St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2023 Term 1 Week 6


Dear Families of St Bernadette's

Welcome to Week 6!

It’s great to see how the children have settled back into the routines of a school day. It can be easier for some children than others but we use each challenge as an opportunity to reteach our PBS4L expectations that align beautifully with our school rules: I am safe, I am respectful & I am a learner.

An essential part of assisting our students in building resilience is our relationship with our parents. As the first educators of your children and their main advocate, we respect and strive to work with you in an open and transparent manner. We understand that at times, you may have questions about our teaching practices and we  welcome your questions and feedback. 

Building strong relationships with you is a great way to show the students that we are working together and have their best interests at heart. A quick check in with your child’s teacher can often quickly alleviate a concern that you may have and alay any angst in a timely manner. Experience has shown that by doing this issues are resolved and students can move on. 

Building resilience gives students skills that serve them well both academically and in future employment.

Love and Light

Lisa Gerrard


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


NAPLAN changes from 2023

As you may be aware, 2023 NAPLAN testing will be held from 15 March 2023. There will also be changes to the way that NAPLAN results are reported.The numerical bands (1-10) will be replaced with four proficiency standards for each school level that sits NAPLAN. Parents and carers will receive information about their child’s NAPLAN achievement based on the following 4 levels of achievement:




Needs additional support.

Strong means that the student is meeting the expectations of the literacy and numeracy skills required for their school level. 

The descriptors for each category will make it clear to parents what their child’s literacy and numeracy skills are at the time of NAPLAN testing, and teachers will continue to work with you to meet your child’s needs. NAPLAN will remain one of many useful ways that we assess your child’s learning and support needs. 

NAPLAN is one source of information about your child’s academic performance. It is important to maintain a positive and calm approach to the days leading up to these standardised assessments, as well as during the test period.

Have a wonderful week, 

Rebecca Boidin

Assistant Principal


Sunday 5th March 2023


Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them. ‘Stand up,’ he said ‘do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus.

As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order. ‘Tell no one about the vision until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.’


The blessings upon which we meditate today are undeserved gifts from God.  They were not earned. The graciousness of God transforms us in such a way as to effect new beginnings.  It can be seen in the promises made to Abram.  He leaves the past behind and moves into a new future.  It can be seen in the psalm response.  The Lord delivers us from death and inspires us to look to the future.  It can be seen in the reading from 2 Timothy.  Through Christ Jesus we are called to a new life of holiness; we escape the fetters of death and are brought into the freedom of the resurrection.  We see it in the gospel, a glimpse into the future glory of Jesus which, through grace, we will be able to share.  Lent is a time of new beginnings which find their origin in the abundant blessings of God.

The ultimate blessing of God is Jesus himself.  As Abram was called to be the source of blessing for all others, as Peter, James and John were chosen to witness the transfiguration of Jesus, so today we too are invited to look to Jesus for inspiration during this holy season.  Paul speaks of the salvation that Jesus brings as having come, not because of any works of righteousness that we might have performed, but because of the grace of God.  Once again the Lenten readings focus on the merciful action of God in our lives, and in the end they point to Jesus.

© Dianne Bergant CSA

Children's Discussion Starters


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

What are your favourite quiet places?

What sort of things do you like to do in your quiet place?

Quiet places can be very good for praying. Take a moment to think of when you can go to your quiet place this week.

What or who can you pray for?

© Creative Ministry Resources Pty Ltd

WYD23 Fundraising Mufti-Day

It was wonderful to see so many different cultures represented at our WYD23 fundraising Mufti-Day. The children looked amazing! Thank you for your kind and generous donations toward this very important event. We were able to raise the total amount of $765.38


Catholic Schools Week - Liturgy and Open Classrooms 10th March 2023

Week 7 is Catholic Schools Week. On Friday 10th March we will have a Liturgy of the Word in the hall at 9:00 am. Whole School Assembly for that day will be cancelled, so we will have class and AP awards at the end of the liturgy. At the conclusion of the liturgy, we invite you to visit your child’s classroom to see the wonderful learning that is happening in 2023.

