St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2022 Term 4 Week 2


Dear Families of St Bernadette's

Just a few gentle reminders to start the term:

  • Parents are allowed back onsite before and after school with access via the front gate.

  • The back gate will remain closed in the afternoon until the teacher on duty opens it at 3:00pm. It will be open in the morning from next week by the teacher on duty and closed once the students go into class at 8:55am.

  • Parking in the Parish Carpark: Once the back gate is opened for pick up in the afternoon we ask that children are escorted directly to their cars. No child should be moving between parked cars as it is a major safety risk.
  • Assemblies will begin this week on Fridays of even weeks from 2:30pm. So we will now go back to the practice of letting parents know if their child is receiving Principal or Assistant Principal awards on the Thursday before the assembly. 
  • Monday Morning Prayer and Flag Raising will be held every Monday of ODD weeks under the COLA.

A couple of other items I have been asked to discuss:

  • Blocking priest’s and neighbours' driveways: It has come to my attention that some parents are parking across driveways in the afternoons which has caused residents to be blocked in or out of their residence. This can be very distressing and would be an issue if emergency vehicles need to be allowed access. Unfortunately, one resident remarked that when they asked one of our parents to move their car they were treated quite rudely. Please, let's work together and try to be more mindful of others.

  • Doing U-Turns in Cox Crescent: While I understand that Cox Crescent can be difficult to navigate, it is safer to keep driving forward than making these kinds of turns in a school zone. Regardless of whether there is traffic or not, please refrain from this action.

Love and Light

Lisa Gerrard


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


You may notice your child coming home and saying “I did another assessment today”. It is this time of year that teachers start preparing for their Semester Two reports and they are assessing whether their students have achieved the Stage outcomes they have been learning about. 

Assessment can take all different forms. They may be completed online (PAT-R or PAT-M), as a stand-alone assessment completed on a separate piece of paper or they may have multiple pieces of day - to - day work assessed. You will know how grades for Key Learning Areas have been achieved based on the rubric or marking criteria attached to that task. You would have seen many examples of these in the Semester One Work Sample folder that came home with your child’s report.  

If you have a question or concern about the grade your child has achieved, you should approach the classroom teacher who can explain how a grade was awarded. If you are still unsure or have further questions, you can email the office and request a meeting with Lisa or myself.  

I want to take this opportunity to thank all our teaching staff for the hard work they have put into developing quality teaching and learning activities for the students and assessing them according to their abilities. 

Have a wonderful week,

Jackie Willard

Assistant Principal


Sunday 23rd October 2022


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on being virtuous and despised everyone else, ‘Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself, “I thank you, God, that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous like the rest of mankind, and particularly that I am not like this tax collector here. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on all I get.” The tax collector stood some distance away, not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he beat his breast and said, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” This man, I tell you, went home again at rights with God; the other did not. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’

REFLECTION by Fr Michael Tate

Standing in the Humus of Life

This parable begins ‘Two men went up to the Temple to pray’. But only one of them actually prayed: ‘God be merciful to me, a sinner’. The other informs God how well he is doing in the piety stakes. Notice that he strings together a whole lot of verbs, all in the first person singular! This means he is in mortal danger of staying in the first person singular after death, which is Hellish.

The other is said to be ‘humble’. I like the English companion word: ‘humus’. He is well-grounded, knows where he is standing, sometimes in the manure of life.

It takes courage and humility to admit to God exactly where we stand. We can do so in Confession, or less formally simply praying: ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner’.

We could pause for a moment to humbly pray so that we may hope to hear Our Lord say: ‘This woman, this man, this boy, this girl, went home at rights with God.’

Community Of Learners

Kindergarten Religion Work

In engaging with aspects of the Christmas story in learning about the Good News that Jesus is the promised Saviour, the gift of God, students in kindergarten have been exploring their own gifts from God. They have spent time discussing and sharing their gifts, as well as creating a 'gift rainbow' to celebrate the special gifts and strengths they have.

First Reconciliation Program

First Reconciliation Lessons

There will be six compulsory lessons in the school hall in term 4.

Each week you may choose to attend the Thursday or Friday Lesson.

