St Bernadette's Primary School Dundas Valley

Newsletter 2021 Term 3 Week 6


Dear families of St Bernadette's

As we come to the end of Week 6, we are reminded that all of our families are doing a great job at supporting their children in remote learning. As a staff we would like to thank you for all of your support and understanding as we continue to work remotely together.

My one and only request is to support your child’s wellbeing is to ensure that they attend their class zoom meetings. It is during these times that the children see and speak to each other which helps them stay connected to each other and their teacher.

If you have any questions about these meetings please get in touch with your child’s teacher.

Just remember that we are only a phone call or email away when you need us.

Stay well!

Love & Light   

Lisa Gerrard

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


As we continue with Lockdown and remote learning, it can be hard to stay upbeat and motivated. It is hard to think of new activities to keep our children occupied and off devices so I thought now would be a good time to start a school-wide challenge. 

It’s time to get your chefs hats on and show us your MasterChef Skills! Cook, bake and create your favourite food masterpieces and send us in a recipe and photo of your creations. 

If you would like to send in a photo, we’d love to publish them on Skoolbag. For those families that send in a photo and recipe, we are going to try and collate a LockDown Cookbook that we can print and share. We would love to see the whole family involved and you might even like to let us know what Literacy or Maths skills you needed to use in your challenge.  

So, start your ovens and get cooking this weekend!

Send your photos and recipes to with the email subject Masterchef Challenge. We can’t wait to see what you come up with. 

Mrs Willard


Sunday 15 August 2021

Sunday 15 Aug 2021

REFLECTION by Dianne Bergant CSA

In the Western church this feast celebrates the assumption of Mary into heaven; in the East it commemorates her dormition or her falling asleep. The readings invite us to reflect on the role that she plays in the mystery of our redemption. Whatever we honour in Mary in some way points to her son.

Over the centuries devotion to Mary has been expressed in forms taken from the culture out of which it developed. Sometimes she is pictured as a humble peasant girl. At other times she is depicted as a queen robed in gold of Ophir who rules from heaven. Probably the most familiar pose is that of a mother with her child. Perhaps the most dramatic of these themes is that of the celestial woman from the vision found in the Book of Revelation. It is because of the cosmic significance of Jesus that this tradition has been applied to Mary.

Though the first reading depicts a cosmic woman, the gospel reading characterises Mary as a simple peasant woman intent on offering service to another. However, the words that are placed in her mouth are words of prophetic challenge. She announces the great reversals of God’s good news. The greatness of Mary is a reflection of the greatness of the Son of God whom she bore. He was the firstfruits of salvation. He was the victor who won the kingdom. Her part in this victory was to bring him to birth and into maturity.


We still have to mark attendance each day to demonstrate that students are actually participating in remote learning. Each teacher has their own way of gathering this information. It may be by answering a question on Google Classroom or if they attend their allotted zoom meetings etc. Please let us know if your child is sick or unable to attend and we will mark the roll to show this as we would if they were at school.

If you are unable to complete the work set online, we can provide paper copies of the set tasks. An email to the teacher or the school email address will help us support you with this issue. 

Community Learners

Kindy -

Miss Maria has shared some work of one of our Kindy students Chloe Kim. She had an interesting suggestion for our Health Minister. 

Year 2 : Writing tasks

Dear Miss Carly,

I have really bad news for you… I can’t return to school on the first day back. You're not going to believe this but I’m writing this letter to you all the way from Hawaii!

My trip to Hawaii came to an end and something terrible happened. I just sat in the aeroplane for my flight back but a bird was jumping on the left wing of the plane making lots of noise and commotion. The plane was wobbling all over the place and then everyone heard a big, loud CRACK! When we looked over, to our surprise and shock, the whole wing had snapped off!!

 We couldn't believe our eyes, Miss Carly! What had that silly bird done?! How will we fly back home with a broken wing?! The men were rushing around like headless chickens trying to sticky tape the wing back together. I even saw them trying to staple the wing back onto the aeroplane! I don’t think it worked though. I might even extend my holiday in Hawaii even longer now, thanks to that cheeky bird.

I will miss you lots. Thanks for understanding Miss Carly. I will see you when I get back and show you all my amazing holiday pics!

 Lots of love, Gaby

Dear Miss Carly,

 I hope you are well.  I have got some exciting, amazing and fantastic news to share!  I'm not too sure if you are going to think it’s exciting for you.  A special Government organisation has asked for my excellent spying skills, to help them on a Top Secret mission.  This is all very hush hush, so I would ask you to please not let anyone know. 

 Can you believe it! Me, an 8 year old boy, is going to be a super spy.  I'm so excited and I can hardly wait! Of course, I will have to be trained so that will take up extra time, so I think I will not be back at all!

Could you please tell Miss Steph that I will miss my reading group with her and of course you too. Oh, please let Miss Louise know that I will be away for a long time as being a spy requires me to disappear.  Can you let RJ and Gabriella know that I have moved to a new school because they mustn't know my secret!  I will miss them and my other classmates.  Miss Carly, please don't be sad that I will be gone, just remember that I have had the best year so far with you and Miss Steph.

From your super secret spy student, Noah.

P.S. Pleeeaaase keep this secret mission quiet, as even my Mum doesn't know about it yet!






Year 2 - Amazing Artwork

Our year 2 students have been very active in their learning at home!


Premier's Reading Challenge -UPDATE

To support all students, the following adjustments have been applied to the Challenge in 2021. 

  • The Challenge closing date has been extended to Friday September 3, 2021.

  • Students on all Challenge levels will be able to read 10 choice books. 

  • Students on all Challenge levels will be able to include books on their reading records that they read collaboratively as a class, in person or online with their teacher or at home with their parents/carers.


PBS4L During Remote Learning

Whilst working online it is important we continue to uphold the St Bernadette’s expectations:

⭐ I am safe

⭐ I am respectful

⭐ I am a learner


What would this look like online?

I am Safe 

    • Join Zoom lessons from a safe area in my house eg. the living room or kitchen/dining area
    • Use the technology correctly

    I am Respectful

      • Wear appropriate clothing during Zoom lessons
      • Mute my microphone when I am not speaking
      • Only use the chat feature in the Zoom lesson when my teacher asks me to
      • During Zoom lessons I am listen attentively
      • Speak kindly and use my manners when interacting online

      I am a Learner

          • Complete activities set by my teacher
          • Only use the comment section on Google Classroom when I need to ask a question
          • Avoid distractions around me when I am working
          • The work that is submitted is my personal best

            Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

            Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about support provided to students with disabilities. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

            Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

            ·  year of schooling

            ·  category of disability

            ·  level of adjustment provided

            This information assists schools to:

            ·  formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools

            ·  consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools

            ·  develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

            The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disabilities.

            Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (

            Altar Servers' Roster 16 July - 17 September 2021


            TERM 3 - Dates for your diary

            As we are currently unaware of whether COVID restrictions will continue and in what form, all upcoming events will need to be postponed. We will advise new dates and times when we have more clarity around restrictions. 

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            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!

            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

            Maree P - 10/8

            Oliver C - 11/8

            Ella M - 13/8

            Lachlan B - 15/8

            Louis R - 17/8

            Benjamin G - 19/8

            Tracey L - 21/8

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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.