St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2020 Term 1 Week 4


Dear families of St Bernadette's,

As you know we held a mufti day as our contribution as a community to support all of those who were devastated by the recent bushfires. Once again I was overwhelmed by our community’s generosity. There were such amazing examples of living the Gospels and being the face of Jesus to those in need. Bishop Vincent talks about tending to the marginalised and noticing the saint next door. I feel that as a community we have demonstrated that there are many saints next door and that they will take care of those in need of a bit of a helping hand. Australians are known for their can do attitude when it comes to facing hard times. As we move forward into the season of Lent I pray that we continue to give of ourselves and spread God’s love and compassion to all.

Love & Light

Lisa Gerrard

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


It was lovely to see and meet so many parents at our Parent Information evenings this week. During question time, some parents asked about electronic devices and how much ‘screen time’ would be suitable for their child. It seems that our children are always looking at a screen - the TV, a laptop, a mobile phone, so it is important that we, as their parents, carers and educators, are always aware of what they are watching, who they are interacting with and how much time they spend on their devices. 

Screen time is a big issue and it is important to think about what screen time actually is. Screen time is defined as  looking at any screen, including TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets, and video consoles. Many experts agree that limiting screen time to half an hour per day during the week is ample. This allows children to engage in other activities such as outside play, creative tasks and conversations with family. Here are some other helpful tips from the Office of the ESafety Commissioner:

  • Never allow devices in bedrooms 

  • Set time limits for screen time, especially during the week when good sleep habits are important 

  • All devices (including adult devices) are charged in a central point in the house overnight - not in bedrooms. Our children see our good habits and will follow.

  • Teach children never to click on ‘links’ within games

  • Only friend, chat with or play with people they know in real life.  

  • Whatever they write or post on the internet is there forever - it cannot be erased

  • Only write or post what you would say to someone in real life

For more information, you can visit :

Mrs WillardAssistant Principal

Student Representative Council

This week, I met with the Student Representative Council for the first time.  It was a busy meeting as we set up our teams and allocated ourselves to classes. We now have SRC members looking after equipment at lunchtime, organising and preparing for assemblies and helping Mrs Brooker with Liturgies and Masses. Our leaders are excited to begin visiting classes and asking students what they would like to see in their school. Next fortnight, I look forward to the SRC preparing a short piece for the newsletter outlining what they have been doing to help make St Bernadette’s an even better community of learners.


REFLECTION by Dianne Bergant CSA Sunday 23 Feb 2020 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time A

At times it seems we have rewritten the ‘Golden Rule’ to say: Do unto others before they can do unto you! In saying this we are not encouraging each other to do good, but to be defensive. Jesus tells us to go the extra mile, turn the other cheek, outdo ourselves in generosity and rise above the fray. He is not suggesting that we allow ourselves to be abused, but that we not perpetuate the antagonism out of which the  mistreatment arose. He is not advocating passivity, but he is saying that we should not retaliate. Jesus is describing what we today would call active non-resistance, the attitude taught by Gandhi and Martin Luther King. 

We are familiar with the answer to the question: Who is my neighbour? We usually interpret it to mean those we do not particularly like. It is important to love them, to be kind to them, to help them when they are in need. But these are not the people whom Jesus is talking about in today’s reading. He tells us that the neighbours whom we are to love are those people who do not like us. We are to love those who deliberately exclude us from their social circles, who talk about us behind our backs. We are to love those who make us feel that we are not good enough for them, those who resent us for our accomplishments. We are to love those who exploit us or do us harm. This is indeed a radical teaching.

Parents Retreat Day

Parents are invited to participate in the Retreat Day offered by CEDP on Wednesday 13 May 2020. If you would like to take this opportunity to nurture your faith, please click on the symbol link to register by Wednesday 1 April 2020.