Year 4 Work

As part of history Year 4 have been learning about life before the arrival of the Europeans. Ryad, Lydia and Terrence would like to share with you what they have learned using slides which they have researched and created.

We have also used Indigenous art symbols to help tell our stories of how our families came to Australia. Here are three examples from Nerso, Mia and Gabby.

Open Day 2024 Prospective Families

We would like to welcome all prospective new families looking to enrol to St Bernadette's for 2024, to attend our open day on Thursday 9th March at 9:30am. Enrolment application forms will be available on the open day to pick up.

Enhancing School Identity

This year, in partnership with Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, our school will begin a journey of growing our Catholic identity, shaped through dialogue with all community members. 

Over the coming weeks, all students from Years 5 and 6 at St Bernadette’s, along with staff and parents, will be invited to complete the Catholic Identity Survey. 

We would like to invite you to complete the survey in the school hall during Week 10 (27 - 31 March).

To enable us to get the best possible picture of our community, it is vital that we have as many families as possible participate in the survey. As an incentive, if we reach 75% participation by Friday April 28, we are excited to offer a Fun and Games Afternoon with sausage sizzle and ice block for all students and parents. We will measure participation over the coming weeks with a large thermometer in the breezeway and in the newsletter. 

Parents who are unable to join us at the school are still encouraged to complete the survey at any point prior to Friday April 28.

We greatly appreciate your participation in this very important survey.

Our participation total is currently 4%.

Assembly Week 7

There will be no assembly in week 7 as we will be having a whole school Liturgy at 9am. Parents are invited to attend this.

All class and Assistant Principal awards will be presented at the end of the liturgy. 


Term 1 2023 :

Week 7:

Thursday, 9th March : 2024 Kindy Open Day

Friday, 10th March : Whole School Liturgy and Open Classroom

Week 8:

Thursday, 16th March : School Photo Day

Friday, 17th March : St Patrick's Day Morning Tea (Kindergarten organising)

Week 9:

Friday, 24th March: Mission Marketplace

Week 10:

Tuesday, 28th March : School Cross Country (Year 2 -6)

Week 11:

Tuesday, 4th March : Easter Raffle & Easter Hat Parade  (Time TBA)

Thursday, 6th April : Last Day Of Term 1

Term 2:

Week 1:

Monday, 24th April : Staff Development Day (No Students at school)

Wednesday, 26th April : First day back of Term 2 for Students

Parent committee news:

Thanks so much to all of the parents who were able to attend our meeting last night. We covered a lot of ground and have a good plan in place for the fundraising events to be held in 2023.

Such events will include:

  • Canteen Days

  • Special lunch deals

  • A colour fun run and tabloid event that we are hoping to hold on a Friday afternoon to include whole families.

  • PJ Movie night

  • Disco

We also discussed (as you will see in the meeting minutes sent out via Skoolbag) what the money is going towards. One of the items on the list is to build a sensory playground to replace the current ageing equipment. This is not a cheap project so we may not raise all of the funds required this year but we will keep you informed of how much we have raised after each event so that you can see how close we are to achieving our goal. 

Thanks again for your ongoing support.

Project Compassion - Mission Marketplace

Each year, Project Compassion comes as a timely reminder of the importance of solidarity and how a single act of kindness – whether big or small, can make a life-changing impact in the lives of those who need it most. The theme of Project Compassion 2023 is ‘For All Future Generations’. This phrase is a powerful affirmation that the good that we do today will extend and impact the lives of generations to come. It is also a call for all of us to play our part in making the world a better place by working together as sisters and brothers in finding long-term solutions to global issues.

To raise a donation to Project Compassion this year, the students of St Bernadette’s will be holding a Mission Marketplace on Friday 24 March (Week 9).

Each class will plan, organise, advertise and run a “market stall” of games, treats or competitions.

The students can purchase tokens for 50 cents each via the qkr app, which may be spent at any of the stalls. There is no limit to the amount of tokens purchased. Items at the stalls will be priced in multiples of 50 cents. All tokens must be spent on the day - no balance will be kept for future events.

The students are excited to begin planning their market stall, having lots of fun on the day and playing a part in making the world a better place.


