2019 Term 2 Week 9

Dear Families and Friends,

Thank you to everyone who came along to our History Exhibition. It was wonderful to see and hear everyone feeling so inspired by the learning that our students have been engaged in. Each learning space was buzzing with excitement and intrigue as people explored. There are some photos below which capture just a small snapshot of the afternoon, it was truly magical to hear the conversations that were happening between children and their families. Thank you to our amazing St John’s team who enabled this experience to take place!

Aoife

 

 

Dear Students, Families and Staff,

Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys (CEMSIS): 2-20 September 2019

Throughout each year, we pause to listen to our students, families and staff to gauge how our learning community is travelling. This feedback is invaluable to our progress as effective school communities and is backed by evidence-based research and best practices.

One of the more important formal ways we engage and gather data is through CEMSIS, the Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys.

CEMSIS is a set of surveys that have been built specifically for Catholic Schools in Melbourne by Learning Services teams at Catholic Education Melbourne in partnership with researchers at Learning First and in wide consultation with Principals in our schools.

In 2019, students, families and staff are invited to participate in CEMSIS using our brand new, secure and purpose-built online platform. The online platform is where our school leaders will access the summary reports that visualise the results of the student, family and staff surveys.

The CEMSIS survey platform is operated by an independent supplier, ORIMA Research Pty Ltd. The platform meets with the very high security and privacy standards for handling student and school data. Participating schools are in the process of updating their privacy policy to ensure school communities are fully informed and protected.

Students at our school will be provided with supervised sessions where teachers are on hand to help and answer any questions. Families and staff can complete the survey anytime over the three-week window via an emailed link and password. Feedback from last year’s pilot trials indicate many surveys were done across a range of mobile devices and different web browsers. Schools will be providing more information about CEMSIS throughout Term 2 and 3 via newsletters and social media.

Our community’s opinions are critical to understanding how our school is performing – CEMSIS is a key data source for guiding the ongoing work to improve our school.

All participation is invited, welcomed and 100% voluntary. The surveys are not a test; they are an inclusive way to feed the work we are already doing to improve our school. Everyone has the right to refuse to participate, or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey. Please notify the school if your child does not wish to participate.

If you would like more information, please contact the school.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Goodyear

Principal

 

 

 

Faith News

Sacrament of Eucharist

We are very much looking forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Eucharist this Sunday 23rd June, 8:30am, here at St John’s. Please keep Jimmy, Erin, Evan, Emma, Hien, Sebastian, Isabella, Noah, William and Joshua, along with their families and teachers in your prayers. We will also be joined in celebration by a group of children from Holy Family Parish.

Heavenly Father, we pray for our children who are preparing to celebrate their First Eucharist. May they continually be nourished through this Blessed Sacrament. Amen

 

Visit from Nick Bracks

Our Year 3-6 children had a visit from Nick Bracks this week. Nick has vast experience in the modelling and entertainment industries. He uses what he has learnt about resilience and mental health to help children build strategies to help them if they are feeling anxious or worried. Nick talked about the importance of gratitude and encouraged us all to reflect each day on something that we are grateful for. It was heart-warming to hear many of our students share that they feel grateful for their family members. Nick also referred to the PERMA model of Wellbeing: Positive emotions, Engagement, Positive Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment. He spoke about the importance of celebrating accomplishments, no matter how small, as each small step leads us to achieve our end goals.

We thank OSHClub for organising Nick’s visit.

 

 

 

Year 5/6 Wakakirri performance

Our Grade 5/6s are busily preparing to share their history learning through the Wakakirri performance.  Our team will be performing live on stage at the Clocktower Centre on Thursday 25th July. We’re enjoying the process of putting the story together and can’t wait to see everyone on the night. See below for some more action shots of our preparations!

The Wakakirri team

 

PLAYGROUP UPDATE

This Tuesday 25th June will be our last playgroup.

We will share a morning tea to celebrate & say farewell.
It has been such a joy to share this experience with you all, our VU students are all very grateful for the time they have spent with you & your children.
10-12pm
Starts in the Atelier, bring a plate to share
Many thanks

Tuesday 10.00 am.  

 

 

What’s Buzzing?

