St Bernadette's Primary Dundas

Newsletter 2019 Term 3 Week 4


Dear families of St Bernadettes,

What a great start we have had to Term 3. Over the past two weeks we have had many of our students demonstrate their prowess in the sporting arena. Heidi Shumack demonstrated her amazing swimming skills in the Nationals taking out 8 medals!! Look out for her at upcoming Olympic events!

Our students who represented us at the Zone Athletics Carnival achieved some excellent results and many are moving on to the next level at the Diocesean Athletics Carnival. I wish these students well in the next round of competition. 

I would also like to congratulate Mr Kensell and the staff who attended the Zone Carnival this year. It was St Bernadette’s turn to organise and run this event. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of time and patience both prior to and on the day. I would also like to personally thank the 22 students from St Patrick’s Marist College who assisted in the running of various field events at this carnival. They were an enormous help to the smooth running of the day.

Thanks also to the SRC helpers who worked tirelessly to make sure event information was shared and that helpers were fed.

As always I’m so proud of how our staff, students and parents pull together to see an event through to a successful end.

Love & Light

Lisa Gerrard


Sunday, 18 Aug 2019: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

REFLECTION by Dianne Bergant CSA

A fierce fire in a eucalyptus forest bursts open the seed pods, cleanses the soil of smothering undergrowth, and returns nutrients to the soil to germinate the seeds. It is that sort of fire which Jesus brings to the earth.

So, at Pentecost, He sent His Holy Spirit '. . . like tongues of fire', bursting the early disciples out of the protective shell of the 'Upper Room', allowing them to be germinated as seeds of the early Church. It is the same in every generation which has to ask: What personal, family or social situations provide a hard casing which must be cracked open? What is the smothering undergrowth which prevents our germination as fearless disciples?

Jesus himself felt smothered by the small-minded people of Nazareth to which He never returned. He warns that families and good friends can try to smother the spark He wishes to ignite.

We might pause for a moment to pray that the fiery Holy Spirit might enable us to become a stand of tall trees reaching for the Risen Son in all His glory.

Diocesan Education Mass and Mission Expo

On 13th August 4 Year 6 leaders, Mrs Mapagu, Mrs Gerrard and I attended the Diocesan Education Mass and Mission Expo. Student leaders and parents from throughout the diocese were present. The principal celebrant was the Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen, Bishop of Parramatta. It was a special event and an honour to be there with other teachers, students and parents from the diocese. It was an occasion for us to celebrate the role of Catholic Schools in the Parramatta Diocese in the mission of the Church. I have included the Bishop’s prayer from the Concluding Rite of the Mass as a prayer for you to say and share with others.

Lord, our God,

In your wisdom and love

you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. 

In times long past you sent your prophets to teach your laws

and to bear witness to your undying love.

You sent us your Son to teach us by word and example

that true wisdom comes from you alone.

Send your Spirit upon our school communities

and fill them with your wisdom and blessings.

Through Christ our Lord. 


PARISH: Altar Servers' Roster July 6 - Nov 3, 2019



Upcoming Events for Term 3

16/8 - Class Mass: Year 4 

16/8 - Assembly 2:30pm

16/8 - Confirmation Classes 4:20pm & 5:20pm 

18/8 - Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser 

19/8 - Book Fair Starts (First Day to make purchases)

21/8 - Book Fair Ends (Last Day to make purchases)

