2019 Term 3 Week 7

Week 7

Dear Families and Friends of St John’s Community,

Thank you to the parents who made themselves available for Parent Support Group meetings over the last two weeks. This meeting is a requirement to meet funding guidelines. The school employs a Casual Relief Teacher to ensure teachers are well prepared and able to meet each parent. We understand taking time away from work can be difficult however your time was very much appreciated. 

A big thank you also to the parents who attended our Maths Learning walk. Daniela and Lauren led the walk,  having a pre conversation, a walk around classrooms and question / answer time after. Your time and interest was once again appreciated. 

I hope our excursion to 2040 ignited much conversation and interest at your kitchen tables.  It sure did at ours. Children returned to school full of ideas and full of action to ensure our world is in a good place into the future. 

We celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday. We hope the school BBQ breakfast and coffee today showed our love and appreciation to all our Important Males in our lives.

We acknowledge our Fathers and Father figures who are present in our lives and we think of those not present. May love and care surround you Sunday and each day as we thank you and show our great appreciation to you all. 

Have a lovely day,

Gemma 

 

Next week some families will receive a survey to help guide the schools strategic plan. If you are a family who receive this – please, please, please complete it otherwise inform the office to ensure a link is sent to another family who is able to complete.

 

Kind Regards,

St John’s Staff 

 

Learning and Teaching

Thank you to all those families who were fortunate enough to join us in experiencing the ‘Ray of Light’ exhibition. This exhibition demonstrated our wonderings and findings from our group inquiry which focused on physical science and the Scientific Inquiry Process. A big thank you to Emma Robinson (Charlie and Jacob’s mum) for helping to launch this through our Mad About Science Day at the end of last term, and for providing St. John’s with some valuable resources to make this happen (e.g. light boxes and plasma balls etc). Thanks Emma!

Over the past weeks, we have embarked on our fourth and final group inquiry of the year. As you know, your child/ren attended the movie 2040 in Week 5. This served as our immersion into the key concepts of Places and Resources, which will be used to drive our understandings (linked to Geography curriculum and Ethical Capability). These concepts will be explored through the Field Study Process where learners will be supported to question, collect and record information, analyse and evaluate, communicate findings, and reflect and respond to their new knowledge and understandings.

Throughout our places and resources concept focus, we aim to strengthen the learning disposition of curiosity, where St. John’s learners will be encouraged to approach learning experiences with a curiosity and wonder about various locations in their world. Learning Dispositions provide a wonderful opportunity for families to reinforce at home. You might revisit old questions, model and promote ambition with your children, play with them, expose them to diverse content and collaborate with them on mini projects to discover more about their interesting and intriguing world. See  https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/51538/the-benefits-of-cultivating-curiosity-in-kids if you would like to check out more about cultivating this disposition.

A big thank you to the parents who joined us on the Maths Learning Walk on Tuesday morning. Dani and I enjoyed discussing how our Maths philosophy is interpreted within the different Villages across our school. Angela is looking forward to formally gathering your feedback. Thank you very much for this investment in your child’s learning.

Families, thank you for all your support throughout this year, particularly in feeding back your thoughts about certain Inquiries, concepts and and focuses. We have appreciated this commitment to our community, and learning together in relationship. Finally, I would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you from me and a “see you soon” to all of you, while I take some leave to welcome my own big love into the world.

Lauren Davis

Learning and Teaching Leader / Maths Leader

 

3-6 District Athletics 2019

On Thursday 22nd August, the St John’s Athletics Squad competed at the District Track and Field Carnival at the Newport Athletics Track.  We had almost 50 students take part from the grades 3-6. Students involved were:

Joane, Cristina, Natasha, Jas Sharon, Alanii, Eliza, Zaria, Louisa, AnhVan, Paulino, Timothy, Noah 

Thomas, Eric, Nathan, Adler, Kalvin, Brian, Joshua, Joanna, Kaitlin, Dheeksha, Navi, Fadza

Dhreeti, Elicia, Frederick, Andy, Richard, Bobby, Charles, Sebastian, Tin, Lam, Christian, Cindy, Tiffany, Milee, Allegra, Sofia, Aiden, Auston, Thomas, Calvin, Ralphael, John, and James.

Events on the day included Discus, Shot Put, Long Jump, High Jump, 100m sprint, 200m, 800m and the 4 x 100m Relay.  Congratulations to all of our students who competed to the very best of their ability and represented St John’s with great pride and sportsmanship.

