St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 2 | WEEK 3 | 13 May 2022

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Message from Geordie

Good afternoon, everyone,

It has been a really busy, productive and enjoyable week here at St Bernadette’s. This week, we facilitated planning sessions with students, teachers and the Advisory Council as we work towards creating a Master Plan for the physical environment of the school. A group of students from Year 4 – 6 participated with our Capital Development Consultant and Architect with a focus on what they see as the most important spaces in the school – what is working well and what is missing or could be improved. Places where they work, places where they play and places where they socialise and relax.

After school the whole staff engaged in discussions about how the physical environment of the school could best support our Strategic Plan under the four pillars of Catholic Identity, Education, Community and Stewardship. These were excellent discussions about everything from student safety when riding to school to breakout spaces for groupwork in classrooms and how best to support our Sustainability Programs. I would like to thank everyone involved for their input and I look forward to presenting draft designs to the Advisory Council and the community next semester.

Our Year 3 and Year 5 students have been participating in NAPLAN Testing this week and I am happy to report that the students are doing an excellent job and our new IT infrastructure and devices have made for a smooth process. I would like to thank all parents and teachers for preparing the students so well and reinforcing the fact that all we ask is that they do their best and have a go.

Many of you may be aware that last week we ran an evacuation exercise with the whole school. This is part of our new Incident Management Plan and went very well. Our staff knew their roles, the process went smoothly, and we had the entire school evacuated in less than 10 minutes from the time of first notification. As always, we review our safety procedures and these drills will continue on a regular basis here. Our students also did an excellent job, remaining calm and listening to instructions. This was no small feat considering we have a number of staff and students away on COVID protocols!

Over the last week we have had a few errors in our Live Calendar and in the information that has gone out via SeeSaw. With the changes due to COVID there has been a few errors and cross-overs and I apologise for this confusion. We are attempting to fit everything in for the students and we will do our best to rectify this as soon as possible. Lisa, Mel, Katherine and I will go through this with a fine toothcomb this week so that it is correct by next week’s newsletter!

Finally, can I please give a reminder to parents that disabled bays are for people with the appropriate permissions and that even when it rains, we are late or we just want to do a drop and go, they should not be used without the ACROD sign displayed. We have a number of parents and grandparents who rely on these bays and have not been able to use them as other people have parked there. As you can imagine with 450 students, our entry and exit gets busy in the morning and afternoon, however, we do our best to clear traffic as quickly as we can while keeping everyone safe. It is important that we are honest with each other when there is a problem and treat each other with kindness and respect at all times!

Good weekend for a big rug, red wine or hot chocolate and a movie – I hope you all stay safe, dry and warm!


Merit Awards Assembly 20 May 2022

The following children will be receiving their Merit Certificates at next week's assembly.

Parents are now allowed on site and are more than welcome to attend the assembly. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Rain Jackets

The wet weather has hit us. If parents would like their child/ren to wear a rain jacket to and from school, we are happy for them to do so.

We do not have a Bernie's rain jackets, so students are allowed to wear any navy blue rain jackets. Rain jackets will not be allowed to be worn in class however. Please ensure your child/ren have school jumpers.

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Kindy - Year 6: School Photo's: 19th and 20th May 2022

A quick reminder that school photo's are now on Thursday 19th and 20th May. Please remember to order your photographs, using the forms that were sent home in March or hop onto

Sibling photo's will take place before school, the gates will open at 8.00am so please try ang get there early. We will work hard to get everyone through as quickly as possible.

Children should please wear their red polo's with either their school skorts, shorts or tracksuit pants. Please remember school socks and no dresses!

National Walk to School Safely Day - Friday 20 May 2022

Next Friday, children from across Australia will participate in the National Walk to School Day.

The annual event, now in its 23rd year, aims to encourage children to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle by walking, cycling or scooting to and from school on the day.

We are encouraging as many families as possible to walk, ride or scoot to school. If you live further away and have to drive, perhaps consider parking at the Stargate Shopping Centre and leave from there.

All students who participate will be given an apple and a small milo when they get to school.

Holy Communion - changes

Reconciliation before the Sacrament will take place on Thursday 9th June at 6.00pm, in the church.

Holy Communion celebration Masses will take place on Saturday 11th June at 6.00pm or Sunday 12th June at 9.00am (please note there will no longer be a 3.00pm or 11.00am Mass).

Confirmation - Save the Date

Father Giovanni has confirmed that there will only be one Confirmation Commitment Mass to be held on SATURDAY 25th JUNE at 6.00pm.

This Mass will also be our Year 6 Community Mass and there will be food, drinks and mingling for the students and their families afterwards. Further details will be shared closer to the night.

There will also only be one Confirmation Celebration Mass and this will be held on SATURDAY 27th AUGUST at 6.00pm. Father G has organised for the Vicar to support this Mass.

Lunchtime Activities are back!

Now that the restrictions have eased, lunch time activities can resume! These include Lego, Arts and Crafts and Coding and children will be reminded of which activity is on each day.

Only a few spots left, please ensure all siblings are enrolled!

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Parking Issues

Please can we ask that parents do not park in the small car park across the road. This area is used by Port Kennedy Primary School and they have very little parking for their parents.

Please use the Church parking, there is more than enough spaces here to accommodate our families.

School Canteen - Kingston's Kitchen

Our school canteen is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and ordering can be done in person or online via before the 9.00am cut off.

Things to look out for next week

  • School Photo's - Thursday 19/5/22
  • National Walk to School Day - Friday 20/5/22
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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