St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 5 | 10 November 2023

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Good afternoon everyone,

Short and sharp from me today with one month to go! We are all flat out here at school with a lot to do before the end of term. Thanks to all the parents who came to our P&F Meeting today, there is lots to celebrate and to get ready for next year. If there are parents who are interested in being part of the P&F Exec or the School Advisory Council, there is some info below and we would love to have some fresh faces to be part of it. If you aren’t sure and want to chat to us about it, feel free to book a meeting to find out some more info.

Yesterday, our Interschool Athletics Team did St Bernie’s proud, competing with a number of schools in our southern region. We had some fantastic individual results as you can see from our pics below and all students gave 100% effort and enthusiasm. Thanks to everyone who went to help out and support the students.

Enjoy the weekend and I look forward to seeing you all next week!


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Interschool Athletics

Congratulations to George K, Eddy K and Ruby R for their amazing wins at the Interschool Athletics Carnival, super stars!
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Once again, Report time is near. As with last year, this will be sent electronically and will be available on Seqta Engage on the afternoon of Thursday 7 December (week 9). To view your child’s report, please log into Seqta Engage. If you can not remember your log in or password, please email and your log in details will be returned to you and which will need to be reset that day.

Once you have logged into Seqta, on the left-hand side (on a handheld device, you will need to select the blue button with three white lines in the top left hand corner) click Assessment, choose which child you would like to view (if you have more than one child on Engage). You will then see that you have access to all previous reports. Within the next week, could you please log on and ensure you can access last year’s report. If you are having issues, please email before Friday 1 December (end of Week 8).

There should be no surprises with your student’s report grades as teacher and parent communication should be open and ongoing. If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher via

Below is the visual to remind you what each grade represents and an attendance visual that demonstrates how important regular attendance has on learning.

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This term, our school will be supporting St Vincent de Paul in their Christmas Appeal. Students will be learning about the St Vincent de Paul charity, and the needs of families in Perth, especially at Christmas time. The 2023 focus on the Vinnies Christmas Appeal is on the continuing impacts of the cost of living crisis in Australia, including rental and housing affordability and its compounding effects. This Christmas, more families are experiencing poverty and are on the brink of homelessness. As the crisis deepens, so does their desperation. Your urgent help can provide relief.

We are asking each student to bring in at least one non-perishable food item which will be placed in classroom hampers. The hampers will be presented at our end of year mass on Wednesday 6th December, alongside our parish hamper donations, where an SVP representative will visit to come and collect the hampers and begin to pack for distribution. Please have your donations in by the end of November. Below are some items you might consider for the classroom hamper, although the list is not exhaustive. To respect the dignity of the families receiving the hampers, please check that all food items are not opened and within six months of their expiry date.

• Christmas pudding, Christmas cake

• Long life custard

• Tea, coffee, Milo • Long life milk

• Tinned fruit, vegetables, soup

• Cordial • Long life juice

• Cereal, rice, noodles

• Shortbread, panettoni

• Biscuits: sweet or savory

• Jelly • Spreads: jam, vegemite, honey

• Dried pasta, pasta sauce

• Gravy mix

• Christmas extras (Christmas napkins, Christmas table decorations, Christmas table cloths/runners)

Thank you for your continued support for those in need in our community. Your donation will not only provide much needed relief to so many who are currently burdened by a daily struggle of survival, comfort and dignity, but will also gift joy and hope for this holiday season.

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P&F Positions 2024

It's that time of year again when P&F positions are open for 2024. Membership of the St Bernadette's P&F Association is open to parents and guardians of students attending our school and we would love you to join our team.

If you are interested in any of the 3 positions below, please complete the nomination form and return to the school office by the 24 November 2023. If you have any queries, please contact us on

Deputy Chair (Vice President)
The Deputy Chair supports the Chair in the leadership of the P&F Committee and represents the Chair if they are unavailable.

The Treasurer is required to:
- prepare and present a finance report at each P&F meeting;
- prepare and present the Annual Financial Report at the Annual Community Meeting;
- prepare the annual budget to support the P&F Annual Event Plan;
- collect and bank monies from fundraising events;
- collate P&F reimbursement forms, petty cash receipts and supplier invoices and ensure they are correctly authorised before providing to school finance staff for payment;
- ensure grant acquittal requirements are met (if applicable); and
- ensure motions relating to finance decisions, including approval of donations to the school, are presented to P&F Committee (where applicable).
The Treasurer must follow the P&F Financial Practices Guide to ensure compliance to CEWA’s Policies and Executive Directives.

The Secretary is required to:
- take minutes of meetings;
- prepare and distribute the meeting papers and agenda;
- keep records of the P&F, including vacancies, reports, minutes, and correspondence;
- provide a list of the P&F Committee members and contact details to the Principal following the Annual Community Meeting.

P&F Christmas Raffle

A call out to our St Bernie's Community!

We will be having our Christmas Raffle again this year and are asking for donations to make up some of the prizes. If you would like to donate something towards the raffle prizes or know a business that would, please email us at
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It's almost time for our annual Christmas Concert and we are all very excited to perform for you and celebrate the end of the year! The theme for 2023 is Christmas Rocks!

Pre Concert Entertainment:

  • 4.00 - 4.45pm: Inaugural Music Recital with Keyed Up Music (Undercover Area)

  • 4.50 - 5:00pm: Dance Troupe (On the Oval)

  • 5.00 - 5.15pm: Ensembles (On the Oval)

  • 5.30pm: School Concert Starts (On the Oval)

Each year level will be performing songs with a Christmas message incorporating rock music genre. The outfits for each class is as follows:

The Christmas Class Outfits 2023

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Please diarise these important dates

Monday 4th December: Kolbe Day A large number of our students will attend an Orientation Day at Kolbe and will not be at school. All those not attending will attend St Bernie’s as normal.

Tuesday 5th December: Graduation Mass and Awards Ceremony at 5.00pm. All parents, family and friends are invited to attend the mass and awards ceremony which will be held in the Church.

Thursday 7th December: Adventure World 8.30am – 4.30pm.

Friday 8th December: Class lunch and Guard of honour. Parents and family are invited to come in at 2.45pm to cheer the students through the final Guard of Honour!

Friday 8th December: Parent run class party in the evening.

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Kindy 2024 Orientation Session Monday 13 Nov - 9:00 - 10:30am

Year 5 Leadership Day - Thursday 16 November

Year 3 Marine Safety Incursion - Friday 17 November

Year 5 Art Incursion - Friday 17 November

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Term Dates 2023 & 2024

Term 4: Monday 9 October - Friday 8 December 2023

Term 1: Wednesday 31 January - 28 March 2024

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School Canteen: Kingston's Kitchen

Our school canteen is only open on Mondays,

Wednesdays and Fridays.

Orders can be placed online via

before 9.00am or in person at the canteen.

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Please note that as this is a live calendar, dates and times may change occasionally.

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