2019 Term 4 Week 3

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. 

Gemma

 

Faith

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!

Aoife

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…

 

 

TERM 4

November/December

  • 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
you.

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

OSHClub

 

 

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.

 

 

Community Noticeboard

 

 

      

 

      

 

2019 Term 4 Week 1

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,

Gemma

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.

 

TERM 4

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

OSHClub

 

 

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.