St Bernadette’s School, Forbury

Phone/Fax: 03 455 7408 - Email: - 16 Forbury Road, Forbury, Dunedin 9012

We Believe, We Care, We Learn

Special Character:

Prayer Assemblies

Each term, classes take turns to present a Friday Prayer Assembly. Family members and members of the community are very welcome to attend these. They commence at 9.15am and last about half an hour. Dates for prayer assemblies are published in the Friday Newsletter and in the Calendar on this website.  The class leads the school in a short paraliturgy focusing on a Religious Education topic being studied at the time.  


Class Masses

Each term individual classes celebrate a special class mass.  These are held on Thursday mornings at 9.30am.

School Masses

During the year there are special Sunday Masses  where the two schools in the pastoral area, St Bernadette’s and St Brigid’s gather together at St. Patrick's Basilica for Mass. These are usually on the third Sunday of the month.  Other special occasions in the Church calendar, such as the feast of St Bernadette, are  celebrated in the Parish Church.


Sacramental Programme

In conjunction with the Forbury Parish, the school helps to prepare children for the Sacraments of Penance, Confirmation and First Eucharist.


Progress Reports

In Terms 2 and 4 written progress reports are sent home with students. These reports show achievement and effort made by the students. 

Parent Teacher Meetings

The first of these meetings is held early in Term 1 providing an early opportunity for sharing information and expectations for students.  The second meeting is scheduled for the end of Term 2 following written progress reports.  Teachers are always willing to meet with parent/caregivers at any stage of the year at a time suitable to both parties.

Friday Books

These are work books sent home each Friday. They provide samples of work and an insight into topics currently studied.


At the commencement of each school year, class teachers outline to parents the requirement for homework and an indication of how parents can help in this area.

Friday Newsletter

The St Bernadette’s Friday Newsletter is published every week and sent home with the youngest member of the family. The newsletter keeps families informed about programmes and happenings at the school as well as providing lists of dates and news of upcoming events. The newsletter is also available on the school web site.


 Parents and caregivers are asked to contact the school by 9.00am if their child will be absent on that day. 

Latest Audited Annual Report

Our finances are audited each year and we are required to make these available for the community.

Please click on the link below to view.

Financial Account - 2017.pdf .


The school has  purchased a number of iPads for use in every classroom in the school. 


Hall / Technology Room

The hall is a wonderful multi-purpose area to be used by classes, syndicates, whole school and family activities. 


Adventure Playground

There are two adventure playgrounds, one in the upper, and one in the lower play area. 


After School Care

A service is available for children to attend an after school care program. 

The service is available for pupils of St Bernadette’s School from Monday to Friday, from 3.00pm until 5.30pm at a cost of $6.00 per hour per child.


Smart Lunches

An organisation called Smart Lunches delivers $5.00 lunches from Monday to Friday. This lunch can be upgraded to a $6.00 lunch which includes an extra sandwich. Please place orders at the office prior to the start of the school day. 



Sushi lunches are available on a Thursday only and can be purchased on line. 

Visit '' - go to 'Place an Order', Create your account and follow the prompts.

Friday Barbecue

Every Friday the Home and School Association prepare a barbecue lunch for the children. Sausages are available at a cost of $1.50 and are paid to the classroom teacher.


Scholastic Book Club

Each Term children receive brochures from the Scholastic Book Club offering books at very reasonable prices. These can be purchased on line or paid to the office.


·Special Activities:

Sports Teams

St Bernadette’s provides opportunities for

 children to participate in the following

 sporting activities:· 

  • Rippa Rugby
  • Kiwihoops
  • Gymnastics Club
  • Netball
  • Futsal
  • Touch Rugby
  • Swimming

Inter School Opportunities   

The school takes advantage of opportunities to work with

 children from other schools:

  • Ariki Cup Cross Country
  • Dunedin South and Otago Athletic Champs
  • St Vincent de Paul - Vinnies
  • Young Leaders' Conference      
  • Maori and Pacific Island Festival
  • Sport Otago Sports Days
  • Kavanagh Year 6 Sports Day
  • Ukulele Jam

 Local Resources

  • Advantage is taken of local resources to enhance children’s learning.
  • The Edgar Centre
  • Kavanagh College Liaison 
  • Otago Museum
  • Toitu Museum
  • Dunedin Art Gallery
  • Corstorphine Park