Arrival in school hall 4:55pm for 5:00pm start, sharp

Finish in the church 6:20pm (parent to enter church and collect child/ren)

Week 2 - Lesson 1: Thurs 20th or Fri 21st October

Week 3 - Lesson 2: Thurs 27th or Fri 28th October

Week 4 - Lesson 3: Thurs 3rd or Fri 4th November

Week 5 - Lesson 4: Thurs 10th or Fri 11th November

Week 6 - Lesson 5: Thurs 17th or Fri 18th November

Week 7 - Lesson 6: Thurs 24th or Fri 25th November

Compulsory practice in the church

Sunday 27th, November: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

First Reconciliation in the church

Week 8 - Wednesday, 30th November: 6:30pm

For enquiries, please contact Lauren at

Mass Calendar



Week 2: 

Thursday, 20th October: Stage 2 Excursion

Friday, 21st October: Year 4 Canteen Day    

Week 3:

Thursday, 27th October: Stage 1 Excursion

Friday, 28th October: Kindergarten Excursion

Week 4:

Tuesday, 1st November: Kindergarten 2023 Orientation Day 1

Friday, 4th November: Swimming Carnival - age based Carnival

Week 5:

Tuesday, 8th November: Kindergarten 2023 Orientation Day 2

Friday, 11th November: NRMA Incursion Program ( All Grades)

Week 6:

Friday, 18th November: Year 2 Canteen Day

Week 8:

Wednesday, 30th November: First Reconciliation 

Friday, 2nd December: Christmas Concert

Week 10:

Monday, 12th December: Year 6 Graduation Dinner

Wednesday, 14th December: Year 6 Liturgy & Morning Tea

Thursday, 15th December: Last day of Term 4 for Students

Friday, 16th December: Staff Development day ( no students at school )

Week: 11:

Monday, 19th December: Staff Development Day ( no students at school )

Tuesday, 20th December: Staff Development Day ( no students at school )                                       

Term 1 2023 :

Week 1:

Friday, 27th January: Staff return 

Week 2:

Monday, 30th January:  Year 1 - 6 MAI testing (no classes on this day)

Tuesday, 31st January: Year 1 - 6 First day of classes

Tuesday, 31st January: Kindergarten MAI testing (no classes for Kindergarten)

Wednesday, 1st February: Kindergarten First Day

Term 4 Sports Days

Leaving School

Please notify our office as soon as possible, if you know that you may be leaving St Bernadette’s at the end of this year. As you know, you are required to give ten week's notice if you are leaving. Please contact our office for a copy of a leaving form that must be completed.

We thank you for your ongoing support.


Attendance Rate: 67.2% - To unpack this a little more, this means that 67.2%  of our students have an attendance rate of 90% -100%. 

Uniform - Term 4

A reminder that children are to be wearing summer uniform this term.

With some days still a little cooler in weather, please make sure your child brings their school jacket with them to school.

Please see below image of the uniform as a reminder. If you need to purchase new uniforms they are to be purchased from Lowes at Carlingford Court.  If you needed to purchase a second hand uniform from the clothing pool, please email the school office the items that are required.

Representative sport

In the last week of term 3, I was away for most of it because I was representing our school playing softball for the Mackillop team in the NSW PSSA Championships. There were 13 teams in the competition made up of Catholic, public and independent schools. I played 12 games over 3 days but our last game got washed out. Mackillop won 7/11 games and we came 5th overall. I didn’t know any of the girls on my team but I had played against the majority of them the weekend before at the U14 softball state championships. I hit 4 home runs, one of them being my first ever. I had a fun week playing a sport I love, meeting new people and representing our school. There were 156 girls that competed in the tournament and 12 were selected for the NSW PSSA softball team which sadly I didn't make.

By Renee T

Motiv8sports Afterschool Program

We are in the process of organising an after school activity program with Motiv8 for term 1 2023. This program will run after school onsite under guidance from the organisers, Motiv8. The program will be once a week and will incur a fee to attend. Further information will be shared by the school in term 4.

If you are interested, we ask that you to contact the school office via email at to indicate your expression of interest.

Happy Birthday

Ethan - 05/10

Orlando C - 06/10

John Luke - 08/10

Kayla B - 08/10

Christian K - 09/10

Isaac F - 10/10

Afreen - 10/10

James - 11/10

Mikaella - 19/10

Jaiden - 22/10

Lachlan W - 23/10

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. 

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.