St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2022 Term 3 Week 10


Dear Families of St Bernadette's

What a great time we have had at the swimming program over these last two weeks. The students have been really enthusiastic when they leave and quite tired when they return which is a good sign they’ve had fun! They are learning really important skills that will keep them safe over the summer months as they are in and around water. 

Exciting news!

Our girls bathrooms are being updated!

Beginning on the 23rd September, our girls bathrooms will be updated and refreshed, just as our boys bathrooms have been earlier this year. This will mean some changes to the usage of the school bathrooms by the students, but all toilets will be clearly signposted and the students will be given a walk through of these changes on the first day back in Term 4. This is another project managed by CEDP and we are grateful for their assistance. 

Just a reminder that our first day back for students is Tuesday, 11th October. As always, Term 4 is action-packed, with excursions, our Christmas concert and Yr 6 Graduation so the holidays will give us a much needed rest before we get started on all these events.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday break, with fun times spent relaxing together. 

Have a wonderful week and a wonderful break, 

Jackie Willard

Acting Principal

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


In recent weeks St Bernadette’s has enjoyed a ‘return to normality’, with parents joining us for celebrations such as Father’s Day, as well as attending regular whole school assemblies. It has been great to see everyone coming together again and we look forward to much more of this in the future.

Another activity which is now running after a two year absence is our Whole School Swimming Program. This program is so important to ensure the safety of our children in the water and it has been a great success once again. Our children have done an amazing job of organising themselves and have conducted themselves in an enthusiastic, yet very responsible manner at all times.

One of our lead instructors personally approached me this week to share her thoughts on the conduct of the children of St Bernadette’s. She wanted me to pass on to our community that our children were amazing! Their beautiful manners and sensible attitude to their lessons had been noticed by all staff, which is a credit to our entire community. 

Have a safe and restful holiday break with your children.

Anthony Kensell

Acting Assistant Principal


Sunday 25th September 2022


Lk 16:19-31

Jesus said to the Pharisees: ‘There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there lay a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even came and licked his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.

‘In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his bosom. So he cried out, “Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames.” “My son,” Abraham replied, “remember that during your life good things come your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony. But that is not all: between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to stop anyone, if he wanted to, crossing from our side to yours, and to stop any crossing from your side to ours.”

‘The rich man replied, “Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father’s house, since I have five brothers, to give them warning, so that they do not come to this place of torment too.” “They have Moses and the prophets,” said Abraham “let them listen to them.” “Ah no, father Abraham,” said the rich man “but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will repent.” Then Abraham said to him, “If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.”’

REFLECTION by Dianne Bergant CSA

Both the reading from the prophet Amos and the gospel narrative pointedly condemn the lifestyles of the rich.  It is not wealth itself, but the complacency and the disregard for others that it too frequently generates, that is denounced.  Biblical covenant is a communal concept.  It emerges from a society that insists on mutual responsibility.  Today’s readings invite us to consider the covenant bond we have with others.  How do we measure up?

The fundamental image of God reveals mercy and compassion.  However, we cannot disregard the fact of judgement.  Amos pronounces a woe against his own people; Abraham declares that there is an unbridgeable chasm between the saved and the condemned.  Paul speaks here of the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ who will bring judgement when he comes.  Judgement will be determined not primarily in terms of our obedience to law, but in view of our fidelity to covenant commitment.

Righteousness is a covenant term.  It is a quality of God that is shared with us by means of our covenant bond.  Paul admonishes Timothy, and us, to pursue this righteousness, along with devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Some of these virtues focus on our relationship with God, but most of them are directed toward our relationship with others.  Those who are less fortunate are our sisters and brothers.  If we take lightly our covenant obligations and allow them to languish at our gates, we will have only ourselves to blame when we find ourselves facing the harsh judgement of God.

Community Of Learners

Stage 3 Religion work

In our Term 3 Learning Cycle, Steward of Creation, Stage 3 have been learning to understand the relevance of Sacred Scripture and Tradition for Care of the Common Home. The students created this Biblical Micrography in response to Genesis 1-2:4.

First Reconciliation Program

We are accepting enrolments for the First Reconciliation/First Holy Communion program 2022/2023, for any child in year 2 and above, who has been baptised and has not yet received these sacraments.

A program overview/nomination form is available at:

Nomination forms are to be submitted by Friday 7th October, 2022

Parent Information evening will be Friday 14th October, 2022 – 7pm in the school hall.

Lessons begin Term 4, Week 2

For enquiries, please contact Lauren at



Week 10:

Wednesday, 21st September: Last Day of Term 3

Thursday, 22nd September:  National Public Holiday

Friday, 23rd September:  Staff Development Day (no students at school)

                                                             Term 4 

Week 1:

Monday, 10th October : Staff Development Day (No Students to attend school)

Tuesday, 11th October : First day of Term 4 (Students return back to school in summer uniform)

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 (details to follow)

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:

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)

School Fees

Thank you to all our families who have settled their School Fees Account or continue to pay fortnightly/monthly instalments. If your School Fees are still outstanding and you are experiencing financial difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact our Finance Officer, for a confidential discussion on options available to you.

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 a ten week 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: 67.4% - To unpack this a little more, this means that 67.4%  of our students have an attendance rate of 90% -100%. 

Uniform - Term 4

A reminder when children return to school in term 4, they are required to wear the Summer uniform.

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 second hand uniform from the clothing pool, please email the school office items required.

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 by 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 you to contact the school office via email to indicate your expression of interest.

Happy Birthday

Sofia -14/09

Gianni - 16/09

Dimitri - 22/09

Sienna - 24/09

Monika - 25/09

Caitlyn - 26/09

Olivia J- 26/09

Valentina - 28/09

Ryan - 28/09

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.