How can I help?

Empowering our kids

To believe

In themselves

In the Marist tradition

How can I help?

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 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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As part of the PDHPE program and the unit of work on Target Games at The John Berne School, Yr 10 students went on a short excursion to Tempe Golf Range and Academy. The students received expert advice from Rob on how to perfect their golf swing. We look forward to going back there and improving our technique
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Fizzics Education presented five innovative science workshops to our students last week. Year 9 and Year 10 students started with the magic of The Liquid Nitrogen Show. Next, students watched in wonder at The Chemistry Show. The day ended with an interactive CSI forensics workshop for our Year 7 / 8 students who learnt more about fingerprinting, blood typing, facial reconstruction and DNA comparisons. We would like to acknowledge the Campsie RSL Club for their support of this program at The John Berne School ... See MoreSee Less

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