Welcome to
St. Bernard's Parish Primary School

Grounded in our Catholic faith, we embrace our history and as members of a vibrant community, prepare our students to flourish in a diverse and changing world.

Principal’s Welcome

But there are also those who seek knowledge in order to serve, and this is love.

It is a unique privilege to be entrusted with the care of a school community like St Bernard’s Parish Primary School.  St Bernard’s traces its origins back to 1851, just one year after the State of Victoria was established, and has been for many generations an integral part of the Bacchus Marsh community.

As part of the Melbourne Archdiocesan Catholic School system, St Bernard’s School forms the minds and hearts of children in the knowledge and love of God.  As a school community, St Bernard’s provides a nurturing environment where children develop the capacity to wonder, to grow in knowledge and understanding, and to use their gifts to serve others.  Our small class sizes enable students to develop strong connections with their fellow students and teachers.  St Bernard’s is blessed with a dedicated staff who are passionate about learning and teaching, and to the intellectual, spiritual, physical and social/emotional development of every child.

Our students are encouraged to live a spirit of service and to make a positive impact in the world.St Bernard’s community spirit is inspired by two great saints: St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Australia’s first saint, who once said, “Never see a need without doing something about it,” and St Bernard of Clairvaux, who wrote, “Your actions in passing, pass not away, for every good work is a grain of seed for eternal life.”  In this spirit, St Bernard’s students engage in service to the community throughout the year, both in the Bacchus Marsh community and beyond.

Parents are welcomed from the first moment they arrive at St Bernard’s. As the first educators of their children, parents are invited to partner with the school for the flourishing of each child. St Bernard’s is supported by a vibrant Parents & Friends Association that connects parents and families together as they undertake the rewarding and challenging vocation of raising a family.

Thank you for visiting our website.  It contains valuable information about St Bernard’s mission, religious education, staff members, learning & teaching, and community life. To learn more about St Bernard’s, give us a call or even better, stop in for a visit or to book a tour.  We look forward to meeting you!

Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith




Catholic education in the Bacchus Marsh area began with the opening of a Roman Catholic school in a small chapel at Hopetoun in around 1851. The school, now named the Bacchus Marsh Catholic Common School, was relocated to Fisken St in 1863.

In 1890 four sisters of the order of St. Joseph’s, arrived from Sydney to act as educators. A house was purchased for them to use as a convent and high class ladies’ school. In time, a detached schoolhouse was erected at the site and it was then that the students were relocated for the last time to our current site in Gisborne Rd – St Bernard’s School.


St Bernard’s Parish School

St Bernard’s Parish and School have been partners in Catholic education for nearly 150 years. Father Alex Clemente, Parish Priest, and the associate priests are regularly present to celebrate the Sacraments, important feast days in the Church’s liturgical year, and to provide support for the spiritual growth of the students, staff, and families of St Bernard’s.

For more information about Mass times and parish events, visit the Parish website and Facebook page:

Learning & Teaching

Educational Philosophy

As a school we will provide students with planned curricular and co-curricular learning to equip students with the knowledge, skills, capabilities and confidence to flourish in a school environment and live productive and fulfilled lives. Student achievements are acknowledged and celebrated in and outside of the classroom, at school assemblies, newsletters and local media.

St Bernard’s provides staff with informed best practices in teaching and learning, that instil a love for learning in all students…

Student Services and Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing

St Bernard’s strives to live the example of Jesus Christ. We believe that everyone has the right to feel and be safe at school. We follow a ‘Restorative’ approach to discipline. Restorative practice restores right relationships and brings about healing after some injury has been done to another or others. It has, at its heart, the key Gospel values of reconciliation, responsibility, reintegration and resolution of conflict. Restorative Practice offers processes that can help all students learn to understand and deal with their own emotions in ways that build stronger relationships.


Parents and Friends

The Parents and Friends Association is a vital part of St Bernard’s Parish School. The Parents and Friends Association works to build a strong school community by enhancing the links between family, school and the wider community. The aim is for all families to feel welcome and form friendships within the school community. All parents and carers of St Bernard’s children are encouraged and welcome to join and be part of the Parents and Friends Association.


How to Enrol

St Bernard’s welcomes enrolment enquiries throughout the year. Please feel free to drop into our school office for more information or to book an appointment with our Principal.