St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2020 Term 2 Week 6


Dear families of St Bernadette's,

Finally we  are returning to business as usual!! 

The past two weeks have been a time of adjustment and waiting, waiting to see if the relaxation to social distancing and isolation bans are successful and that there is no major rise in Covid-19 cases. 

Just as we have had to adapt, so have our children. Once settled students are now displaying out of character reluctance to return to school routines. This is all normal! It requires patience and persistence! Patience in the face of a child crying and resisting is hard as no parent wants to see their child upset. Persistence in the struggle. They will be okay and we are here to assist and support.

Remember if you need help or a listening ear we are only a phone call or an email away.

So embrace the baby steps back to life as we know it. Reconnect with friends, go and grab a coffee and do actual retail therapy to support those local businesses that have missed us.

Stay well and take care. 

Love & Light

Lisa Gerrard

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

 Attendance Rate: 83.9%  - To unpack this a little more, this means that 83.9%  of our students have an attendance rate of 90% -100%. 


Let's encourage our children to give things a go!

To say that the last few months have been a challenging time is a bit of an understatement. Every single one of us has faced situations we had never even thought of. It is in these times that we have seen people in all parts of society adapt and change to whatever new situation was thrown at them. This is why we encourage our students to be creative and be risk-takers. No one learns without making mistakes. Actually, the opposite is true —we learn the most when we make mistakes. If we only tackle work that we know we will do well, we might not ever have the courage to try something hard. We want our students to take a risk on making a mistake, try a creative way of solving a problem - even if it doesn’t work out. 

How can we help our students to be risk - takers? We give them open ended tasks that don’t have one right answer. We encourage creative tasks that allow students to express their ideas and emotions in a variety of ways. We create a classroom where each child thinks they can speak freely and where the effort of a task is celebrated, where perseverance is praised. Safe risk-taking develops confidence and independent thinking and these are important skills in the 21st century. By emphasising and praising effort, small gains in learning and steps toward a goal facilitate safe risk taking in the classroom and encourage lifelong learning.

Mrs Willard 
Assistant Principal


Sunday 7 June 2020


by Dianne Bergant CSA

The readings for this feast do not directly explain the doctrine of the Trinity as we have come to know it. Rather, they offer us glimpses into the nature of our Triune God. The psalm response suggests that our primary response to God should be one of praise for the love that God has for us.

The God who is beyond our comprehension is also the God who has saved us. We see this theme in both the first reading and the gospel. The covenant language in the reading from Exodus underscores God’s unfathomable goodness. God’s graciousness and mercy are not rewards for our fidelity. They are extended to us in our sinfulness. It is God’s saving grace that transforms us, not any merit on our part. In the gospel we are assured that Jesus was sent into the world to save it, not to condemn it.

The Trinitarian phrase found in the letter to the Corinthians is so expressive of the love that God has for us that it has been incorporated regularly into the liturgy. It declares that through his death and resurrection, Jesus has opened for us the treasury of divine grace. It also proclaims that the love of God has forged the bonds of community that unite us. Created in the image and after the likeness of this God, we are called to unity among ourselves. As incomprehensible as it may seem, it is primarily through the unity that we share that we will manifest the unity that exists in God.

Youth Group Notice

Friday 19 June at 6:30pm - St Bernadette's Youth Group will be starting up again in the Creative Arts Room. There will be a relaxed formation night for our faith with catch ups over dinner. Parents: please be assured that careful hygiene practices will be adhered to during the gathering. 


Dismissal procedures from next week

Pick up:

Children who are to be picked up by their parents and NOT using Drive thru will be dismissed via the COSCH gate near the bins at the right side of the school. We ask that parents respect our social distancing protocols and wait in line to have your child sent out to you. Once you have collected your child please do not gather and chat as we are still trying to follow the advice from NSW Dept of Health.

Drive through:

Children who are being picked up by car will follow the usual procedure:

  • Go to the Hall

  • Wait until their name is called

  • Enter the car and buckle up via the passenger side.

