St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2022 Term 3 Week 8


Dear Families of St Bernadette's


This is my last newsletter for this term. My leave begins next week as my family and I fly off to New Zealand to attend my son’s wedding. I know that Mrs Willard and Mr Kensell will take care of our beautiful school and its students in my absence.

Over the past fortnight we have wished our Dads a Happy Father’s Day, prepared for our talent show and smiled sweetly for our school photos. 

It has been a busy term but it has been great to welcome our parents back onsite to celebrate key events with us. I want to publicly thank Mrs Brooker for bringing a tear to our eye and a smile on our faces during the Father’s Day Liturgy. 

On another note, I would like to say a huge thank you to those parents who took the time to attend our Parent Committee meeting for this term. Please keep an eye out for upcoming events. We advertise all of these events via Skoolbag, the newsletter and in the coming term via Compass Parent Portal. We have taken parents' feedback onboard and will continue to try to give as much notice for upcoming events as we can.

I hope you are able to come along tomorrow for our St Bernadette’s Got Talent as I’m sure its going to be awesome!

See you all in Term 4!

Stay well and take care,

Love & Light  

Lisa Gerrard

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


Next week, we begin our Swimming program. Most of our students love this opportunity to get outside the classroom and have a change of routine for a few days and it certainly burns some energy!

Sometimes, this change in routine, participating in new and challenging experiences and dealing with new situations can be hard for some students. The biggest hurdle many of our children face with the swimming program is getting dressed at the end of the lesson and organising their belongings. This new situation is a great opportunity to encourage independence in our children. Independence is important so that children feel they can tackle new challenges and adventures but know that adults will be there to support them if things go wrong. 

Independence over our swimming weeks would be:

  • Children getting dressed for school each day, with their swimming costume under their uniform, by themselves

  • Packing their own swimming bag with a towel, fresh underwear and socks

  • Drying themselves and combing their own hair after a shower each night 

These skills will be extremely important over the next two weeks as school staff and parents are not allowed into the school allocated change rooms to help students get dressed and changed. 

For more information on building independence, take a look at this great resource from Beyond Blue

Have a wonderful week, 

Jackie Willard

Assistant Principal


Sunday 11th September 2022


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

The tax collectors and the sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say, and the Pharisees and the scribes complained. ‘This man’ they said, ‘welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he spoke this parable to them:

‘What man among you with a hundred sheep, losing one, would not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the missing one till he found it? And when he found it, would he not joyfully take it on his shoulders and then, when he got home, call together his friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” he would say “I have found my sheep that was lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous men who have no need of repentance.

‘Or again, what woman with ten drachmas would not, if she lost one, light a lamp and sweep out the house and search thoroughly till she found it? And then, when she had found it, call together her friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” she would say “I have found the drachma I lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner.’

REFLECTION by Dianne Bergant CSA

The God who spoke to Moses is pained by the depravity of the people yet moved to show them mercy.  Who could ever have imagined such a God?  The God depicted in the gospel actually searches for what is lost.  He seems to abandon the safe ones for the sake of the one who has strayed.  She goes to great lengths to find one coin.  As a spurned yet loving father, God patiently waits until we come to our senses.  Who could ever have conceived of such a God? 

Our God seems consumed with an insatiable desire to reestablish a relationship with us after we have turned our backs on God, have chosen to commit our loyalties elsewhere, have thoughtlessly wandered off into danger that threatens our well being, not God’s.  What is it about us that makes us so desirable?  The answer has less to do with us than with the magnanimous character of God.  It is almost as if unconditional love is not simply a characteristic of God, but God’s very essence and no human frailty or depravity can change this.

Paul insists that it is through Christ that all of this is accomplished.  It is through the sacrifice of Christ that the depraved are forgiven, that sinners are saved, that the lost are found.  It is through Christ that we are sought by God, and Christ is the very gift of mercy, the forgiveness of our sins, the celebration of our return. 

Community Of Learners

Diocesan Education Mass & Agencies Mission Expo

Today three of our Year 6 leaders, Isla, Isabelle and Stevania, attended the Diocesan Education Mass and Agencies Mission Expo at St Patrick’s Cathedral, accompanied by Mrs Willard, Mrs Brooker and Mrs Elias.

This was an occasion for students of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta to gather with principals, RECs, parents and Diocesan Priests to celebrate their role in the mission of the Church.

We are very proud of the way our leaders represented St Bernadette’s and engaged in exploring new ideas in Mission for our community.

Stage 1 Religion work

In Stage 1 we are looking at ‘How can we as disciples appreciate and care for creation? Last week, Year 1 and 2 did a lesson on symbols in the world around us and how they can have a deeper meaning. The students sat outside and were able to identify something in nature that reminded them of God and his creation.

Parish Mass

We are again attending Mass with the parish, both as a school and in class groups. As parish Masses begin at 9:00am, the classes involved will assemble at 8:45am, in order to be seated in the church before Father enters. Your extra effort to be at school by 8:45am on these days would be greatly appreciated. Please see the roster for when your child will be attending Mass and/or Reconciliation.



Week 8:

Friday, 9th September:  St Bernadette's Talent Show (9am- Parents are welcomed to attend)

Week 9:

Monday, 12th - Friday, 16th September:  Swimming Program

Friday, 16th September : Assembly (2:30pm Parents welcomed to attend)

Week 10:

Monday, 19th - Thursday, 22nd September:  Swimming Program 

Wednesday, 21st September: Principal Awards Morning Tea

Thursday, 22nd September:  Last day of Term 3

Friday, 23rd September:  Staff Development Day (no students at school)

Term 4 

Week 1:

Monday, 10th October : First day of Term 4

Week 4:

Friday, 4th November: Swimming Carnival - age based Carnival (details to follow)

Week 6:

Friday, 18th November: Year 2 Canteen Day

Week 8:

Friday, 2nd December: Christmas Concert

Week 10:

Friday, 16th December: Last day of Term 4 for Students

Lunch Club

During this term we have been running a number of activities with different students at Lunch time. These programs are designed to encourage students who may find being on the playground overwhelming and who are in need of some simple tips to assist them to join groups or initiate games. Students are invited to go along and participate in social activities in a safe environment, monitored by our Well being counsellor Jeanette Mansour or other staff members.

Also our Library is open to provide another quiet space to read and participate in less strenuous activities.

Through the facilitation of these groups, we feel that all students are provided with an environment to participate in social activities suitable to their skillset

Father's Day Breakfast

We had a wonderful morning last Friday celebrating Father’s Day. Our dads enjoyed a delicious breakfast of bacon and egg rolls and sausage sandwiches before being treated to entertainment by the students, a blessing of fathers and a photo story of the members of the St Bernadette’s community with their dads. We finished our celebration with Open Classrooms, so that our dads could have the opportunity to see some of the sensational learning happening here at St Bernadette’s. We hope that all fathers and father figures enjoyed a day full of love with their families on Father’s Day.

Diocesan Athletics

Congratulations to the following students who represented St Bernadette’s at the Diocesan Athletics Carnival on Friday, 2nd September. It is a great achievement to compete at this high level!

Shane F (Discus)

Ayden H (Shot Put)

Eamon N (800m)


Attendance Rate: 67.4% - To unpack this a little more, this means that 67.4%  of our students have an attendance rate of 90% -100%. 

Happy Birthday

Liyana - 29/08

Phineas - 30/08

Patience - 31/08

Gabriella V - 31/08

Vince - 04/09

Archer - 04/09

Abigail - 05/09

Chloe G - 09/09

Chloe Y - 10/09

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. 

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Don't forget to collect your Bread Tags!


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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.