St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 8 | 24 March 2023

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Good afternoon St Bernie’s,


You may have noticed a few tired faces on our Year 6 students and staff during the later part of this week! I think it would be fair to say that they have all had an AMAZING time exploring, rock-climbing, kayaking, raft building, zip lining and abseiling at camp. Our students had the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone and try new, and often daunting experiences with their friends. They worked as a team, supported each other and became closer as a group; making memories that I doubt they will forget!


Yet again, I would like to thank all our staff who attended and helped to make the camp such a success. They are long, action-packed days and there is never a minute to relax, however, our staff take it all in their stride and have a great time too! I would also like to thank all the staff who were left behind at school as many picked up extra duties and responsibilities to keep everything running smoothly.


This week was also the first week of Parent / Teacher Interviews and the second 123 Magic Session was also held on Tuesday night. We have had a huge number of parents take up these opportunities which help to improve consistency and communication between home and school, and I hope will provide parents with an insight into their child’s schooling here at St Bernie’s.


Our NAPLAN testing window came to a close at the end of the week and I would also like to thank all the teachers and parents for having our students so ready and calm during the testing. For some, this can be a little stressful, however, with the right messaging from home and school we aim to make it as stress-free as possible while still encouraging our students to do their best.


Next week we have school photos, more interviews and our Interschool Swimming Carnival. It is sure to be another great week here at Bernie’s!


Look forward to seeing you then!


Geordie

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Friday 31 March 2023

The following students will be receiving a Merit Award at next week's assembly, parents and family are welcome to attend:

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Swimming Lessons - Notes to be returned

Please ensure that your blue Swimming forms are

completed and returned to your classroom

teacher before the end of term.

Sustainability Mural - Year 6

On Tuesday 28th March, the Yr 6 students will have the opportunity to help paint a sustainability mural with one of our renowned local artists, Samantha Prentice. The students were lucky enough to attend a design workshop with Sam a couple of weeks ago and the fruits of their labour will now be put into action.


All of the students will have the opportunity to be part of the painting process as long as they bring to school a change of clothing that won’t matter if it gets paint on it - an old T shirt, short/leggings and also some old shoes. Students will NOT be able to participate in this project if they don’t have old clothes to wear on the day. We do not want their school uniforms getting ruined with paint.

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Year 3 - 6 Swimming Carnival

Last Friday's Swimming Carnival at the Aqua Jetty was a great success. Everything ran smoothly and the children enjoyed their races and fun in the sun! Thank you to everyone who helped out on the day!


Well done to Mckillop House (Yellow Faction) who won the overall carnival! And to Pius House (Orange Faction) who grabbed the Cheer Award!


Congratulations to the following Champions and Runners Up:

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EduDance Performance

The EduDance Concert is taking place towards the end of Term. Parents are welcome to attend, we'd love to see you there!


  • Thursday 30 March, Week 9, 2-2.35pm (Blue Classes, PP to Year 6)
  • Wednesday 5 April, Week 10, 2-2.35pm (Red Classes, PP to Year 6 and Year 3B)
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Individual photo's should be ordered online, using your unique shootkey at www.msp.com.au by the 5th April 2023 or late payment fees will apply.


Sibling order forms can be collected from the office and these must be handed to the photographer, together with the payment on photo day.There is no option to order these online. These photo's will be taken in the Library between 8.00 - 9.00am.


Children should wear their red polo shirts (no sports top or dresses).

Year 6 students are to wear their Leaver's shirts.

Photo Schedule 2023

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On Wednesday 5 April we will be celebrating Bernie’s Friendship Day - through hosting a variety of activities to engage in the theme of “Everyone belongs”. This day is about celebrating the uniqueness of our students, teachers and wider community.


Students are invited to wear orange for Harmony or Yellow for Friendship t-shirts and/or orange & yellow accessories as part of our celebrations, with their sports shorts. These can be items that you already have in the cupboard or you can order coloured shirts from https://www.ponytailsandfairytales.com.au/.


Please note, that we will also be hosting a cultural week in term 3 so please save any traditional wear for later in the year.

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1-2-3 Magic Emotion Coaching

A huge thanks to the 50 odd parents who attended 123 Magic. There was great engagement and discussion over the two sessions. We look forward to continuing this relationship with Brad from Behaviour Tonics and to next years parent sessions! A huge thank you to the staff that were chefs (on the bbq) and child minders over and the two nights!

Music Lessons at St Bernie's

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Parenting Courses offered by Parent Connection

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Everyone is welcome at the meeting - we really do need your support!

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Icy Poles

The P&F will be providing icy poles to all children on the last day of term, Thursday 6 April.
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Parent Teacher Interviews

School Photo's Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 March

Ricky Grace Basketball - Wednesday 29 March: 7.45 - 8.30am

Year 3 Excursion to Penguin Island - Thursday 30 March

Year 4 - 6 Interschool Swimming Carnival - Friday 31 March

Year 2 Assembly - Friday 31March

Fume Free Friday - 31March

P&F Meeting - Friday 31 March

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Term Dates 2023

Term 1: Wednesday 1 February - Thursday 6 April 2023

Term 2: Wednesday 26 April - Friday 30 June 2023

Term 3: Tuesday 18 July - Friday 22 September 2023

Term 4: Wednesday 11 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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