Week 5


Dear Families and Friends of St John’s Community,

Last week we celebrated Saint Mary MacKillop at St John’s. Mary MacKillop brings a very special connection to our school as St. John’s was under the guidance and leadership of the Sisters of St Joseph for seventy-seven years. Mary was the first Sister of St Joseph and this connection remains strong. The day was celebrated with the theme of ‘happiness’. The children’s happiness was shown through dance, making sock puppets and continuing our donations to Way of the West. The feeling throughout the day was JOY – joy in each other and with each other. 

‘We pray for Mary MacKillop’s people – those struggling in their lives, those needing accommodation, justice, friends, safety, understanding, comfort, advice and encouragement. May they find in their communities the people and relationships they hope for.’ 



NEW play areas 

Our focus on engaging children throughout the school day has spread to the school yard. We have re-purposed the undercover area to a Gaga pit and a rock climbing wall. In the backyard a ‘shop’ is being built in the garden. You will see pots/pans, cash register, spoons, aprons and a new serving window. I hear the children are going to be making magic potions, stew and serving drinks. Sounds exciting!! 

The idea of having a Gaga pit came from our senior students attending camp. In short, Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. Dubbed a kinder, gentler version of dodgeball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball. Fun and easy, everyone gets a serious workout. Teachers will be tuning children into rules for this area.


Faith News

Sacrament of Confirmation

Congratulations to Allegra, Ralph, Daniel, Anhduy, Oscar, Evan, Patrick, Tiffany, Aiden, Timothy T. and Thomas who all celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation last Friday night. The ceremony was led by Bishop Mark Edwards, he met with the children last week and chatted about the significance of this step in their faith life. After meeting with Bishop Mark our children engaged in some reflective activities. It was a joy to hear some of the thinking that was shared within the group. We focused on using our voices to show others what we believe and to question things when we see or hear something that challenges our thinking. See below for some quotes from the day. 

“If I could be someone else for a day I’d be Donald Trump. That way I could take back some of the things he’s said” – Allegra

“The greatest gift I’ve ever been given is my brothers” – Thomas

“There’s nothing about myself that I’d change, I’m trying to be the best version of myself that I can”  – Timothy

“If I could have one question answered it would be ‘what’s the meaning of life?’, sometimes when I think about it my head hurts” – Oscar



Faith Walk

Thank to you the parents who participated in our Faith Walk last week. It was a valuable opportunity to dialogue together about Faith and how we explore this at St John’s. 


Feast of Assumption – Thursday 15th August

We celebrated Mass as a whole school today in acknowledgement of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Fr Gerald said Mass and was delighted to hear everyone singing beautifully. 


Feast of Mary MacKillop celebrations

What a joyous way to spend the day together at St John’s. Thank you for your generous support of Way of the West and for sending in so many socks. See below for some photos from the day and to see how your old socks were brought back to life 😉





Inform and Empower – Cyber safety Evening

As our complexity increases with device use, we request one parent per family to attend this night – Monday August 19th 2019. Non-attendance will lead to restrictions of device use for students until parents are fully informed of cyber safety.

One parent is requested to attend

Inform and Empower Cyber Safety Night

Monday 19th August @ 6:30 – 7:45pm

St John’s Hall



Book Week Parade – Monday 19th August @ 8.45am

Dear Families,

St John’s will be celebrating Book Week 2019 with a fabulous day of fun-filled activities and a performance for the children on Monday 19th August.

The children and staff will be invited to dress up to celebrate the theme of Reading is my secret power! There will be a Book Week Parade at 8.45am and families and friends are invited to join us for the parade by the children. Some ideas to get you thinking are:


  • Your favourite book or character, such as Our Granny, Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge, Fox, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Harry Potter, Nemo, Where’s Wally, Mad Hatter, Arabian Prince, A Green Sheep, Spot and so many more!!
  • A special person in your life.
  • Someone you admire.
  • Your favourite part of a book or story.

Be creative with what you have at home – we promote a sustainable approach to costuming for the day. 

At the end of the day, St. John’s children will watch an exciting, inventive performance by School Performance Tours. The performance focuses on a story about facing your fears and looking at things from another perspective. It is also a story of things not always being as they seem.

We are looking forward to a great day celebrating the wonderful books and literature we have to read and enjoy. Please do not hesitate to email on kcarlin@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au if you have any questions. 

