St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2022 Term 2 Week 10


Dear Families of St Bernadette's

As this term draws to a close, I would like to acknowledge the hard work that the teachers have done in preparing and reporting on the students' progress. You should, by now, have had an opportunity to share feedback and insights on your child’s progress at the Parent Teacher interviews. These interviews are a great way to stay in touch with the learning goals set and the next steps for all students.

 Our Tell Them From Me survey closes this week. I would like to thank all of the parents who took a moment to share their thoughts about how we, as a learning community, are going. We had 53% of parents respond. This is the largest number of responses to date. 

 I wish you all a warm and restful break. These holidays will give the children and staff a chance to recover from any illness or fatigue so that all are ready to launch into Term 3. Don't forget that our first day back is Tuesday July 19th as Monday July 18th is a pupil free day.

Stay well and take care, 

Love & Light  

Lisa Gerrard

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


In Week 6, our Stage 3 students were fortunate to be able to visit Canberra as part of their learning about the development of democracy in Australia. This is an important excursion for our students who get a first-hand experience of the democratic system and understand the process of voting and elections in our country. Some fun was also had with visits to the Dinosaur Museum and Questacon, where the children could be very hands-on in making discoveries about various elements of the scientific world. This excursion is also made possible by financial assistance from the Australian Government through the PACER rebate.  The Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) Program provides a travel subsidy for Year 4–12 students across Australia to visit Parliament House, Old Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial and other national institutions as part of their civics and citizenship education. The PACER program is funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. This rebate is $30 per student and was deducted from the total cost of the overnight excursion.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff who came along on this excursion:  Mrs Brooker, Miss Steph, Miss Carly and Mr Kensell, as they gave up a night away from their families and were on duty 24/7. It is a big responsibility to take students away overnight and they did so without complaint (and copious amounts of coffee!).We hope you enjoy a small sample of photos from the trip. 

Have a wonderful week, 

Jackie Willard

Assistant Principal


Sunday 3rd July 2022

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, “Peace to this house!” And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house. Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, “The kingdom of God is very near to you.”

REFLECTION by Dianne Bergant CSA

Although the gospel is a report of ministerial commissioning, it contains elements of discipleship in general.  Most obvious is the disciples’ dependence on Jesus.  They are not independent missionaries; they are followers.  Furthermore, there is a communal dimension of discipleship.  While there is certainly a personal relationship between Jesus and each disciple, discipleship itself is not a singular privilege that one hugs to oneself to the exclusion of others.

Disciples minister to the needs of others, whatever those needs may be and with whatever abilities the disciple may possess.  There are various kinds of healing: a friendly smile, a word of gratitude, a soothing touch.  We can teach the lessons of life in classrooms, in playrooms, in kitchens, in boardrooms.  There are many ways that we can cast out the demons that hold our world by the throat; demons of poverty and oppression, demons of addiction and slavery, demons of disdain and neglect, demons of hatred and violence.  If they are not cast out by us, then by whom?

The life of discipleship is not an unmixed blessing.  Because disciples are marked by the sign of the cross, they must expect suffering.  Because they do not live according to the standards of the world, disciples will be judged as fools.  Some of them will be subjected to even greater suffering.  Still, the disciple proclaims that true fulfilment is only found in God!  In reality, it is the world that is upside down, not the life of discipleship.  And it is the cross that sets things right.

Community Of Learners

Kindergarten Religious Education

During term 3, Kindergarten has been learning to follow the example of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in loving our neighbour. This week is Westmead Children's Hospital Superhero Week. To bring happiness to the sick children in the hospital, Kindergarten children have drawn pictures of them as superheroes and written loving messages. Miss Tiberio will be delivering all the superhero letters to Westmead Children’s Hospital during the holidays.

First Eucharist - 19th June 2022

First Eucharist is a special occasion -  it is a further step towards becoming one with Christ and being united with the People of God.  The celebration of the First Eucharist for our children took place at Mass on Sunday, 19th June which was the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  The first reception of Eucharist marks a key step in the initiation of these children into the community of the church.  As a gathered parish community we welcome and congratulate them.

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.


Representative Sport - Softball

Renee, in Year 6, recently attended the MacKillop softball trials. Having already been successfully selected for the Parramatta team, Renee has now been selected for the MacKillop team!

