Saint Bernadette's School - Loving our learning, Living our faith, Knowing our God

Nau mai, haere mai 

welcome to st. Bernadette's School 

20th August 2021

Kia ora e te whānau, 

Here we are in Level 4 for at least a bit longer.  I hope this finds you all well and happy in your bubble. 

 The Ministry of Education has arranged special permission for a small number of us to go on to the school site and arrange paper home learning packs for our students.  We will also be able to access our devices for Room 5 & 6 students. Our goal is to deliver these to your doorstep on Monday or possibly Tuesday.  There are lots of rules around this.  We will be wearing masks and will step well back to allow you to answer the door.  If you don't answer we won't leave the pack.  If you were to go out for a walk you could leave us a note on the door to tell us and we would leave them for your return.   

 Like last time all of the options are for you to choose and do what you want and will enjoy.  There is no pressure on you to have to do things.  We do not want learning to be stressful ever and we certainly do not want to be creating stress in your home.   If you do not want a learning pack or if you are locking down at a different address please email me and let me know.  -   If your Room 5 or 6 student does not want or need a device please also email to let me know. 

 Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.  We look forward to seeing you (from a distance) when we do our contactless drop offs. 

Take care. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your bubbles from everyone in the St Bernadette's Staff team. 

Jo Buckley


17th August 2021

Kia ora koutou   

 We are now all in Alert Level 4 which means that our school will not be open onsite for the rest of this week, for any students. This follows someone being identified with COVID-19 and who has been in the Auckland and Coromandel communities while believed to be infectious.  

 It is really important we do everything we can to keep our community safe. Alert Level 4 means we need to stay home in our bubbles and avoid any travelling as much as possible.  Supermarkets, pharmacies, foodbanks and other essential services will be open – but remember to wear a face covering if you are out and about (even a scarf wrapped around your mouth and nose will help). Check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go and please also keep a distance from people you don’t know and wash your hands well and often, especially before and after using any public facilities.  

 With such short notice we weren’t able to hand out devices or hard packs to students in order to support distance learning. Enjoy these few days and if the lock down goes into next week we will be in touch. Our focus as always will be to support the learning, safety and wellbeing of our rangatahi and tamariki and we continue to be here to support you as well. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s kaiako or me, if there is something you need assistance with.

Stay safe and take care

Jo Buckley


Loving our Learning, Living our Faith, Knowing our God. 

Learning is the focus of all that we do at St Bernadette’s. Teachers and students work together to gain the most they can from positive learning experiences. We have a particular emphasis in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy. Our aim is to encourage children to develop into life long active learners who are confident, connected, creative and motivated to strive to achieve their best. 

St Bernadette’s is a Catholic school. We hope that students and teachers grow in their faith through living it. Our Christian values will be reflected in everything we say and do. A culture of respect is nurtured in the school. Respecting the dignity of each human being as being created by God in the image of God.

Through our integral relationship with the St Bernadette’s Church Community with the Parish of Te Awakairangi and the Religious Education and Prayer programmes we have at school, we help the children to build a relationship with their God. We aim to have that relationship reflected in our daily lives.

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