St Bernadette's Primary Dundas

Newsletter Term 2 Week 6

From the Principal...

Today I was a part of an amazing community who farewelled their beloved principal Mrs Mary Ann Gatt-Petrini. Knowing that Mary Ann has a love of the score from the Sound Of Music, the children shared items including 'Their Favourite Things' finishing with 'So Long, Farewell.'

Other fun filled items included an acrostic poem, the colours of the rainbow and a lovely liturgy.

I want to publicly express sincere thanks to our great staff and students who spent the time putting these items on and from the joy reflected in Mrs Gatt-Petrini’s eyes I know she appreciated all the love and well wishes showered upon her.

Thanks to our P&F Executive Team for presenting their lovely gift and moving words that demonstrated that Mary Ann will be sorely missed. Thank you also to the many parents that took the time to come and share personal anecdotes and expressions of thanks.

We wish Mrs Gatt-Petrini all the very best as she embarks on the next part of her life’s journey.

Love & Light

Lisa Gerrard

As a community of learners

Over the past two weeks we have hosted an Action Plan meeting where staff and leadership teams from other schools came together and discussed their school goals in literacy, numeracy and formation.

During this time visions, ideas and future focus ideas were shared in a collaborative forum.

It was a successful and rewarding day.

Staffing Update

As we move forward into Term 3 I would just like to keep you updated on a few staffing adjustments.

Firstly, I welcome Mrs Keiran Byrnes to our community as she takes on the Principal’s role until the end of Term 2 while I am overseas on leave. Her first day will be Thursday 13th June so please introduce yourself to her as she joins us for our Athletics Carnival.

Mr Kensell and I will remain in our current positions until the end of Term 3. This will allow CEDP to advertise and appoint the new permanent Principal leader to begin in either Term 4 or Term 1 2020 depending on the successful candidate.

This means that Mrs Linda McLleand will continue to teaching Year 5 until the end of Term 3.

I would also like to congratulate Mrs Corinne Brooker on her permanent appointment as our new REC. So she will remain on Year 6 until the end of the year.

Tell Them From Me Survey

In the coming weeks we will be inviting students, teachers and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.

We would like to invite you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at St Bernadette’s Dundas Valley.

The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You are able to access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:

Safety First Please

Purchase of a new bike rack:

I have just purchased a bike rack with enough space for 6 bikes to start.  However, children riding to school will need to have written parental permission and provide their own bike chains. I will let you know of the start date once I have all of the permissions in place.

Children waiting in Cox Crescent:

It has come to my attention that a number of children are walking further around Cox Crescent and waiting to be picked up. This is a concern as they are unsupervised and potentially at risk. As I now know this they may come under my duty of care which is a risk that I am not prepared to take. So this arrangement will no longer be an option unless I have a note outlining this arrangement with the person picking these students up, absolving the school of responsibility. The safety of your children is of the utmost importance to us.

Religious Education...

Sunday, 9 June 2019: Pentecost Sunday - Year C REFLECTION by Fr Michael Tate

In the very old days, the ‘Holy Spirit’ was known as the ‘Holy Ghost’. It comes from the old English word ‘gust’ which ‘blows wherever it pleases’. St Luke’s account of Pentecost tells of what ‘sounded like a powerful wind from heaven’. This is the Divine Wind, this is the Holy Gust, the Holy Spirit. Out of nowhere, this mighty Gust burst into the disciples’ lives with gale force, sweeping away their fear.

The Divine Wind is nothing less than the Breath of God. ‘O Breathe on me Breath of God’ is one of the most beautiful hymns, sung to a traditional Irish melody. One verse goes: ‘O Breathe on me Breath of God . . . until this earthly part of me glows with thy fire divine’. It is like a log at the back of the fireplace late at night. The log is intact but absolutely glowing through and through with fire. It is to be the same with us.

Peter was inspired to preach to the crowds ‘with a loud voice’ about ‘Jesus the Nazarene’ and the fact that ‘God raised him to life’. That is the gospel. That is the message which those who breathe with the breath of God have been preaching since the birthday of the Church at Pentecost.

We could pause for a moment to pray an ancient chant of the Church:

‘Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,

and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they will be created,

and you will renew the face of the earth.’

First Communion

Last Sunday 2 June these children received their First Eucharist. We offer them our prayers and congratulations at this special time.

Louis B.                         Kayla H.

Raphael C.                     Isla M.

Anthony D.                    Veronica M.

Benjamin G.                   Kaitlyn T.

Louis R.                         Renee T.

Seaview A.                     Mikaella M.

Isabelle E.                      Addison P.

Stevania F.                     Sofia S.

Sarah H.                        Gabriella V.            

Prayers Please

We keep Mr Chad Collins, father of Lily-Rose Collins in Year 1, in our prayers as he hopefully makes a speedy recovery in hospital this week.

Confirmation Information Evening

There will be a Confirmation Information evening for Parents/Carers on Thursday 20th June at 6:45pm in the CAR of St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School.

Confirmation is for children in Year 6 and older who have been baptised and have received their First Holy Communion.