It is time for the 2023 St Bernadette’s Easter Raffle! 

All money raised will go towards new furniture in the learning spaces. This year, the prizes have been donated by Woolworths, Carlingford and Social Hideout Cafe, Parramatta. 

A note and tickets will be sent home next week for all students to sell. Tickets will be sent home in bundles of 10 and each ticket will be $1. 

There will be 4 major prizes, 7 minor prizes and 1 prize for a student in each class. Children will be eligible for the Class prize if they sell $10 worth of tickets. For every $10 they will receive an entry. 

THANK YOU to our sponsors for our school Easter Raffle:

  • Woolworths Carlingford 

  • Social Hideout Cafe Parramatta.

Gentle Reminders

Gentle reminders:

Smart watches with messaging capability & mobile phones:

Please remember that smart watches and mobile phones need to be handed into the office upon arrival to school and picked up with the office bag each afternoon. Children need to be left to concentrate on their learning and not being distracted by texts during class time. Any communication/message needs to go through the school office.

Communication regarding children’s behaviour:

All communication regarding children’s behaviour should be addressed by first contacting the child’s teacher. If there is a need to escalate this then please contact Miss Boidin or Mrs Gerrard.

At no time is it appropriate to address this with another parent as it can cause uncomfortable relationships. 

Being at school on time:

It has come to our attention that a number of children are arriving after 8.55am. While I understand that things can happen to cause delays, we ask that you do your best to have your child at school on time to lessen the disruption to class learning time. As you can imagine a number of students arriving late can disturb the class and daily routine. Arriving on time allows students to socialise with their peers and begin the day in a calm and focused manner.



Attendance Rate: 81.5%  - To unpack this a little more, this means that 81.5%  of our students have an attendance rate of 90% -100%. 


Staff have been busy handing out tokens on the playground and in the learning spaces when they have seen students displaying our PBS4L expectations.

Next week the PBS4L lesson will be on caring for property and the environment. At St Bernadette’s we look after our own belongings, those that belong to others and the school. It is a way in which we keep the environment (classroom and playground) clean and tidy, it shows respect and that we are grateful for the belongings that we have been given. We use these belongings in a safe way.

Our week 8 PBS4L lesson will be looking at our expectation of caring for people, accepting their differences and standing up for others. At St Bernadette’s we care for people and accept each other’s differences. We ‘stand up’ for others in our community. This lesson also looks at what bullying is, students learn bullying is more than just a fight or disliking someone. Bullying is being mean to someone over and over again, repeatedly. Bullying can be verbal, physical, social and cyber.

New PBS4L Recognition System Update

We have these new cards which are being handed out on the playground and during after school dismissal time. Students need to collect 5 of these cards to be able to trade them in for a star token from their class teacher. The star token will then go into their class star jar. Children have been told they need to look after the cards they receive because they will not be replaced if they are lost or destroyed.

Zone Swimming

Congratulations to the following children who are representing St Bernadette’s at the Cumberland Zone Swimming Carnival next Tuesday!

Jackson C

Samara C

Jayden E

Ayden H

Liam M

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

The 2023 Premier reading challenge is now open.

St Bernadette's Primary School Host Families Needed

St Bernadette's Primary School will be hosting Japanese students from  

30th July -6th August 2023. 

Share your lifestyle & home whilst experiencing another culture.

·  Students attend school on weekdays and enjoy family life with you on the weekend

·  Japanese language is not necessary.

·  Students just fit in with your family routines – eat your food, they need their own bed but can share a room.

·  Families are paid $50 per night for hosting one student. If hosting 2 students families are paid $90 per night. 


If you can assist in hosting a student (for 7 nights) or would like more information, please contact……..

                  VS Oceania Pty Ltd

                  Ph: 02 9889 4366  

                  Email :

Happy Birthday

Milania - 20/02

Nicole - 22/02

Mason - 22/02

Tadiswa - 24/02

Ray - 26/02

Brandon - 26/02

Leo - 28/02

Dominic - 01/03

Chloe X - 04/03

Ryad - 05/03 

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!


NSW Police Force Driving Offence Reminders

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.

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.