St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 9 | 1 April 2022

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Message from Geordie

Dear families,

Good afternoon from my isolated loungeroom! Lisa and Mel have both reported that school has been a lot of fun this week and our students have been flexible and resilient despite the many changes throughout the school. I wish everyone who is sick a speedy recovery and I hope parents are able to enjoy the quarantine time with their families. Personally, I have enjoyed home learning with the kids, making cubbies, watching documentaries, and playing with Monster Trucks in the dirt, however, I think it would be fair to say George, Audrey and Nicole are very ready for me to go back to work!

A number of our teaching staff have been required to isolate either with positive results themselves or as household contacts. This has been a huge challenge to overcome, and I thank all our staff for the extra work they have done to cover for those who have been required to stay home. Many have lost DOTT time, covered extra classes or duties and supported Mel and Lisa in a variety of other ways – an awesome team effort and I can’t wait to be back on Monday to do my part!

Behind the scenes I have been working through many of the complications associated with running a school in the middle of a pandemic. Some of the conversations have been very difficult ones and when there are differences of opinion, emotions are high. While this has been the case on a number of occasions, I am very thankful for the kind and respectful way our parents have dealt with each discussion. I believe this is what makes our community such a great place to be a part be.

Since the latest State Government announcement, I have been in meetings with CEWA about what next term will look like and I will articulate some of this information next week. Obviously, there will likely be changes to this and so I will send out a newsletter just before the end of the holidays to keep everyone in the loop.

With Anzac Day being on the last weekend of the holidays, we will be having an online ceremony in Week 1. Mrs Roberts has asked for any photos you might have of family or friends who are currently or have previously been in the military. They do not have to be in uniform, it could be a whole family photo or a picture of students holding their medals etc. The ANZAC Ceremony team are hoping to personalise the presentation for the students so we would love any photos you might have. Please send them through to admin.

One week to go so please look after yourselves, we will be filming our Edudance Concert next week which is sure to be a heap of fun! While we obviously would have preferred to have you all at school to watch, we will do our best to have a good recording for you – the students have loved it and been working hard to perfect their moves!

See you Monday

Geordie Thuijs

Covid -19 Update

This week in COVID News…........St Bernadette’s currently has 41 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

Mother's Day - Save the Date: 6 May 2022

Depending on Covid Restrictions and the weather, our classes are hoping to host some short Mother's Day activities in the undercover area.

More information to follow.

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Merit Awards Assembly 1st April 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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Bernie's Biggest Pumpkin

The hard work of last year Year 3's and this year Year 6's has produced a CRACKER of a pumpkin!

So we have decided to hold an auction to raise money for our school garden.

Please get involved and make your bid below! Bernie's Pumpkin will go to the highest bidder!

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Edu Dance Performances

Class teachers have informed 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.

School Photo's

Please note that as the school photo's had to be moved, the date for ordering will also be extended.

Class Reps still needed

The P & F are still looking for Class Reps for Year 5 Red and Blue. If you are able to assist, please contact Carol Jeapes at

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Crazy Sock Day

Thankyou for everyone who participated in our Crazy Sock Day! we have raised $253.40 for the Children's Cancer Project. THANKYOU!

Interschool Swimming Carnival 7th April

Our senior swimmers will be participating in next week's Interschool Carnival.

Parents can attend but need to follow the current Covid Rules. Please note however that parents are not to go over to their children in their bays, parents should stay in the designated visitor area.

Thursday 7th April.

9:15am -2:00pm

Rockingham Aquatic Centre.

Ricky Basketball - Term 2: Years 2-5

Due to popular demand Ricky Grace will be back in Term 2!

Wednesday's 7.45 am - 8.30am

This time it is for students in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5. Please register your interest directly with Ricky Grace, as per below.

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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

Mr Murtagh's getting married!!

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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.

Things to look out for next week

  • Edu Dance Performances - Years 4 - 6 - Monday 4 April 2022
  • EDu Dance Performances -Years PP, 1 - 3 - Tuesday 5 April 2022
  • Reconciliation Workshop - 6.15pm - 7.15pm Tuesday 5 April 2022
  • Interschool Swimming Carnival - Thursday 7 April 2022
  • P&F Easter Raffle draw - Friday 8 April 2022
  • Stations of the cross - Friday 8 April 2022
  • LAST DAY of term 1 - Friday 8 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