2020 Term 2 Week 10

Dear Families and Friends,

Our final newsletter for Term 2 2020. What a term we have had. We can not thank you all enough for your continued support and patience. A  huge Welcome Back to our Middle and Senior students who have now re-joined us.  It was just wonderful to see you all and feel whole again.  Everyone – students, staff, parents and friends have done an amazing job, we have continued to focus on joy, rekindling friendship and enjoying the many simple pleasures we have once again. 

If you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to call.

We will, as always, continue to follow the directives of Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) who are working with the Chief Health Officer and Department of Education and Training.

HUB GROUPS!!! 

During the first term our school community has been busy researching, reading and naming our groups within each hub. So far our hubs have decided on:

 

DISCOVERY HUB 

Prep Groups

Wurun and Djeri

Wurundjeri people have lived on Footscray land for a long time. The Wurundjeri People take their name from the Woiwurrung language word ‘wurun’ meaning the Manna Gum  and ‘djeri‘, the grub which is found in or near the tree. 

Yr 1/2 Groups 

Walert, Marram and Waa

In our 1/2 Hub we have decided to name our spaces after the Australian animals found in our local area. To pay respect to the Wurundjeri people we have used the Woiwurrung language to name these animals. We have Walert meaning possum, Marram meaning Kangaroo and Waa representing the crow for one of the moiety ancestors. 

CREATE HUB

Yr 3/4 Hub

Bunjil and Maribrynong

In Australian Aboriginal mythology, Bunjil is a creator deity, culture hero and ancestral being, often depicted as a wedge-tailed eagle (or eaglehawk). In the Kulin nation in central Victoria he was regarded as one of two moiety ancestors, the other being Waa the crow. 

Maribyrnong is a version of the Aboriginal term ‘Mirring-gnay-bir-nong’, which translates as ‘I can hear a ringtail possum’. Where the Maribyrnong and Yarra Rivers join was an especially important place as it symbolised the joining of groups who would travel along the river.

You may hear your child/ren talk about their group and the different ways of belonging to this group. 

Yr 5/6 Hub

Our 5/6  hub is in ‘motion’ literally as our Church will be transformed into our school hall, OSHClub and gathering place. Our 5/6 hub will become the previous hall – this space will include a maker space for discovery projects. The kitchen will remain to ensure our ‘older’ children have a greater sense of responsibilities and independence. We hope to launch both spaces by Term 4 2020. 

 

MORNINGS & DROP OFF ZONES  

Our drop off / pick up zones will exist into next term and most likely for the year. For Term 3 at least – we will only have children and staff within the school gates. We may move to parents inside the gates in Term 4 however not within classrooms – this will lessen the amount of people within each area and the cross touch of several items such as door handles etc. 

Thank you for all your support and organisation each morning. Our children are arriving at school in the allocated times and we are VERY impressed with the calmness of the learning areas. Children have settled into each day with a greater sense of independence and ownership. This change has allowed for learning to begin on time and our children have managed the organisation aspect extremely well. 

Morning drop offs – you will begin to see less ‘staff’ presence at every gate, however we will have the duty person on Joan’s yard and staff allocated to the backyard. Regardless of staff at gates – PLEASE ENSURE YOU DROP AT THE CORRECT GATE AND THE CORRECT TIME.  Please also ensure that you turn left when exiting the Back Yard, this is a council directive to ensure we maintain as smooth a traffic flow as possible.  This will help the ‘flow’ and safety of all.  We thank you all in advance. 

 

 

Faith 

As the term draws to a close we are grateful for the opportunity to once again be together as a community in these final weeks of the term. 

Online Prayer Gathering

We will be hosting a Prayer Gathering online tomorrow, Friday 19th June at 2pm. A link to a live stream will be shared via FlexiBuzz tomorrow morning. We will be focusing on the story of the Good Samaritan and how we are tasked with taking action to help all. You are very welcome to join us in a virtual sense! 

Aoife

 

Way of the West Planner 2020

Dear Families,

A reminder that in our last newsletter we explained that we would be launching our Social Justice project which aims to collect food and winter wear to donate to Way of the West. Below you will see the types of items we are hoping to collect. Donations can be placed in the boxes we will have in each home group space. We have listed some of the items that are most needed at this time but we know that any donations will be very much appreciated. We have also added a short video to the Faith Gathering page to share our project idea. Thank you for your support!

Elicia, Frederick and Timothy

Social Justice Leaders

 

 

 

OSHClub

Dear St John’s families,

Bookings are now open for the Winter School Holidays at St John’s OSHClub Footscray.

Please find attached the flyer outlining all the exciting in-service activities on offer each day. Our educators have prepared a program for our families that’s jam-packed each day with structured activities including indoor and outdoor play. Our heightened focus on safety and hygiene means we will not be running excursions, or bringing in incursion providers these school holidays.

You will see the attached flyer displays the daily fee (before any applicable Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is applied). Please note that the current funding package that provides for ‘free care’ has been extended to 12th July 2020 which means there will be no cost for any care up to and including this date. 

As CCS will recommence from 13th July 2020, we recommend that you check your enrolment in MyGov to ensure you receive all your CCS entitlements.  If you have any questions about CCS or how to apply, please refer to the Services Australia website here.