PARISH: Altar Servers' Roster Nov 9 - March 1, 2020



Upcoming Events for Term 1

20/02 - First Holy Communion Classes 4:30pm - 5:30pm 

21/02 - School Banking 

21/02 - Class Mass and Reconciliation - Year 3 

25/2 - Pikelet Day 

26/2 - Ash Wednesday 

27/2 - First Holy Communion Classes 4:30pm - 5:30pm 

28/2 - School Banking 

28/2 - Class Mass - Year 2 

4/3 -  St Bernadette's Open Day 

2020 Term 1 Parent Calendar


Happy Birthday

9/02 - Sonia B 

13/02 - Raphael C 

14/02 - Veronica M 

14/02 - Isaac L 

14/02 - Sebastian B 

15/02 - Chloe D

16/02 - Arya H

17/02 - Orlando F 

18/02 - Preston B 

19/02 - Lily Rose C 

As a community of Learners

Over the past two weeks our students have embraced their Dance classes. We have been so proud of the maturity demonstrated in their partner dance. It’s been an energetic way to begin our year. Our Japanese classes have been well received once again and we look forward to welcoming some Japanese students from Osaka later this year. 

Assistant Principal Awards

For 2020 we have made a change to our school awards. From now Mrs Willard will update our community on the upcoming events etc and present two students from each class with an award.

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.

Please note that moving forward parents will be contacted via email for both of these awards by our office staff.

Gentle Reminder

Drive Thru

When using the Drive thru option before or after school please ensure that you do not overtake the car in front as this creates a dangerous situation for those using Cox Crescent. It costs nothing to be a little patient but it goes a long way to ensure all are safe.

Morning Drop Off

Our morning supervision time begins at 8.30am. Should you need to drop your children off prior to this time you need to book them into COSCH. We understand that some children who travel by bus may arrive just before 8.20am but these children wait outside the office so that they can be safe until the teacher takes them down to the bottom playground. 

Please don’t buzz in to the school via the after school gate to enter grounds. 

This morning is a time when teachers prepare for their day and so they may not be in their classrooms.

Upcoming Event

In the coming weeks we are going to advertise the first of our Evening Workshops. This will be an opportunity for you to come and see some of the new STEM resources purchased to support the coding/ digital technologies outcomes outlined in our new Science syllabus.

We will send booking details as soon as we can coordinate a date. Watch this space!


As you can see as a school community our attendance rate is quite low compared to our target of 90%. While we understand that children get sick and some leave is necessary, we ask that you just have your child’s learning at the front of your mind as it’s amazing how 5 minutes a day can add up to a considerable amount of learning time missed.

Easter Raffle and Year 6 Fundraising

This year our Year 6 Graduation Fundraising will look a little different. Our Easter Raffle will comprise of a number of prizes (not one per child as per last year) which will be donated by our Year 6 families. Tickets will be sold at Recess & Lunch time by the Year 6 students. Each ticket will cost 50c or 3 for $1. All money raised will be put towards the Year 6 Graduation celebration.

Full details of the planned Year 6 fundraising activities will be sent home to all Year 6 parents in the next few days.

We thank our Year 6 families and the wider school community for supporting these events.


Positive Behaviour Support for Learning (PBS4L) is a framework for creating safe and orderly learning environments. It is important that every member of the school community knows and has a clear understanding of the school expectations - we are safe, we are respectful and we are learners.

The PBS4L focus for Week 4 and 5 is We listen attentively. At St Bernadette’s it is important that we listen attentively to each other to show respect. When we listen attentively we are showing respect and showing consideration towards others and in return other people will respect us.

Resource Fee

At our recent P & F Meeting, some questions were raised about the Resource Levy published on our school website. The costs published on the website were incorrect and they have now been updated to show the correct amounts and our school Resource Fee ($546) is based on the following expenses:

* Please note that the expenses below are based on 2019 actuals - However, these charges are not fixed and are subject to an inflation rate variance as well as availability from suppliers at this rate. Please keep in mind that we always obtain different quotes to secure a cheaper charge. 

Swimming Program Bus$12,143.00
Swimming Program - Pool $11,904.00
Swimming Carnival - Bus$1,278.00
Swimming Carnival Pool entry$1,148.00
Athletics Carnival$1,489.00
Dance Fever - Dance$6,930.00
Dance Fever - Gymnastics$7,128.00
Fagan Park - Bus$1,452.00 
Activity Fee $43,472.00$258.76
Excursions & Incursions$50.00
First Aid$832.00
Admin Fee$15,477.00$92.13

Resource Fee  Classroom Resources (arts & craft, exercise books, pens..etc)



Our total fees are comparable with most other schools in the Diocese and in fact lower than a number of schools. 


As educators, we recognise that students work hard during the school day and require time after school to rest, relax and recharge. We understand that many students participate in after school activities which occupy them away from home and family time. As such, we have decided to limit the amount of tasks given to students to complete at home. 

