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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The students' pride in their Paddock to Plate Program is evident just by looking at how neat and tidy they are keeping the whole garden area here at school. Hopefully they are taking similar pride in their own spaces at home, and also keeping them very neat and tidy!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Recently students have been learning about "Our Don Bradman"
Firstly they played some cricket and then read this poem about The Don:
"Who is it that all Australia raves about?
Who has won our very highest praise?
Now is it Amy Johnson or little Mickey Mouse?
No, it's just a country lad who's bringing down the house!
And he's Our Don Bradman - and I ask you is he any good?
Our Don Bradman - as a batsman he can sure lay on the wood.
For when he goes in to bat
He knocks ev'ry record flat,
For there isn't anything he cannot do,
Our Don Bradman - ev'ry
Aussie "dips his lid" to you."
They discussed the meanings of some of the old style language of the day, and then had a research task to do about The Don.
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Paddock to Plate Program.
As part of our Living Skills Program, teachers and students are busy creating a new, enlarged garden area where students will grow specific produce for our "Paddock to Plate" program, to cook and make things such as kombucha, yoghurt and other ferments.
Students will be responsible for designing, ordering supplies, building garden beds, planting, fertilising, watering, nurturing and maintaining the garden.
The John Berne School would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to WestConnex and specifically the Westconnex Community Grant Scheme 2019, who have recognised the value and worth of our "Paddock to Plate" program and have generously provided the funding for our project. We can't wait to post updates on the progress of this project as it unfolds...
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