Week 5

Dear Families and Friends of St John’s Community,

We are beginning to look forward to 2020 with many of our strategic plans and action plans forming. Below outlines the ‘look’ to 2020, please do not hesitate to clarify any of the actions/thoughts. 



We have a very small number of staff leaving and a greater number of staff arriving.  We advertised for several teachers due to increasing enrolment numbers and we have decided to lower class sizes in 2020 to trial the impact. In a school heavily based on play / project based learning – it is imperative to have qualified teachers in these spaces who have the skill to teach in a targeted way. Having a greater number of teachers enables a diverse range of skills, high number of targeted teaching opportunities and a teacher influencing / conferencing with Projects. 


A few changes

Kaylene Carlin will be heading to Sacred Heart in Newport as the new school Principal. We are very excited for Kaylene and the Newport community – they will be in very good hands. Our loss – Newports gain. It is very exciting when leaders from our school are recognised and offered roles such as this. 

Grant Tasca will be moving to a new school next year to explore and expand his experiences. We very much thank Grant and his contribution to our place. Grant came as a one year position and Ashlee Owen will be returning from Maternity leave. 

Hayley Lee will be moving closer to home – Macedon Primary.  Hayley has promoted and taught PE within our school over the last 3 years, she has opened many opportunities for our children. We congratulate Hayley and will miss her in 2020. 


We  have been busy interviewing and have successfully employed the following staff:

  • Stevie – PE 
  • Jarryd – is arriving from New Zealand, he has been teaching at Island Bay Primary for many years.
  • Linda –  is heading over from St Mary Mackillop Primary School Kelior. Linda has taught Grade 6 over the last 3 years.
  • Dana – is a nurse who went back to Uni, completed Primary Education and is very excited to be joining us at St John’s.


Next year our school will run very similar to this year. Children will be assigned homegroup teachers – and homegroup areas to gather. This will be your go to person just as this year. Throughout the day children will be in target teaching groups always informed by current data. 


The homegroup structure at this stage will be:

2 x First year at St John’s (Prep)

4 x Grade 1/2 home groups 

3 x Grade 3/4 home groups 

1 x Grade 5 

1 x Grade 6 


The change to Grade 5 and Grade 6 is due to numbers. The numbers have enabled these home groups to be separated, our numbers WILL NOT always support this grouping. 


Seesaw will continue to provide updates of your child/rens learning. We will extend seesaw throughout the year to show evidence of learning, this will provide ongoing reports and feedback. Feedback from parents has suggested a greater level of ‘demonstrating learning and target groups’ to help reinforcement at home. We will have a schedule such as Literacy update – week 6 – this will be sent to parents to support the engagement in your child’s learning. 


Our specialist programs always aim to give children a WIDE range of experience through their 7 years of Primary Education.  We take the words JOY and DIVERSITY when organising a range of experiences. 

    • Sport – whole class all year 
    • Japanese – tba 
    • Innovation (Digital Tech) – P-2 whole class, 3-6 a mix of whole class and small groups 
    • Music – P-2 whole class, 3-6 a mix of whole class and small groups 
    • The School Farm – Engaging in our place through nature
    • Atelier – a place of Art, Music, science and much more. A place of research, invention, and empathy, expressed by means of “100 languages”, which extend beyond childhood to include adulthood up to advanced age. Children explore materials such as wire, clay, paper, colour and sound. Ateliers are influenced by and in partnership with other professionals of various competencies (architects, pedagogists, physicists, engineers, biologists, dancers, musicians, physicians, and so on)
    • Numeracy and Reading intervention

All specialist areas will STILL be reported against The Australian Curriculum. 

Once again Maria has been successful in her application for St John’s Catholic School, Footscray to partner with Arts Centre Melbourne for 2020. This partnership program, thanks to generous donors, provides access to schools who may not otherwise have the opportunity to visit the Arts Centre. Thank you Maria & Arts Centre Melbourne.


MASS and Assembly going forward

Next year we plan to improve our time to pray and gather. We will be gathering as a school one week for a Prayer Gathering and the following week for Assembly. This Prayer Gathering will be led by staff, students and where possible our Parish Priest Fr Rene Ramirez.


