St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 3 | WEEK 7 | 10 September 2021

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Message from Geordie

Afternoon all,

Here we are at the end of Week 8 and lots going on here at St Bernie’s. Our Year 1 class attended the State Library excursion this week and our top Cross-Country runners competed in the Interschool Carnival yesterday. This morning our Year 5 Blue class entertained us with their assembly, and I know that all our classes are busy getting their rooms ready for our Open Night in Week 10. This is a community building event designed to showcase some of the fun and engaging activities that our students have participated in this year and give parents the opportunity to wander through different classes. I will send out some more specific information closer to the day.

This week our School Advisory Council met, and our new Strategic Plan continues to be a priority, along with the review of the Uniform Policy. There is an update on this in the section below. One thing that I did not realise about our current policy is that it states that students can only wear the tracksuit pants in Winter. Living in Perth with a fairly warm climate (even in Winter) and as a short lover myself, I definitely believe that parents and students should have a choice in whether they wear the short or the pant - this will be amended during the review. In the meantime, please feel free to make this decision with your children.

Another hot topic at the Advisory Council and P&F Meetings this week was around our 1 to 1 iPad program and how this is managed going forward. If you were planning to purchase an iPad for school soon, please just hold off so that we can discuss our options as a Leadership Team. We will endeavour to make some decisions and get all the info out to parents’ early next term.

In some exciting news, I would like to announce that Jesseca Francis, our Year 6 Red teacher, will be off on new adventures as an Assistant Principal next year. Jesseca has helped Mel, Lisa and I as a new Leadership Team to St Bernie’s this year and I know she will make a difference at her new school, Holy Rosary in Derby. We wish her all the best and thank her for her contribution to our community.

Finally, as I said last week, I would really appreciate it if parents could discuss the final few weeks of school with their students. This time of the year is when students become tired and can make choices that they may not normally make. We had really nice, calm week this week and I am keen for this to continue until the end of term. I would also encourage parents of our Yr 3 -6 students in particular, to remind them that it is really important to talk to a teacher when they have a problem in the playground or in the classroom. When we know about an issue, we can help. When we find out 2 weeks later, it is much more difficult to intervene.

We are starting to get more of the beautiful Spring weather, so I hope you all enjoy the weekend!

Looking forward to another good week.


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Making Jesus Real at St Bernies!

Isla C in 1B is the recipient of our MJR Award this week!

"Isla was a WESTIE by being empathetic for our environment. She and her friends spent their lunch time picking up rubbish to care for our school and the environment. Isla also welcomes everyone she meets with a big smile and encourages everyone to do their best".

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Other mentions were:

3B Class - for "being super-cala-fragi-listic-expee-ala-dotious welcoming class. When we had a visit from a new student the children made him feel so welcome that he nearly stayed for the day!"

Eleanor V in 5B - 'during cross country she kept cheering everyone on and encouraged me to keep gong. Also she includes everyone in games'.

Rose H in 6R - Rose is always being a WESTIE by helping others with school work, encouraging others and being kind".

Jack P in 6B - Jack cares for all of his friends and makes sure they are not left out, keep it up superstar!

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Interschool Cross Country

Yesterday St Bernadette’s participated in the Interschools Cross Country Carnival. The whole day was a success! Well done to all the students who qualified and participated in the race. Although the weather wasn’t the nicest we still had lots of fun. The Year 4 boys team actually scored the highest points, out of all of the schools in their race. Well done to the running, rockstar Riley E for placing 2nd in his race!

St Bernadette's won the A.P.P.S shield for the fourth year in a row. We are all so proud of everyone who tried their hardest. A huge thank you to Mr Murtagh and Ibu Kristy for making this day possible. Go St Bernadette’s !

Chloe C, Mila D Miranda S Year 6B

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Sports Ministry Updates

Next week is Wheelie Wednesday so hopefully the weather will be beautiful for everyone to scoot, walk or ride to school. Don't forget to get your Star Card stamped!

Friday is our "Decorate your Bike Day" - get your creative thinking caps on and start decorating!

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Year 4 Social Skills

This week in our Year 4 Social Skills Lesson we looked at how we can be a Good Winer and A Good Loser at school. This will help students maintain healthy relationships with players so that they will want to play again and stay friends.
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A friendly reminder to all families to please let the office know if your child is not coming to school. Please complete the online absentee form or send us an email on

And this week's Golden Broom Award goes to 3Blue!

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Things to look out for in Week 9

PP Perth Zoo Excursion - Monday 13 September 2021

Spirit of the Arts Choir Festival - Monday evening 13 September 2021

Year 2 Peel Zoo Excursion - Tuesday 14 September 2021

Confirmation Family Workshop 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm - Tuesday 14 September

Wheelie Wednesday - 15 September 2021

Year 4 Shipwrecks Museum Excursion - Thursday 16 September 2021

Scottish Dancing - 3:10pm - 4:00pm - Thursday 16 September 2021

Decorate your bike Day - Friday 17 September 2021

School Canteen - Kingston's Kitchen

Our school canteen is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please follow Kingstons Kitchen on Facebook for updates.

Menu and ordering details can be found at

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St Bernadette's Parents & Friends Association

Welcome to the school P&F where everyone is welcome to join.

If you would like to find out what is happening at our school, please join our P&F Facebook page:


Stuff that we all need to know.......

Uniform Survey

Thank you to all of those who found time to complete our uniform survey. There was a large response and the committee has already met and spent time discussing the strengths and the concerns of our uniform. The committee is still in the review stage, however one aspect that we can share is that there will not be a winter and summer uniform, meaning students can wear shorts or tracksuit pants throughout the year to cater for the differing weather. The committee is meeting once again this term and then again in Term Four. We hope to share the reviewed policy with the community by mid Term Four, ready for a smooth start to 2022.

This week we have included the Code of Conduct Section 11

Please have a read of this in your own time.

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School Term Dates 2021

Term 3 Tuesday 20/07/2021 - Thursday 23/9/2021

Term 4 Monday 11/10/2021 - Friday 10/12/2021

Live Calendar link

Pupil Free Dates 2021

Friday 24/09/2021