22/8 - Book Parade/Mufti Day 

23/8 - Diocesan Athletics Carnival 

27/8 - Author Visit / Libby Gleeson 

28/8 - Father's Day wrapping 9am - 11am & 7pm - 8pm

29/8 - Father's Day Stall 

30/8 - Assembly 2:15pm

2019 Term 3 Parent Calendar


Principal Awards

Kindergarten - Ryad B

Year 1 - Leo X 

Year 2 - Samara C 

Year 3 - Kayla H 

Year 4 - Chloe D 

Year 5 - Kobi M 

Year 6 - Amelia N 

Happy Birthday

4/8 - Megan L

6/8 - Catherine V 

10/8 - Addison-Rose P 

13/8 - Ella M 

15/8 - Lachlan B

PBS4L Update

Star token tally up to Week 4


Our focus for the next two weeks are ‘We keep our hands and feet to ourselves’. While we are fortunate at St. Bernadette’s not to have too many physical altercations, it is always important to remind students not to resort to using hands or feet to resolve issues and to respect personal space. So, PBS4L lessons for the next two weeks will reflect this and students will be taught not only how to recognise verbal and visual cues which indicate that a situation is escalating, but also the skills which can help to defuse a possible ‘situation’.

As a Community of Learners

This term holds a lot of interesting learning for both staff and students. Pyjama Day (a Social Justice event) was a great day. Thank you to all those who embraced the theme of this event. 

Coming up is our Colour Run, Canteen Day, Fathers Day Celebrations, Book Week events and the swimming program. 

As a staff we continue to we continue to work on Literacy, Numeracy & Digital Technology. 

Staffing News

At present we are advertising for an Assistant Principal to join our St Bernadette’s community. Interviews will be held over the coming weeks at CEDP. The successful candidate will be announced once this position is finalised. 

Book Week Celebrations

Starting on Monday 19th August, St Bernadette’s will be celebrating Book Week and we have many exciting events planned.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be arriving on Friday 16th August. The children will be given time to come and look on Friday at what is available to purchase and start making their wish lists. Purchases will be able to be made from Monday 19th August until Wednesday 22nd August.

The Book Fair will be held in our school hall and the opening hours are:

Monday 19th August: Before school from 8:30am and after school from 3pm – 3:30pm.

Tuesday 20th August: Before school from 8:30am and after school from 3pm – 3:30pm

Wednesday 21st August: Before school from 8:30am

It has a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

On Thursday 22nd August we will be having a Book Parade under the Cola. All children are encouraged to dress up and come to school dressed as their most loved character from their favourite book. The costumes can be as creative as you like, and they do not have to be store bought. Parents and grandparents are invited to come along and enjoy the parade commencing at 9:30am, followed by open classrooms and shared reading time with your children. We can’t wait to see what fun and creative costumes your children will be wearing.


Following on from Book Week is National Literacy Week. To mark this event, on Tuesday 27th August we will be welcoming a very special author to our school, Libby Gleeson.


Libby Gleeson is the author of many award-winning books for children of all ages. During her visit to our school, Libby will be conducting hands on writing workshops with all of our students from Kindergarten to Year 6. This will be an extra-curricular activity held by the school at no cost to you.

We are looking forward to celebrating Book Week with you and your family!

Attendance Matters

A reminder to parents that supervision does not start in the morning until 8:30am. Please do not leave your child at school any earlier than this time. If you do require care for your child in the morning please consider contacting our COSHC to see if there is a place available for before school care.

The bell for class will ring at 8:55am.

If you arrive after this time your child must be brought into the office by a parent and signed in before they can go to their classroom. This ensures your child is not incorrectly marked absent on the class roll.

Did you know that if your child is 5 minutes late each day, that equates to 25 minutes per week and 250 minutes a term!

Every minute of school time is important. Please make an effort to be on time!

Be Safe Please

Just a gentle reminder that NO students should be playing on the equipment or under the COLA after school. No child is to go onto the bottom playground without a parent to supervise them. Having unsupervised students in this area is a safety risk and a duty of care issue that is unfair to place upon the staff member on the back gate. 

Also please ensure that non school age children are supervised as you leave either exit to ensure that they don’t run into either the Church Carpark or out of the front gate onto Cox Crescent.

When using Drive Through please ensure that you (the driver) stay in the car or the Rangers /Police will consider it as parking which is an offence for which you can be booked between the designated times. Also please don’t call your child to the road side of the car or behind your car to place items into the boot as this puts your child at risk of being crushed between cars or being run over by fast moving traffic along Cox Crescent.

