Providing a range of co-curricular opportunities is important to us because we value each child’s individual skills and interests, and we want to give every opportunity for students to grow and further their potential.

Students can participate in one or many of the following activities.

St Bernards Catholic Primary School Botany Sport


A specialist sport coordinator is employed to not only ensure students participate in high quality physical education programs which address each child’s skill and fitness level, but also to offer:

  • Representative sport opportunities at cluster, regional and archdiocesan levels,
  • Inter-school gala days for students in Years 3–6
  • An annual school athletics carnival, swimming carnival and sport day for all students.
St Bernards Catholic Primary School Botany Choir

Creative Arts

In addition to their weekly music and drama lessons led by our specialist creative arts teacher, students can join:

  • Choir
  • CaSPA Performance Groups (a dynamic performing arts program of Sydney Catholic Schools)
  • Visual arts competitions
St Bernards Catholic Primary School Botany Buddy

Leadership Development

An extensive program is implemented across the school to encourage all students to aspire to leadership. This includes:

  • Student Representative Council including students from Years 1–6
  • Year 6 leadership committees – Liturgical, environmental, sport and ICT
  • Buddy program – Kindergarten and Year 1 are buddied up with students in Year 5 and Year 6.
  • Peer support program – Each Year 6 students is trained to lead a multi-age group of students through a positive relationship skills program.
St Bernards Catholic Primary School Botany Debating

Academic Enrichment

Programs available include:

  • Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiad (APSMO)
  • UNSW ICAS Assessments for Digital Technologies, Science, Writing, Spelling, English and Mathematics
  • Regional Catholic Interschool Debating Competition 
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Community Service

Our senior students are invited to make a positive difference in the school, parish and local communities through:

  • Mini Vinnies (Year 5)
  • Pope Francis Award (Year 6)

Students who commit to these initiatives are mentored by staff as they volunteer their time and reach out to others in need in a variety of ways.

St Bernards Catholic Primary School Botany Guitar

Onsite External Providers 

External providers deliver programs on a weekly basis on our school site specifically for our students in:

  • Guitar (Before school)
  • Mandarin (Before school)
  • Chess (Lunch time)