Principal's Welcome

Patricia BoakMrs. Patricia Boak St. Bernard's School is situated on five spacious acres of landscaped grounds along the One Mile Creek.  We are a community of students, parents and teachers working in a dynamic relationship, to achieve our vision of providing the highest quality Catholic education for the local community.

Since our opening by Bishop Bernard Stewart in 1963, St. Bernard's has welcomed children whose parents wish them to receive a quality education, in a community that proclaims and witnesses Christian values within the Catholic Tradition.

ovalSt. Bernard's draws on a proud tradition and rich history, built on the Brigidine Charism and motto of Strength and Gentleness.  The enthusiasm and dedication of the parents and staff, mainfests in high standards, genuine valuing of people and a lived faith resulting in St. Bernard's growing in both size and reputation. 

St. Bernard's takes pride in our strong sense of community and family. We create generational communities where past students choose to return to St. Bernard's for the education of their own children.  Past parents reconnect as grandparents  and the intimacy, comfort and trust that exists provides a strong foundation to nurture the next generation of St. Bernard's graduates.  Families that are new to St. Bernard's comment on the special atmosphere they feel as they enter our school, - the welcome, sense of calm, friendliness and joy they witness in the people they meet and the children they see.

Our dedicated staff deliver an excellent educational experience that is contemorary, engaging and innovative.  Our team of support staff ensure the needs of all children are accomodated.  St. Bernard's reputation as a leader in education is based on our willingness to embrace innovation and change, whilst paying close attention to the development of literacy and numeracy skills.  

St. Bernard's is a member of CREW (Catholic Regional Education Wangaratta). This is a collaboration between our network of catholic schools, parents, students, the Parish and the wider Catholic Community.

 

 

Statement of Democratic Principles

The VRQA Minimum Standards for School Registration includes a standard concerning the school’s adherence to Australian democratic principles and practice.

This standard is as follows:

The programs of, and teaching in, a school must support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:

  • elected Government;
  • the rule of law;
  • equal rights for all before the law;
  • freedom of religion;
  • freedom of speech and association;
  • the values of openness and tolerance.

St. Bernard’s Primary School is committed to the principles of a liberal democracy.

  • We believe in an accountable, democratically elected government.
  • We respect and observe the rule of law, and believe that no person is above the law.
  • We believe in equal rights for all before the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender or other attributes.
  • We believe not only in the freedom of religion, but also the need to practice tolerance and understanding of others' beliefs.
  • We believe in the value of freedom of speech and freedom of association, but also acknowledge that we have the responsibility not to abuse this freedom.
  • We believe in the values of openness and tolerance, and value and respect all members of the school community regardless of background.

This Statement of Democratic Principles is communicated to staff, students, parents and guardians and the school community.