St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 3 | WEEK 7 | 3 September 2021

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Message from Geordie

Afternoon everyone,

It has been a huge day here at St Bernie’s. Beautiful weather and lots of fun at the Cross Country Carnival. Congratulations to all the students who did their best and a huge thankyou to the parents who helped out and came to cheer on all the students here. For many, this would have been long, difficult race so be sure to congratulate your kids for getting to the finish line. Finally, a HUGE thanks to Kristy Watson and all the staff who helped out today – I know everyone appreciates the time and effort outside of work you have put in to make the day run so smoothly.

We are so excited to welcome new student Peyton L and her family to our school community!

Looks like it is going to be a cracking weekend and then sunny and mid-twenties on Monday! Bring on the Spring weather!

Geordie Thuijs

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Holy Communion Photographs

The link to the Holy Communion pictures will be available shortly. Details will be sent home when this is ready to view.

Merit Awards Friday 10 September 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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Creative Edge Competition

Our students participated in the Creative Edge Problem Solving Challenge at Curtin University last Saturday. We are still waiting for results but win or lose they all had a ball, such a great experience! Thank you to Mrs Murphy for your guidance and coaching!
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Team 1

Creative Edge was definitely challenging, but it made our minds think outside of the box. Every time we felt we had failed at something, we worked together to find another way to do it. It also helped to improve our teamwork and collaboration, be confident in speaking in front of others, improve our problem solving skills all while stepping out of our comfort zone. We would like to give a big thanks to Mrs Murphy and Mrs Boyatzis. Mrs Murphy organised for us to participate in this challenge and spent her time helping us to prepare for it, and Mrs Boyatzis hosted this fun event. All in all, the Creative Edge Problem Solving Challenge was a great learning experience for everyone. Not only that, we all had so much fun!

By Emily D'A, Tatiana O, Claire D, Erika M, Harry B, Archie W, Jacob K

Team 2

The Creative Edge Problem solving Challenge is such an enjoyable, excellent and amazing opportunity, for kids to grow while working together as a team, using creative thinking strategies and a lot more.

We are a handful of the lucky kids who were given the opportunity to perform in the Creative Edge challenge and it was really enjoyable to be in. We learnt a lot more than we thought we would, such as having confidence in yourself, problem solving and working collaboratively as a team etc.

We thank Mrs Murphy so much for giving up her time and effort to help us throughout the preparations for the 6 week challenge and on the day. We really recommend any students to choose the Creative Edge Problem Solving Challenge if they have the opportunity to do so.

By Bianca M, Katrin L, Isabelle C, Lily N, Teua S and Yohan B

Team 3

Last Saturday St Bernadette’s 4 Enrichment teams all had to perform their 6 Week Challenge and the Impromptu Challenge in the Creative Edge Problem Solving Competition. In our Team 3 everyone was terrified when we all arrived at Curtin University. Our facilitator, Mrs Murphy helped us all to be more confident in ourselves and helped us be more positive about this whole challenge. She helped us so much by doing that and we are very thankful of her. We all eventually calmed down and when we had our Impromptu it was pretty tense inside. We had to go in this room which was the waiting room and wait until we were called in. Each team had a special room to go in and when our team was called out we were actually pretty confident with the Impromptu Challenge. When we got the challenge and had to discuss it with a team we all had really good but similar ideas. As someone once said, ‘Great minds think alike.’ We decided as a team to merge all of them together and that helped us come up with an awesome final idea. We had two people from our team to explain our final idea and they explained it wonderfully not leaving out a single detail. After the Impromptu we got to practise our 6 Week Challenge. Our team was especially nervous for this challenge but we just kept practising and practising until it was our turn to act out in front of the three judges, all of our parents and the other teams. The judges were really friendly so that helped our nerves. Eventually we wrapped up our play and we all got a loud applause. All the teams did exceptionally well and we are all really proud of ourselves for making a wonderful script and beautiful props and costumes in just 6 weeks!

By Rose H, Keira W, Lauren O'B, Ruby S, Ryan B, William E, Mitchell I

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Scarlett B, Jasmine H, Hollie E, Noah L, Liam P, Luke B

Community News

A big shout out and thank you to Monique Kinnest for donating a table to the Lego club. This is a great addition to our club, making it so much easier to build our Lego creations!

The kiddies Lego-love it!!!!

Woodside Nippers Registration Day - 12th September 2021

Woodside Nippers is a junior surf awareness and beach safety program for kids aged 5-12 years (Your child must be 5 years old as at 1/10/2021). It’s a great way for kids to make new friends, learn vital surf skills, and get outside and be active.

Secret Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club will be open on Sunday 12th September from 10am-2pm for registrations. Come and chat to our friendly team about joining us for the 2021/22 season!

Please bring Photo ID for yourself, and a birth certificate/passport for any children enrolling.

Swimming proficiency evaluations for children aged 5-13 will be held on the same day at Secret Harbour State Swim from 12-1pm.

Woodside Nippers is held on Sunday mornings at Secret Harbour beach starting 31 October 2021.

Find out more at or contact our Members Coordinator on 9524 7092 or email:

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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

Things to look out for in Week 8

Year 1 WA Sate Library Excursion - Thursday 9 September

Cross Country Carnival - Thursday 9 September

Scottish Dancing - Thursday 9 September 3.10pm - 4.00pm

Assembly performed by Year 5B - Friday 10 September

P&F Meeting - Friday 10 September 9.30am - 11.00 am

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.......

Late drop offs/early pick ups

Just a gentile reminder that taking your child out of school early or arriving late regularly is disruptive to the learning of all students in the class. We understand that students need to go out from time to time for essential appointments, however, we ask parents to limit this where possible. Students who have calm, consistent and uninterrupted time on task will get more out of each day and be happier at school.

Where students do need to leave early, I have asked our admin staff to sign the student out once the parent arrives so that parents can go and pick their student up from class. This avoids interrupting classrooms with phone calls, allows them to be learning for longer and means we do not end up with lots of kids waiting in the office area throughout the day.

Code of Conduct

This week we have included the Code of Conduct Section 10

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

Live Calendar link

Pupil Free Dates 2021

Friday 24/09/2021