Dear Families and Friends,


Hello!!! We are back.  Over the last 2 weeks I have had the pleasure of watching our dream come alive. Our builders Novocon have worked every public holiday and all through the break to get our office up and running. This means our kitchen area can begin…. So exciting… It does mean for a few more weeks – we need to be careful and enter through our NEW entrance.  


Our Reggio experience was amazing – we would love to share this time with our parents. We will be holding a night at school – DATE TO COME. We would love you to join us to hear how this experience will refine, ignite and expand our work as educators.


SUNSHINE MOSQUE – Family Invite – May 10th 7.30am


All of our children have been exploring rituals and symbols in the many faiths in our world. Over this term I am visiting the Sunshine Mosque and Braybrook temple to participate in their prayer time. I invite any family interested to join me.


On the 10th MAY at 7.30am I will be attending Prayer at Sunshine Mosque. The address is 618 Ballarat Road Ardeer. This will require a parent to be present with your child/ren and bring your child to school after prayer.

Commonly referred to as the ‘Sunshine Mosque’ these days, it is the biggest Mosque in Victoria, and it has extended its services to cater for ladies, elderly and youth groups. To Muslims it is a place of worship and a meeting place, to non-Muslims it is a gift of Ottoman architecture which can be admired as they pass by the Ring Road to and from the city of Melbourne.


In the following weeks I will be advertising a date to meet at the Quang Minh Buddhist Temple in Braybrook.   If you are attending, please ensure conversations around learning, reverence and respect are had before entering this space.


Please let me know if you think your family will be attending.






The playgroup is known as ‘Engaging with place’ and is aligned and supported by Victoria University.  We welcome our little people in our community to come along and join in – tell your friends and bring them too. Parents stay with their children whilst Haley and Victoria University student teachers engage with all the children.

START date: Tuesday April 30th 10.00 am.  

To register your interest, please contact the office or email Haley O’Meara







We are inviting any Grade 3/4/5 parents to join a BUS TOUR of surrounding high schools.

Date: May 17th

We are providing this tour at no cost.

The visiting schools will be: Braybrook High, CCCC, Simmonds, Marian and St Aloysius college.

The tour will be from 9.00 am – 3.00 pm.

Please email Angela if attending:


Year 7 Applications for State Schools

Dear Grade 5 & 6 Families,

Year 7 Application Forms will need to be completed this year if your child is attending a State High School.

St John’s will be holding an information evening to assist with this process on Tuesday the 30th April from 5.30pm to 6.30pm

If we have NO interest we will not run this night.

Important dates:

Enrolments close for students commencing Year 7 in 2020 on 26th April 2019 (Simonds College Only)

Enrolment information session Tuesday 30th April 5.30 – 6.30pm St John’s

School bus tour Friday the 17th May 2019 Whole Day

Any further questions please email Angela

Thank you






Dates for Parent Teacher interviews TERM 2 2019


Monday 29th April

1.00 – 7.00pm  (normal school day – 3.15pm  pick up as usual)

Tuesday 30th April

3.00pm –  5.30pm (normal school day – 3.15pm  pick up as usual)

To book a spot for parent Teacher Interviews please click the link below, click on “MAKE A BOOKING” and enter the code: 3nsrn




Learning and Teaching

Towards the end of Term 1 and now into Term 2, we are focusing on Traditions and Perspectives as key concepts to drive our whole group inquiries (linked to Ethical Capability and History curriculum). These concepts will be explored through the Research Process where learners will be supported to question, find, review and communicate their new knowledge and understandings.


The learning dispositions that will be strengthened throughout this learning focus are Empathy and Reflection, where St. John’s learners will be encouraged to emphasise with different perspectives and reflect on ethical dilemmas. Learning Dispositions provide a wonderful opportunity for families to reinforce at home. You might discuss the perspective of a character from a book, or reflect on why someone has made a certain decision. You could have conversations with your child about what it means to be empathetic or reflective, and ask questions. For example, What are you working on? How are you doing it? What was easy? What was hard? What did you learn? How will you use it in the future? What would you do differently next time?


If you have any questions, comments or would like to celebrate your experiences from home, please contact Lauren through



Resources needed! We need your help!

We believe children learn in many ways and have the right to express their learning in many different languages (e.g. sculpting, painting, drawing, writing, acting, building). Our St. John’s Horizon places our children at the centre. We show this through the value of joy, discovery and encounter. Therefore, children interact with many different materials and mediums each day. Our staff are very good at resourcing, however we are calling on our untapped resource – our families – that may be able to help. At any stage throughout the year, we are appealing for any unwanted loose parts or natural materials that you have collected that you wish to donate (our preference is not plastic). However, before bringing anything in, could you please email Lauren to ensure it is suitable for the children of St. John’s. Thanking you in advance for your generous donations.




2019 School Term and Holiday Dates

Period Start Finish Length
Term 1 Friday 1st February Friday 5th April

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 6th April Thursday 25th April
Term 2 Friday 26th April Friday 28th June

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 29th June Sunday 14th July
Term 3 Monday 15th July Friday 20th September

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 21st September Sunday 6th October
Term 4 Tuesday 8th October Thursday 19th December

Finish 1pm

11 Weeks




OSH CLUB – Before and After School Care

Would you like to attend before / after school care in 2019.

Please register online:

Register Choose: St John’s Catholic Primary School FOOTSCRAY

Follow prompts OR CALL: 1300 395 735


Please Note: The Lunch Box orders

From Term 2 The Lunch Box will be providing lunch orders for FRIDAY’s only until further notice.

EBI Fine Foods will be providing lunch orders from Tuesday through to Friday as usual.



April and May

  • Friday 26th April – Term 2 first day back!
  • Monday 29th April – Parent Teacher Interviews  1pm – 7pm
  • Tuesday 30th April – Parent Teacher Interviews  3pm – 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 30th April – Playgroup commences at 10am
  • Tuesday 30th April – Grade 5 & 6 State School Info Night 5.30pm
  • Friday 3rd May – Assembly 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 8th May – 3/4 Excursion Hairspray the Musical (TBC)
  • Friday 10th May – Mothers Day Stall (Parent Helpers Needed)
  • Friday 17th May – Grade 3/4/5 Parents tour of High Schools
  • Friday 17th May – Assembly 2.30pm
  • Friday 31st May – Assembly 2.30pm

We have many dates coming, please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the newsletter for upcoming events.

Do you need a paper copy? Please let Leonie know at the office.


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