All students will be required to read every night. This could be reading independently, reading aloud or being read to by a parent or other adult.  Students may be asked to complete unfinished class work at home, prepare for an oral presentations or revise basic numeracy facts such as times tables. As students reach Stage 3, they may be asked to complete research tasks relating to their inquiry projects. We continue to work with surrounding high schools to ensure our Stage 3 students are well prepared for high school activities. 

We would like all families to see the value in everyday tasks such as outside play, family conversations and quiet time to relax and use the time after school to connect with their children. 

Thank you

Sincere thanks to all those parents who took time out to attend our Parent Information Evening. It's a great opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and the parents of their classmates. 

Parent Contact List

Thank you to the parents who opted in to have their details published in our Parent Contact booklet to share between our school community. This has now been distributed.

If you wish to have your details added to this list please complete the permission to publish note and we will update the list with your details. A copy of the note has been attached.

Copy of Parent Contact Booklet note


Class Parent

We are now inviting any parent who would like to be a class contact parent to contact their child’s class teacher. Should you want any further information about what this role involves please contact the school office for a role description sheet.

Thanking you in advance for your ongoing support.


School Banking

St Bernadette’s offers student banking through the Commonwealth Bank.  Banking is held each Friday morning, please drop bank books into the canteen between 8:30 and 9am.  Deposits are processed by parent helpers and books are returned to the classroom by the end of the day.  To participate in school banking, your child needs to have a Youthsaver account. If you have any questions about this program, please contact the office or see Cathy Nagy in the canteen each Friday morning.

2020 Treetop Savers Rewards

The new School Banking theme for 2020 is Treetop Savers. CBA have developed a new range of rewards designed to appeal to all ages. In response to feedback, this year's rewards are more eco-friendly and sustainable. All rewards are reusable and packaged using sustainably sourced paper.

  • Terry Denton's Activity Book – Available Term 1
  • Mini Soccer Ball – Available Term 1
  • Treetop Stationery Set – Available Term 2
  • Treetop Handball – Available Term 2
  • Tomato Seed Kit – Available Term 3
  • Magic Mist Drink Bottle – Available Term 3
  • Emoji Wallet – Available Term 4
  • Snakes & Ladders Game – Available Term 4    

CBA School Banking Newsletter



Year 1 Self Portraits

Year 1 have been hard at work drawing self portraits and practising their descriptive writing skills. Miss Angela has set a learning task to encourage the students to extend their writing by using lots of descriptive words when describing themselves. To work past saying 'I have long hair', the children are extending  their writing to be 'I have long brown, thick, curly hair' for example.

Below are some examples of their very detailed drawings which complement their learning of descriptive writing skills. 

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Zone Swimming Carnival

On Tuesday, 12th February, St Bernadette’s was represented by 17 competitors at the Cumberland Zone Swimming Carnival. As we have come to expect our children behaved impeccably and showed outstanding team spirit throughout the day.

Congratulations to our Zone swimmers for 2020! 

Ian B

Eamon B

Angelica B

Preston B

Alex C

Tania C

Raphael C

Youran D

Jessica E 

Orlando F

Zoey L

Isla M 

Jessica M

Brandon N

Heidi S

Lauren T

Orlando V

We had some excellent results on the day with 3 children qualifying for the Diocesan Carnival next Thursday. Please also note our Age Champions and the records broken!

Preston B - 50m Freestyle

Ian B - 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Open Freestyle, 200m IM and Junior Boys Age Champion

Heidi S - 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Open Freestyle, 200m IM and 11 Yr Girls Age Champion - Heidi also broke the Zone record in all 6 of these events!

Another outstanding result for St Bernadette’s, we are looking forward to more success stories from the Diocesan Carnival next week!


Pikelet Day

On Tuesday 25th February it is shrove Tuesday. Year 5 will be hosting a pikelet day at the canteen. A note has been sent home and if you would like to volunteer please hand back your note by Friday 21st February.

Mother's Day and Father's Day Stalls

Mother’s day is fast approaching, and we are accepting expressions of interest for organising and running these stall days. If you are interested, please contact the P&F committee as soon as possible, and we would be happy to provide you with more information.  

Contacting the P&F

The P&F now have an email address which will allow for parents to provide feedback and suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact us on:


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: 75.8%