St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2022 Term 1 Week 2


Dear families of St Bernadette's

Welcome to 2022!!

While we still have a number of restrictions due to Covid, we have been able to welcome a number of parents onto our site to settle our younger students. As our first week comes to a close, we have seen many smiling faces and excitement about seeing their friends again or making new ones. 

This year we welcome Miss Emily Tiberio (Kindergarten) and Miss Cathy Vaughan (Year 2) to our staff. I know you will be as excited as we are to welcome them to our community. We also welcome many new students in a variety of grades to our community. We know you will find many new friends here at St Bernadette’s.

In 2022 we will continue working with our Parent Committee. This committee will be responsible for assisting the school in organising events that will engage the students and raise funds for various resources needed to enhance student learning. Once we are able to meet I will invite any parents who would like to be a part of this committee for 2022 to come and meet to devise a plan for this year's fundraising events. We welcome all new ideas for events and look forward to a meeting in the not too distant future.

Thanking you in advance for your ongoing support,

Love & Light  

Lisa Gerrard

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


It has been lovely to see all of our students back for the start of 2022 and another great year of learning. We have had a great start to the year with our new boys bathrooms looking fresh and clean and the Library is almost finished with furniture being recently delivered and the books being re-sorted into their new bookshelves. 

As we start the year, it is a great time for some gentle reminders that apply to all members of our school community. 

  • Morning entry to the school is via the Top Gate only, before 8.55am. If your child arrives after 8.55am, you will need to come into the school office and provide a reason for the late arrival. 

  • Afternoon pick up is via our Drive Through line or Parent Pick up at the Back Gate only. There is to be no parent pick up on Cox Crescent at all. 

  • Hats must be worn by students at all times during recess and lunch. If your child does not have a hat, they will be asked to sit in the shade. 

  • Sports uniform and sports shoes should only be worn on the allocated sports day for your child’s grade. On other days, students must be in their school uniform with black school shoes. 

Have a wonderful week, 

Jackie Willard

Assistant Principal


Sunday 06 February 2022

REFLECTION by Dianne Bergant CSA

Today we consider the call to continue the mission of Jesus by engaging in some form of ministry. The first and the last readings are call narratives; the epistle contains a statement of the faith that undergirds our response to our call; the psalm response celebrates the gracious goodness of God that makes all of this possible.

Our call is more than a summons to faith;  it is a call to ministry. Isaiah is called in order to be sent; the fishermen are called in order to gather others to Jesus. So it is with us. We are called to be sent out to the world. This call comes to us in the ordinariness of life. It will usually come to us as we wash our nets or our dishes, as we teach or raise children, as we prepare a brief for trial or examine a patient; as we repair cars or work at the computer. The call of God comes to us in the ordinariness of life. 

We are called to proclaim the message of the resurrection by any and every means possible.  Some, like Isaiah and the disciples of Jesus, will witness in open and dramatic ways. They will teach and preach; they will nurse the sick and care for the elderly. Others will witness in less conspicuous ways. They will insist on fair practices in their own workplaces; they will weed out expressions of prejudice and violence so that a new and just world can be fashioned for themselves and for their children. Called in the ordinariness of their lives, they will witness to the death and resurrection in that very ordinariness, thus transforming everything into extraordinariness.




Friday 4th Feb - First Day of School for Kindergarten

Staffing for 2022

For 2022 the staffing is as follows:

Kindergarten - Miss Emily Tiberio

Year 1 - Miss Chloe Strawbridge

Year 2 - Miss Cathy Vaughan

Year 3 - Mr Daniel Southwell-Keely

Year 4 - Mrs Leanne Cakmakci

Year 5 - Mrs Corinne Brooker & Mrs Kerrie Kavanagh

Year 6 - Mrs Stephanie Bonora & Mrs Carly Lake

Other staff members include:

Mr Anthony Kensell- Instructional Leader Numeracy & Technology

Miss Simone Farago- Reading Recovery & Diversity.