To secure your child’s place it’s as easy as logging into your online account here and making your bookings.

Kind regards,

Thank you

Novita

 

PARENT PORTAL now active 

 

Please email the office on admin@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au for log in details.

 

The Lunchbox Lunch Orders

 

Just a friendly reminder that the second instalment of School Fees is now overdue.

 

Please email accounts@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au if you would like an update of your account.

 

 

 

Community Noticeboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important dates

We have many dates coming, please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the calendar on our website for upcoming events. Do you need a paper copy? Please collect one from our office.

Term 2

June

Fri 19th:  Bootcamp with Stevie 8am Joan’s Yard

Fri 19th: Online Prayer Gathering 2pm

Fri 26th: Last Day Term 2 Sports Day – Finish at 1pm (Wear House Colours)

 

July

Mon 13th:  First Day Term 3

 

 

 

2020 Term 2 Week 8

Dear Families and Friends,

This week, and in following weeks, our children will continue to explore Reconciliation through discovery, passion projects and engaging with place at the farm. I have included a prayer today by Aunty Betty Pike as I believe it speaks of truth and hope. We continue to hear the call for reconciliation and love throughout our world. 

 

National Reconciliation Prayer by Aunty Betty Pike

Creator Spirit,

All creation once declared your glory

Your laws were honoured and trusted,

Forgive us our neglect as our country approaches the most critical moment of its history. 

Listen to our prayer as we turn to you. 

Hear the cry of Jesus, your Son on the Cross. 

Help us to replace your national shame,

with true National pride by restoring the dignity of our First Peoples whose antiquity is unsurpassed. 

May our faith and trust in you increase.

Only then will our Nation grow strong and be a worthy place for all who wish to make their home in our LAND. 

Amen.

 

Next week we welcome our Year 3-6 children. We cannot wait to spark joy with you all and reunite through story, care and fun. 

Thank you to all our wonderful families for once again tackling the changes, specifically the drop off / pick up zones with patience. Your support has helped us create a safe and calm environment. 

Gemma

 

Faith 

Online Prayer Gathering

We will be hosting a Prayer Gathering online on Friday 19th June. A link to a live stream will be shared via FlexiBuzz closer to the date. We will be focusing on the story of the Good Samaritan and how we are tasked with taking action to help all. You are very welcome to join us in a virtual sense! 

 

Prayer for unity and harmony

Our world is in such a state of turmoil and uncertainty at the moment but there are also signs of love and hope. We pray that this love and hope brings harmony to all who are experiencing hate, alienation, racism and prejudice. 

Aoife

 

Way of the West Planner 2020

Dear Families,

In our last newsletter we explained that we would be launching our Social Justice project which aims to collect food and winter wear to donate to Way of the West. Below you will see the types of items we are hoping to collect. Donations can be placed in the boxes we will have in each homegroup space. We have listed some of the items that are most needed at this time but we know that any donations will be very much appreciated. We have also added a short video to the Faith Gathering page to share our project idea. Thank you for your support! 

Elicia, Frederick and Timothy

Social Justice Leaders

 

 

 

New Parent Portal (coming soon)

As per recent correspondence, our new Parent Portal will be up and running VERY soon.
The first phase is almost complete with many parents verifying their information, thank you.
If you have not confirmed your information you will be unable to log on to the portal.  This verification will need to be completed by the 7th June.
The second phase will be when you receive login information to access the portal.
Please ensure you have verified your information by the 7th June to gain access to your child/rens Semester 1 Report.
If you have any questions, please contact Leonie in the office via admin@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Thank you

 

 

OSHClub

Welcome back!

Would you like to attend before/after school care?

Please register online: www.oshclub.com.au

To register choose: St John’s Catholic Primary School FOOTSCRAY

Follow prompts OR CALL: 1300 395 735

OSHClub will be running a Holiday Program from 29th June until the 10th July 2020.

More information to come!

Thank you

Novita

 

 

ABC Music Lessons

Are excited to announce that we will begin doing Face-to-Face lessons again starting from  MONDAY 15 June with Thom!

Our team would like to THANK YOU all who have stood by and worked with us through what has been uncertain and challenging times for education – as a result of Covid-19 • We are thrilled to be able to continue bringing much-needed music education programs to the children who benefit most – and we could not do what we do, without your support!

Please bring your music books to school so students avoid the use of class copies

We look forward to seeing you all at your next lesson 🎶

 

 

 

 

Just a friendly reminder that the second instalment of School Fees is now overdue.

 

Please email accounts@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au if you would like an update of your account.

 

 

 

Community Noticeboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important dates

We have many dates coming, please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the calendar on our website for upcoming events. Do you need a paper copy? Please collect one from our office.

Term 2

June

Fri 5th:  5/6 Student Free Day – No scheduled learning activities or google meets

Mon 8th: Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Tue 9th: 3-6 children return to school (Joy Week – children may wear whatever sparks joy for them)

Fri 19th: Online Prayer Gathering 2.30pm

Fri 26th: Last Day Term 2 Sports Day – Finish at 1pm (Wear House Colours)

 

July

Mon 13th:  First Day Term 3

 

 

 

2020 Term 2 Week 6

Dear Families and Friends,

Well done to all for all your work and combined efforts in making Remote Learning Work. This experience has been different for everyone and we will ensure we are  listening to the joys, hard parts, exciting parts and the parts that have made us question and wonder once we all return. 

