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Empowering our kids

To believe

In themselves

In the Marist tradition

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Developing Skills


& Supporting

each other for the journey

How can I help?

Giving students who struggle in mainstream schools the skills to realise their potential

The John Berne School’s priority is to prepare students for a return to mainstream education, for entering trade training or other employment options, and the staff pride themselves in achieving this. The students can present with challenging social, emotional and academic needs which require individualised programs aimed at developing or building on their skills which are behind same-aged peers. Nurturing these students requires staff who exercise enormous patience, unbounded love, provision of intensive support and gentle guidance. These qualities are critical in order to empower students to make the changes needed for success in education and wider society.

Our purpose

The school provides a secure, safe, enriching, and challenging educational environment which gives students in difficulty a second chance and engaging with their families and wider social networks.

Nurturing these students requires staff who exercise enormous patience, unbounded love, provision of intensive support and gentle guidance.

Students are received from across the greater Sydney region, offering them another chance. The low student-to-teacher ratio enables learning processes to be designed to address the individual needs of each student.

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Berne Students departed for the annual Snowy Trip this morning. The Snowy Trip has been an annual tradition since the first days of Berne, 20 years ago. Many of our students have never seen or would never see snow, so it is a fabulous experience for all. Students are invited to participate in the camp according to their behaviour and engagement within the classroom. This year teachers, Tanja, Dave Riddington, Phoebe & Grant will lead the camp. Excitement abounds and by the feel of the weather here today it must be snowing!!!! Have a safe journey and a fantastic time at the snow, guys. Thanks # Carinya Alpine Village # Perisher Blue # Thredbo for making this trip possible for students at The John Berne School. ... See MoreSee Less

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How long is a piece of spaghetti ?

Last week Year 10 students at Berne learnt how to make pasta from scratch. Firstly, in a maths lesson, students calculated how long a piece of spaghetti is and how long the whole packet of spaghetti is. The challenge was to do all the calculations without a calculator. All calculations involved estimating first and then calculating the result. Making their own spaghetti or fettucine was a lot more fun and finally enjoying the results with a traditional pasta sauce. Yum!
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Berne strives to make real the Marist qualities; especially that of family spirit.
Teachers at The John Berne School spend recess and lunch outside engaging with the students, paying sport, games or chatting together.
In the words of one of our past students, "The best thing is that the teachers didn’t scurry off to the staff room at recess and lunch, they stayed in the playground with the students and spent time with us, whether that was having a chat, playing a game or telling us to get out of the toilets, they were always around and there for us no matter what".
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