BUILDING TRUSTING

RELATIONSHIPS

WITH SMALL CLASSES SIZES WHICH

RECONNECT STUDENTS TO

LEARNING

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Empowering our kids

To believe

In themselves

In the Marist tradition

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Developing Skills

Learning

& 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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St Joey's visit. Volunteers, teachers & students enjoying cooking together. ... See MoreSee Less

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Closing Ceremony with whole school to unveil completed painting.

The 1M by 2020 represents the Wandana motto of one million students inspired through Aboriginal cultural throughout Australia by year 2020.
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Wandana Visit. Staff & students working together to create this lovely painting.

Explaining the symbols in the painting:
Above the yellow U shapes can be seen the Aboriginal men’s tools and weapons. Below the School community can be seen the Aboriginal womens’ Coolomon. To the left can be seen the local waterways.

The four light green U shapes represent the four School name changes over the years.

The brightly coloured concentric circles in each corner of the painting are the local Aboriginal tribes and the School Family communities from different areas of Sydney. The deep green pathways connecting them to the School are the tracks people move over time. And the handprint of the School Principal represents the love and care for the entire School community.
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