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.

Latest News

Berne past student, Douglas McLaren took to the stage like a duck takes to water at last Friday's Annual Berne Luncheon 2019. Interviewed by teacher, Kristina Allan, Douglas generously shared with us many learnings that he has taken away from Berne and his own reflections as to how Berne shaped him and helped him get to where he is today. Douglas also entertained the audience with many funny stories. We thank both Douglas and Kristina for speaking to our audience and help us convey to our supporters and Friends of Berne why we are such a unique and wonderful school so deserving of support. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Annual Berne Luncheon 2019 was held last Friday at Doltone House, Hyde Park. Another fantastic celebration of The John Berne School with Friends of Berne coming from near and far. What a wonderful day. Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors and thank you to all of our generous supporters and donors. We are extremely grateful to you all. ... See MoreSee Less

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It's school holidays so the hardworking Development Office team (aka Ange and Catherine) thought we should go out and check on the Berne garden and make the most of the beautiful sunshine today. The peas, beans and broccoli planted just a week or two ago have sprouted and look like they're thriving. Thanks to Dave Riddington who has offered to pop in during the holidays to mow the lawn and check on our precious garden. ... See MoreSee Less

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