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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, 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.

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Year 9 Fieldtrip to Cabramatta

At the end of Term 2, Year 9 attended a Geography fieldtrip to Cabramatta to consolidate their understandings of their unit of work on Changing Places. We reflected beforehand on what we thought we would see, feel and hear and completed a timeline on the history of Cabramatta and how it has changed since its European settlement in the 1800’s. Once we were in Cabramatta we walked up the main precinct on John Street looking at the European and Vietnamese influences on the architecture and shop fronts. We took photos of the architecture and enjoyed a Vietnamese lunch of noodle soup.
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Cooking up a storm

Friday cooking program made a return this term with students preparing meals to be shared by students and staff. All the Year 10 students have shown good knife skills and competence in the kitchen. They prepared roasted chicken with all the trimmings.

Tristan helped Phoebe prepare her signature apple crumble that was loved by all.
Peter marinated and prepared the chickens with great deal of skill.
Eryn and Jamie were in charge of the potatoes which were first boiled then roasted to crispy perfection.
Zane did an excellent job in trimming the green beans and steaming them.
Christian and Will made a delicious salad while Jack gave a helping hand to all and TJ entertained us with his singing talents.

Our hope is that the boys will bring home the cooking skills and put them to good use!
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