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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.

Latest News

In continuing on with the DIY workshops at Berne, Dave Riddington ran a Biltong demonstration on Wednesday, with the assistance of some keen staff and students.

The meat was portioned, salted and left to rest for a few hours. The group then mixed a secret concoction of delicious herbs and spices that was later used to season the meat. It was then inserted into the dehydrator to be dried overnight and be ready for consumption today! Watch this space for staff and student feedback! A special thanks to Ange Flannery for sourcing and donating the most delicious meat in Sydney.
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On Tuesday we had a lovely visit from baby Holly who came to school with her Mum Mel. Mel is currently on maternity leave and enjoying spending time with her young children. Holly was very popular with the staff and students alike, and didn't seem to mind the attention at all. We look forward to welcoming Mel back from maternity leave later in the year. ... See MoreSee Less

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The John Berne School gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Club Ashfield for their continuing support of our school. We sincerely thank them for their donation of $5,000 in support of our Skills for Living and Aikido Programs. ... See MoreSee Less

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