Confirmation will be on the 19th Sept at 6:45pm. 

St Bernadette Awards

On Friday 7th June we celebrated a Whole School Mass and reflected on the example of our patron saint.

St Bernadette, whose feast day is 16th April, is an example of great faith and devotion. Congratulations to the students who received St Bernadette Awards, for living in the spirit of St Bernadette.

Kindergarten - Catherine V

Year 1 - Ella M

Year 2 - Samara C

Year 3 - Ian B

Year 4 - Seaview A and Louis R

Year 5 - Orlando V

Year 6 - Daniel B


Upcoming Events for Term 2

13/6 - Athletics Carnival

14/6 - Cross Country Carnival

19/6 - Stage 3 Boys Soccer

21/6 - Confirmation Information Night

25/6 - Canteen Day

27/6 - Confirmation Lessons Begin

28/6 - Reports to go home

1/7 - Parent Teacher Interviews Begin

5/7 - Last Day of Term

Principal Awards

Kindergarten - Terrence T & Claire L

Year 1 - Ella M & Joshua J

Year 2 - Tyana N & Elena M

Year 3 - Renee T & Daniel J

Year 4 - Miguel M & Seaview A

Year 5 - Rebecca K & Jessica L

Year 6 - Jessie E B & Lily M

Happy Birthday

23/5 - Isla M

24/5 - Madison H 

25/5 - Antonio S 

28/5 - Amelia N 

29/5 - Jessica M 

31/5 - Stefan S

1/6 - Eloise S 

4/6 - Miguel M 

6/6 - Mia V 

PBS4L Update

Star Token Tally up to week 6


Our next focus for PBS4L is ‘We stand up for others’ and ‘We are in the right space at the right time’. Our lessons will be teaching children to be punctual, to play in supervised areas and to ensure that they remain with the supervising teacher when on excursions. Our other focus, that of standing up for others, will be given particular focus in the next few weeks but of course this is a value which is modelled and taught every day, in the way of our Lord, and was noted in Mrs Gatt-Petrini’s farewell speech when she asked us all to ‘look after each other’.

SRC Update

Hello parents and students, we hope you are enjoying this week!

On the 29th of May, our Year 6 girls soccer team went to the Girls Soccer Gala day in Penrith Park. It was a very successful day for the Year 6 soccer girls team, as they won all their games and were undefeated throughout the whole day. Then it was announced that they won their pool of Year 6 girls soccer gala day!

On Friday 31st of May, parent volunteers made a delicious breakfast for the students. There was cereal, cheese toasties, fruit and chocolate and strawberry milk. The money raised is going to the Year 6 gift for the school at the end at the year.

On Thursday the 6th of June we had Mrs Gatt-Petrini’s farewell. With a beautiful prayer, poems, songs and dance, it was a beautiful time to farewell our beautiful principal for 6 years and her 40 years of teaching. She helped our school so much with the COLA, painting of the demountable, painting of the handball courts, artificial grass, the sandstone blocks, the treehouse, the buddy bench and so much more. She will be deeply missed and never forgotten. Her legacy will forever live on in our school community.

We hope you had a good, long weekend and a nice break.

From Will, Lauren, Melanie and the rest of the SRC.


Stage 3 Girls Soccer Gala Day

Last Wednesday 29th May our Year 6 girls represented our school at the annual Girls Soccer Gala Day held at Jamison Park Penrith.

The girls represented St Bernadette’s in a positive manner and displayed true sportsmanship by congratulating their opponents and thanking the referees at the conclusion of each game.

The girls had a very successful day going through undefeated and they ended up winning their pool.

Congratulations Year 6 Girls!

NSW PSSA Girls Football in Lismore

A fortnight ago Kiara B set off to Lismore to compete at the NSW PSSA State Carnival for Girls Football, which ran over three consecutive days.

Kiara was a member of the MacKillop team. Her team played extremely well together and ended up coming in third place.

At the conclusion of the carnival, Kiara was also selected in the NSW State Football Team for Girls which will compete in Canberra in late August.

Congratulations Kiara!

P&F News

Second Hand Uniform Shop

For any 2nd hand uniform needs please contact Cathy Nagy 0416048169

Plenty of stock in various sizes of:


Track pants


Boys and girls long sleeved shirts

School Banking

Don’t forget – CBA school banking is available every Friday morning from 8:30am in the canteen.  If you would like to open an account for your child,

please visit a CBA branch or open an account online at

Regular banking on Fridays mean children can earn tokens for reward prizes as below:

2019 Polar Saver rewards  (two released each term, available while stocks last)

Term 1                                                             Term 2

Scented Stackable Highlighters                    Yeti Fluffy Notebook

Snowy Origami Set                                          Icicle Slapband Ruler

Term 3                                                             Term 4

Arctic Owl Fluffy Keyring                               Water Skimming Bounce Ball

Scratch Art Cards                                            Polar Pencils & Pencil Toppers

If you have any questions about the program, please see Cathy Nagy in the canteen on Friday mornings to discuss.

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.

Our Attendance Rate to date is 84.2%