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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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Stage 4 participated in a cooking class a few weeks ago, as part of their LOTE Program. LOTE stands for 'Language Other Than English" and for this lesson, the language was Italian and was taught by Nicole. The students cooked an Italian pasta sauce while learning some basic Italian language skills .... Deliziozo!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Great news just in!!
#TelstraKids are sending a grant our way for tents and camping equipment for our school camps. School camps are an important part of our program designed to help at-risk kids to develop teamwork skills, build confidence, strengthen relationships and their connection with the wider community. (Click @Telstra_news for Telstra's Twitter)
Thanks Telstra!
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Here's the story of the adventures Stage 4 Campers Riley, Alecia, Dylan, Jesse, Madison, Finn, Oliver, Oskar, Jack, James and Ben..

...Last Wednesday Stage 4 set off for a 2 night Camp in Gerroa. After a comfort stop in Stanwell Park we proceeded to Kiama to visit the famous Blow Hole.
We set up our campsite quick sticks and then had a refreshing swim in the pool, spent some time jumping on the giant jumping pillow, cooked dinner and then played spotlight which the students really enjoyed, finding very tricky places to hide!
Thursday morning we were off to Wollongong for a surfing lesson! Despite the windy conditions it was awesome to see the students persevering, there is definitely a learning curb with surfing! In the afternoon we headed back to the beach at Gerroa where we fished and played cricket on the sand.
Friday morning came around before we knew it and our enthusiastic students packed up the camp in record time.
We were totally exhausted returning to school but a fun time was had by all 👍👊😄
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Sunflowers! They are a wonderful feature in the garden and brighten everyone's day, and some of them will be cut for tomorrow's Year 10 Graduation Ceremony and Awards.
Teacher Dom even reported that a regular passer by stopped to congratulate us on the progress!
We are so proud of our students who have worked so hard in the garden.
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Stage 5 student Hemi tasting sea urchin for the first time ... ... See MoreSee Less

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Stage 5 students went to the Fish Markets last Friday, and selected a variety of seafood delights including snapper, octopus, prawns and even sea urchins. We decided it was a surf and turf kind of day so popped into Vic's meat market and picked up a variety of sausages, rump steak, rib eye steak and chicken wings. Students were wonderfully behaved and did a great job of cooking the meat and fish to perfection. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Paddock to Plate project is coming along nicely. It is great to see the students taking care of their garden and taking pride in their work whilst learning valuable life skills. They have measured the timber, and calculated the quantities of the soil, fertilisers, and plants required and thus are learning how to apply mathematical skills to real life activities. ... See MoreSee Less

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