Your ongoing support, efforts and communication have been warmly received and greatly appreciated. You will be aware from my email sent on Wednesday that Monday May 25th is a Student Free day for ALL students, Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students are to return to school on Tuesday May 26th and students from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be returning on Tuesday June 9th.

We will, as always, continue to follow the directives of Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) who are working with the Chief Health Officer and Department of Education and Training.

From 26th May our Prep – 2 children will have a week sparked from joy and love. We will be having many fun and exciting learning experiences whilst continuing our target teaching groups. From June 9, our 3-6 children will have their fun and joy week. During these weeks children may wear whatever sparks joy for them. 

I am personally VERY excited to get back into projects and discovery. I can’t wait to begin planning the many creations / research / prototypes with children. Our spaces seem eerie and lonely without you all present. I’m looking forward to seeing all of your faces in the coming weeks. 

I hope this time of transition is smooth and full of care. At any stage you need support or different ways, do not hesitate to contact me. 

Gemma

Do you need a little extra support at this time?

We have a connection with several organisations who drop food packages. If you need this please email Gemma (gemmag@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au) – this will be completely confidential.

 

Ongoing Reminders

Information regarding Return to School processes will be forwarded next week.

Please remember:

– the office can only be accessed by appointment – 03 9687 3150

 

Enrolment Process for 2021 Foundation students

Enrolments have officially closed and letters of acceptance have been sent. We will meet each of our new families for a chat in Term 3. Transition and kinder visits will begin in Term 4.

 

Faith

In our last newsletter we reflected on kindness, which is reflected time and time again within our community.

Our St John’s horizon demonstrates our commitment to a safe and inclusive community, a place we can all call home. This week we pray that this sense of community continues to flourish as we surround ourselves with kindness and care.

 

Community prayer

Welcoming Gods,

Here we are –

people of many traditions,

of great hopes and humble successes.

Here we gather –

in memory and truth,

in courage and mutual trust,

in love and promise.

Bless us as we strengthen our connections to one another.

Amen. 

 

Pentecost Sunday 

It’s hard to believe that we are about to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, which occurs 50 days after Easter. It seems like an eternity since Easter however the calendar says otherwise and on May 31st the Catholic Church will celebrate this special day! Pentecost is a commemoration of the Apostles receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit while they were gathered together in Jerusalem. This gift gave the disciples of Jesus the courage to go and spread the Good News. It is one of the oldest celebrations of the Church – in fact it is referred to as the birthday of the Church, the day that people began to become a community of believers, following the death of Jesus. The colour red is worn by the priest and symbols such as a dove or a flame are often used to signify the presence of the Holy Spirit. The day is one of joy as Christians renew their faith and celebrate being in communion with one another. This year it might look a little different but nonetheless we pray that you experience joy in celebrating with one another. 

 

Ramadan

Ramadan ends on Saturday, May 23, 2020. On that evening, and for the next three days, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, or the “Festival of Breaking the Fast.” Eid al-Fitr is celebrated through prayer, gifts and feasting. We wish our families who have been fasting throughout Ramadan a happy Eid al-Fitr!

Aoife

 

Social Justice

Hello students, teachers and families,

We are the Social Justice Leaders and for our next project we will be working with the Way of the West to supply food and clothing for those who need it most. We will be focusing on the Catholic Social Teaching of ‘human dignity’ and ‘preferential option for the poor’. We are focusing on these particular social teachings because ‘human dignity’ means to respect everyone and to treat others equally while ‘preferential option for the poor’ means to provide opportunities for those who don’t have as much as we do. Each week we will ask families to donate certain items such as food and toiletries. All donations can be sent to your child’s Home Group. All donations will be greatly appreciated. We will collect items for 6 weeks. We will begin our collection on Tuesday 9th June and finish our collection in Week 3 of Term 3. We will send out further information in the next newsletter. Stay safe and keep warm. 

Thank you,

Elicia, Frederick and Timothy

The Social Justice Team

 

Catholic Secondary School – attention Year 5 families

Catholic Secondary Schools are now taking enrolments for 2022!

 

If you wish your child to attend a Catholic secondary school, you will need to contact your school of choice for an application form when your child is in Year 5. Applications for 2022 are due to Catholic Secondary schools by August 2020.

 

 

 

 

RHSports Uniform Shop will still be operating their website

 

for online purchases (only) as normal

 

 

 

Community Noticeboard

https://www.yourcityyourvoice.com.au/cypf-strategy-2030

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important dates

We have many dates coming, please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the calendar on our website for upcoming events. Do you need a paper copy? Please collect one from our office.

Term 2

May

Mon 25th: Student Free Day – Staff preparing for students return to school

Tue 26th: Prep-2 children return to school (Joy Week – children may wear whatever sparks joy for them)

June

Tue 2nd:  3-4 Student Free Day – No scheduled learning activities or google meets

Fri 5th:  5/6 Student Free Day – No scheduled learning activities or google meets

Mon 8th: Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Tue 9th: 3-6 children return to school (Joy Week – children may wear whatever sparks joy for them)

Fri 26th: Last Day Term 2 Sports Day – Finish at 1pm (Wear House Colours)

 

 

 

2020 Term 2 Week 4

Dear Families and Friends,

Congratulations to everyone in undertaking Remote Learning and making it work for you! I know this comes in different ways/shapes/sizes for families. I have loved hearing how families have created different ways to manage this time.  I thank you for the overwhelming support and collaboration in which our community has approached these challenges and new learnings. Please contact us if we can support you in different ways. 