Article Written by the Media Team :

Oscar, Sofia, John, Andy, Milee, Natasha and Fadzi.

The term is coming to an end, and there are so many exciting experiences that  have happened this week.

This Tuesday, all the villages held a History Exhibition.  It showed what the children had been learning this term during whole group projects and what they focused on throughout the term.

We asked a few students to give us insight into how they felt the experience went:

Grade 1/2 Maliko responded with, “It was kinda dark, but it was really fun seeing old stuff we did a long time ago during whole group and I got to see other classes learning”.

Grade Prep Jai said, “ I liked the exhibition, I liked the photos like the aboriginal photos and I liked all the other class.  I liked the 5/6 class exhibition the most and I liked the 1/2 class because it had the footprints”.

Grade 3/4 Eve responded, “it was great, I saw trees in the 1/2 space and the Wakakirri dance photos which were really interesting”

A highlight during discovery this week has been the irrigation system group. The irrigation group are trying to cook food, but are saving money by growing their own produce over at the farm. But recently, a problem has presented itself.  They need a way to water the plants since their plants have recently died because it couldn’t be watered during the holidays. The irrigation group decided to make an automatic irrigation system to water the plants when needed.

We asked the irrigation group what problem had occurred and how they resolved it.

5/6  Aiden answered with, “we needed money, so we decided to sell eggs to make enough money to buy our resources”.

If you would like to purchase eggs from the farm, we kindly ask that you visit the front office and give a $2.00 donation for a 6 carton of eggs.

In addition to this, another discovery spotlight we would like to share, is Richard’s interactive timeline on WWE.  If you would like to visit Richards discovery project about pro wrestling and every Royal Rumble won since, visit www.bit.do/wwetimeline

 

Farm News

This term at The Farm, small groups of Preps, 1s and 2s have been busy caring for the veggie patch and chooks. We’ve been focusing on waste free chook feeding including practicing using grain only in the feeders and keeping pigeons out while using other yummy things like kitchen veggie scraps to supplement our chooks’ diets and encourage scratching and digging in the run. We’ve been working hard at weed identification and have found out that most unwanted plants in the garden are highly nutritious for our chooks (and us!) who especially love chickweed and mallow. Meanwhile, most kids have been enjoying the flavour of sour grass while keeping our veggie beds weed-free. We’ve also planted winter seedlings weekly which has helped us practice digging and leveling soil while caring for roots and leaves. And we always remember to water our seedlings in to make sure they like their new home! Hopefully we have all sorts of tasty things on the way like colourful beetroot, silverbeet, peas, onion, kale and many more!  We’ve even been able to taste some crops ready to harvest- this week we tried a sweet but spicy large purple and white radish that we grew from seed collected and planted last term. There’s plenty more, so we might look into pickling them to save the harvest.

PICK UP AREA

We are really trying to manage the pick up area.
We are supporting children by the 3 F’s – we will be bringing children out to Joan’s yard at 3.10pm.
Find your spot
Find your family 
Focus on your car 
We are minimising the ‘play’ around the pick up area to ensure we move students to the cars quickly and safely. We would appreciate your support in this. Thank you St J’s staff !!

 

 

Year 7 Applications 

Dear Grade 5  Families,

Applications are closing soon, so now is the time to apply if you wish your child to attend a Catholic Secondary school in 2021 .

Any further questions please email Angela angelas@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au

Thank you

 

Rough Play and Violent Games

We have been having several conversations about safe play on our yard. Children are constantly talking of games they play through their Ipads / laptops etc that they are beginning to replicate on our yard. Can we please ask you to review the age suggestions of games and the appropriateness of online games.  Roblox and Fortnite are two games continually raised and many children are able to access games in private areas such as bedrooms. We strongly advise all devices in eyesight of an adult at all times. 

We are working with all children on yard to ensure the rule of ‘NO CONTACT’ is understood. We would appreciate families chatting about the importance of this.

 

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.

 

NEW WINTER JACKET

 

 

To keep everyone warm and dry during these winter months, you may purchase our new St John’s Waterproof Fleece Lined Jacket from RHSports for $49.00.