This is a fantastic achievement, placing her among the very best players in all Catholic schools in NSW!

Congratulations to Renee and we look forward to more news when she competes at the NSWPSSA Girls Softball Championships in Camden later this year.

Stage 3 Girls Soccer Gala Day

WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT - 6 wins out of 8 games!

To our fabulous and talented Stage 3 Soccer Stars: congratulations!

These young ladies showed the true spirit of St Bernadette's Primary School, playing their hardest and demonstrating skill, enthusiasm, good sportsmanship and, most importantly, working together as a team by supporting and encouraging each other. Girls, we are so proud of your efforts.

A huge THANK YOU to our coaches - Mr Vaiente and Jonathan Fernandes. What a combination! Your dedication to the team, your preparedness and, more importantly, your good humour paved the way for success. Our Socceroos could do with your expertise.

To the parents who attended, THANK YOU. Your cheering and enthusiasm for our team did not go unnoticed. (They may put us on a field further away next year).

A great day certainly enjoyed by all.

Commonwealth Games A-Thon

As we mentioned in our Skoolbag post, the Commonwealth Games A-thon has been postponed. We would like to have full student and parent participation on this day so we have made the decision to reschedule the event for the first Friday of Term 3 - Friday, 22nd July.

This is a confirmed date as we have a wet weather contingency plan.

If you are able to assist on the day please let Mrs Willard or Mr Kensell know via the school office or email.

Principal Awards

Congratulations to the following students. This award was given for their excellence in behaviour.

K    Veronica Elias         Matias Perisic

1     Antonio Boyagi      Isabella Mann

2     Monika Firkin         Chloe Yeo

3     Scarlett Tai              Chloe Xue


Mia Gardner           

Orlando Cicala


Eva Likobo

Noah Perisic


Ian Baek

Robert Wilson

Online Lunch Orders are Back!

From week 2 of next term, we will be offering an online lunch ordering system twice a week. The new company is called Total Canteen Solutions and they will cater to our school every Tuesday and Thursday. We have asked for these two days to begin with so that our Parent Committee can still run Canteen Days on Fridays as planned. I think all parents and students will be happy as the prices are reasonable and most of the food is prepared by them.

Full log-on details will be sent home at the beginning of Term 3.


Week 10:

Friday, 1st July : Last day of term 2.

Term 3:

Week 1:

Monday, 18th July:  Staff Development Day (no students to be onsite)

Tuesday, 19th July:  First day of term 3 for students

Friday, 22nd July:  Commonwealth Games A-Thon

Monday, 25th July:  School Athletics Carnival, Barton Park, North Parramatta

A number of new Covid cases

This week, there have been a number of Covid cases across the school. We ask that you please RAT your children if they present with cold or flu symptoms. If you need additional tests, please contact the school office for more.

Enrolment for 2023

We are currently finalising Kindergarten enrolments for 2023.

If you have a child who you wish to enrol please download the enrolment form from our website or pop into our office to pick up one.


Attendance Rate: 70.7 %  - To unpack this a little more, this means that 70.7%  of our students have an attendance rate of 90% -100%.

A reminder that classes commence at 8:55am.

To help your child have a positive start to the school day it is important that they are at school on time.

Being at school a little before 8:55am allows them to have time to calm themselves and be confident in knowing they are prepared and ready to learn. It also gives them time to say hello to their friends and classmates.

Arriving late can cause stress to the child entering a class that is already working and it can cause disruption to the lesson that has started.

If we were 5 minutes late every day x 5 days = 25 minutes lost each week. 25 minutes x 10 weeks of each term = 250 minutes each term.

That adds up to a lot over the course of the year.

So please be mindful of what time your child  is arriving at school. It is important we establish good routines as it sets our children up for success.

If your child is late, they must come to the school office to be signed in by their parent or carer. They are not to be dropped late and left to run through the school gate unaccompanied.

Happy Birthday

Cameron - 23/06

Elena - 26/06

Penelope - 27/06

Jocelyn - 28/06

Nerso - 29/06

Isabella - 29/06

Maddison - 30/06

Just a reminder that any treats sent in are kept to a minimum and individual.

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 with 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!


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.