We will continue to follow the directives of Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) who are working with the Chief Health Officer and Department of Education and Training on developing a statewide process for transitioning back to school when it should occur. I will keep you informed of any updates as I receive them. At this stage it will be the beginning of Term 3 to ensure or lessen the potential risk or spike. 

 

Mother’s Day Blessing

On behalf of our St John’s community, may I extend a warm and loving blessing to all Mothers, Grandmothers and Special Women for May 10th 2020. I hope this day is full of love, cups of tea and cuddles.  See below for our Mother day stall details.

 

Due to our unprecedented times we have had to reschedule and change some of our student free days.

No set work will be assigned for these days. 

Our Term 2 closure days will be as follows:

May 19   Reporting and moderating student free day 

June 17  5/6 student free day

June 18  3-4 student free day 

June 19  P-2 student free day

 

June 26 Last day and we finish at 1pm – sport activities/fun games will  be sent for this day 

 

SIMS VOUCHER

I hope you have all had a chance to spend the SIMS voucher and create a healthy snack or meal as a family. I have heard of some VERY adventurous recipes. 

If you haven’t yet – head down to Sims and let your imagination run wild. Well…… $10 worth of wild 🙂 

 

Take care and keep warm,

Gemma 

 

Enrolment Process for 2021 Prep students

Please note we once again have had many applications, many more than we can accept. As much as this is exciting and we are very thankful, we never like sending a letter or making contact to notify of a waiting list position. If you do receive one of these there are many factors considered and in many cases we accept children throughout the year as parents make decisions to move, give their child an extra year and other reasons. We will be offering places firstly to children that are Catholic in the area and turning 6 in Prep and after that time other positions will be offered. The process does take a few weeks to finalise, please be patient with this process. 

 

Faith News

A Reflection on Kindness

As our world struggles to adapt to the current challenges we are experiencing, it is ever more important that we live together in harmony. There are so many sources of inspiration all around us, our own personal values, our faith, the faiths of others. For example, Pope Francis is quoted as saying ‘Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us’. In the Buddhist worldview, it is more important to be kind than to be right. For Muslims kindness towards all of mankind, the environment and animals is an integral part of their faith life. Does your family have another faith perspective on kindness that you’d like to share with our community? We’d love to hear about it, please email me and share your thoughts (amccarthy@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au). 

Aoife

 

A Prayer for Mother’s Day

Gentle Gods,

We pray for all mothers, bless them with love and patience. Help us to appreciate the sacrifices they have made for us. May we hold the moments of kindness they show us as precious. We pray too for mothers who are no longer with us, we remember the beautiful memories we hold in our hearts. May all mothers experience the joy of a loving family.

Amen

 

Mother’s Day – Sunday 10th May

This year, the Mothers Day stall will be held on

Thursday 7th May 1 pm – 3 pm 

Friday 8th May 9 am – 11 am 

If you are out for a bike ride or a walk you are welcome to visit.

Gold coin donation per item purchased 

(limit of 2 items per child)

Please bring exact money as we will not be handling coins/notes/change.

Social distancing measures will be in place, please wait until any families in front of you have moved away from the stall. Follow the chalk marks on the ground.

Thank you to our wonderful team of parent helpers who organised gifts for our Mother’s Day stall.

 

Catholic Secondary School – attention Year 5 families

Catholic Secondary Schools are now taking enrolments for 2022!

 

If you wish your child to attend a Catholic secondary school, you will need to contact your school of choice for an application form when your child is in Year 5. Applications for 2022 are due to Catholic Secondary schools by August 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

RHSports Uniform Shop will still be operating their website

 

for online purchases (only) as normal

 

 

 

Community Noticeboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important dates

We have many dates coming, please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the calendar on our website for upcoming events. Do you need a paper copy? Please collect one from our office.

Term 2

May

Thur 7th: Mother’s Day Stall 1 pm – 3 pm 

Fri 8th: Mother’s Day Stall 9 am – 11 am

Tue 19th: Student Free DayReporting and Moderating

June

Wed 17th:  5/6 Student Free Day

Thur 18th:  3-4 Student Free Day

Fri 19th:  P-2 Student Free Day

Fri 26th: Last Day Term 2 Sports Day – Finish at 1pm

 

 

 

2020 Term 2 Week 2

Dear Families and Friends,

Welcome to Term 2 2020 – a new experience for us all as we commence Remote Learning.

Learning is looking different for all of us at this time, a steep learning curve for many. Not only for our children but for many of us adults adjusting to working at home alongside our children. Our staff have been absolutely amazing during this time and I can not thank them enough for their dedication and commitment. Every single staff member attended training sessions over the holidays and are now online more than ever before. The experience provides many new learnings throughout each day and often new challenges. I thank every family and staff member for embracing these challenges with calmness and support. WE are so very grateful for our supportive community, we thank you all for your patience and kindness.

