St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 4 | 25 February 2022

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Message from Geordie

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you have all had a nice week. Here at school our teachers have been working extremely hard to keep our school calm and free of outside distractions for the benefit of our students and families. Late last week our Pre-Primary students were treated to a large crane picking up a new cubby house and lifting it right over the fence into the PP Playground which was a lot of fun to watch! A huge thanks goes to Mr (Lisa’s husband) and Mrs King, who came in over the weekend to cement the cubby in, clean it up and make it safe and beautiful.

For those of you who have not heard, Father Francis will be leaving the St Bernadette’s community in the next few weeks to embark on a new role at the Seminary, in Guildford. Father Francis is an amazing leader in our community and his kind, caring and relatable leadership has been an asset to our community. I know that the St Bernie’s staff and students are going to miss him greatly and we all wish him the best in his new role. After Mass on Sunday there will be a morning tea for those who wish to attend and a friendly soccer match too!

Next week is Wellness Week and for those families new to St Bernie’s, this is an opportunity for staff and students to focus on their wellbeing. There will be no extra meetings, no homework and I am encouraging everyone to take the time to relax and enjoy time with your families.

Finally, after my email earlier in the week about masks in Year 3 – 6, there have been quite a few emails and I have collated the questions below in a Q&A.

Hope you have a really nice weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday.


1. Is it the school’s decision to implement a mask mandate in Yr 3-6?

No. We are acting on the direction of the Chief Health Officer, State Government and CEWA.

2. Because we are not a Government School, can’t the Principal decide if students should wear masks?

No. We must comply with all State Government regulations and mandates. These rules will apply to all schools.

3. If the mask mandate comes into effect, will the school allow students to choose their own mask?

I want students to be as comfortable with it as they can. As long as they are not offensive then I think this is a situation that we can relax the uniform policy as hopefully it will be for a

relatively short period of time. If it were to become an issue (or a fashion contest) we would look at it, however, I doubt that would happen.

4. Will we be told to buy a fabric or disposable mask?

At this stage there has been no discussion about cloth vs disposable masks and high-schools (to my knowledge) are letting students/families decide. I would not be making that call for families either as I believe that is a personal preference. We will keep some disposable children’s masks on hand here at school too.

I have also attached the latest health information from WA Health and CEWA.

Geordie Thuijs

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Online Assembly Friday 25 February 2022

Merit Certificates

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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Community News

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Sly on the safe arrival of Sophie earlier this morning!
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Now accepting enrolments for 2023 and 2024

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A Message from our Social Worker, Mrs Jacqueline Deshon

A reminder about Father Francis' Farewell


A farewell morning tea for Fr Francis will be held after 9 am Mass on 27th Feb in the Hall.

Food and drinks are provided. If you would like to bring a plate to share, please feel free to do so.


A friendly farewell soccer game for Fr Francis will be held after morning mass on 27th Feb at St Bernie’s Oval. Mums and dads, girls and boys are welcome, please join us for some fun! The challenge is on!

Uniform Policy

Thank you to everyone who has supported the changes to our Uniform Policy. Over the coming weeks, we will be clarifying a few points so that we are all on the same page.

Socks and Shoes

  • White or Black or Black and White Sneakers (no colour permitted). This can include full white or full black shoes or black and white shoes. Canvas shoes are NOT permitted.
  • SBCPS Socks.

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Rainbows Registration

Rainbows is a program that assists children who may be grieving a loss or life altering experience. The essence of the program is centred on trust, acceptance and sharing. It supports those students who are hurting, to understand their feelings and develop some of the tools required to move forward in helping to resolve their grief, loss or trauma. The program encourages children to speak about their feelings, improve their self esteem and connect with other children who may be experiencing similar situations.

If you feel your child may benefit from a program such as Rainbows, we invite you to complete the nomination form below. If you have any additional questions about the program please our Social Worker Mrs Deshon through the school office. The Rainbows program runs for ten weeks, with the final week being a celebration for all Rainbows participants. In order for children to gain to gain the most benefit from the program, group sizes are usually between 4-6 children of similar age who are facing similar anxieties.

To register your child/ren please use the link below.

Things to look out for next week

  • Ricky Grace Basketball - Wednesday 2 March 2022
  • Ash Wednesday - Wednesday 2 March 2022

Parent Handbook 2022

School Canteen - Kingston's Kitchen

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

Menu and ordering details can be found at Spriggy Schools

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:


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