St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 2 | WEEK 1 | 29 April 2022

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Message from Geordie

Dear St Bernie’s Families,

Good afternoon everyone,

It is with a huge smile on my face, that everyone can now see, that I write to welcome you all back to St Bernie’s this week. I have enjoyed getting around to all the classrooms today to let students know that many of the restrictions have now been lifted. The weather was awesome, and the kids were very excited to be back playing throughout the school.

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate our Year 3 students who made their First Reconciliation on Thursday night. I have had a some very mature discussions with our Year 3 class this week and I was very impressed with the way they engaged in our conversations about our conscience, sin, prayer and the importance of building a close relationship with God. Father Giovanni was well supported by a number of priests from our region and the liturgy was a reverent and reflective occasion.

Finally, I have had a long meeting with CEWA about the changes in school and I expect this information to be delivered in writing soon (Sorry, I was hoping to have it in this newsletter). I will go through this over the weekend and get it out to you on Monday. It will be great to welcome parents back to school and community events!

Enjoy your new freedoms and the amazing weather.


Library Anzac Display

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Bread Bag Initiative

Our Bread Bag Recycling Initiative is well under way and our collection bins are filing up fast! Please remember to drop your bags into the blue bin in the undercover.


Last night some of our Year 3 students participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, our first sacrament shared with Father Giovanni. The candidates were supported by their families, along with four visiting priests who listened to the confessions. We look forward to seeing these candidates at one of the celebration Masses on the weekend.

A reminder that the Celebration Masses are this weekend, Saturday 6pm and Sunday 9am. Unfortunately the Parish Office is closed at the moment, so the certificates will be handed out at school at a later date.

Welcome to Father Giovanni (Father G)

Bishop Sproxton formally installed Fr Giovanni Raffaele as our new Parish Priest last Sunday.

Originally from the town of Messina, Sicily, Fr Giovanni was ordination in 2016. He had planned to become a chef during his teenage years, and while already in the advanced stages of a course in hospitality, he felt called to enter the seminary.

Father G is already making an impact in our community and we welcome him into our Bernie's family.

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Nude Lunch Boxes

A big thankyou to all our families who jumped on board last term's "Nude Lunch Box' initiative! We can already see a big difference in the amount of rubbish in our bins and encourage you to please continue with this great work during Term 2!

Library News!

Our Library is in the process of being revamped and we have masses of new and exciting books for all ages to read.

In order for the children to borrow these books however, they will require a book bag. These can be purchased from Hot Klobba for approx $15. Please ensure your children have these bags so as not to miss out on these new additions.

We are also seeking donations of any books that can be added to the library collection. If you have books at home that are in good condition but no longer needed, please pop them into the library.

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Second Hand Uniforms

A reminder that there is a Facebook Second Hand Uniform page for families to access.

Message P&F - 2022 Class Reps

Please find attached the updated Class Reps for this year. Unfortunately we have had no-one come forward for Year 5.

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If you would like to stay connected with your child’s Year class, please visit their FACEBOOK page:

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Things to look out for next week

  • Kindy Mother's Day Stall and activities - Thursday 5 May 2022
  • PP - Year 6 Mother's Day celebrations and stall - Friday 6 May 2022

Parent Handbook 2022

School Term Dates 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 07/6/2022

Monday 18/07/2022

Monday 15/8/2022

Monday 7/11/2022