Week 1

Dear Families and Friends of St John’s,

It is unbelievable to think that we are now into the fourth term with Christmas seemingly just around the corner! The holidays were no doubt a wonderful break for one and all, however in saying this, it is fantastic to be back at school to see just how excited children are to again meet up with friends and continue their learning.

We certainly start the term in full swing – I hope everyone is managing the organisation of swimming and the tired children after swimming. There has been a lot of excited children in the swimming pool. We have many events coming up, please ensure to keep checking FlexiBuzz, newsletter dates, seesaw and public calendar.

Our Geography unit is coming to an end soon – “there’s a world inside my nose,” we would love families to chat about the places children have explored and the concept of ‘resources’ in different places. We have been thrilled to see the amount of learning children have shown from maps, locations, characteristics and much much more. 

Have a great week,


Grandparents Day – You are invited!

Grandparent’s Day is being celebrated at St John’s.
When: Friday 25th October, 2.15pm-3:15pm
Where: Beginning in the Hall for a Prayer Service, followed by activities with your loved ones in their village
If you have some grandparent photos you would like to share with us please email to gtasca@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
We’re very much looking forward to welcoming lots of grandparents into our school community!

Reminder – Sun Safety

All children need to wear a hat outside in Term 4. The weather will soon be warming up and with it the UV rays will increase.

Learning and Teaching

Thank you to all the families for contributing to our ‘Earn and Learn’ program. As a result of your contributions, we have received a number of resources which will support the children of St John’s in their learning, discovery and play!



Help Needed – Working Bee

Please come along and HELP our school be as safe and beautiful as possible on Saturday the 19th October from 9am until 11am

Main items on the list:

  • Mulching
  • Refill the sand-pit
  • Staining of timber

If you are available to help, please email our office via this link admin@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au or email Aoife: amccarthy@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au.
If you happen to have a shovel/rake and/or paint brush for staining timber please bring them along.

We’re looking forward to a productive morning! :bee:Thank you


Generous Donation

Dear St John’s families,
Earlier this year we sadly lost one of our beautiful students – Patrick.
One of Patrick’s favourite things to do was jumping on the trampoline and sharing it with friends when they visited. And Patrick’s family would now like to find a new home for it.
It’s a Springfree brand, size medium. Considered one of the safest trampolines.
The trampoline has been dismantled by one of the team from Springfree and they’ve checked it for safety and it’s been given the all clear for a new home.
If you are interested, please issue your request in writing to admin@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au for consideration.
We sincerely thank Patrick’s family for their generosity and continued support of St John’s.

New Administration Package for St John’s

Over the next year or so all Catholic schools are migrating to a new admin package / software. It is the biggest change we have had in school wide systems – everything must be merged, migrated, re entered or deleted – therefore we ask for your patience during this time. Leonie and Louise are currently having training, the experts have told us it will be around the 4 month mark that we begin to feel comfortable with the program. Send us positive vibes and please remember we are on L plates with this system.



September/October/ November/December

  • Tuesday 8th October to Friday 18th October – Swimming Intensive Program
  • Friday 18th October – Assembly 2.30pm
  • Saturday 19th October School Working Bee 9am – 11am
  • Friday 25th October – Grandparent’s Day 2:15pm
  • Friday 1st November – Literacy Learning Walk 8.45am
  • Monday 4th November – School Closure Day – Moderation and Report writing for teachers
  • Tuesday 5th November – Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
  • Thursday 19th December Last day of the year! School finishes at 1pm
  • Friday 31st January 2020- First day Term 1 2020

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

OSHClub is also open on the following school closure day:-

Monday 4th November


Welcome to Term 4 from OSHClub. We had busy day on Monday 7th October for the School Closure day. We made pancakes for breakfast, pizza for afternoon tea and had lots of fun with engaging activities all day. Our highlight of the day was playing with the piñata! It broke open and exploded with happiness and a couple of treats too.

Please call our service number on 0437 465 054 between 6:30am to 8:30am and 2:45pm to 6:00pm from Monday to Friday if you have any question or concerns.

NOTE: It is important to book your child/ren in 48 hours’ prior to the attendance date and register a cancellation in 24 hours. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Novita, Jasymn, Helena and Lewis




Community Noticeboard

Caroline Chisholm Catholic College will be providing an information night on Wednesday 23rd October 6.30-7.30pm for Grade 4 parents who would like to find out more about enrolment processes for secondary schools.

At the information session we’ll be sharing information about:

  • The College and options regarding secondary schools.
  • The enrolment process in a Catholic school versus a state school.
  • Tips on how to make the enrolment process as smooth as possible.
  • What parents can do now (Grade 4 ) to ensure they make an informed decision

The information shared is of generic nature to help parents start the process of thinking of secondary school, we welcome all parents and carers even if our College is not their first preference.