St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 5 - 5 March 2021

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Message from Geordie

A very short week so I’ll keep it brief everyone!

Week 5 has been another week of fun and excitement here at St Bernie’s. In Science our chicks have grown up quickly and have stolen the hearts of many of our students. On Wednesday the new coop was delivered, and we hope to keep a brood of hens out the back of the Science Room from now on.

HUGE thanks to all the parents who are helping to make the drive-through run as smoothly as possible! This week has been better, especially in light of the dodgy weather so we will continue to work on it for the safety and convenience of everyone. I was particularly impressed with all the kids who rode, scootered or walked with rain jackets this week! Awesome!

Next Friday we celebrate Saint Bernadette’s life in a modified Saint Bernadette’s Feast Day. We will start the day with an Assembly, starting at 8:50am. There will be a brief prayer session after the assembly, before the students participate in modified class activities and Tabloid Sports.

The P&F have been very supportive and will be providing all students with a Zooper Dooper. We will end the day with a staff versus students tug of war on the oval at 2:40pm. We are all very excited!

I will finish off here as there is a fair bit to read below. Parent/Teacher Interviews will take place in Week 8 or 9 after school and there is lots of exciting things happening in the coming few weeks with carnivals and our first P&F picnic. Looking forward to getting to know you all then.

Geordie Thuijs


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Message from Lisa King - Assistant Principal

I would like to thank everyone for making me feel so welcomed. I already feel a strong sense of community at Saint Bernadette’s and am so excited to be joining this.

I have been teaching for over 15 years. I started my career at St Damian’s in Dawesville and have been at Mandurah Catholic College for the past eleven years. I feel so fortunate to have found teaching, I can honestly say I have loved almost every day. I have taught most year levels, from Kindy to Year 6 as well as specialist subjects.

I currently live in Mandurah with my husband and two pre-teen girls (yes, please pray for me during the next few years). We spend most of our time on or by the water with our family and friends and during the holidays, we love to travel.

I am slowly getting to know the students and parents, so please stop and have a chat whenever you see me.

Lisa King
Assistant Principal

Assembly - Merit Awards - 12 March 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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Social Media

Most of us use some form of social media and have a profile on a social networking site. Your child may have a social media account too (that you may or may not support the use of). We do not support the use of social media sites for primary school children as they do not have the emotional maturity to manage the responsibilities that go with the use of these accounts, however, we are aware that some children have these connections and therefore we encourage you to be aware of what your child is accessing, have controls around the access, and ensure that you view regularly what they are posting on these sites along with what they are reading/viewing on these sites.

There are plenty of good things about social media — but also many risks and things kids and teens should avoid. They don't always make good choices when they post something to a site, and this can lead to problems at school and at home.

So it's important to talk with your kids about how to use social media wisely. The following site can provide you with information about how to support your child if they are using social media sites or you are thinking that you might allow your child to make a social media account.


We are now accepting enrolments from the wider community for Kindy 2022 and 2023 – please tell your friends and family. Siblings of students already enrolled in the school are required to have an application for enrolment completed.

Children born between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018 - Kindy 2022

Children born between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019 - Kindy 2023

Please submit applications for enrolment along with copies of the required documents - you can email, post or drop the documentation at the office. The non-refundable application fee is paid via EFTPOS at the office or over the phone.


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Teacher/Parent Interviews

Parent/Teacher interviews will be held week 8 and week 9. Interviews are strictly 10 minutes and spaces are limited. Please book your interview as detailed below.

If you require more time with a particular teacher, please arrange a separate meeting by telephoning the school on 08 9593 4066.

School Photographs - 25th & 26th March 2021

School photographs take place later this month and all student forms have been sent home this week. The schedule of photographs, detailing days, classes and times are below.

The uniform requirement for both days is the St Bernadette's school shirt, skorts for girls, shorts for boys, white sports shoe, St Bernadette's socks. Hair is to be tied up if at shoulder length (boys and girls) and off the face (boys and girls).

Year 6 students are to wear their Graduation shirt in place of their St Bernadette's school shirt. These are due to be delivered to us in Week 7, in time for the photo's.

Family photos and any group photos will follow the same dress requirements (no dresses permitted on these days for photo aesthetics)

Online Ordering

Photo's can be ordered through the online ordering system. All information regarding this process can be found below.
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Please bring a picnic (BYO) and join us for a great family fun night welcoming new and present families to our St Bernadette's Community in 2021.

The canteen will be available for food and coffee. There will be music for dancing and as always we ask people to please drink responsibly.

We would love to see you all there! Please RSVP using the form below.

Cross Walk Safety

Please ensure that you use the cross walk when entering or exiting the school with or without your children, as it is the safest route to use in the mornings and afternoons.

If it is raining we encourage you to have appropriate wet weather gear, in case you are not able to cross immediately.

Decorate Your Helmet & Fume Free Friday 12/3/2021

Next Friday students are encouraged to walk, scoot or ride to school. We would also love to see a school walking bus, from the local IGA, where Fred and Mr T might even join in!

It is also decorate your helmet day so its time to get creative! We cant wait to see all those crazy, fun designs!

Chicken Coop

A big thankyou to our generous St Bernie's community and to Margie Gray who donated funds she has raised from selling second hand uniforms for the purchase of our coop. Our chicks will love their new home behind the Science room, thank you!

Sacramental News

Thank you to all of those who have registered.

If you have not registered and would like to, please contact the Parish Office on 9593 4670.

Below are dates for the 2021 Sacraments and lead up events. As we learnt very quickly last year, these dates are not set in concrete and may change for a number of reasons, however at the moment, this is what we are planning.

Second Week of Lent - Caritas

This week through Project Compassion we learn about 39-year-old Margret, a teacher at a vocational school for deaf students in the Solomon Islands. She was born deaf, so she knows the challenges it poses to education and employment. Apart from the difficulties the students all have, the school also faced water shortages, with not enough to supply staff and students with safe water for drinking, cooking, washing and growing vegetables.

Then Tropical Cyclone Harold damaged the school and its vegetable garden, amidst the threat of COVID-19. Staff and students rely on the vegetable garden to provide food for their meals.

With Caritas Australia’s support, the school installed water tanks, provided cyclone-proof building materials and helped to implement COVID-19 prevention measures. Margret’s school now has enough water for its students and the capacity to cater for more, with plans to boost food security, through increased agricultural production.

· Around 60% of people in rural areas in the Solomon Islands don’t have access to piped water, while about 80% don’t have access to latrines or toilets. (UNICEF, 2019)

Watch a short film about Margret’s story here.

Amended Term 1 Calendar 2021 and live Google Calendar link