I’d like to send a big congratulations to the following students who have qualified for the next round of competition, the Division Athletics, which will be held on Tuesday September 3rd at Keilor Athletics Track;

Jas Sharon (Discus), Adler (Long jump), Noah (Discus), Joanna (200m), Fadzai (Shot Put and Discus), Tin (high jump), and Ralphael (Shot Put and Discus).

We wish you all the best of luck on the day!

I’d like to finish by thanking the staff and parents who assisted on the day with supervision, as without your help, the event would not have been possible!  Thanks so much to Grant, Thushari, Mark, Clare, Tran and Novita.

Hayley Lee

 

What’s Buzzing?

These past few weeks have been full of excitement. From book week to Athletics, the school has had a lot to be excited about.

Last week, students aged 10-12 went to Athletics to compete in sports against other schools, where everyone encouraged their teammates, and showed sportsmanship towards other schools. We asked some students about Athletics Day and how they felt.

(5/6) Sofia: It was really fun, I got to see my friends from my old school and I tried discus for the first time. 

Some students placed a spot in the division athletics, we wish them lots of luck! 

On Book week, students were invited to dress up as characters from their favourite books. This was great because it encouraged students to read and enter the world of their favourite books.

(3/4) Eliza: It was really fun, I dressed up as  Professor Remus Lupin from Harry Potter. I dressed up as Remus because he’s a really nice character and J.K Rowling said if she could go out to lunch with any character she would choose Lupin.

(Prep Lien) Harry : I liked it when I got to be Dumbledore and I saw everyone’s other costumes.

(Prep Lien) Jai: I like book week because I got to dress up as stickman 

At the end of the day, the students watched ‘The Monsters In My Wardrobe.’ It made all the kids laugh, and the students were allowed to join in and help him overcome his fears.

(5/6) Aiden: It was really funny and he had a great sense of humour. 

St John’s has also created a new play pit in the senior yard. It’s called a GaGa pit. Students of all ages share the pit space and we asked them their opinions about the new pit.

(3/4) Thomas : It’s really interesting and I’ve never played such a different game.

(5/6) Abhajot: It’s really fun lots of people can play and it’s fair.

We hope all our families at St John’s have had as wonderful weeks as we have. We look forward to the time ahead!

Media Leaders,

Sofia, Oscar and John

 

 

FARM PROJECT

Our farm has begun with plans of our new fire pit. Children will be hands on in this project creating the walls of the pit. The children have decided stones will create the wall of the fire as we are on the land of a former quarry, which ceased operation in 1988.

 

 

 

 

St Joseph’s By the Sea

Springtime Mothers’ Day Out

Wednesday 4th September

Give yourself some peaceful time, in a beautiful place, while the children are at school.

For catering purposes please leave your name at the office or the Convent.

 

 

MOVIE NIGHT SEPTEMBER 19th 2019 

Come along for a family movie night here at St John’s – September 19th 6pm – all welcome. More info to come. 

 

 

 

 

TERM 3

September/October/ November/December

  • Tuesday 3rd September – Divisions Athletics Finals
  • Wednesday 4th September – St Joseph’s by the Sea Mother’s Day Out
  • 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)
  • Monday 7th October – School Closure – Berry St Professional Learning for staff. No Students today
  • Tuesday 8th October – First Day Term 4
  • Tuesday 8th October – Friday 18th October – Swimming Intensive Program
  • Friday 18th October – Assembly 2.30pm
  • 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

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 to all our existing and new OSHClub members.

Over the past fortnight, we have been very busy at OSHC! We’ve had lots of healthy treats like homemade pizza and pancakes to fuel us for all the activities we’ve been up to. With lots of playing, exploring and plenty of time in the Ga-Ga pit.  We’ve also been working on winter crafts such as knitting, solar powered boats and robotic hands!

On the last day of Term 3 (Friday 20th September), our OSHC service will open from 1pm when school finishes until the usual time of 6pm.   

We’d also like to inform you that our educators Novita and Jasmyn will be working at the OSHC holiday program at Spotswood Primary School over the term break.  There will be lots of exciting activities like Claymation, going to a Possum Magic show, Go Climb, Beats of the World Drumming and much more!

Please contact OSCHClub on the details above to book in for these services.

WANTED

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

OSHClub

 

 

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 contact volunteer@wh.org.au or call 8345 6431 – we would love to hear from you.

 

   

   

  

 

2019 Term 3 Week 5

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.’ 

Gemma 

 

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 😉

Aoife

 

 

 

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)

 

CEMSIS

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!