Simply visit www.rhsports.com.au and then go to clothing/school uniforms.  Select St Johns Catholic School for our uniform options.
Or call 9870 1377 (Press 3) from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

 

TERM 2

June July August

  • Sunday 23rd June – Eucharist Yr 3 St John’s Church 8:30am
  • Mon 24th, Tues 25th & Wed 26th June – Grade 5/6 Camp
  • Thursday 27th June Mad about Science Day (immersing Students into science and the scientific inquiry process)
  • Thursday 27th June – Grade 3/4 Sleepover
    End of Term 2
  • Friday 28th June – Last day Term 2 Finish at 1pm & wear house colours
    Start of Term 3
  • Monday 15th July Term 3 begins
  • Saturday 20th July Parent Trivia Night 7pm
  • Thursday 25th July – Grade 5/6 Wakakirri Performance
  • Friday 9th August – Confirmation (Our Lady’s Church Maidstone)
  • Monday 12th August – School Closure Day (Reading Progressions)
  • Monday 19th August – Cyber Safety – Inform and Empower (one parent must attend)

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.

 

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

 

 

No lunch orders available on our last day of term – Friday the 28th June

 

 

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

 

 

 

         

      

         

 

2019 Term 2 Week 7

Dear Families and Friends,

Our History projects are in full swing – children have been exploring storytelling and Indigenous dreamtime stories in our Early Years. In our Upper Years Children have explored History through the eyes of many different groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Early Settlers. Children have researched status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants and women. Our dispositions underpinning this learning have been ‘brave, optimistic, open and expressive.’  

We are showcasing an aspect of learning through a small scale exhibition on June 18th after school 3.30pm-4.30pm. Students are exhibiting their learning in different language forms ie: through movement / photos / installation and/or sound. You are invited to share in this experience.

Running alongside our Whole Group projects (History) are the children’s Discovery projects Prep to Year 6. I am always blown away by the many passions and the dedication in Discovery time. We currently have students creating herb gardens, solar systems, robots, new games (coded by students) which are also informative, we have our sewing group and the list goes on and on.

Discovery projects are constantly conferenced by an adult and each project involves a St John’s process such as the research process or design process etc. We also chat to the children about What makes an awesome project and who will be the audience- below is a snapshot of this thinking.

             

I hope your children are sharing their learning with you all as much as they are sharing with us.  The JOY in learning is extremely evident at St J’s.

From a very inspired GEMMA 🙂

 

Dear Parents

The attached Swimming Survey will be sent home with your Children on Tuesday.  Please complete and return the form by Friday the 14th June. Your feedback is very much valued.

Thank you

Faith News

Sacrament of Eucharist

Some of our Year 3 children will celebrate the Sacrament of Eucharist on Sunday 23rd June, 8:30am, here at St John’s. We will be joined in celebration by a group of children from Holy Family Parish. Please keep these children, their families and teachers in your prayers as they prepare together for this special sacrament.

Aoife

 

 

“In order to be fair we have to share our care”

Dear Families,

Our Village Leader team have been working as an organisation that donates goods to the people that don’t have the same luxuries as we do. The aim of our organisation is to ‘warm up winter’. So far, we have focused on the words ‘care’ and ‘community’ from our horizon. We would like to take action and demonstrate care for others in our community.

We brainstormed lots of ideas for a slogan for our action and as a team we decided on “In order to be fair we have to share our care”. The slogan reflects our Horizon and our proposed action. It’s starting to get cold as we  head into winter so we would like to ‘share our care’ with people in need in our community. We checked the weather forecast and it’s already getting to below 10 degrees at night. Soon it will be very chilly. We think that we could show care for our community by trying to help people stay warm so we are asking for your help.

We would like to collect gloves, scarves, beanies and new warm socks to donate to Vinnies. Any donations will be gratefully received. Any size gloves or socks would be sincerely appreciated.

The collection has already begun and will finish on Friday 21st June. Please send any donations to your child’s class and the Village Leaders will take care of everything from there!

Thank you for your support of families in our local community.

IslIsla, Oliver, Bella, Fadzai and Anhduy, on behalf of the Village Leaders

 

Year 5/6 Wakakirri performance

We are very excited to announce that our Grade 5/6s have been invited to participate in Wakakirri – an Australia-wide performance competition that encourages students to tell a story through the languages of dance and movement. Through this opportunity, students have been exploring choreography, stage direction and sustainable prop making, as well as coordinating lighting from backstage.