Mrs Maria Sadler - Literacy Support

Mrs Louise Williams & Mrs Anna Beard - RFF

Mrs Michelina Micallef - Japanese

Sports Days 2022

Kindergarten : Tuesday & Thursday

Year 1: Thursday & Friday

Year 2:  Thursday & Friday

Year 3:  Wednesday & Thursday  

Year 4:  Thursday & Friday

Year 5:  Monday & Thursday  

Year 6:  Wednesday & Thursday

Library Day

Our school library has had a wonderful renovation and with new furniture will be an amazing space for our community. We are currently still waiting for some of the furniture so are not able to use it as of yet. We look forward to it being utlised very soon and will keep you informed.

Term Overviews

Term overviews for each class will be released in the coming weeks.

Community Of Learners

This week we began our Dance Fever dance classes on Thursday. This program is always well received by the students and I know 2022 will be no different. Stay tuned for our updates and images of the classes progress in this program.

Assemblies 2022

As per NSW Health and CEDP guidelines, we are not yet able to resume whole school assemblies this year. We will be conducting assemblies under the COLA, with grades / stages separated, as in line with COVID safety guidelines. Unfortunately, parents will not be able to attend until the guidelines have changed.

Our first Assembly will be held on Friday of Week 4

A gentle reminder

Also please be mindful when dropping off or picking up your children from school that you are considerate of other drivers when entering or leaving the Parish Car Park. During the week the centre 4 car spaces are NO PARKING spots and all other spots are REVERSE in spots. This ensures that cars can follow the arrows to keep everyone safe.

When using the Drive thru option before or after school please ensure that you do not leave your car as the Rangers will consider you parked which can secure a $340 fine. Also be mindful that queuing across the crossing or blocking Evan’s Road can also result in a fine. 


As we begin a new year it is a good time to remind us about the importance of arriving at school on time and staying for the full day of learning. While I appreciate that things happen that are out of our control, please do your best to have your child at school prior to 8.55am. 

Rapid Antigen Testing:

Over the course of this week you should have collected 4 tests per student. It is recommended that your child be tested twice a week. 

Should your child test positive here are your next steps:

  • Register the result with Service NSW.

  • Notify the school office via email or phone call

  • Isolate for 7 days. If your child has no symptoms (coughing, runny nose, sore throat or shortness of breath) on day 8 they may return to school. If symptoms persist then you must isolate until the symptoms have been gone for 24 hours.

It is important that we continue to work together to keep each other safe. Notifying Service NSW & the school is essential.

Parent Contact Booklet:

The contact consent forms will be sent out for new families and any families who need to make changes to contact details. Once returned these details will be updated and entered so this booklet can be sent home in the coming weeks.

Class Contact Parent:

We are now inviting any parent who would like to be a class contact parent to contact their child’s class teacher. Should you want any further information about what this role involves please contact the school office for a role description sheet.

Thanking you in advance for your ongoing support.

Principal Morning Tea & Assistant Principal Awards

For 2022 we will continue our Assistant Principal awards.  Mrs Willard will update our community on the upcoming events etc and present two students from each class with an award based on achieving personal best.

Once a term a Principal’s Morning Tea will be held where two students from each class will be selected according to the nominated criteria.

Term 1 - Encouragement

Term 2 - Positive Behaviour

Term 3 - Christian Service 

Term 4 - Academic Excellence

These Principal Awards will be handed out at the second last assembly each term. Parents will be contacted for both of these awards as usual by our office staff.

Clothing Pool Volunteer

We are looking for a parent volunteer to be in charge of the clothing pool, which means receiving orders directly from parents and preparing orders.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the school office.

Please keep in mind that the volunteer must be double vaccinated as per health advice and restriction from CEDP. Access to the school will be limited, ideally once a week.

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.

Our Digital Sign

We would love to advertise events in our community so if you know of an upcoming event please email the details to

Don't forget to collect your Bread Tags!

Happy Birthday

  • Mason - 03/01
  • Hayden W - 04/01
  • Lydia Y - 04/01
  • Lucian - 06/01
  • Riwon - 07/01
  • Harrison - 13/01
  • Liam F - 14/01
  • Olivia E - 16/01
  • David - 17/01
  • Elle - 22/01
  • Reece - 23/01
  • Taniil - 23/01
  • Amelia - 24/01
  • Andy - 29/01
  • Emmett - 08/02
  • Sonia - 09/02

Just a reminder that any treats sent in are kept to a minimum and individual.


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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.