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, outreaching to 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

A group of Year 10 students participated in the Youth Express Program this Term at Belvoir Street Theatre. Under the tutelage of Director, Gavin Vance, they wrote and performed their play ‘Cry Wolf’ which focussed on the themes of loyalty and bullying. Performed for a large audience at Belvoir on 21st November, the production was a great success.
Teachers at school have commented that students gained many benefits from this experience including improved social skills and greater confidence in challenging themselves to grow.

Photos: Patrick Boland
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Artist in Residence

The John Berne School has once again, for the third year been very fortunate to run an Artist in Residence Program with the very talented artist, Susan Muranty, facilitating it. Twenty students from all year groups appreciated spending one-on-one time with Susan over 7 weeks to learn ways to draw, see things differently and experiment with different ways to express their creative side. Susan has been a wonderful mentor for each student ensuring they felt confident in their ability and valued for their talents. We are always very appreciative of the time Susan gives to our students and the students always create beautiful pieces of work throughout the program as seen in these examples.
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End of School Year Picnic

Yesterday, to celebrate all the successes of 2016, we enjoyed a whole school Picnic Day at the beautiful Clifton Gardens. This always proves to be such a fun day for all students and staff as we swim in the bay, jump off the pier, practise our fishing skills, play football and enjoy a lovely chicken and wedges lunch. The sun always shines and there are plenty of smiles and good cheer on the day!
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