For many this time of isolation will bring greater challenges as they experience time away from loved ones and increased stress/anxiety at this time. Please do not hesitate to email me if we can do anything to support you. Our school farm is open each day if you feel like a walk and some time out in the fresh air. 

Catholic Education Victoria notified us yesterday that legal requirements regarding recording attendance have been adjusted for Remote Learning. During this time we will be recording attendance once per day. Students will be recorded as present if they have made contact with a school staff member at least once throughout the day. If no contact has been made by 2:30pm each day the office will contact the parent via an SMS as our standard practice however an extra contact will be made by our home group teacher or Wellbeing leader after 2-3 days of absence as a courtesy call and a check in. 

 

Enrolment Process for 2021 Prep students

Please note we once again have had many applications, many more than we can accept. As much as this is exciting and we are very thankful, we never like sending a letter or making contact to notify of a waiting list position. If you do receive one of these there are many factors considered and in many cases we accept children throughout the year as parents make decisions to move, give their child an extra year and other reasons. We will be offering places firstly to children that are Catholic in the area and turning 6 in Prep and after that time other positions will be offered. The process does take a few weeks to finalise, please be patient with this process. 

Gemma

 

Faith News

Loving Gods,

Being alone is hard. We were created for community, not confinement.

But we’re grateful that no matter how alone we may feel, you are always with us. 

And, we’re grateful for technology that helps us stay in touch with each other.

We remind ourselves that this time of social distancing and isolation will not last forever.

Give us the strength to endure this difficult time, and deepen our connection with You and with one another.

Empower us with love, peace, hope and joy. 

Amen.

 

 

 

Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist

Both of these Sacraments are postponed until further notice. We will be in touch with families as soon as we have any information. Thank you for your understanding. 

 

ANZAC Day

This Saturday, 25th April we celebrate ANZAC Day. Many people are commemorating the ANZAC’s by shining a light on their driveways at dawn, in lieu of the traditional dawn service.

We remember the courage of the ANZAC soldiers and are grateful for their sacrifices.

Lest we forget. 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day – Sunday 10th May

This year, the Mothers Day stall will be held on

Thursday 7th May 1 pm – 3 pm 

Friday 8th May 9 am – 11 am 

If you are out for a bike ride or a walk you are welcome to visit.

Gold coin donation per item purchased 

(limit of 2 items per child)

Please bring exact money as we will not be handling coins/notes/change.

Social distancing measures will be in place, please wait until any families in front of you have moved away from the stall. Follow the chalk marks on the ground.

Thank you to our wonderful team of parent helpers who organised gifts for our Mother’s Day stall.

Aoife

 

 

SECONDARY SCHOOL ENROLMENT

Any parent/caregiver of a Year 4 or 5 student

I will be running an information session via google meet. I will go over information regarding zones for public schools and the process for enrolling your child in your school of choice. 

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND attendance of any parent of Year 5 that have not already selected a school/enrolled their child. 

If you are interested in joining please email me angelas@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au and I will send you a google meet invite.

I will run this session Tuesday 28th of April from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. 

Angela Flint

 

Catholic Secondary School – attention Year 5 families

Catholic Secondary Schools are now taking enrolments for 2022!

 

If you wish your child to attend a Catholic secondary school, you will need to contact your school of choice for an application form when your child is in Year 5. Applications for 2022 are due to Catholic Secondary schools by August 2020.

 

 

RHSports Uniform Shop will still be operating their website

for online purchases (only) as normal

 

Message from Commonwealth Bank

The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people remains our highest priority. Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding coronavirus, the School Banking program will remain on hold. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed with any updates including how we will be managing Dollarmite tokens for students.

 

 

In the meantime, here are some handy online resources for parents who wish to maintain momentum with their child’s financial education:

  • Start Smart: these resources have been created to improve children’s money management skills, and is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and the National Consumer Financial Literacy Framework.
  • The Beanstalk: offers videos and fun activities for children to learn about money.

 

 

 

Community Noticeboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important dates

We have many dates coming, please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the calendar on our website for upcoming events. Do you need a paper copy? Please collect one from our office.

Term 2

April

Wed 15: First Day Term 2

Tue 28th: Secondary School Enrolment Information Session 6.30pm – 7.30pm

School Photo’s Postponed (TBA)

May

 

 

 

 

2020 Term 1 Week 7

Dear Families and Friends of St John’s, 

I hope you all enjoyed an extra long weekend. I had a great weekend at the T20 Women’s cricket match and watching Katy Perry with our children. Thank you to our school community for supporting our closure day on Tuesday. The day was well spent at school with Mel from Project Thrive.  Our focus was around positive Education and strength based practices. It was a reaffirming day for us and an exciting day which added strategies to our bank. In a world that seems so connected, data is showing a feeling of disconnect and rise of mental health problems. This of course is extremely concerning for all and we feel an absolute need to respond to this. We aim to respond to this by building strong relationships with ourselves, each other and our wider community. 

This Friday will see us celebrating Harmony Day and standing against bullying and violence.  The continuing message of Harmony Day is ‘Everybody Belongs’ and it’s annual observance aims to encourage inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural background and celebrate core Australian values. We are encouraging children to wear orange, orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. 

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, held on the third Friday of March each year, is an opportunity for Australian schools to highlight their everyday work to counter bullying and violence.