Kaylene (Literacy Leader)

Eileen Winduss (Librarian)



Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys

Families will be invited to give us feedback and influence our future directions by completing a survey which will be available between September 2nd and September 20th. Please keep a look out for upcoming information and join in by completing the surveys!





$3000 RAISED !!!! We can not thank you enough!!!


The purpose of the night was: 

  • to gather as adults – see old friends and make new ones. 
  • raise funds for Discovery projects

We raised OVER what we first imagined was possible. So now it’s time to raise your voice for the extra funds. 

$200 went towards Patricks beautiful gathering at St Johns. The funds bought beautiful lights to fill the space with warmth and love. Such a beautiful way to support one of our families xx 

$2000 will go towards Discovery Projects

$1000 will go towards ??? 


  • Fire Pit at farm
  • Blocks for playground
  • Or…. ?? Any ideas welcome….

Please email gemmag@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au within the next two weeks to have your voice heard 🙂  I thank the steering team once again for organising such an amazing event. 


Jeans for Genes Day

On Friday 2nd August St. John’s raised an amazing $276.40 for Genes for Jeans Day. 

We thank you for your support.




Father’s Day Celebration

Friday August 30th

Fathers Day BBQ & Coffee Van 7.30am at the Farm

Please return the “Attending” note (if you have not already) if you are going to come along as this will assist with catering numbers.

Thank you

We look forward to seeing you there!


Father’s Day Stall

Friday August 30th (after Father’s Day Breakfast)

Gold Coin donation



Come along for a family movie night here at St John’s – September 19th 6.00pm – all welcome. More info to come. 








  • Monday 19th August – Book Week Parade @ 8.45am
  • Monday 19th August – Cyber Safety – Inform and Empower (one parent must attend)
  • Friday 23rd August – Assembly 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 27th August – Learning Walk Mathematics Focus 8.45am – 9.45am
  • Friday 30th August – Fathers Day BBQ & Coffee Van 7.30am at the Farm
  • Friday 30th August – Fathers Day Stall
  • Friday 6th September – Assembly 2.30pm
  • Thursday 19th September – St John’s Movie Night @ 6pm
  • Friday 20th September – Last day Term 3 1pm finish (wear house colours)

We have many dates coming up. 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.


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: www.oshclub.com.au

Register Choose: St John’s Catholic Primary School FOOTSCRAY

Follow prompts OR CALL: 1300 395 735

Hello everyone,

Over the last two weeks, we have been busy learning and responding to diversity through the lens of respect. We are learning about different cultures by playing a traditional indigenous game called Kolchee, and by cooking pasta and Japanese meals.  We also had a building challenge with straws and made a robotic hand as part of our loose part activities.


We celebrated National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Children day on 5th August. This year’s theme was ‘We Play, We Learn and We Belong’.

We would like to say thank you to everyone who came to our service on Monday 12th August for our Pupil Free day program.

The children had a lot of fun, having pancakes for breakfast.  They made their own chef’s hat and apron from recycled materials, made playdough, chose an inside and outdoor game to play, and the highlight of the day, making their own pizza for afternoon tea!

If you are interested in the programs at OSHClub, you are welcome to visit us and get further information from our team.

Have a great day

Novita and Jasymn




We are in need of recyclables; cardboard boxes, tubes, jars, tins, plastic tubs… Any of these items would be greatly appreciated for craft activities. Additionally, if you have any unwanted dress-ups, dolls, toys, board games or sports equipment that you no longer want, please drop it into Oshclub and we will gratefully take them off your hands.

Thank you

Novita, Jasymn, Helena and Lewis




Community Noticeboard


Wanted: Foster family for 3 rabbits for 12 days end Sept/beginning October ’19. These are indoor rabbits who live just off our kitchen but spend daytimes outside in a large secure pen. We’d love to find a St John’s family who can provide the experiences and care that they’re used to. We will provide a hutch & everything else. If you think you can help, please contact Trisha with any questions or for more info: 0400 077 182 or trishareimers@gmail.com


WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT – Footscray Hospital is seeking volunteers to assist their patients and staff in the following roles: lunch time meal support, visitor guiding and social support. We are also seeking volunteers who can assist in our Health Information Centre. All training, uniform and car parking is supplied. If you have 2 or 3 hours per week that you can offer, please contactvolunteer@wh.org.au or call 8345 6431 – we would love to hear from you.