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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 visit last March to Berne by John Eales was a highlight for students and staff. John is well known as a former captain of the Australian rugby team, he is a prominent Australian and, as he proudly told the assembly, he is an old boy of the Marist school in Brisbane. John recounted several personal experiences to emphasize the theme that hope, perseverance and continued effort will inevitably bring about good outcomes. It was a wonderful experience to welcome John to Berne. ... See MoreSee Less

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Craig Kelly of the PCYC just called this week to say that past student Marcus was in the top 5 nominees for the State of NSW for the Young Persons of the Year award.
Marcus is shown here at his workplace with Ultratune, and also with Dr Frank Malloy, National Director Marist Schools Australia at his Year 10 Graduation in 2018.
Although Marcus didn't win, it's a wonderful achievement that he was nominated. Well done Marcus, we are all very proud of you!
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The 2019 Year 10 Graduation Mass, Prizegiving and Supper was held recently. Our 12 Graduates are Oskar, Jamilah, Daniel, Kylan, Noah, Matthew, Molly, Rebecca, Luke, Harry, Alexander and Garang. Once again, it was a bitter sweet occasion with mixture of tears and smiles. We wish our students all the very best for the future.
Don't forget to come visit us and let us know how you're doing!
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