St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2020 Term 3 Week 10


Dear families of St Bernadette's,

As Term 3 closes we have to appreciate that the daily Covid cases are dropping and the weather is gorgeous!

This has been a term where we were always waiting for the other shoe to fall and a return to remote learning as experienced by our Melbourne cousins. Every family has been impacted in some way by this pandemic but we are seeing that all of these precautions have paid off and are allowing us to slowly return to a new normal.

Moving into Term 4 we will begin classes on Monday 12th October. The children will return in full Summer Uniform. 

Enjoy a less restricted holiday and I hope you are able to take a moment to see friends and family if possible.

Stay well and take care,

Love & Light

Lisa Gerrard

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

 Attendance Rate:  85.9%  - To unpack this a little more, this means that 85.9% of our students have an attendance rate of 90% -100%. 


Sunday 27 September 2020


In today’s parable where a son said yes but did nothing, Jesus offers a striking indictment of empty lip-service. In our age, one of the Church’s most insistent calls has been for people to work for the protection of the vineyard of the earth. Speaking of climate change, deforestation and chemical pollution, Pope Saint John Paul II declared in 1990 “that the ecological crisis is a moral issue” and called on all people to “recognize their obligation to contribute to the restoration of a healthy environment.” In 2009 Pope Benedict XVI insisted that “technologically advanced societies can and must lower their domestic energy consumption”. In 2015 Pope Francis called on all of humanity “to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming” of the world’s climate which we are currently facing.

Successive Popes have therefore called us all to work for the protection of our planet and its people. But it is up to every Christian to ensure that these words are not just empty rhetoric.

Early Stage 1 learning

In Religious Education Early Stage 1 have been learning about Jesus’ love for little children.

Matthew 19: 14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”


Term 3 and Term 4 School Holiday Dates

Term 3 finishes on Friday 25 September 2020

School resumes for Term 4 on Monday 12 October 2020

Last day for students in Term 4 will be Tuesday 15 December 2020

As a community of learners

This week our teachers have spent time with our Numeracy Teacher Educator planning rich problem solving tasks for next term. Exploring this opportunity will definitely help in bringing rigor to our numeracy tasks moving forward.

Next term we will add some of these tasks into the newsletter so you will see how much hard thinking your children are doing.

Gentle reminder

As we change over into our summer uniforms just remember to ensure ALL items of clothing and equipment are clearly labelled with your child’s name. 

The holidays are also a great time to check on your child’s stationery supplies. Do they have any coloured pencils left? Or glue sticks? Making sure that these items are replaced ensures that no learning time is lost. 

Amazing Race through Time - Funds Raised

We are thrilled to announce that our school community has come together to raise a total of $6,841.10!

These funds will be used for the refurbishment of our school library. 

Many thanks to all of the families for your generosity! We are so fortunate to be a school community that comes together and works hard for the benefit of our students. 

This event was not just an Amazing Race, it was an amazing result and we thank you all! 

Principal's Morning Tea

Our Principal’s Morning Tea awards will be handed out at our Zoom Assembly tomorrow.

They will celebrate together early next term. Congratulations to all of our Christian Service Award recipients.

Zoom Assemblies

Please look out for the link to our zoom meeting where some of our students will share their learning from the past couple of weeks.

Linda's Lunches

Linda's Lunches will resume taking orders in Week 2 of Term 4. 


Today Clare received their recognition for having the most tokens. They enjoyed some free afternoon time.

Happy Birthday

10/9 - Chloe Y

14/9 - Sofia S 

15/9 - Luciana M 

16/9 - Jacob A 

19/9 - Benji B 

22/9 - Dimitrios M 

24/9 - Parsa M 


Community Health Advice

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: 85.9%