St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 8 | 25 March 2022

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Message from Geordie

Good afternoon

I will try to keep this short again as there is a lot of extra info attached relating the current COVID situation.

Today our students celebrated Harmony Day at school and our Cultural Ministry have done an awesome job of making a fun day for the students. We have seen some very creative costumes and the students are in good spirits, which has been great to see.

This week has been a big week for many families here at St Bernie’s and I really hope everyone is ok! Those at home in quarantine or isolation, I hope you are able to find some fun and that the home learning materials are keeping the students engaged in their work. As you will see from the exact numbers below, we are now at a point where we have very high case numbers and we are doing our best to juggle the demands of home learning and face-to-face classes in every year level.

I would also like to again thank our community for their support – while I know everything isn’t perfect, I can’t thank you enough for reading all the info and doing your bit to keep the community safe. Thanks to our Year 4 Red parents for being so supportive when we had to go to remote learning for the rest of the week and to all our Year 1 parents who acted so quickly when we had cases early this morning.

I urge parents to keep in touch, if you need to discuss something with the class teacher, admin or our leadership team, we are here and will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.

Finally, just to remind everyone about the end of day routine. Parents are able to collect their students from class from 2.45pm as this helps spread out the rush in the afternoon. From 2.55 - 3pm our teachers start to leave classes to go out to the front gate. This is to make sure the drive-through runs as smoothly as possible for parents. We would really appreciate it if parents can try not to take kids earlier than this as it is quite disruptive for teachers who are trying to get through their lessons. This goes for all times of the day, if you can try to make appointments outside of school time it really helps teachers out. Having said this, we do understand there are some things that can’t be helped!

Stay safe and enjoy the weekend


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Information & FAQ regarding COVID

Covid -19 Update

This week in COVID News…........St Bernadette’s currently has 46 ongoing positive cases across the school. I would like to again thank our community for being so supportive and vigilant and while there is still a rocky road ahead, we will continue to work in partnership with parents to keep our students safe and happy.

This news should come as a timely reminder for all members of the community to monitor COVID-19 symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop.

Advice for all families and staff:

  • The school remains open.
  • We ask that you monitor your child/yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result if symptoms develop.
  • If you or your child develop symptoms, please do not attend school.
  • Please note that the Omicron strain can present with less typical symptoms such as diarrhoea, particularly in children.

Our school continues to work in partnership with WA Health as we respond to the pandemic.

If you have queries or concerns regarding your child please contact me. If you have health concerns, please contact WA Health on 1300 316 555 or at

Letter from CEWA: High Caseload Update

Senior Swimming Champions

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And the Swimming results are.....................

Faction points:

1st Orange 428 Points

2nd Green 370 points

3rd Gold 280 points

4th Blue 198 points


Merit Awards Assembly 25 March 2022

Congratulations to our Merit Award recipients! Photo's of these children receiving their awards in the classroom will be sent home via SeeSaw. For those children not at school today, certificates will be awarded on their return.

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Just a reminder that the retreat will be going ahead on Monday 28th March in the Parish Hall and our school Library, to meet Covid restrictions.

Only students from Year 3 at St Bernadette's will be permitted to attend and 24:7 Ministry will be delivering the program on the day.

Edu Dance Update

The big Edu Dance Performance is getting closer and the students are getting excited!

Just a reminder that, unfortunately parents will not be able to attend. However Mrs Poasa and the Cultural Leadership Team has been working hard to ensure the recordings of the performances go smoothly and is shared with the parents of each class as soon as possible.

Class teachers will be informing parents via SeeSaw of any dress requirements. Students are to wear their uniform to school and will get changed at school. Year 6, 5 and 4 students will be performing on Monday 4th April and Year 3, 2, 1 and PP will be performing on Tuesday 5th April.

Bread Bag Recycling is back!!

St Bernadette’s has again signed up for the Wonder Bread Bags recycling initiative that can help us earn play equipment for our school! Please save all of your bread bags and wrap bags (ALL brands of bread bags are accepted) and bring them to the undercover area where you will find a bin with a Wonder label on it.

Thank you for all your support.

The Environmental Ministry

A big thank you

Today the staff were treated to the most delicious spread of international foods in celebration of Harmony Day!

A very big thankyou to the Simeti, Van Andel and Hassoun families for their beautiful dishes and to Ibu Kristy, Mrs Poasa, Ms Williamson, Mrs Murphy, Mrs O'Neill and Mrs Buttafuoco for all their yummy food. Thankyou for the set up and clean up too!!

Nude Lunch boxes

A big thankyou to all our families who have jumped on board our "Nude Lunch Box' initiative! We can already see a big difference in the amount of rubbish in our bins!
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Ricky Grace Basketball - Make up session

Ricky Grace will be holding a make up session on:

Thursday 31/3/22,

7.45am - 8.30am

Native Plant Giveaway - Rockingham City - 8 May 2022

The city of Rockingham are running their Native Plant Giveaway on the 8 May 2022.

We are putting a shout out to families in our community! If you are available to, please collect plants for our garden and drop them off at the school office.

We would be most grateful!

Host: Native Plants WA

Date: 7am - 3pm

Date: Sunday 8 May 2022

Address: Rockingham Golf Course, Elanora Drive, Rockingham

Please take proof of address to verify that you live in the Rockingham area.

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Children's University

It is with much pride and excitement to report that St Bernadette’s C.P.S has been granted the opportunity to be part of the Children’s University for 2022. The Children’s University is an innovative program run in conjunction with ECU and UWA that engages children and young people in exciting, out-of-school learning opportunities to increase their chances for educational achievement and rewards them for taking responsibility for their own learning.

While we would have loved to include all interested students in this exciting initiative, we had over 85 students from Years 4-6 apply for one of only 25 places that our school was allocated for this year’s program. It is anticipated that this program will be a great success and that more places will become available to more students in future years.

Congratulations to the 25 students who will soon be embarking on their own independent learning journeys with the Children’s University.

Should you wish to learn more about the Children’s University, please see the link below.

Autumn Season by Lily N Year 6 Red

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Trial Tennis Lessons: Free Tennis Racquet Offer

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Things to look out for next week

  • Year 3 Reconciliation Retreat - Monday 28th March 2022
  • Ricky Grace Basketball - Wednesday 30 March 2022
  • Ricky Grace Make up session - Thursday 31 March 2022
  • Fume Free Friday - Friday 1st April 2022
  • Crazy Sock Day - Friday 1st April 2022

Parent Handbook 2022

School Term Dates 2022

Term 1 Monday 31/01/2022 - Friday 08/04/2022

Term 2 Wednesday 27/04/2022 - Friday 01/07/2022

Term 3 Tuesday 19/07/2022 - Thursday 23/9/2022

Term 4 Monday 10/10/2022 - Friday 09/12/2022

Live Calendar 2022

Pupil Free Dates 2022

Tuesday 26/4/2022

Tuesday 07/6/2022

Monday 18/07/2022

Monday 15/8/2022

Monday 7/11/2022