This week we have had the experiences at Bullen Bullen.  The Wurundjeri people (Woi-wurrung language group) are the Traditional Custodians of Melbourne and surrounding lands.  The Wurundjeri people cared for Country since Bunjil, the great Eagle and Balliyang the bat, created our land and people. Students experienced a Wurundjeri guided tour of the Margaret Leister Trail and also participated in indigenous activities including the crushing of ochre, emu feather art, hand printing, colourings with charcoal and an artefact display.

Prep to 2 children will connect with the environment through nature play and learn about Aboriginal culture and unique Australian wildlife next week. In Nature Play the Wurundjeri Way, students are immersed in the natural world, where they are encouraged to play, explore and discover. Students will engage their senses as they investigate habitats, uncover animal characteristics, interact with Aboriginal artefacts, listen to dreaming stories, create art and learn about native wildlife and plants and the Wurundjeri connections to them. Through guided discussions and exploration, students will learn about how plants, animals and people are all connected. They will discover what makes this land unique and how to respect and care for the environment – just as the Wurundjeri people do.

Exciting times ahead for all. 

Gemma 

 

Coronavirus Information  

As advised by the Australian Government Department of Health, from Friday 6 March 2020, a person is required to self-isolate in circumstances where they have been exposed to any confirmed novel coronavirus case, or when returning to Australia from: 

o Mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) on or after Saturday 1 February 2020

 o Iran, on or after Sunday 1 March 2020 

o South Korea (Republic of Korea), after 9 pm Thursday 5 March 2020.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, which may cause illness in animals or people. COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a new virus that can cause an infection in people, who may experience fever and flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, fatigue and in some cases shortness of breath and a severe respiratory illness.  It is recommended that schools promote the prevention of the spread of coronavirus by encouraging the use of strategies that assist in minimising the spread of any respiratory illness: 

Those with symptoms such as a fever (temperature above 38°C), cough, sore throat or congestion, should not come to school, and stay home until symptoms have subsided for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing or cough-suppressing medication). 

 o Anyone becoming ill in this manner – should inform the school immediately.

 o Avoid close contact with people who have a respiratory illness.

 o Practice good respiratory etiquette – cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard. 

o Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth.

o Wash hands thoroughly using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser. 

o Increase the cleaning of frequently touched surfaces such as desks, countertops, keyboards, computer mice, telephone handsets, handrails and lift buttons.

 

 

Faith News

Prayer Gathering

We welcome you to join us this Friday 13th March at 2:45 pm as Home Group Linda leads us in prayer. The theme for the gathering is ‘faith’, we will reflect on the faith shown by St Patrick and acknowledge the many faiths present within our St John’s community.

 

Josephite Celebration – Tuesday 24th March 6:30 pm

A letter is being sent home tomorrow with your child to invite your family to celebrate the contribution the Josephite Sisters have made to our community. Please return the reply slip for catering purposes. We are looking forward to celebrating Mass with the wider St John’s community and we extend a warm welcome to families to join us.

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation 

We held a Sacramental Evening last week for families preparing to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. It was a wonderful opportunity for families to reflect together on the meaning of the Sacraments and to spend time together as a faith community. We keep these children and their families in our prayers.

 

Project Compassion

We continue to support Project Compassion throughout Lent. Project Compassion is an opportunity for us to take action on one of the three core elements of Lent (prayer, fasting and almsgiving). Collection boxes are located in home group spaces and at the main office. If you have some spare change to donate it would be very much appreciated. Visit https://lent.caritas.org.au/#blank to find out more about the work that Caritas does to make a difference to others both here in Australia and overseas.

 

Holy Week Prayer Gathering

We will be gathering as a whole school to reflect on the events of Holy Week on Thursday 26th March. This prayer gathering will begin at 2:30 pm and will be led by Home Group Mitch. If you’re available please join us. 

Aoife

 

Harmony Day and Bullying. No Way! Day

This Friday the 13th of March, St. John’s will be recognising Harmony Day and Bullying. No Way! Day. On this day, we invite all students to wear something orange to show our support for diversity and inclusion. Students will be exploring the themes of the day related to harmony, kindness, acceptance, diversity and peace in their classrooms. Grades 3-6s will also participate in a workshop exploring online kindness and inclusion.

 

PREP 2021

We are now taking enrolments for Prep 2021.

 

Please tell friends and family.

If you have a child beginning Prep in 2021 simply call in and collect an enrolment form from the office.

 

School Closure Day Friday the 20th March – NO STUDENTS (Maths Progressions)

OSHClub will be taking bookings

 

Year’s 3-5 Excursion to Bullen Bullen

Yesterday the year 3-6’s went on a Excursion to a National Park in The Dandenongs.
The bus trip took an hour and 15 minutes, we played cards to fill in the time. When we arrived the sun was shining, it was a great day to be out and about. While we were having our snack we spotted some Rosella’s and cockatoos.
Michelle from Bullen Bullen Cultural Tours did our Welcome to Country and told us about the different activities we’d be doing. She also told us that all aboriginal people get given a totem when they are around 13 years old by the elders and sometimes their parents. Michelle gave her youngest daughter the totem of the Wombat.
They are not allowed to hunt that animal or eat it or they may get sick.
We then went on a bush walk with Jayden, also from Bullen Bullen. We learnt about the scar tree which was used as shelter many years ago or a storage place for weapons. We also found a leaf that used to be used as toilet paper. We had to be cautious on our walk to respect the natural environment around us.
Then we came back to join in the activities which included crushing ochre, colouring aboriginal mandalas, playing instruments, the girls are not allowed to touch the didgeridoo, it’s aboriginal law. Making feather flowers with emu feathers and playing with a possum skin ball called a marngrook.
The day was fun and interesting we learnt how everything used by the Wurundjeri is given back to the land.
By Elicia & Lam

 

FARM HOLIDAY ROSTER

           Please contact the office on 9687 3150           

           or admin@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au if you are interested in

           looking after our chickens and farm over the school holidays!

