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Year 9 Fieldtrip to Cabramatta

At the end of Term 2, Year 9 attended a Geography fieldtrip to Cabramatta to consolidate their understandings of their unit of work on Changing Places. We reflected beforehand on what we thought we would see, feel and hear and completed a timeline on the history of Cabramatta and how it has changed since its European settlement in the 1800’s. Once we were in Cabramatta we walked up the main precinct on John Street looking at the European and Vietnamese influences on the architecture and shop fronts. We took photos of the architecture and enjoyed a Vietnamese lunch of noodle soup.
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Cooking up a storm

Friday cooking program made a return this term with students preparing meals to be shared by students and staff. All the Year 10 students have shown good knife skills and competence in the kitchen. They prepared roasted chicken with all the trimmings.

Tristan helped Phoebe prepare her signature apple crumble that was loved by all.
Peter marinated and prepared the chickens with great deal of skill.
Eryn and Jamie were in charge of the potatoes which were first boiled then roasted to crispy perfection.
Zane did an excellent job in trimming the green beans and steaming them.
Christian and Will made a delicious salad while Jack gave a helping hand to all and TJ entertained us with his singing talents.

Our hope is that the boys will bring home the cooking skills and put them to good use!
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Reaching New Heights

Mammoth effort from Victor "Spiderman" at rock climbing on Friday!
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The John Berne School Open 2017
Teachers vs Students
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Marist Youth Festival

On the 1st of July Nicole and ex-volunteer Ron, represented The John Berne School at the Marist Youth Festival which was held at St Joseph's, Hunters Hill. They were lucky enough to be a part of a panel during a workshop for people seeking opportunities to volunteer at organisations and schools. The panel consisted of volunteers and Marist organisation representatives. Throughout the Q&A session they were given the opportunity to answer questions posed to them by youths and those interested in our school.

"We are very grateful and fortunate to have been given the opportunity to promote the good we do here at The John Berne School and hope we have inspired others to become apart of our close community."
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Ex Students

Over the years The John Berne School have been blessed to have many ex students reach out and reconnect with the school. We are always very excited and intrigued to see as to what life beyond Berne has offered our students.

Ben Noonan was only at the school for one year in 2001, but that one year at The John Berne School has proven to be a major fork in the road for Ben.

Ben is now 31 years old and currently travelling between Africa and Australia after an offer he accepted to aid a few close friends which he met during missionary work in Darwin.

For Ben, the journey of healing begun at The John Berne School. He did not feel accepted or a sense of belonging in his mainstream school so he decided he needed a switch and new perspective on life. The John Berne School opened many doors of opportunity for Ben which included work experience, church, sport and counselling.

We are so proud to have played such an important role in Ben's teenage life.

"People always hear about behavioral schools and they don’t always have the best reputation but I keep telling them, this is not like any other behavioral school, its not like one of those government ones, it’s completely and utterly different."

On behalf of The John Berne School and the wider community, we would like to wish Ben the very best of luck in his future endeavours.
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The John Berne School staff abroad

Currently we have our Yr 7/8 co-ordinator, Nicole, on a Marist immersion trip in Cambodia. She is having a fabulous time assisting the Marist school in their upcoming graduation. She's also spent time supporting staff in their Marist Schools Cambodia Educational Review and appraisal. She's been busy facilitating interviews, observing classroom practise, writing a final report and in-servicing staff on the recommendations.

"From the day I arrived the children, staff and families have been absolutely welcoming and loving and so grateful for the support and help they are given. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to be here and learn so much from such an inspirational Marist community."

We wish her luck for the rest of her trip!
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Could the next worldwide musical sensation be happening at The John Berne School? ... See MoreSee Less

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Dave showing our boys how to play the gentlemen's game of Croquet. ... See MoreSee Less

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