Term 3 Week 10

Principal’s End of Term Message

Another term has ended and with a sigh of relief we begin the holiday break. Term 3 has challenged our community. The loss of Julian has had a profound impact on all of us. We have questioned why and tried to make sense of this loss. As we move forward I urge everyone to remember Julian for his gift of love not as the boy lost to terror.

Yesterday’s SuperHeroes for Julian day encapsulated what it means to be a part of the St Bernadette’s community. We showed our love for Julian and unity for the family. We are a Catholic community who stand and support one another. Our challenge will be to continue this support in the time a head.

What a day yesterday was! I’m sure in the years a head the students, staff and parents will speak of the day with fond memories. I’m so gracious for all the community support that made the day possible. We are a small school of 163 families and raised $6079 for the Cadman family. That is amazing!

Principal Leader Position

Today it has been announced that I have been appointed the Permanent Principal of St Bernadette’s. I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to lead the school community in a permanent capacity.

I want to thank all the staff, parents and community members for their ongoing support. I know this caused some anxiety in the community. Our work will continue into 2018 and beyond as we ensure the students at St Bernadette’s are provided with the best learning opportunities.

Julian’s Funeral

Julian’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, 4th of October at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta. The service will begin at 10am. All members of the community are invited to attend. This will be a significant part of the grieving process and obviously a very emotional day. I know many of the staff will be attending to represent the school.

Parents are encouraged to make their own decision about attending the funeral. If bringing your children it is important that you consider their emotional wellbeing. A vital part for any child would be to ensure there is ample discussion before and after the funeral to ensure the child’s questions and concerns are meet.

You know your children best and are charged with the responsibility of making a decision that is in the best interest of your child.