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The students' pride in their Paddock to Plate Program is evident just by looking at how neat and tidy they are keeping the whole garden area here at school. Hopefully they are taking similar pride in their own spaces at home, and also keeping them very neat and tidy!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Recently students have been learning about "Our Don Bradman"
Firstly they played some cricket and then read this poem about The Don:
"Who is it that all Australia raves about?
Who has won our very highest praise?
Now is it Amy Johnson or little Mickey Mouse?
No, it's just a country lad who's bringing down the house!
And he's Our Don Bradman - and I ask you is he any good?
Our Don Bradman - as a batsman he can sure lay on the wood.
For when he goes in to bat
He knocks ev'ry record flat,
For there isn't anything he cannot do,
Our Don Bradman - ev'ry
Aussie "dips his lid" to you."
They discussed the meanings of some of the old style language of the day, and then had a research task to do about The Don.
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Paddock to Plate Program.
As part of our Living Skills Program, teachers and students are busy creating a new, enlarged garden area where students will grow specific produce for our "Paddock to Plate" program, to cook and make things such as kombucha, yoghurt and other ferments.
Students will be responsible for designing, ordering supplies, building garden beds, planting, fertilising, watering, nurturing and maintaining the garden.
The John Berne School would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to WestConnex and specifically the Westconnex Community Grant Scheme 2019, who have recognised the value and worth of our "Paddock to Plate" program and have generously provided the funding for our project. We can't wait to post updates on the progress of this project as it unfolds...
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Friday, the last day in Central Australia, Berne students and staff bid farewell to Santa Teresa and flew to Uluru. After a long wait at the baggage collection waiting for Tanja's bag, fears that the bag was missing were confirmed .. and that Tanja would have to wait till Sydney to get it!! On the bright side at least this didn't happen for anyone at the start of the trip...
The group made their way to their accomodation and all enjoyed a swim at the pool in the 36 degrees heat! After cooking an early dinner at the resort it was time for the sunset tour of Uluru. Tour guide Ryan explained how Uluru and Kata Tjuta were formed millions of years ago, giving our group a deep appreciation of the uniqueness of this natural wonder.
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The groups' last full day in Santa Teresa was spent volunteering in the Creche and at the school. Students and staff were formally thanked and acknowledged at a whole school assembly. Oliver and Jake cleaned and organised the shed. In the afternoon staff and students went over to the youth hub to help with painting the outside. We were treated to fresh hot scones for afternoon tea, courtesy of Br Mark ... See MoreSee Less

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Santa Teresa!! Students spent some time over the last couple of days volunteering at various placements in the community. Daniel, Jamilah and Rebecca did some face painting at the Creche, Maddie and Rowan volunteered at the school, Oliver cleaned cars, and the girls even had time to do each others' makeup! In the evening the group headed out bush with Sister Liz and Br Mark for a cook out and campfire. Students had the opportunity to prepare and cook kangaroo tail. They also had the chance to climb a local hill and enjoy the spectacular views.. ... See MoreSee Less

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NEWS and Photos from Santa Teresa!
Yesterday Jamilah, Rebecca, Daniel and Tanja visited the local school where they spent some time helping in the classroom and hanging out with the students in the playground.
Maddison, Rowan and Phoebe visited the Creche and spent some time playing with the children.
Oliver, Jake and Supi spent the day making meals on wheels and delivering them to local residents in need.
In the afternoon the group walked up to see the Cross, and enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the way back.
More news to come as the week unfolds...
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On Friday 1st November, students and staff gathered to celebrate All Souls Day. Students participated in a liturgy led by Br Chris Hogan and planted a rose in memory of all the loved ones we have lost over the years. Thank you to all the students for their respectful participation. ... See MoreSee Less

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Yesterday, Sunday 3rd November, staff and students made their way from Sydney to the Northern Territory to immerse themselves for one week in the Santa Teresa community. They were picked up from the Alice Springs airport by Ian, from Our Lady of Sacred Heart Alice Springs, who kindly transferred them for the hour's drive to their destination at Santa Teresa. The group were invited to dinner at the Marist Brothers' house for their first night in Santa Teresa, where they were warmly welcomed with a delicious meal made by Br Mark, Br Redmond and Sister Liz. What an amazing day, and wonderful start to the week's Immersion Trip. ... See MoreSee Less

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On Friday another group of students visited Flemington Markets and purchased ingredients to make chicken snitzels with salad and chips. Pictured here is Teacher Dave with Dylan, Oscar, Jakob, Lenny and Molly hitting the stalls for fresh produce. ... See MoreSee Less

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