St Bernadette’s Primary School was established in 1960, only two years after the suburb of Lalor Park began. Father Leonard, Parish Priest approached the Sisters of St Joseph to establish a school. The Sisters of St Joseph would come from Baulkham Hills Novitiate to teach at St Bernadette’s Parish School. Originally the school was set up in the church with all furniture and classroom partitions packed away to enable weekend mass.
In December 1963 a convent was built for the Sisters to live on site. With the population expanding, a parish and school assembly hall was built in 1971 and two kindergarten classrooms were added in 1980.
Rev Tim Crowley was appointed as Assistant Priest by Cardinal Gilroy as the Parish had grown quickly and was appointed Parish Priest in 1979. Fr Tim Crowley retired after 23 years of Pastoral Ministry as Parish Priest at St Bernadette’s Lalor Park. Rev Andrew Robinson was appointed the third Parish Priest on June 2, 2002 by Bishop Kevin Manning, Bishop of Parramatta and continues to serve St Bernadette’s Lalor Park.
St Bernadette's School has grown from its humble beginning sharing a space with the Parish Church. The convent was converted to a dedicated office for the school and the old Church is now the school’s modern library and multipurpose room. The school has a functioning canteen and four state of the art agile learning spaces that are fully equipped to ensure the best personalised teaching and learning is delivered to all our children.
The school has evolved over its long history of serving the local community. It now includes an extensive playground including infants play equipment, soft fall, netball court, basketball court, covered deck area, vegetable garden, shade structures and access to a parish hall. The school also has easy access to the playing fields adjoining the school.
The school maintains a strong partnership with the Parish. Together we ensure a Catholic education is available for all students. We remain committed to ensuring students have an encounter with God.