 

 

 

TRIVIA NIGHT  – WOW!!!!! 

$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 ??? 

Options:

  • 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

 

MOVIE NIGHT SEPTEMBER 19th 2019 

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

 

 

 

 

 

TERM 3

August/September

  • 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

OSHCLUB

 

WANTED

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

OSHClub

 

 

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.

 

   

  

 

2019 Term 3 Week 3

Week 3

Dear Families and Friends of St John’s Community,

We would like to thank all of our wonderful families for their support, love and kindness over the last few weeks. We gathered here at St John’s on Saturday night for Patrick with his closest family and friends. All of our amazing staff and parents set up the most magical spiritual space to gather and share in heart ache and love. We thank you all for your gentleness and acceptance of plans changing and meetings rescheduled.

  

Trivia night

The week before we had the joy of meeting ‘out of school hours’ in our 80’s gear!!!! We ESPECIALLY thank our ‘working’ committee Esther, Annelie, Jacqueline, Emma, Kat, Yen and Amanda for ALL their hard work in organising such a successful event !!

 

YAY – whole school excursion

We have decided to take our school to see the 2040 movie at Sun Theatre, Yarraville to immerse our children into our next whole group project – Our world and our ethics ….. 

Details: 

13th August 

10am – 12.00pm 

2040 (2019) 1h 32min | Documentary style

Practical solutions to environmental concerns are addressed with the hope that the filmmaker’s daughter, 21 years old in the year 2040, will face a hopeful future.

 

Language going forward – HAVE YOUR SAY!! 

WOW!!!! Thank you –  we received the following responses:

44 in favour to continue Japanese 

6 French 

6 Spanish 

5 Italian 

3 new language – not stated 

3 Vietnamese 

2 Korean 

1 Amharic

1 Auslan 

1 Chinese

1 Indigenous language

1 Indonesian 

1 Mandarin 

We will certainly be advertising shortly with a commencement date of 2020 if not before … 

Thank you to all the families who responded, this helps us plan for the future. 

Gemma

 

Faith News

Sacrament of Confirmation

Aiden, Allegra, Anhduy, Daniel, Evan, Oscar, Patrick, Thomas, Tiffany and Timothy T.  will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation next Friday 9th August, 6pm, at Our Lady’s Church, Maidstone. We keep them and their families in our prayers as they prepare to celebrate this special moment in their faith journey. All families are welcome to join us in celebration.

 

Feast of Mary MacKillop – August 8th

We will celebrate the Feast day of Saint Mary MacKillop as a whole school on Thursday August 8th.

9.15am – 9:45am: Families are warmly invited to join us for a Prayer Service in the Hall.

9:45am-10:15am:  House groups work together on activities that reflect this year’s theme “Find happiness in making others happy”. Families are more than welcome to join us!

We are once again supporting the Way of the West food collection. Thank you for your generous support. We will finish our collection on August 8th, when the donated items will be collected by Mark, the founder of Way of the West. 

Once again our St John’s community is invited to support the Asylum Seeker and Refugee Centre (ASRC) in their ‘Way of the West’ food collection. Each year as part of our Mary MacKillop celebrations we reflect on ways we can live her message. This year we are seeking to: 

Find happiness in making others happy’.

We will collect items for the next three weeks. A suggested list of things you could donate is outlined below based on the current needs of ASRC, though any donations you may be able to make will be gratefully received. Donations can be sent to your child’s classroom.  

 

Week 1 (22nd July-26th July) 

Food 

Week 2 (29th July-2nd Aug) 

Personal care 

Week 3 (5th Aug-8th Aug)

Household items

Honey

Coconut cream

Jam and peanut butter

Long life (UHT) milk

Tinned fruit

Tinned tuna in oil

Tinned tomatoes

Basmati rice

Biscuits sweet and savoury

Tinned corn, peas and carrots

       

Nappies all sizes

Baby wipes (unscented)

Deodorant

Toothbrushes & toothpaste

Razors (disposable)

Shaving cream

Conditioner

Soap

Sanitary products

          

Laundry liquid

Dishwashing liquid

Toilet paper 

Gift cards (Kmart/BigW/Target)

As part of our celebration of the Feast of Mary MacKillop on Thursday 8th August we will have Mark Northeast, founder of Way of the West come to visit us. He will collect the donated items and speak to our children about the difference we can make to our local community. 

Further details about our Feast Day celebrations will be sent out next week. We look forward to welcoming families on the day. Thank you for your support of ASRC/Way of the West.

