Week 3

Dear Families and Friends of St John’s Community,


Working bee 

Thank you to all the helpers we had on Saturday. 2 hours of work resulted in the jobs completed, many hands make light work. We are very appreciative of your time and willingness to get your hands dirty!! Thanks so much. 


St John’s Church 

As our school grows so does the need for greater learning spaces. Therefore through a Parish process and careful consideration, the parishioners of our parish – Holy Family, have agreed and supported The Church becoming a School Place. This will mean a gathering place / school hall / inside (modified size) basketball court / a new after/before school care space will be developed. This will create 4 new learning areas in the current hall and music areas.  We sincerely thank our Parish community for supporting our growing needs. We will continue to work with the community for plans and recreating spaces to gather in a sacred way. 


As the weather warms up, please remember to wear hats outside. If you do not have a School Hat, pop into the office and we can give you the details to purchase. 

As we begin to finish our whole group project focused on our land, the following prayer helps us to remember and reflect upon our actions, unity and strength. 




Prayer Gathering

We’re looking forward to welcoming Grandparents on Friday 25th Oct. We will be gathering in the Hall to celebrate with prayer before taking part in a family activity. All welcome.

Temple visit

We have been trying to organise a visit to a local temple over the past months. We haven’t found a day/time that works for everyone so we will continue to liaise with the volunteers and look forward to hopefully visiting early in 2020.

Social Justice Leaders

Our Social Justice Leaders have been invited to visit the Community Meals program at the Asylum Seeker and Refugee Centre here in Footscray. We’re looking forward to finding out more about the centre, stay tuned!


Student Leadership Day

Last term a group of Yr 5/6 children were invited to a Student Leadership day at Our Lady’s in Sunshine. The students at Our Lady’s had organised for some inspirational speakers to share their personal stories with us. Their personal stories involved, hard work, respecting others, and resilience. 

Charlie Bezzina was the first speaker. He became a police officer and a homicide investigator at a very young age. He persisted through these hard `working jobs and got recognition for his growth as a learner. One of his quotes was, “Do you like the person you see in the mirror?’. The message I got from that quote was that we should be the person we want to be, not who others want us to be; it’s your decision to do the right thing.

Quotes from Charlie: “If it’s to be, it’s up to me” and “Perseverance and determination will help you meet your goals”

Alice Pung grew up in Braybrook and Footscray in the 1980’s. She spoke about how she used to get bullied by other people just because of her race. Throughout her tough times I loved how she stood up against the bullies with a joke, and a smirk on her face, this way the bullies would not see that they have negatively impacted her, but instead they were stuck for a response. She taught me how to respond to bullies, even if I’m not the one being bullied, she taught me that not everything in life is going to be perfect, but we have to get through it with a smile on our face. 

Quotes from Alice: “Be resilient” and “Smile and show others your positivity”

Mike Rolls was the final speaker he spoke about his challenges in his life after he got prosthetic legs. He used to be a football player, and now he is a motivational speaker and a mentor for younger kids with prosthetic body parts. His story was all about resilience and persistence. One of his quotes was: “Nothing is impossible, if you put effort into it..” This relates to everyone, because when you’re saying “no” to something you’ve got to think twice; Do you know what it is? Do you know what it feels like? Maybe you should give it a go anyway. 

Quotes from Mike:  “Life sometimes doesn’t go according to plan. Be positive anyway” and “Nothing is impossible, if you put effort in it”. 

We’re grateful for this opportunity to grow as leaders. It was amazing to hear all their stories and morals. Charlie Bezzina taught us to always take opportunities and that persistence is everything. Alice Pung inspired us to be brave and optimistic in hard times and  to see the light through dark times. And lastly, Mike Rolls influenced us to always be resilient in challenging times. We think these things fit in with our St John’s horizon so we want to lead with bravery, optimism and resilience. 

Anhduy, Jasmine, Aiden, Kiara, Andy, Frederick, Navi, Fadzai, Dhreeti and Timothy.


Reminder – School Uniform

All children should now be wearing the Blue School Uniform.  Students in Grade 6 may still have some of the old green uniform items which is to be expected as they transition to High School.  Please do not pass on any of the Green Uniform items to younger students.

And a further reminder that all students must wear a hat outside in Term 4.

Thank you for your understanding.


What’s Buzzing…





  • Friday 25th November – Grandparents 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 7th November – Grade 1/2 Dinner Party 3.15pm – 6pm
  • Thursday 5th December – Carols Evening
  • Thursday 12th December – Grade 6 Graduation
  • Thursday 19th December Last day of the year! School finishes at 1pm
  • Friday 31st January 2020- First day Term 1 2020

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


This week at OshClub we have been busy with different activities such as soccer clinic, creating art
works and following recipes to cook different foods. Our soccer clinic occurs Monday afternoon
from 3:45pm to 5:15pm and will be running for the next two weeks. All are welcome to join
in the fun (you don’t have to be an OshClub student to join in) as long as your parent/guardian is with

Next Thursday OshClub members will be hosting the official OshClub’s Got Talent! Come and see
some amazing acts put on by the kids and run by the kids! Students are welcome to come along, as long as they bring a parent/guardian with them. The show will commence at 3:45pm. Everyone is welcome to participate. We are eager to see
you all there!

Novita & Serena




Do you have an hour to spare on Tuesday mornings?

Are you interested in getting more involved with our school?

Please contact the office if you are able to help with the School Banking.  It is easy to do, and your child/ren will love seeing you around the school and involved.



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