 

Enthralling Vietnamese Bamboo Circus! 

Last Thursday, Grades 3 to 6 were captivated by the enthralling bamboo circus known as A O Lang Pho, created by the founders of Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam.  Travelling by bus, we ventured into the city towards the Melbourne Arts Centre, anticipating the experience. 

The circus was unlike anything we had witnessed before; watching bamboo bend without breaking while amazing acrobats perform incredible feats of strength.  The circus included live music, contemporary dance and a changing set that conveyed the beauty of Vietnamese culture. 

For our Grade 3 and 4 community, it was an opportunity to experience how a culture celebrates diversity and comes together, which linked into their inquiry about community and culture.

We interviewed a few people in the Grade 6 community on their thoughts.

Andy – “A great way to show the Vietnamese culture without words.” 

Charles- “ It was impressive how they use bamboo for all of these high jump flips”.

Ethan-  “I did not know that my culture could do that and I thought that the bamboo would break.”

From the St John’s Media Team

Sport

Dear Parents and Guardians,

After several weeks of cross country training the St Johns runners performed extremely well at the Interschool Cross Country Race last Friday 6th March.  The year 3-4’s completed 2km’s and year 5-6’s completing 3km’s.  There was grit, determination and a lot of red cheeks on show throughout the event.

Congratulations to all students who took part and tried their best and a special acknowledgement to Alanii, Noah and Tom who finished in the top 10 and Joanna Bua who came 4th in her race and qualified for Division’s. 

To celebrate the wonderful term at St Johns Community, on our last day of term (Friday 27th March)  the children are taking part in the end of term sport carnival. This will be hosted at St Johns from 9:30-12:00 with a focus on participation, enjoyment and being active. All supporters are welcome to watch and enjoy the celebration. Remember to wear sports uniform and/or house colours!
Many Thanks
Stevie Symmons
PE Teacher

Please note that children will be participating in Sports lessons on the following days:

           Wednesday – Year 1/2 and Year 5/6 

           Thursday – Prep and Year 3/4

Children are asked to wear their Sports uniform on their allocated day.

Additionally on the last day of Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 we hold Sports Days and all children are invited to wear their Sports uniform along with their House Colours.

 

OSHClub News

These past two weeks at OSHClub, our focus has been on nature and collaboration. Children were creative using basic natural materials to make their own nature and animal art installation which
they formally exhibited to their peers. Others worked together to make their own surprise-reveal sand paintings. Children have also become budding cartoonists, learning from our special
guest Matt from Toonworld. Cartooning can be a great way to boost confidence and learn that there are no mistakes when it comes to art. We still have two more visits, running on
Friday 13th and 20th of March.

We are pleased to announce that OSHClub will be running the first ever Holiday Program at St John’s over the Term 1 holidays (Monday 30th March-Thursday 9th April).

Our program will include an excursion to Yarra Bend Mini Golf and GoClimb Coburg. Enrolments for the Vacation Program are now open. Bookings are also open to primary school age students beyond the
St John’s community. If you have friends or family in need of childcare in this period, please let them know about the Vacation Program. 

Megan and Novita

St John’s OSHClub

 

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Important dates

We have many dates coming, please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the calendar on our website for upcoming events. Do you need a paper copy? Please collect one from our office.

Term 1

March

Fri 13: National Day of action against Bullying & Harmony Day – Wear Orange!

Fri 13: Prayer Gathering 2.45 pm led by HG Linda

Tues 17: P-2 Excursion to Healesville – POSTPONED

Wed 18: Division Swimming

Thur 19: Yr 3 Sacrament of Reconciliation 6:30 pm

Fri 20: SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY – NO STUDENTS (Maths Progressions) OSHClub will be taking bookings

Tue 24: Josephite Mass 6.30 pm

Thur 26: Holy Week Prayer Gathering 2.30 pm – All welcome

Thur 26: Grade 3/4 Sleepover

Fri 27: Last day Term 1 – Finish at 1 pm (wear House Colours)

 

Term 2

April

Tue 14: First Day Term 2

Wed 22: School Photo Day

Fri 24: Yr’s 5 & 6 Interschool Sport

May

Fri 1: Yr’s 5 & 6 Interschool Sport

Tue 5: Yr’s 5 & 6 Parent Information Night – Sex Education Australia 5.30 pm

Fri 8: SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY – NO STUDENTS (ASD PL Day for Teachers) OSHClub will be taking bookings

Fri 15: Yr’s 5 & 6 Interschool Sport

Fri 22: Yr’s 5 & 6 Interschool Sport

Fri 29: Yr’s 5 & 6 Interschool Sport

 

 

 

2020 Term 1 Week 5

Dear family and friends of St John’s,

Wow what a busy few weeks we have had.  It was beautiful to see so many faces at our beginning of the year picnic and Welcome to Country ceremony.  This is always such a special night full of chatter, music, art and blessing of the land we are so very thankful to learn upon.  Thank you Angela and Aoife for your extra organisation and to all our Educators for preparing the learning spaces and ‘getting to know each other’ activities. The structure and routines were explained on the night however we encourage families to seek further clarification if needed. 