Thanking you in advance for your support.

Some Levy Clarity

Over the past few newsletters I have been asked to clarify some of the fees and levies being charged to your school fees account over the course of the year.

This should clearly outline the P&F Levy: 

The Parent Fund (previously called The Fundraising Levy)

The Fundraising Levy was introduced into the school as a means to lighten and spread the load from all the P & F fundraising activities.

Rather than raising money through fundraising activities like selling chocolates, filling a plate, donut and pie drives etc., parents opted to donate money instead.

P&F President at the time, Nancy Celestino, proposed that a levy be introduced with the proviso that P & F fundraising activities be kept to a minimum.

It was proposed that the Mother’s Day Stall, Father’s Day Stall, Trivia Night and St Patricks Day Cake Stall would remain the major P&F fundraising activities with the aim of making a profit.

Canteen Days, School Disco, Meal Deal Days etc. would remain non-profit activities and solely for the enjoyment of the children.

A survey note that went out to all the parents at the school found that majority of the parents in favour of the levy.

The levy was proposed at the P&F meeting and passed by the parents present.

The Fundraising levy is a voluntary donation from the parents towards the P&F Committee funds.

Sushi making fun with Kubo Sensei

Last Monday, to celebrate our learning of the Japanese language, along with the company of our Japanese exchange students, we were treated to a sushi making lesson guided by Kubo Sensai.  It was fun learning to make this delicious meal!

Vinnies Winter Appeal - Pyjama Day

Thank you to all of the students who participated in the Vinnies Winter Appeal and wore their pyjama's to school. We raised $338.80 for this very special cause! 

ACARA Collection Student Background Data Notice

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) collects data from schools to determine the Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA). CEDP is currently working to provide relevant details to the Catholic Education Commission of NSW.  Data collected is de-identified of personal information​​.

Parents and caregivers must advise their school if they don’t want their child's data included in this report by 30 August 2019

Copies of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) Standard Collection Notice and Privacy Policy can be obtained from the school office.

Privacy Policy


Standard Collection Notice


SRC Update

Welcome back to this week, 

On Tuesday last week, we had the Cumberland Zone Athletics Carnival. It was run by St Bernadette’s and it was a very successful day. Thank You to the St.Patrick's High School students who helped run the day. We had great Highschool and SRC helpers.

It was Hot dog Meal Deal Day on Tuesday last week. The Hotdogs were warm and delicious. Drinks were also provided. Everyone enjoyed this very much, so thanks to the P&F for organising it for us!

This term the chess club started back up again, with everyone enjoying playing chess together. Some of the Student Representative Councils explained to children how to play Chess. Everyone competed against each other and had a blast!

Recently, we had Japanese exchange students. Some families kindly offered to host some of the Japanese students. We played many Australian games and had a big party for 2 Japanese students who celebrated their birthdays while staying with us! We hope they enjoyed their time in Australia!

Kind regards, 

Mia, Brandon, Kiara, and the rest of the SRC members.


Cumberland Zone Athletics Carnival

St Bernadette’s were represented by yet another strong team at the Cumberland Zone Athletics Carnival. This year was a very special one for St Bernadette’s, as we had been chosen to be the carnival conveners, meaning many of our staff and students were present, undertaking various duties. We were very grateful to have 22 Year 10 students from St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas to help with official duties on the day also.

The day started with a beautiful acapella rendition of the National Anthem by Seaview A. Commentators from all the major television networks are now shaking in their boots after Miss Kerrie put on a brilliant showing as our announcer. Mrs Brooker was hard at work in the dugout compiling results and Miss Stephanie did a great job looking after the team in the grandstand. 

Special thanks also to Daniel B, Melanie M, Brandon N & Mia V, who worked throughout the day providing morning tea to officials, as well as running score sheets to the results booth, ribbon writers and results wall. Thanks also go to the many parents who helped in a range of areas on the day including Long Jump and Shot Put.

