St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 3 | WEEK 8 | 9 September 2022

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Message from Geordie

Good afternoon all,

Hope you have had an enjoyable week. Many very excited Dockers fans coming through with their purple shirts this week, and while I can’t say I am overly sympathetic to their cause, I can say that it was a ripper of a game and that I am looking forward to the footy this weekend!

I hope that everyone who attended our parent/teacher interviews appreciated the discussion and felt like they were worthwhile. I know that our teachers have done a lot of work to ensure they have the right data and information to discuss and as always, we value your feedback on this communication. Please leave us your comments in the survey below if you have 2 mins. It is important we know what you find useful and any ideas you might have as to how we can improve!

At this week’s School Advisory Council Meeting we were presented with the final draft of the schools Masterplan for capital development over the next 10 years. This is a culmination of 8 months work at SAC level and I look forward to presenting this to the community at the AGM in Term 4. Between now and then we will have ‘broad brush’ costings completed and the SAC will investigate what projects might be completed in coming years.

In some exciting staffing news, we wish Mrs Hall in Pre Kindy and Kindy all the best for the birth of their first child. In Term Four, Mrs Jessica Tanner will be taking the reins down in Kindy. Mrs Tanner has been with Bernie's for a number of years and is returning from maternity leave. She is a very enthusiastic ELY teacher who has a passion for dance and music and is looking forward to working with our Kindy and Pre Kindy students next term.

Next week we start our Swimming Lessons down at Aqua Jetty. A gentle reminder to parents to make sure students have plenty of healthy food in their lunch boxes, get to bed early each night and have everything labelled. As the father of two 7-year old’s who finished swimming lessons last week, it can be a very tiring time by the end of the two weeks. We will do our best to support them through the last two weeks and have a great end to the term.

Finally, I heard this week that there may be a rumour going around about my whereabouts in 2023 and beyond! For those who are worried I am leaving (or excited!!), I would like to clarify that this is not the case. I love this community and I look forward to the exciting times over the coming years here! No idea where it came from, but a good laugh in the office yesterday!

Hope you have a great weekend and we will see you next week!

Geordie Thuijs

Swimming Lessons 12 - 23 September 2022

Swimming Lessons start next Monday and will be on each day for the 2 week period.

The children once again, will be getting changed at school, so please ensure you pack suitable shoes/thongs and jumpers/dressing gowns for the bus trip.

PLEASE ENSURE THAT EVERYTHING IS NAMED – including underwear, goggles, bathers, towels etc.

All students will be attending the lessons, those that are medically exempt from participating will take something with them to keep them occupied.

Please see the timetable below:

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Curtain Uni Creative Edge Competition Success!

St Bernie's had 2 teams who entered this years competition on the 27 August 2022. Our Year 6 team entered in the Society & Environment Section and have won a place in the State Finals!

This is a huge achievement as so many schools attended this competition! Finals will entail a whole day at Curtin University where they will be put through their paces to meet a range of challenging success criteria.

We are so proud of these students and wish them every success at finals!

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Fume Free Friday 16 September

Friday 16th September is Fume Free Friday! We encourage as many children as possible to walk, ride or scoot to and from school.

If you do not live close to school, consider parking at the Stargate Shopping Centre and walking from there.

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Year 6 2023 Graduation Polo's

Please remember to place your order with the office. All orders must please be received by the end of this term . Unfortunately late orders cannot be accepted.
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Interschool Cross Country - 15th September: Parent Help Required

Some of our older children are competing in the Interschool Cross Country Carnival on the 15 September. We do need parent helpers on the day so if you are able to assist, please email

Athletics Carnival - Save the Date - Friday 21 October 2022

We will be holding our Athletics Carnival on Friday 21 October.

We will require parent help on Thursday 22 September with the 200m and 400m as well as at the Carnival in October. If you are able to assist please email

Below is a schedule of what the children will be working on during their sport lesson, in the lead up to the Carnival.

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Ricky Grace Basketball Term 4

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This is a very popular program and spots fill up quickly. Ricky will be back on a Wednesday morning, 7.45am - 8.35am.

Please register your interest as per the details above.

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Covid Reporting & Absentees

A gentle reminder to please use the Self Reporting portal to register if your child is positive. It is important that we continue to monitor numbers across the school and also to provide home learning to those that are at home. Please use the link:

If your child is away from school for any other reason, please use the online absentee form on our website.

Things to look out for next week

  • Swimming at the Aqua Jetty all week
  • Running Club - Monday 12 September - 3.15 - 4.00pm
  • Interschool Cross Country - Thursday 15 September
  • Ricky Grace Basketball - Friday - 3.15 - 4.15pm

Live Calendar 2022

School Term Dates 2022

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

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

Parent Handbook 2022

Pupil Free Dates 2022

Monday 7/11/2022