Religious Formation

Is broken down into several key areas:

Values Education

In 2018, St Bernardine's created our own set of five values that we believe and explicitly teach and demonstrate daily.  The 'Values' come from our Franciscan Charism, our School Ethos, Motto and Mission Statement and leading educational research.

The St Bernardine's Values are:

  • Resilience
  • Respect
  • Service
  • Unity
  • Contemplation

Our school values reaffirm and assist in the teaching of expected behaviours and how we respond to less desirable behaviours.

These values will be demonstrated visually around the school and in every classroom.  The students will be explicitly taught what these values 'look like' and 'sound like' in their learning and their interactions with their peers and adults.

Students demonstrating the values will be awarded with Value Vault Cards.  These cards will be placed in the 'Vault' and each week at Assembly, several will be pulled from the Vault and recognised in front of the School community.

At the end of each 'value cycle', each classroom teacher will be asked to nominate two students who have exemplified the current value, improved the most or worked hard on their own value journey and join the Principal and members of Admin for a special morning or afternoon tea and receive a certificate of award for this achievement.

Prayer in the Classroom

The Importance of Prayer

Three times in the first ten verses of this letter the Apostle Paul has told the Colossians that he is praying for them. He tells them he is thanking God for them and that his prayers on their behalf are unceasing.

What is Prayer?

It seems that the first question we must ask is this: what is prayer? The simple answer is this: prayer is talking with God. We pray when we open our heart to the Almighty.

As simple as this is, it is also something people need to hear. Too many people feel that prayer is a certain sound . . .. Others feel prayer is something that takes place in a certain place or with a certain posture. But none of those things are requirements for true prayer. In fact, you can sound holy and not be doing anything other than talking to yourself.

True prayer is honest, humble and personal.

Reasons for Prayer

There are several good reasons to pray.

  • It is a great privilege. Can you think of any greater honour than to have an audience with the One who rules over ALL creation? We have been invited to talk with the one who put the stars in place. We are invited to seek counsel from the One who is truth and wisdom. We are invited to sit down with the One who knows all things.
  • Conversation is a part of any vital and growing relationship. We sometimes measure the quality of a marriage relationship by how well the couples communicates. Or to state it another way, one of the first things people point to as evidence that a marriage is in trouble is a lack of communication. The same is true for our relationship with the Father. True, honest, heartfelt conversation is a sign of a healthy relationship. A lack of conversation, or conversation only in public is a sign of a relationship in trouble.
  • Prayer makes a difference.

Our classroom prayer at St Bernardine's is student focused that incorporates the liturgical life of the Church and the students own needs and thoughts. Each class does this prayer differently and at regular times that suit their situation.

Sacramental Program

St Bernardine's Parish Sacramental Program

Parents of Catholic children wishing to receive information regarding Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion are invited to phone the parish office on (07) 3884 7600 (Monday-Friday, 8.30am to 12.30pm) or email

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Liturgical Celebrations

All Liturgical Celebrations are advertised in our School eNewsletter.