St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2022 Term 4 Week 10


Dear Families of St Bernadette's

Welcome to the last newsletter for 2022!!! We made it! A full year of

face-to-face teaching!

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of our parents, care givers, staff and students as we could not have done it without your ongoing support and generosity.

While we are getting to the crazy end of the year, buying gifts, attending end-of- year celebrations, please don't forget to take a moment for yourself to reflect and be present. We have all had our share of bumps in the road this year but thank goodness we are surrounded by each other.

From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all a blessed Christmas and a safe, healthy New Year.

I,for one, can't wait to see what 2023 brings .

Stay well and take care, 

Love and Light

Lisa Gerrard


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


This is my last piece for the St Bernadette’s Newsletter as I will be moving to Good Shepherd, Plumpton as Assistant Principal in 2023. Having worked in a small school, as I have previously, it will be a big change and I must admit that I am a little nervous. It will most definitely be a challenge but something that I am looking forward to. 

That is something I hope that we as teachers, and you as parents, encourage in our students - the challenge of change and the excitement of challenge. Change is really hard, especially for children. Children thrive on routine - they are at their best when they go to bed at the same time, go to school regularly and participate in regular after school activities - but they do need to know how to handle change. This week we farewell another cohort of Year 6 students who move off to the adventure of high school. We prepare them as much as we can with the practicalities of high school, but we also try and prepare them for all the other changes they will face, such as making friends, being on time for classes and being organised and independent.   We also need to encourage our children to embrace new challenges, even when they appear hard or scary. Challenging situations help us to grow and prepare for the next stage in our lives. 

I want to thank the whole St Bernadette’s community for my time here. It was a pleasure to work with our staff and families through the most challenging of times and see the way the school community rallied afterward to come back together and enjoy events together again. I know that every member of staff has each and every child’s best interests at heart and work so hard to see each one of them achieve their goals. I will always look back on my time at St Bernadette’s with happiness which is due to the wonderful community that exists here. Thank you and have a wonderful Christmas break filled with special times with family and friends. 

Have a wonderful week,

Jackie Willard

Assistant Principal


Sunday 18 Dec 2022

Fourth Sunday of Advent Year A


Mt 1:18-24

This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’ Now all this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son

and they will call him Emmanuel,

a name which means ‘God-is-with-us’. When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.

Reflection by Fr Michael Tate

Just Man Dreaming

Joseph could not ignore Mary’s pregnancy, but he had an exceptional large-heartedness, so that he preserved a future for Mary even though she had apparently wronged him.

If he had gone to sleep in a frame of mind to avenge his honour, he would not have been ready to have the deepest levels of his consciousness stirred in the way God wanted. In the deep sleep of a just and good man, Joseph was enlightened as to the divine dimension of Mary’s pregnancy. The old cycle of human history, literally generation after generation, was being broken. Something utterly new had happened.

You and I are just as likely to receive an intuition as to God’s plan for us in the depths of sleep: who we really are, who we are destined to be, where we fit in to God’s plan for transforming the whole of creation. When we get these instructive moments in our sleep, what can we do when we wake up? We can do what Joseph did: get up and do what is needed to fulfil the message.

We could pause for a moment to thank Joseph for showing what dreams can be made of. Tonight might be the night!

Children's Discussion Starters

A beginning point for discussion of this week's Gospel with children:

Who do you know who is expecting a baby?

How are they preparing for the birth?

How are we preparing for the birth of Jesus?

Some sad news

As some people may know, Miss Maria’s husband, Trevor, has been very unwell with cancer. Unfortunately, he passed away last Sunday morning. I know you will join us in keeping Maria and her family in our prayers at this sad time.

May the Lord watch over him, keeping him close and may he rest in peace.



Week 10:

Thursday, 15th December: Last day of Term 4 for Students

Friday, 16th December: Staff Development day ( no students at school )

Week: 11:

Monday, 19th December: Staff Development Day ( no students at school )

Tuesday, 20th December: Staff Development Day ( no students at school )                                       

Term 1 2023 :

Week 1:

Friday, 27th January: Staff return 

Week 2:

Monday, 30th January:  Year 1 - 6 MAI testing (no classes on this day)

Tuesday, 31st January: Year 1 - 6 First day of classes

Tuesday, 31st January: Kindergarten MAI testing (no classes for Kindergarten)

Wednesday, 1st February: Kindergarten First Day

Year 6 Liturgy

On Wednesday we celebrated our Year 6 Liturgy. It was a perfect way to send our students off on the next part of their learning journey. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Miss Stephanie, Miss Carly and all of those involved in making this such a beautiful event. Thanks also to our amazing Year 5 families who provided such an awesome spread of goodies for the Year 6 students and families to enjoy.


Attendance Rate: 67.6%  - To unpack this a little more, this means that 67.6%  of our students have an attendance rate of 90% -100%. 

Leaving School

Please notify our office as soon as possible, if you know that you may be leaving St Bernadette’s at the end of this year. As you know, you are required to give ten weeks notice if you are leaving. Please contact our office for a copy of a leaving form that must be completed.

We thank you for your ongoing support.

Happy Birthday

Saacha - 06/12

Thomas - 10/12

Orlando M - 12/12

Ian - 12/12

Jun - 14/12

Rayaan - 17/12

Evie - 20/12

Iskander - 28/12

Veronica E - 28/12

Richard - 29/12

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

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 will 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!


Service NSW Back To School Vouchers

$150 in vouchers to help with school expenses

Families can apply for $150 in vouchers for each child who attends a primary, secondary school or home-schooling in NSW in 2023. Find out more about the Back to School NSW Vouchers.

Community Health Advice

St Bernadette's 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.