St Bernadette’s Primary is a Kindergarten – Year 6 school that serves the local Castle Hill district and currently has around 500 students enrolled.
Our Mission and Vision
St Bernadette's Primary school is a dynamic Catholic school committed to teaching and modelling Gospel values, incorporating a spirit of community.
Our mission is to:
acknowledge the uniqueness of each individual
encourage optimal learning for every student
instil in the citizens of tomorrow an ongoing appreciation of the environment
Our motto is 'Strength through Gentleness' which guides us in all our endeavours both at school and at home.
Our vision for St Bernadette's is to be an inclusive, Christian community which affirms the dignity of each individual, fosters a love of learning, and demonstrates a commitment to action to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
We work towards our vision through the following important values:
At St Bernadette's, we are committed to and value our Catholic identity. We provide a distinctively Catholic education where Christ's Gospel message is witnessed, acknowledging our faith identity as part of St Bernadette's Parish, the Diocese of Parramatta and the Global Catholic Church. This is accompanied by our knowledge and teaching of Catholic history, traditions and rituals which make up elements of our comprehensive Religious Education program.
Our staff and students work collaboratively to enrich the spirituality of the school's faith community through prayer and liturgy, living out our faith through action and taking part in social justice initiatives. Together as a community, we foster the spiritual growth of both students and staff.
We value every member of our school community by promoting justice, equality, respect and compassion. We promote and maintain an effective communication network within our school community, as well as a welcoming environment through individual and community celebrations and activities.
We foster positive relationships with our students’ parents as important partners in education while maintaining links with the parish and wider community. We place a high priority on the professional development of our staff so as to provide up-to-date and quality teaching for all of our students.
Our inclusive community also offers opportunities for educational, spiritual and social involvement in the school.
VALUING EACH INDIVIDUAL
We take a holistic approach to education, focusing on the development of the whole child by providing pastoral care for staff and students, ensuring that our student management procedures are fair and just while reflecting Gospel values, and affirming and developing the gifts and talents of each student.
We believe it is important to acknowledge significant events and milestones of community members while meeting the individual needs of each member of the school community; everyone learns differently, and we know that!
We demonstrate our commitment to quality teaching and learning by encouraging creativity and innovation in learning while challenging our educators to become co-learners, providing a varied, balanced and challenged program of learning that caters to the individual needs of each student.
We work to ensure ongoing assessment of children's learning and evaluation of our own teaching practice, fostering in children a love of learning and a sense of 'learning in action' as we promote learning as a lifelong process.
Our teachers create opportunities for children to develop critical thinking skills, utilising curriculum practices which promote quality personalised learning. We regularly provide opportunities for students to develop the skills to work both cooperatively and independently, embedding technology across the key learning areas while we continue to renew and update resources.
We believe it's important to take pride in our environment by nurturing our school, addressing safety issues as they arise and encouraging a positive, caring attitude towards the environment.
St Bernadette's provides opportunities for individualised learning spaces that support multiple information and communication technologies, maintaining and enhancing the local physical environment and developing an awareness of wider global issues related to the students' physical environment.
St Bernadette's Primary opened on 31st January, 1956 in a building which also served as a church for the Castle Hill parishioners, who were then part of St Michael's Parish, Baulkham Hills.
Two Sisters of Mercy taught the children, the first Principal being Sister Mary Dunstan. The Sisters of Mercy continued to provide the school with teachers and principals from their order until the early 1980s. From the 1960s through to the 1980s, the school grew rapidly, reflecting the growth of Castle Hill and nearby suburbs.
In 1997 major renovations of the school were completed and the school was officially blessed and opened on August 27, 1997. New buildings included a new administration block and library, and two classroom blocks with six and four classrooms respectively. A new canteen, additional toilets and extensive renovation of the former administration and library block were also completed. Funding for this purpose was provided by the Catholic Education Office of the Diocese of Parramatta, with some supplementary assistance from the parish and St Bernadette's Parents and Friends Association.
In 2006 the school celebrated its 50th Jubilee with special community celebrations, and today the school has around 500 students in classes from Kindergarten to Year 6. We look forward to continuing our tradition of delivering faith-filled learning in a modern, well-equipped school that is always thinking of the future.
Contact us today to find out how to enrol and how we can help your child!
We are proud to serve our community by delivering high quality education