St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 2 | WEEK 3 | 12 May 2023

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Good afternoon all,

Firstly, a very Happy Mother’s Day to all our mother’s, grandmother’s, aunts, sisters and all the other significant women in our lives. I hope that you are generously spoilt over the weekend with plenty of big hugs, breakfasts in bed, a pressie or two and of course, the men and children doing all the house work! A big thanks to everyone who came in early today to help us celebrate and we hope you had a relaxing morning. Also, a huge thanks to all the staff who helped us out, especially Mrs Ritikis, Miss Roberts and Mrs Redburn who were the brains and organisers behind the operation! I would also like to thank Mrs Cosgrove, Father G and the Year 3 teachers and students for leading our Mother’s Day Mass so beautifully, this was a great way to end the week!

This week was the first our swimming lessons and thanks to Mrs King and all our staff for making this run so smoothly. Can I please ask parents to remember to label EVERYTHING and remind your children to be vigilant in looking after clothing. As a parent I understand how expensive this can get so will be backing you up here at school. On that note, as we move into the second week of lessons, can I also ask parents to chat to their children about being responsible and listening to their class and swimming teachers all the way to the end. We know that this can be a really tiring time and that in those moments we can make choices we don’t usually make. I encourage everyone to get to bed early, eat healthy meals to ensure we stay happy and healthy at school and at home!

As many of you may have seen there has been a bit of work carried out over the holidays behind Pre-Primary with the old container being removed. This is part of our Masterplan for the school, and we are currently planning the new Sustainability Area for this space. Over the next 6 months we will be looking to consolidate all our sustainability resources and projects into this area including the gardens, chickens, a small fruit orchard, worm farms and recycling bins. Mrs Murphy, Mrs Cosgrove and I will keep you updated as it progresses and there will likely be a busy bee required later in the year if people can help!

I hope you all enjoy your weekend, look after your loved ones and we can’t wait to see you all here next week!


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Save the dates!

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Big Buddies

This term we have extended our Big Buddy Program to include students from Years 3 and 4 who wanted to volunteer their time to help out in the Pre-Primary and Kindy Playgrounds at lunch time. The students attended a lunch-time session with Mrs Deshon to prepare them for this act of service. We are so proud of our students for volunteering their time and contributing positively to the Wellbeing of our school community.

Thank-you to all our staff who continue to support our Big Buddies to develop their leadership skills and demonstrate the virtues of kindness, honesty and respect.


Over the next two terms our students will be introduced to the URSTRONG’s whole-school friendship strategy Friendology. This whole school approach has improved the social climate in schools around the world, connecting over a million kids, parents, and teachers with a common language of friendship. We are proud to be a URSTRONG School and are committed to empowering your children with friendship skills.

You are invited to take advantage of a FREE Parent Membership to access hundreds of resources – including an 8 session video series. This will allow you to learn the same language & strategies being taught in the classroom through the Friendology 101 curriculum. We hope that, as a URSTRONG Family, you will reinforce the important messages of empowerment, self-compassion, & kindness at home.

As a next step, we would recommend:

    • Click here to view an overview of URSTRONG.
    • Activate your FREE Parent Membership and explore all the resources available to your family.
    • Explore the hundreds of resources available to you!

We believe that empowering our students with these skills will create a culture of kindness at our school and we hope that, together, we can support your children to have healthy, feel-good friendships.

Jacqueline Deshon

Pastoral Care & Wellbeing

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It's National Walk to School Day and we would love to see as many students and families walking to school on Friday 19th May.

Warm milo's will be free for students who participate, to save our environment, please bring your own small plastic cup to enjoy your milo in 🙂

Mr T and Fred will also be strolling from our local Chelmsford Ave IGA on this day. Please park and meet at 8am to join in a walking school bus. We hope to see as many happy walkers as possible!
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Secret Harbour Clean up - calling all Eco Warriors!

Clean Up Secret Harbour is back! Please diarise Sunday 21 May and round up all your environmental troops!

Bags, gloves and tongs will all be available on the day and The Whistling Kite are kindly providing a drink and nibbles as a reward for everyone's hard work!

Please meet at the Secret Harbour oval car park at 9.00am, finishing at the Kite around 1.00pm.

We hope see as may troops as possible on the day; together we can make a difference!

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Uniform Reminder

A reminder that the old style navy jumpers, track pants without the cuffs and school dresses will no longer be worn in 2024. Please ensure that you have the new uniform for next year.

Ricky Grace Basketball

Ricky Grace Basketball has a few spots open for this term's Wednesday sessions. Please contact Ricky as per the details below if you would like to register your child. Sessions are held every Wednesday morning at 7.45am - 8.30am.
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School Canteen: Kingston's Kitchen

Our school canteen is only open on Mondays,

Wednesdays and Fridays.

Orders can be placed online via

before 9.00am or in person at the canteen.

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Swimming lessons

National Walk to School day - Friday 19 May

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Term Dates 2023

Term 2: Wednesday 26 April - Friday 30 June 2023

Term 3: Tuesday 18 July - Friday 22 September 2023

Term 4: Monday 9 October - Friday 8 December 2023

Pupil Free Days 2023

Tuesday 6 June 2023

Monday 24 April 2023

Monday 17 July 2023

Monday 14 August 2023

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Please note that as this is a live calendar, dates and times may change occasionally.

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