St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 3 | 29 October 2021

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Message from Geordie

Good afternoon all,

Afternoon all, I hope that there are not too many burnt faces on our parents this evening and that your children are ready for bed nice and early after a big day!

We were very lucky to have a beautiful day for our Athletics Carnival. All our students were energetic, enthusiastic and well prepared which made for an enjoyable day for all! There was a number of changes in the format for 2021 with the focus being on participation and ‘having a go’ at as many events as possible. It was great to see the comradery, teamwork, and sportsmanship on display today from students and parents! We hope you saw the benefit in what we are trying to achieve and as always, we will review the format post-event, so we continue improving.

Again, a HUGE thanks needs to go to Kristy Watson who has spent countless hours getting the carnival together. Her first Athletics Carnival and with an entirely a new Leadership Team – we are very lucky to have such an enthusiastic, organised and dedicated teacher in charge of our carnivals! Please give her a high-five if you see her around.

At our last P&F meeting I mentioned that we were planning to hold a Big Day Out on the last Wednesday of school this year. Our teachers did an amazing job of getting this together, however, we have been foiled by a lack of busses this year and so unfortunately it will not go ahead in 2021. Our staff still really like the idea as a celebration to finish off the year and so we will have another go at it in 2022. To our Year 6 students, don’t worry… You are still going to Adventure World!

On Wednesday night we held our Advisory Council Meeting and we had a lot to cover. We are currently finalising the budget for 2022, our IT plans, Uniform Policy Update and of course – our new Strategic Plan which I will present at the AGM on the 1st of December. One of our members mentioned that some clarity around class lists would be appreciated so apologies if you were unclear. The process will be:

Class lists will be finalised by Friday the 19th of November so please do not make any requests after this time. As I said last week, our staff do a huge amount of work to get lists right, most of the conversations should have already taken place over the course of the year, so I do not formally ask parents to make requests – I trust that we are all communicating regularly in the best interests of the students. If you do need to discuss a concern in relation to class lists, please see Lisa or Mel prior to the 19th November.

At the AGM on the 1st of December, we will farewell those staff who are leaving and welcome new staff to our school.

On Friday the 3rd of December, after the Year 6 Assembly, we will hold a transition morning for PP to Year 6 where students will find out their new class and teacher, and spend the day getting to know each other. Class lists will be posted to parents during the day via SeeSaw. Our best advice is for parents to model a really positive response – even if it isn’t the result, you may have been ideally hoping for. Explain to your child that you trust the school, and that you believe in your child’s ability to make good friends, to have fun and to work hard with whatever teacher or children they are given. This type of parent attitude helps to build resiliency and wellbeing in your children.

Finally in exciting news, we have locked in a day to celebrate the opening of our newly resurfaced basketball courts. On Friday the 26th November we will welcome Paul Papalia into our school to open the courts and say a huge than you for his support. I will be working with staff and the P&F to organise a fun afternoon so it would be great to see you there. More info to come out soon.

Have a great weekend everyone - look after each other and I look forward to seeing you all next week!

Geordie Thuijs


Interschool Spelling Bee Champ!

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Rose H is our Year 6 Interschool Spelling whizz. She beat students from 6 other schools to take 1st place in a record long number of rounds finishing on unknown/unseen challenge words.

Congratulations Rose, we are super proud of you!

A special mention to all the students who participated in this competition, they all did so well and represented St Bernadette's beautifully! Well done to you all!

The Medals will be presented to these students at next week's assembly .

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Merit Awards 5 November 2021

Merit Awards are being presented during next week's assembly. This will be held at 8.50 am in the undercover area.

The following students will be receiving their awards, parents are welcome to attend.

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Indonesian Big Day Out - 5/11/21

Our Cultural Ministry will be holding an Indonesian Big Day Out Celebration on the 5/11/21.

There will be Indonesian Dance performances by the Indonesian Dance/Music Studio,

an Indonesian Becak display and Year 6 will be running traditional Indonesian games for PP-Year 5 after lunch.

All students please wear red and white clothes and bring in a gold coin donation for our Balinese Sister School.

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School Advisory Council Position 2022 - Secretary

The SAC (previously known as School Board) is entrusted with the duty of planning, on behalf of the school community, with the school staff (through the Principal) and with CECWA to meet the present and future needs of the students.

The position of SAC Secretary 2022 is now open. If you are interested in being involved and have the necessary skills, please email us on

Confirmation Mass 23 and 24 October 2021 - Ordering Photographs

Please find the details of how to order your photo's online for both days.
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School Banking

We have been notified by the Commonwealth Bank that unfortunately the school banking program will be terminated at the end of this year. We are waiting on further information and will pass this on as and when we receive it.

Parents on site after morning drop off

A reminder that if you come to school outside the usual drop off and pick up times, please sign in at the office. For safety reasons we do need to know who is on site at all times.

Big Life Journal

For ideas on how to talk to your children about being okay, you can visit Big Life Journal for weekly tips on a parenting and talking with your children about some of their issue.

Moon Photographs

We are so lucky to have parents provide these incredible photographs of our Moon, Earth and Sun!
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Vinnies Christmas Appeal

The St Vincent de Paul Society conducts a Christmas Appeal each year and this year instead of making food hampers they are asking for donations of gift cards or gold coins.

We will be having a free dress day on Friday 26th November with the theme "Christmas Inspired" and a gold coin donation.

For any families wishing to contribute a gift voucher to the Appeal - please leave with Tracey and Katherine in the office. We ask that no gift vouchers be sent to the classrooms please, to make our school donation easier to manage.

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Save the Date - End of Year Picnic Christmas Concert - 7/12/2021

We will be holding a Christmas Concert at the end of Term. Children are to please wear

- Christmas t-shirt

- Black shorts, jeans or tights

- Comfortable footwear for singing and dancing.

Please save the date as more details will follow soon.

Things to look out for in Week 3

  • Kindy 2022 Parent Information Session 2.00pm - 3.00pm - 1 November 2021
  • Interschool Athletics Carnival - Thursday 4 November 2021
  • Scottish Dancing - Thursday 28 October 3.10 - 4.00pm
  • Indonesian Big Day Out - wear red & white - 5 November 2021
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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

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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:


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School Term Dates 2021

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