brandon N, Lauren T, Kiara B, Takara C, Melanie M, Amelia N. 

Voice of Youth

The Voice of Youth is an annual public speaking competition, which has been held in the Parramatta Diocese for the past 32 years. It involves all Year 6 students across the 60 western Sydney Catholic schools. This year the Year 6 students composed and delivered speeches of very high quality to a panel of judges and Years 4, 5 and 6. The judges had a very difficult job in selecting our school finalists, however the three chosen to represent our school at the Cluster Final were: 

Amelia - Wealth - Is it as good as it sounds?

Kiara - Don't Discount Disabilities

Daniel B - Why are Superpowers bad?

We were all very proud of these three people, who represented themselves and our school skillfully and confidently against students from Christ the King Primary School, North Rocks, St Mary’s Primary School, Rydalmere and St Monica’s Primary School, North Parramatta.

Congratulations to Kiara who was awarded 2nd place.


Father's Day Raffle Prizes

Thank you to the following companies and people who donated to the Father's Day raffle. 

Oatlands Golf Club, Raging Waters Sydney (previously Wet'n'Wild), Dooley's Club Lidcombe, Taronga Zoo, Julie McMaster, Enzos Cucina, Blacker Family, Maze Family, Kim Family, Ace's Seafood Ermington, Sony Electronics, Rippon Fitness, Blacker Family, Yu Family. 

Catholic Out of Hours Care

Christmas 2019 and January 2020: COSHC Operation Dates

To assist COSHC families in planning their education and care needs over the Christmas closure period and to plan bookings for Vacation Care in January 2020, a calendar of Closure Dates and Operational Dates has been issued to all families enrolled with COSHC. 

COSHC will be closed on:

  • Thursday 19 December till 5 January 2020
  • 27 January 2020 - Australia Day 
  • 28 January 2020 - Staff Professional Development 

Summer Vacation Care Program commences on Monday 6 January to 24 January 2020

COSHC will re-open on Wednesday 29 January 2020.


Netball Gala Day 2019

With great excitement we made our way out to Jamison Park at Penrith to spend a fun-filled day playing netball, umpiring, coaching and supporting our teams!

We had six teams take the court and once again our children played exceptionally well, representing St Bernadette’s in a positive manner. They displayed true sportsmanship by congratulating their opponents and thanking the umpires at the conclusion of each game.

A special mention to our Year 6 girls who actually won their pool on the day. 

Congratulations to the Year 6 girls and their coach!

A sincere thank you to our wonderful coaches and umpires. 

Your time and effort devoted to making the day a success is truly appreciated. 

Ella Browne - Year 6 Girls Coach

Rorie Loo - Year 5 Girls Coach

Sidney Afeaki - Year 4 Coach

Virginia Mapagu - Year 3 Girls Coach

Charlotte Gillies - Senior Boys Coach

Miss Steph - Junior Boys Coach

A special thanks to our umpires from St Patrick’s Marist HS Dundas who all did a wonderful job!

National Short Track Ice Racing

On the 1 September, Daniel J in Year 3 represented NSW in the National Title of Short Track Ice Racing. Daniel came 1st place! 

Congratulations Daniel on this excellent achievement. Well done! 

Girls National Football Championships

A fortnight ago Kiara B represented NSW at the Under 12 Girls National Football Championships. It was a chilly week spent in Canberra!

The NSW team played 6 matches and were victorious against the ACT, Victoria, South Australia and the Invitational NSW team. They were narrowly defeated by Western Australia and had a draw against Queensland who were the eventual winners.

Kiara and her NSW team played extremely well and ended up placing second overall in the tournament. 

Congratulations Kiara! We are proud of you!

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Children's Corner

Shorebirds Competition

Students in Year 6 participated in the 2019 ANSTO Shorebirds Competition to create a public awareness poster for a threatened shorebird found in Australia.This activity required learning and thinking about the different threats to shorebirds and their coastal and wetland habitats. It also enabled students to reflect on their contribution to this growing issue, and how they could encourage others to take action to prevent further environmental impact. Congratulations to Mia V, whose poster has been commended by the judges and will be displayed in the Open Day for the Australian Synchrotron, our scientific research facility in Clayton, Melbourne, on 20 October 2019.

Students writing on the Voice of Youth Competition

This term Amelia.N, Daniel.B and Kiara.B went to Christ the King at North Rocks Catholic school to perform their Voice Of Youth speeches in the Cluster Final. There were 12 contestants from 4 schools and everyone's topic was very interesting and diverse. It was a great experience and everyone had an amazing time. Kiara came second and Amelia and Daniel performed really well. All of Year 6 came along to cheer them on.

Congratulations Amelia, Daniel and Kiara for representing our school at the Voice of Youth  public speaking competition.


Fathers Day Stall

A massive thank you to all the parents who contributed their time in helping with the stall. From the wrapping in the mornings and evenings, to manning the stall, your time and efforts are very much appreciated. The children were all so excited to pick their dads and grandads some gifts to help celebrate their special day. A total of $1039.42 was raised for the stall ! Thank you to our school community for all their support.

Fathers Day Breakfast

A very special thank you to Jenny Lampard for coordinating the breakfast BBQ hosted on Friday August 30th. A sincere thank you to all the volunteers who helped make such a delicious breakfast BBQ and all the generous donations of muffins and pastries from our wonderful families were much appreciated.  It was so lovely to see many dads, grandads and families in our school community share a hot breakfast with the children and explore their classrooms that morning. We hope you all had a fabulous Father’s day!

Colour Fun Run

Just a friendly reminder that our colour fun run is being held at school this Friday! There are a number of events happening at school on Friday starting at 12:30pm and we hope to see you all there for an explosion of colour! Please remember that it is mufti, and the children must wear closed shoes, and preferably a white shirt or clothes you don’t mind getting coloured powder on.

Snack Day

Our canteen day will be held this Friday 13th September. We will be having lots of colourful treats on offer from $0.50 - $2.00

2nd Hand Uniform Shop

Summer stock available now:

Girls Dresses in size 5, 6, 8, 12 and 14 $10 each

Boys shirts in all sizes $5 each

Boys shorts in all sizes $5 each

Sport shorts in all sizes $5 each

To purchase, please text Cathy on 0416 048169 with your requirements.


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.

Attendance Rate: 82.6%