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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Just a reminder about this Sunday, 15th September.

Our 2019 Immersion Team students Oliver, Daniel, Jake, Rowan, Jamilah and Rebecca and staff will attend morning Masses at St Brigid's Marrickville at 9am and 10.30am. We have been offered the opportunity to speak about the upcoming Immersion trip to Santa Teresa in the form of a Q & A.

After both Masses we will be offering Morning Tea for a donation, to help cover the costs of the Immersion. We would love the chance to chat and share a cuppa and a treat so please feel welcome to come along.

Address: 392 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Mass Times are 9am and 10.30am
Morning Tea after each Mass
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Work Experience Week last week saw Stage 5 students get a look into the future, and make a positive step into seeing what type of career they might embark on after school. For some, they got to work out what they would definitely not want to end up doing, which is also a positive step. Here are some snaps of 3 of our students, from Left to Right:
Karim got his hands dirty at Guildford Autos, working as a mechanic;
Michael, worked at Apostle Paul Bookstore at Rockdale, and Jakob worked with his uncle at Rapidworks, where they are in the process of building a Childcare Centre.
It takes courage and trust to put yourself into an unfamiliar environment and engage with new people, and we are very proud of our students for rising to this challenge.
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