This is forming our History unit and students are exploring and communicating the history of Australia’s democracy, through the perspective of Australian women through the languages of dance and movement. Our team will be performing live on stage at the Clocktower Centre on Thursday 25th July. We’re enjoying the process of putting the story together and can’t wait to see everyone on the night. See below for some action shots of our preparations!

The Wakakirri team

PLAYGROUP UPDATE

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.

3 sessions left…..
Next week Jayson is back to play his guitar & have a sing-a-long.
Our last session is 25/06 & we’d love to share some food & celebrate our VU students & our time together Engaging with Place.
Please bring a plate, extended family & friends welcome

Tuesday 10.00 am.  

 

What’s Buzzing?

This week has sure been fulfilled with many events, from the grade 1/2 excursion to the Botanical Gardens, to exciting new projects developing in the 3-6 area. We are always so excited to hear the stories of what’s happening around our school.

Last Tuesday, the 1/2‘s went on an excursion to the Botanical Gardens,  and we asked how they felt and what they loved the most:

According to Audrey, “we learnt about how plants were made. I was really excited. It was a good time to hang out with my friends”.

Speaking with Kayla, “plants can be very creative when they grow. I felt excited. The place was very pretty”.

This week during discovery, students have been challenging and extending themselves which has been really rewarding to see.

We asked students a few questions about how their discovery projects have been going and what they’ve been doing. We came across Freya from grade prep, who has been learning about working collaboratively.  As Freya states, “we have been making lemon juice. It was very sour. We also were planning on making pizza too”.

One of the highlights of the Discovery projects in the 3/4’s have been Katrina, Kasey and Vivan’s Robot. Their robot has had their troubles, but has recovered from them.

We asked them a couple of questions about the robot:

What motivated you to do this robot?

Katrina: “Because, we wanted to figure out how robots worked and how to program it. We were really interested in robots, because of the coding and all”.

We also asked its ups and downs, and how it’s going so far:

“At first it was going terribly, we then made some adjustments,”Katrina said, adding “after all the trouble, our teacher Angela suggested to use makey-makeys to make it have some characteristics”.

Article written by the Media Team:

Sofia, Oscar, John, Andy, Natasha, Fadzai and Milee.

 

Year 7 Applications 

Dear Grade 5  Families,

Applications are closing soon, so now is the time to apply if you wish your child to attend a Catholic Secondary school in 2021 .

Any further questions please email Angela angelas@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au

Thank you

 

Rough Play and Violent Games

We have been having several conversations about safe play on our yard. Children are constantly talking of games they play through their Ipads / laptops etc that they are beginning to replicate on our yard. Can we please ask you to review the age suggestions of games and the appropriateness of online games.  Roblox and Fortnite are two games continually raised and many children are able to access games in private areas such as bedrooms. We strongly advise all devices in eyesight of an adult at all times. 

We are working with all children on yard to ensure the rule of ‘NO CONTACT’ is understood. We would appreciate families chatting about the importance of this.

 

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.

TERM 2

June and July

  • Monday 10th June – Queens Birthday Public Holiday – No school today!
  • Friday 14th June – Assembly 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 18th June – Student History Exhibit 3.30pm – 4.30pm  All Classrooms open
  • Wednesday 19th June – School Photos
  • Sunday 23rd June – Eucharist Yr 3 St John’s Church 8:30am
  • Mon 24th, Tues 25th & Wed 26th June – Grade 5/6 Camp
  • Thursday 27th June Mad about Science Day (immersing Students into science and the scientific inquiry process)
  • Thursday 27th June – Grade 3/4 Sleepover 
  • Friday 28th June – Last day Term 2 Finish at 1pm & wear house colours
  • Monday 15th July Term 3 begins
  • Saturday 20th July Parent Trivia Night 7pm
  • Thursday 25th July – Grade 5/6 Wakakirri Performance

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.

 

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

 

PARKING

Thank you to all for supporting our parking out the back. We are requesting NO children to play during parking times, children on equipment or running around is creating a level of risk that we would like to remove. Minimising risk is our continual goal and we really want to keep opening back gates.

Thank you

 

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