St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2021 Term 4 Week 4


Dear families of St Bernadette's

What an exciting fortnight it has been. During this time we have welcomed all of our students back to school. This week alone we started our week with a visit from Channel 9. Thanks to the Dellas family for welcoming this news team into their home and really showcasing the excitement that the children were experiencing as they reunited with their friends and teachers. 

Over the past week I have also been liaising with our media team from CEDP to get a school Facebook page up and running. Once we have this up we will communicate to the community so that you can see some exciting events happening even while we cant have parents onsite.

Sincere thanks to all of you who have worked with us as we put new plans into place regarding pick up and drop off arrangements that align with our Covid safe plan. 

Love & Light   

Lisa Gerrard

(on behalf of the St Bernadette’s staff & students)


As we come to the end of the year, there are some activities that occur ‘behind the scenes’. One of these tasks is the writing of Semester Reports. As you know, we have had an unprecedented year in terms of learning and we have been given the allowance to move away from the A - E reporting structure and report on what work was observed during the remote learning period and upon the students return to school. Your child’s Semester 2 report will look different from Semester 1 and will have an overall statement about the learning that was covered during the Semester and dot point observations of what work your child has completed. Formal assessments were extremely difficult to administer during remote learning due to the variance in help provided by parents at home. This report will provide a snapshot of what your child has achieved this Semester and we will provide a more ‘traditional’, A - E report on your child’s learning in Semester 1, 2022. If you have any questions about the Semester 2 reporting process, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or myself. 


All students must be dropped off on the School side of Cox Crescent. We have observed cars stopping, blocking driveways and then running their child across the road to school. This is very unsafe for the child but also for drivers who use the Drop Off area correctly.

If your child is Late (after 8.55) a parent must walk into school and record their reason for the lateness. If your child is dropped off late, they will need to wait at the gate until their parent arrives If no parent is present, a phone call will be made with a request to return to the school to speak with the office in person. This procedure is part of our Attendance Policy and must be adhered to each day.  


We understand changes to after school pick up can occur. Please advise the school office of changes before 2:30pm so that we can let children know where their dismissal area will be for that day.

Drive Through

Please remember to follow all road rules and be courteous when using Drive Through. Due to continued breaches of road rules, Council Rangers have been notified and will begin patrolling the area.  reminders:

  • Do not queue across the Pedestrian crossing. This is illegal and extremely unsafe to students and parents who use the crossing.

  • Please use a ‘zipper’ way of entering the Drive Through queue. That is, one car enters Cox Crescent from the South, then one from the North. This is common courtesy and demonstrates kindness and respect for others.

  • Do not overtake cars in front of you in the Drive Through line. You must wait until the car in front moves off. 

Parent pick Up

Earlier this week, we sent out updates guidelines for parent Pick up and we appreciate those parents who have followed the guidelines and have waited outside the gate and moved off the school site promptly. Some parents and students who are walking appear to be using the actual driveway to exit the car park. Please use the footpath provided at the side of the car park. 

Mrs Willard


Sunday 31st October 2021

REFLECTION by Dianne Bergant CSA

Israel was called by God. To what was Israel called? To what were the crowds who followed Jesus called? To what are we called? To a covenant relationship with the Lord who is God, the one who is Lord alone. We have been invited into an intimate personal relationship with the creator of the universe, the one who plays with black holes and white dwarfs and at the same time with infinite interest has numbered the very hairs on our head (cf. Matt 10:30). We have heard this so often that it may have become commonplace. The marvel of it may escape our attention, because it has become just a part of our religious language. It is well that once in a while we are shaken to our senses, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord is your God, the Lord alone!’

It is not marvel enough that this mysterious God has created us; we have also been redeemed. As victim-priest Jesus has offered himself on our behalf. He is the sacrifice that sealed the covenant; his blood was the expiation for our sins; he is our rock, our fortress, our deliverer, our shield, our stronghold. Only one thing is asked of us in return: that we open ourselves to him and cling to the covenant, that we proclaim with all our hearts ‘The Lord is our God, the Lord alone!’ We are to love with all our heart and all our soul and all our strength; we are to love God and to love others.

Sun Safety - No Hat No Play

As the weather warms up, we need to ensure our students are being sun safe. Please check with your child if they have a school hat and if not, please arrange to purchase one for them as it is a part of our school uniform. 

All play areas have a shaded area and if your child does not have a hat, they will be directed to stay and play in the shaded area. If they continue to play in the sun, they will be asked to sit down for the rest of the play session.  

