St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 3 | WEEK 9 | 17 September 2021

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Message from Geordie

Good afternoon everyone,

As we approach the end of the term, I am happy to report that it has been a busy but calm week here at St Bernie’s. I have been really impressed with the way our students have listened to the advice of teachers and worked hard to finish the term off in a positive way – treating each other with Kindness, Honesty and Respect.

This week our Year 6 Confirmation Candidates participated in the family workshop in the Parish Hall in preparation for the Sacrament next term. I would like to thank Claire Bennett for again giving her time to help prepare our Year 6 students and to Father Francis and Angela from the parish and Cormac and Jesseca for their help in making the workshop a success.

Our newly formed Year 4/5 School Choir also participated in the Spirit of the Arts Concert on Monday night which was a huge success. They joined over 1500 students to form a Mass Choir on the night. It was a big day for the girls who would not have returned home until after 9.30pm, however, it was a great concert to watch and be a part of!

In staffing news here at St Bernie’s, I have some happy and sad news to report. After 15 or so years at our school, Andrea Groom has made the decision to resign from her position after the end of this term. Andrea has been a huge part of the St Bernadette’s Community and has supported many of our students in her councillor role. On a personal note, Andrea was a welcoming and smiling face when I started my time here and helped me to settle into my new role – providing me with advice and support. We wish Andrea all the best in her future endeavours, and she has written a letter to our community which is linked below.

St Bernadette’s remains committed to the Mental Health and Wellbeing of all our students. We currently have a Social Worker on site Mondays and Wednesdays to provide psycho-education, advocacy, groups and support for students and families.

The Rainbows Program will continue with the support of our dedicated staff. This program provides a safe place for children who have experienced a life-altering event to express their feelings and help them accept their loss, moving forward in a positive way.

If you believe your child may require support please make a time to chat to your child’s teacher or send us an email through the office at

In some exciting parent news one of our parents, Mr Dirk Mulder, has decided to run in the City of Rockingham election for the Safety Bay area. Dirk has been on the St Bernie’s Board in the past, has two awesome kids in Year 1 and Kindy and we wish him all the best for the election!

Next Tuesday is our Open Night from 5.00pm to 7pm. This will be a fantastic, community celebration of what has been a great year so far in our classes. The timetable is below:

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At this stage the weather is looking like it is going to be kind to us, and I look forward to performances from our Dance Troop and the Choir. There will also be some displays in our Library and Specialist Rooms for parents to wander through and a Sausage Sizzle for all those who feel like an easy dinner!

Can I please remind parents that the supervision of children is their responsibility and that our staff will be around the classroom areas, however, it is important that parents talk with their children about the work displayed and affirm the work they have done. Please do not let children wander off by themselves as play areas will be out of bounds for safety and compliance reasons. This will be my first St Bernie’s Open Night too, so I look forward to seeing you all there!

Finally, just so everyone is aware, I will be sending out another survey next week to see how the term has been and parents ideas about some of our events. Please watch out for it in the next newsletter – all feedback is welcomed!

Have a great weekend!


From Andrea Groom

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A massive Happy 50th Birthday to Father Francis!

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A friendly reminder to all families to please let the office know if your child is not coming to school. Please complete the online absentee form or send us an email on
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Bernie's Scarecrows at the Royal Show

Our students have been super busy creating the most amazing scarecrows which will be entered in the Royal Show Competition and displayed during the show.

We also have been given 30 complimentary tickets for the opening of the Perth Royal Show which starts on Saturday 25th September.

You have to be 'in it' to 'win it!' All those who participate in voting for best scarecrow on our Open Night will receive a raffle ticket and go into the draw for a free ticket to the Royal Show!

Make sure you find the Scarecrows on Tuesday - you can't miss them!

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Parish News

During the month of October the ‘Parish Hub’ will be hosting a “Our Lady Special” to Honour and mark the month of October which is dedicated to her. Each Parish from the Hub, Our Lady of Lourdes, Baldivis, Kwinana and Port Kennedy will be hosting a day to do this.

The Parish would like to inform the Parents and Children of the St Bernadette about the day our Parish will be hosting this ‘Special day to honour Mary’. All are welcome to celebrate this day.

Day to Honour Mary: Tuesday 12 October 2021

5:00pm – 5:15pm – Adoration

5:15pm – 5:25pm – Jason’s Talk on Mary

5:25pm – 5:55pm – Rosary & Benediction

6:00pm – 6:45pm – Special Mass for Our Blessed Mother

7:00pm – 9:00pm – Movie ( Family/children friendly) in Hall. Bring your pillows, cushion & comfy rug.

        • BYO snack and drink
        • Tea & Coffee with be provided
        • Sausage sizzle provided (RSVP Needed by Thursday 7 October 2021)

RSVP: to the Parish Office.


Phone: 9593 4670

Community News

Stick Insects: One of our families has Baby Brown Stick Insects that have just hatched from their eggs. They are looking for homes for these little creatures so if you are interested please contact the office.

Things to look out for in the last week of Term 3

Year 5 Parliament House Excursion - Tuesday 21 September

Bernie's Open Night - Tuesday 21 September

Kindy Health Nurse Visit - Thursday 23 September

Kindy Community Helpers Dress Up - Thursday 23 September

LAST DAY OF TERM 23 September 2021

School Canteen - Kingston's Kitchen

Our school canteen is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please follow Kingstons Kitchen on Facebook for updates.

Menu and ordering details can be found at

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St Bernadette's Parents & Friends Association

Welcome to the school P&F where everyone is welcome to join.

If you would like to find out what is happening at our school, please join our P&F Facebook page:


Stuff that we all need to know.......

This week we have included the Code of Conduct Section 12

Please have a read of this in your own time.

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School Term Dates 2021

Term 3 Tuesday 20/07/2021 - Thursday 23/9/2021

Term 4 Monday 11/10/2021 - Friday 10/12/2021

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Live Calendar link

Pupil Free Dates 2021

Friday 24/09/2021