St Bernadette's Primary School

NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 10 | 6 April 2023

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Good afternoon,

I would like to start today with some staffing news. After 15 years in our school community, both as a staff member and as a parent, one of our Year 6 teachers, Janice Cairns, has made the decision to resign.

Janice's genuine enthusiasm and generosity have made her a valued member of the St Bernadette's community. Over the years she has organised extra-curricular activities such as the: Runners Club, Gardening Club and the ever-popular Scottish Dancing Club, just to name a few.

Janice has valued the relationships she has forged with students, staff and the wider community and we wish her all the best for her future endeavours.

It has been a fun, relaxed and prayerful end to the term here at Bernie’s. Our students have entertained us with the second Edudance concert on Wednesday, and we launched our new social skills program, Friendology, with our Friendship Day! The upbeat, positive vibe around our school has been infectious and I thank Mrs Deshon, Mrs Watson and their team for organising these activities.

On Wednesday we also came together as a school to reflect and recreate the events of Holy Week. Our Year 5 students re-enacted the Stations of the Cross on Wednesday in church to students across the school. All students are to be commended for their preparation and reverent participation in the re-enactment.

As a school community, we can all identify with the death and resurrection of Jesus by reflecting on our own ups and downs of our life experiences. We all experience varied emotions such as pain and rejection alongside the joys of life with our family and friends and the beauty of the nature surrounding us. As term one draws to a close, let us turn our attention to the final moments of the Lenten season. That we now stop and reflect on Christ’s death and resurrection. Easter is a time for us to remember that Jesus is with us at all times, including when we are in most need of hope.

We would also like to congratulate Mrs Jess Tanner who is expecting her second child towards the end of the year.

I hope everyone has an amazing holiday period, recharges the batteries and I can’t wait to see you all back for another great term.


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Friday 28 April 2023: Please diarise

The following students will be receiving a Merit Award at the first assembly next term, on the 28 April 2023. Parents and family are welcome to attend:

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Imogen S in Year 5B has received the Gospel Values Award for

demonstrating the school value of kindness and has been

nominated by the school community. She will receive the

award at the next assembly on the

28th April, well done Imogen!

Fred also got a mention!

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Lent Art - looking at the crucifix as a symbol of Easter

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Thank you to our amazing Year 5 Buddies (and King Fred!)

who have looked after our students during recess and

lunch this term, ensuring that everyone is happy

and looked after.

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Guitar, Ukelele & Choir at St Bernie's

We are excited to offer extra performing arts opportunities in music at St Bernadette's School starting in Week 3, Term 2. Please read and complete the registrations forms by Friday 28 April if your child is interested in joining the following:

Years 5 to 6 Guitar Ensemble: Tuesdays, 8.15-8.45am in the Instrumental Room with Mrs Poasa

Years 3 to 6 Choir: Wednesdays: 8.15-8.45am in the Library with Mrs Poasa and Miss Flynn

Years 4 & 5 Ukulele Ensemble: Thursdays, 8.15-8.45am with Mrs Poasa

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Parish Holy Week Mass Information

Good Friday Stations of the Cross - Friday 7 April - 10am

Good Friday Mass- Friday 7 April - Veneration of the Cross 3pm

Easter Saturday Vigil 7pm

Easter Sunday 7:30am or 9am

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Bernie's Vipers Under 10 Basketball

Congratulations to the Viper's Under 10 Basketball Team who have had a great summer season!
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School Canteen: Kingston's Kitchen

Our school canteen is only open on Mondays,

Wednesdays and Fridays.

Orders can be placed online via

before 9.00am or in person at the canteen.

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Easter Raffle

Thank you to everyone who donated Easter eggs and crafts to our Easter Raffle. The prizes were drawn and handed out this afternoon - there will definitely be a few sugar highs this weekend!
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First day of Term 2 - Wednesday 26 April

Anzac Day Service - Wednesday 26 April - 8.50am

Year 3 Reconciliation Retreat Day - Thursday 27 April

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Anzac Day Service & request for pictures

Next term we will be holding an ANZAC day ceremony on Wednesday 26th April at 8:50am. In addition to our defence families, we extend an invitation for all families to attend. We will be creating a PowerPoint presentation showcasing some photos of the men and women from our St. Bernadette’s community who serve or have served in the Australian Defence Force. If you have photos to add to this presentation, we would greatly appreciate you sending them through to the office via email. We will be adding to the photos gathered last year.
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Term Dates 2023

Term 1: Wednesday 1 February - Thursday 6 April 2023

Term 2: Wednesday 26 April - Friday 30 June 2023

Term 3: Tuesday 18 July - Friday 22 September 2023

Term 4: Wednesday 11 October - Friday 8 December 2023

Pupil Free Days 2023

Tuesday 6 June 2023

Monday 24 April 2023

Monday 17 July 2023

Monday 14 August 2023

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Please note that as this is a live calendar, dates and times may change occasionally.

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