Please help us ensure your child is sun safe at school. 

As a community of Learners

This time we are celebrating our Kindergarten students who have come back to school. Below are examples of some kindergarten work.



Dates to remember:

Week 7:

Friday 19th November - Confirmation 

Week 9:

Friday 3rd December - School photos 

Week 11:

Tuesday 14th December - Last day of Term 4 for students 

Wednesday 15th December - Staff Development Day (No students at school)

Thursday 16th December - Staff Development Day (No students at school)

Cancellation of School Banking at St Bernadettes

Below is an email received from CBA regarding the withdrawal of their school banking program from schools as of the end of this year.

Please note that school banking at St Bernadettes will not continue for the rest of 2021, as we are unable to have parents on grounds to run the program.

Any student who placed an order before lockdown for reward prizes has received their prize.  Unfortunately, no other orders can be placed for reward redemption.

Thank you for your support of this program over the past years. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Cathy Nagy


For 90 years, our School Banking program has helped children learn about money, reinforced the importance of regular savings and provided structure for parents to support their children to save.Support is strong from schools, principals and volunteers who choose to run the program; however you may be aware that in past months, a number of state and territory governments have announced bans on banks delivering programs in their schools, and the NSW Government announced a similar decision today, because of a report from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).We are disappointed with the position taken by ASIC and subsequent decisions by some state and territory governments to take the choice to participate away from individual schools and parents. Because of the ASIC review and these government decisions, we are unable to continue providing programs in schools and we have had to make a difficult decision to close our School Banking program nationally.As a result, the CommBank School Banking program will not be returning to schools beyond 2021.Our School Banking program was established in 1931 at a time when having a bank account was not commonplace, and since then we have helped more than 15 million Australians take their first financial steps.This would not have been possible without the wonderful support we have had from the schools we partnered with over the journey, and for this we are deeply grateful.Even though this is a sad time, School Banking has taught so many young Australians, past and present, the value of money and we believe this should be celebrated. We have created a place for you to share your stories, fondest memories and lessons learnt through the program. Share your story at our in-school program will close, we are committed to supporting financial wellbeing, and will always provide financial education to young Australians. We have launched a new CommBank Youth Hub, which brings together all our youth financial education resources for parents and teachers. This includes a range of free resources including lesson plans, videos and worksheets from our curriculum-aligned financial education program, Start Smart.

Book Club

Book club magazines will come home today. If you are looking at ordering please do so before the closing date of Friday 12th November. All orders are to be processed by parents or carers online as usual. Payments in the office will not be taken.

Summer reading Challenge

All students are invited to enter online the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Reading Challenge. Competition opens on the 1st Nov 2021 and closes at 5pm on 25th Feb 2022. Enter online at

For more information please look on the Parramatta Diocese website.


For those children who are receiving this Sacrament, we ask that you contact Frances or the Parish for all of the final preparations & details on 02 9871 4414.


Learning at home is very different to learning at school. One big change is that the expectations at home and at school could be different. Over the next three weeks in class students will be revising what it means to be a safe, respectful learner at St Bernadette’s.

In all areas we....

  • Protect our bodies.
  • Keep our hands and feet to ourselves.
  • In the right place at the right time doing the right thing all the time.
  • Safe with equipment and belongings.
  • Move safely and quietly around the school.
  • Stand up for others.
  • Use our manners and speak kindly. 
  • Listen Attentively.
  • Wear our uniform with pride.
  • Care for people and accept their differences.
  • Care for property and the environment.
  • Take responsibility for our decisions and actions.
  • Encourage, support and share ideas.
  • Always try our personal best.

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Don't forget to collect your Bread Tags!

Enrolling now for 2022

We still have a small number of places left in our 2022 Kindergarten. Please send in all relevant information as soon as you can to secure your place.

Happy Birthday

  • Mikaella - 19/10
  • Lachlan W - 23/10
  • Tyana - 26/10
  • Jackson D - 26/10
  • Ella T - 31/10



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St Bernadettes Primary School

St Bernadette's Primary, Dundas Valley is a community focused, Catholic parish school catering for boys and girls from Kindergarten to Year 6. The school strives to build a Christ-centred community where faith is integrated with daily life. We provide learning and teaching experiences which enable the children to deepen their faith understandings, investigate, solve problems and explore their learning. We recognise the importance of creating a learning environment that provides opportunities to develop 21st century learning. Technology is integrated into the learning at St Bernadette’s in all Key Learning Areas.