The day was of course about competition and our children achieved some excellent results. Congratulations to our Cumberland Zone team for 2019!

Eamon B Louis B 
William B 

Alexander C 

Charlie C Raphael C 
Daniel F Orlando F 
Patrick H Liam M 
Francesco M Oliver M 
Lucas N Eamon N 
Ryan WJaiden Y

Seaview A Kiara B 
Sienna B Tania C 
Chloe D Jessica E 
Jessica K Zoey L 
Ava M Aaliyah M 
Elena M Lily M 
Amelia N Olivia N 
Heidi S 

Lauren T 

Lenita T 

Congratulations to our competitors who have qualified for the Diocesan Athletics Carnival on Friday, 23rd August. 

Seaview A Discus
Kiara B 100m, 200m, Shot Put
Orlando F Long Jump
Patrick H 800m 
Zoey L Discus
Amelia N 800m, Discus, Shot Put 
Lucas N Discus 
Heidi S 200m, 800m 
Jaiden Y Discus 

We look forward to more news from the Diocesan Athletics Carnival later this month. 

School Sport Australia - National Swimming Championships

Recently, Heidi S attended the School Sport Australia National Swimming Championships in Melbourne. This is the pinnacle of competitive swimming in Australia, where Heidi competed against the very best swimmers in the country. 

There were eight events in which Heidi competed in the 10 years division and remarkably, she finished with a medal in all of them! This is a truly outstanding achievement which sees Heidi as the National Champion in no less than 4 events!

Her final results were:

1st - 200m Individual Medley

1st - 200m Medley Relay

1st - 100m Breaststroke

1st - 100m Butterfly

2nd - 100m Backstroke

2nd - 50m Breaststroke

3rd - 100m Freestyle

3rd - 50m Butterfly

Congratulations to Heidi on this truly outstanding achievement, we are all very proud of you!

Children's Corner

Year 2 - Mathematics Work

Year 2 have been learning about how to use different subtraction strategies. Aren't we clever!

Year 3 & 4 - Student Designed Learning Space

In Term 1 students of Years 3 & 4 were asked to help plan their learning space. After gathering ideas, drawing up plans and purchasing furniture the students are now enjoying learning together in the Stage Two area. While some work on lap desks, others choose to stand at tables and there are some who prefer to sit on the rug. The students love having the choice of how and where to work.


Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser

Thank you to all the parents who have dedicated some time to help us on Sunday August 18th at Bunnings Rydalmere. We would still love a hand from some parents around lunch time to help cook the BBQ! If you are able to help out, please send your note into the office as soon as possible. Thankyou ! 

Father's Day Celebrations

Our annual Father’s day stall will be held on Thursday, August 29th. A note with information has now been sent home.

The P&F will be hosting a Father’s day breakfast on Friday, August 30th at 7:30am. 

Please save the date as we would love to celebrate with you !

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who attended the P&F meeting on Monday 12th August. We as a committee value the presence and constructive feedback from the parent body.

Hot Dog Canteen Day

Our hot dog canteen day was held on Tuesday 6th August. Thank you to everyone who put in a hot dog order! The children enjoyed their fresh and delicious lunch. From the 124 orders received we were able to raise $237.60 ! The P&F appreciates all the ongoing support.! “

Colour Fun Run

Thank you to all who have set up their online profiles! If you haven’t set yours up, we encourage you to do so. This is not compulsory, although this will help us to keep track of how much is being raised, and at the end help with prize ordering. There is no pressure to fundraise, and even if you choose not to fundraise, your child is still welcome to participate! With the event only a few weeks away, there will be more information coming your way. We look forward to seeing how much we can put towards our new playground, have an absolute blast of a day for the children, with nothing but a little friendly and healthy competition! Happy Fundraising!! 


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: 81%