Please remember that drivers must not exit their vehicles, obstruct driveways and the crossing or block Evans Road. 

Support for local business

As a school community we would like to support our local businesses as they begin to reopen and continue to trade.

If you or someone you know would like to advertise in our newsletter we are willing to give you space. Just send a logo and a short blurb to our email address or drop flyers into our school office. We want nothing more than our families and friends to get their businesses back up on their feet.

What do I do if my child is unwell

We ask that all parents keep their child/children home if they are unwell. Even with mild symptoms, we would appreciate that they are kept home. Please seek medical advice where necessary and obtain a medical certificate/clearance when they are well enough to return to school. Any child who is away sick will have their absence marked as 'sick'. Please remember to send a Skoolbag or note advising us that your child is away.

If your child becomes unwell during the day at school, we will be asking that they are collected from school immediately. Please note that all children upon entry to sick bay will have their temperature checked.  

As a Community of Learners

As a community of learners we have been working hard and it's been great to see so many students return to school. We have had high average attendance each day. I have had so many children keen to show me their work. As we move forward, it is important to remember that student, staff and family wellbeing will be at the forefront of all we do. We know for some, coming back to full class days will be tiring and stressful. So go gently and gradually resume after school activities.

Gentle reminder

Over the next couple of weeks the police and the rangers will be patrolling Cox Crescent. Please ensure that you are parking in correct areas and not getting out of your car in Drive through.

Remember our Drive Through rules are:

  • Remain in your car 

  • Display your sign clearly for the teacher to read.

  • The children are NOT to move behind cars to access boots.

  • ALL students must enter the car via the passenger side of the car and put on their seatbelts in a timely manner. ( I know its hard especially when they want tell us all about their day but it just assists in smooth running of this process)

  • We must wait until the car in front moves away from the curb. NO overtaking! 

  • NO U-turns or 3 point turns in Cox Crescent.

  • Don't block the parish driveway, school crossing or the bus bays on Evans Road.

Being parked for too long or parking your car in front of the school after 2.30pm or before 9.30am could result in a fine and loss of points.

Please also remember to respect each other's space by social distancing when picking your child up in the afternoon. We are encouraging all parents to use Drive Through to assist with minimising people on site until the end of Term 2.

Semester 1 Reports

Due to the curriculum adjustment suggested by NESA our Semester 1 reports will look a little different. There will be no A-E grading and the focus will be on the children’s meeting of the Religious Education, English and Mathematics outcomes. 

The usual Parent/ Teacher meetings will not be held at the end of Term 2 but we will offer a meeting time in Term 3.

Return of Chrome Books

Remember that all Chromebooks should be returned by week's end to ensure all students at school have access to a device to work on in class times.


This week we continued with the focus of listening attentively. Our PBS4L focus for Week 7 will be we wear our uniform with pride. At St. Bernadette’s we wear our correct school uniform with pride. This shows that we belong to our school community and we are proud of the traditions and values here. We wear our correct winter uniform and the sports uniform is only worn on our sport days. We must also remember to wear our school hat when playing. If your child is wearing the incorrect uniform a note needs to be sent to their class teacher.


Thank you

Thank you to all of our families who have been so patient with us as we have transitioned the students back into school. The afternoons have been a challenge but if we are all patient with each other all goes well.

Happy Birthday

23/5 - Isla M 

24/5 - Madison H 

25/5 - Antonio S

25/5 - Riyanshi P 

29/5 - Jessica M 

31/5 - Stefan S 

1/6 - Eloise S 

Sports Uniform Day

Please see below which days of the week each grade wears their sports uniform. If there are any changes to the days, you will be notified.

Kindy - Tuesday & Thursday

Year 1 - Thursday & Friday 

Year 2 - Thursday & Friday 

Year 3 - Thursday & Friday 

Year 4 - Wednesday & Thursday 

Year 5 - Tuesday & Friday 

Year 6 - Monday &  Friday 

Lowes Uniform Price List


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:  83.9%