Please also remember to return your card with the ways in which your family finds happiness in making others happy by Monday 5th Aug so we can incorporate it into our Prayer Service!

Feast of the Assumption of Mary – August 15th

Our whole school will gather to celebrate Mass at 11:30am on Thursday 15th August. You are warmly invited to join us in prayer, if you are available. 

 

Faith Learning Walk

I will be leading a Faith focused learning walk on Tuesday 6th August  8:45am. This is an opportunity to find out more about how we explore faith at St John’s. Looking forward to welcoming you.

Aoife

 

Year 5/6 Wakakirri performance

Our 5/6’s performed live on stage at the Clocktower Centre last Thursday. To see all of their hard work come to life on stage was a moment that we will always treasure. From coordinating the lighting, working as backstage crew, speaking and performing in front of a big audience, costuming, making props, dancing, movement, sharing the story of women’s fight for the right to vote and everything in between our students truly lit up the stage. #couldnotbeprouder 

The Wakakirri team

 

Odd socks? Old socks? We love them all!

Please send any clean socks that you no longer need to school by Wednesday 7th August – we’ll breathe new life into them as part of our Mary MacKillop Feast Day celebrations.

 

 

 

School Closure Date – Monday 12th August

12th August – St John’s staff will be working on reading progressions at school – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS!! Parents book in OSHC if care is required.

Please register online: www.oshclub.com.au

Register Choose: St John’s Catholic Primary School FOOTSCRAY

Follow prompts OR CALL: 1300 395 735

 

 

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)

 

Jeans for Genes Day – Friday 2nd August

1 in 20 Aussie kids face a birth defect or genetic disease.

Kids just want to be kids, but instead of playing sports with their friends or catching butterflies on a sunny day, these kids are getting liver transplants, taking dozens of medications, or getting their next dose of chemotherapy. It shouldn’t be this way. You can help the scientists at Children’s Medical Research Institute find cures, so these kids can go back to being kids.

 

On Friday 2nd August St. John’s will have a casual clothes day to raise money for Genes for Jeans Day. We ask that you donate a gold coin to the cause.

Thank you for your support.

 

 

Prep’s 100 Days of School

Many of you would know that we have been eagerly awaiting the celebration of the Prep’s 100th day of school! 

We will be celebrating this special day next week on Friday 9th August 2019!! For our celebration, the preps will have a shared morning tea. This means that on Friday, students will need to bring in a small plate of food. This could be fruit, crackers and cheese, muffins etc. Please provide a list of ingredients for your child’s item and we would appreciate if you did not bring in anything containing nuts (due to allergies). Students will still need to bring their lunch.

As well as bringing in some food to share, the children are invited to dress up in something in the theme of “100”. For example, this may be a decorated t-shirt with the number 100 or as a 100 year old person, with a walking stick, a grandma or grandpa wig etc. (Google has great suggestions). During our day, Discovery time will be spent exploring all things that may represent 100.

We can’t wait to share this day together! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this.

Thank you,

Lisa, Lien, and Jenna

 

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

 

 

Father’s Day Celebration

Friday August 30th

Fathers Day BBQ & Coffee Van 7.30am at the Farm

A note will be sent home soon with more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

TERM 3

August/September

  • Friday 2nd August – Jeans for Genes Casual Clothes Day
  • Tuesday 6th August – Learning Walk Faith Focus 8.45am – 9.45am
  • Thursday 8th August – Feast of Mary MacKillop
  • Friday 9th August – Prep’s 100 Days of School Celebrations
  • Friday 9th August – Confirmation (Our Lady’s Church Maidstone)
  • Monday 12th August – School Closure Day (Reading Progressions)
  • Tuesday 13th August Whole School Excursion
  • Thursday 15th August – Feast of the Assumption Mass at 11:30am
  • Monday 19th August – Book Week Parade @ 8.45am
  • Monday 19th August – Cyber Safety – Inform and Empower (one parent must attend)
  • 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 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 playing and learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) at OSHClub. Children take ownership of their own activities, children lead other children, helping each other making playdough, Oobleck and chicken wraps.  We introduced loose parts activities. OSHClub members get a surprise bag full of arts materials. The children love being creative, they like to express and share their ideas and having fun with their peers. We even made a robotic hand from cardboard and we are in the early stages of making a solar boat.

OSHClub members learn how to use money for everyday activities while we had yogurt and granola (no nuts) for afternoon tea.  We have been eating healthy, homemade corn chips, fresh orange juice, yogurt & homemade strawberry milk shake.

WANTED

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

OSHClub

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.