Engagement in Learning opportunities 

  • SEESAW – is our continual and timely feedback on your child’s learning. Seesaw demonstrates the Learning occurring at the time and this can be reinforced at home 
  • 3 way chats with Parents / Child and Educator 
  • Picnic at the beginning and end of the year
  • Events such as disco / movie night / Sports day (we would you to join) / Mass / Prayer Gatherings / Parent event (Trivia)
  • Formal reporting 


STEP UP DAY 12th & 18th December

Our home groups will gather as a group on the following days, we have two different dates, this is due to the availability of new teachers to the school. 

Grade 3-6 home groups will meet their homegroup teacher 12th December 

Grade Prep – 2 homegroups will meet their homegroup teacher 18th December 





Prayer Gathering – Prep and Year 1/2 

Our Prep and Year 1/2 children have been exploring how we can be stewards of creation. We will be having a Prayer Gathering to reflect on stewardship on Friday 8th Nov at 2:30pm. You are very welcome to join the Prep and Year 1/2 children if you are available.


Social Justice


Our Social Justice Leaders visited the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) last week. We met with Karen who runs the Community Food program. She showed us around the centre and explained the variety of services that ASRC provides to people in the community. We visited the food bank, medical centre, innovation hub and the kitchen. We were invited to have lunch with the members of ASRC and some of the volunteers who give their time to help out at the centre. It was a privilege to share a meal with the community. St John’s supports the food bank through our donations to Way of the West. We will soon begin our Christmas Food Drive so this was a wonderful opportunity to find out about the needs of the centre as well as seeing where, and how, our donations are used. 




Parent Social Media Policy

Due to the constantly changing policies, please review the attached document in relation to Social Media:-


You will find this policy, and others, on our website https://www.sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au/


2020 Family Intentions

Please help us with our planning for next year by completing the attached form by no later than 11th November:-


Thank you


Farm News



We are very excited to announce that our beautiful farm has been selected as a Regional Award winner by the Victorian Schools Garden Program!!! The VSGP Award Presentation Ceremony will be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne on Thursday 21st November. Costa from Gardening Australia will be a special guest at the event. A small group of children will attend the ceremony to receive a certificate on behalf of St John’s. We’ll share some photos of the ceremony – stay tuned!





Baby News!!!

Welcome to the world….

Billy & Jack

Congratulations to Lauren and Grant, their partners and families on the safe arrival of their beautiful baby boys.

Love from your St John’s family xx


Year 6 Transition Day

Next Thursday the 14th of November there is a transition day at St John’s.
WHEN: Thursday 14th, 11am – 2pm
WHERE: St John’s Hall/Music room
WHO: Grade 6 students from St. John’s, CTK and St Monica’s (Approx 79 students)
There are a couple of purposes for this day;
1. Get to know students across the 3 schools so as to have more familiar faces
2. Hear from visiting students (Year 7’s) to dispel concerns/ask questions.

As this event is carried out during school hours, there is no need for parents to attend.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Angela via email on angelas@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au

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.




  • Thursday 7th November – Grade 1/2 Dinner Party 3.15pm – 6pm
  • Friday 8th November – Prayer Gathering 2.30pm
  • Thursday 14th November – Year 6 Transition Day – 11am – 2pm
  • Thursday 5th December – Carols Evening
  • Thursday 12th December – Grade 6 Graduation
  • Thursday 12th December – Grades 3-6 Step Up Day
  • Wednesday 18th December – Grades P-2 Step Up Day
  • 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


This term in Oshclub we have been focused on the theme of community. Every Wednesday we have been engaging in community themed activities to assist the school community by cleaning and tidying up the Oshclub room.  As well as hosting events such as Oshclub’s Got Talent, which was open to all St John’s students. It showcased the Oshclub student’s multiple talents such as dancing, singing and drawing.  It was organised by the students and judged by the students. They showed great leadership and organisational skills to create a show for parents and friends. Students during before and after school care have been engaged in hands on activities such as the soccer program, cooking sessions and arts and crafts.

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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