Our building has begun in the 1/2 area – 2 small target teaching areas are currently being created, these areas will be utilised for small class teaching groups. It gives a space for children to focus on their learning goals with a teacher away from the ‘busy’ project environments. 

We can’t wait for the below excursions, as both intend to immerse children and adults into learning and experiencing the ways of the Wurundjeri people. Thank you to all the parents that are able to join to make both possible. 

  • P-2: Nature play the Wurundjeri Way – Tuesday 17th March – full day excursion
  • 3-6: Bullen Bullen Wurundjeri Walking Tour and activities – Wednesday 11th March – full day excursion.

We keep Lisa, her husband Ben and their children in our prayers,  as Lisa’s father-in-law passed away suddenly last week. May you find peace and comfort in togetherness and love. 

Term 1 is flying by, please remember to check the calendar for up and coming closure days and other important events such as Cross country sports. 

 

Faith News

Prayer Gathering – Friday 28th Feb, 2:45 pm. 

We will be gathering as a community on Friday afternoon, led by Home Group Angela, who will guide us in reflection on the concept of forgiveness. We are surrounded by many examples of forgiveness, yet it can be one of the hardest gifts to give to others, as well as to ourselves. You are very welcome to join us if you’re available.

 

Sacramental Evening – Thursday 5th March, 5:30 pm

Some of our Year 3 children will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Eucharist this year. As part of the preparation for these special ceremonies we will be gathering together to reflect on what these sacraments mean for us. Please keep Angus, Xavier, Sebastian, Bosco, Bella, Manoj, James, Adut, Nikola, Kayla, Caleb and their families in your prayers.  

 

Lent

We celebrated the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass this week. Fr Rene chatted with the children about the ashes being a visible sign of the commencement of a time of reflection, prayer and almsgiving. Lent lasts for 40 days, excluding Sundays, and will end on Easter Sunday when we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. 

 

Save the Date! Josephite Mass 

We will be celebrating the contribution of the Josephite Sisters to our community on 24th March at 6:30 pm. We welcome all families to join us in thanks. Further details will be in the next newsletter. 

 

Social Justice Leaders

Thank you to everyone who participated in placing their thumb on our social justice scales at the Welcome Picnic last week. We designed the artwork to represent us as a school community and to show that we are committed to making a difference to others. Throughout Lent we will be supporting Caritas through their Project Compassion fundraiser. Collection boxes will be in each classroom and at the office if you’d like to donate, all donations will be appreciated. Please visit https://lent.caritas.org.au/#blank to find out more about the difference that Caritas makes to people in Australia and in other countries around the world. 

Thank you for your support.

Frederick, Elicia and Timothy

Social Justice Leaders

 

PREP 2021

We are now taking enrolments for Prep 2021.

 

Please tell friends and family.

If you have a child beginning Prep in 2021 simply call in and collect an enrolment form from the office.

 

 

Seesaw

 

Farm update

A big thank you to our families who helped to look after our farm over the holidays, our produce has survived thanks to your watering and weeding.
Just a note that during term time could we leave the harvesting and egg collection to our students, please.  We use the produce to harvest and cook and if we don’t eat the eggs they are sold and the money goes towards future activities at the farm.
If you have purchased our eggs, could you return our special St John’s egg cartons to the school please.
Many thanks

 

Sport

A huge congratulations to the children who took part in the District Swimming event last Friday. With the smell of chlorine in the air and butterflies in the tummy, the students gave their best efforts in the water and left the day with big smiles on their faces.

Good luck to the children who qualified for the Division Swimming held on the 18th March and from all the St John’s community we wish you well.

Thank you to everyone who took part on the great day and to anyone who was able to come down and support.

 

St Johns is excited to be running some additional sports activities.

If you are in Year 5 and 6 and wanting to improve your netball skills and have some fun, come to the Wednesday after school club from 3:30pm until  4:15pm in the back yard. Your home group teachers will have forms for you to fill out. The first session starts this Wednesday, 19th Feb and will run during Term 1.
If you are in Year 3-6 and are planning on trying out for Cross Country Trials (or you just want to  improve your running and get active in the morning), come to our three cross country practices at Shorten Reserve at 7:45am. This will run on Wednesday 19th, 26th and 4th March. Please see your home group teacher for a form to fill out. Please wear your PE uniform and bring a water bottle.
Keep an eye out for some opportunities next term for Prep and Yr 1/2 as well as whole school school sports sessions.
Looking forward to seeing you there
Stevie Symmons
PE Teacher

Please note that children will be participating in Sports lessons on the following days:

           Wednesday – Year 1/2 and Year 5/6 

           Thursday – Prep and Year 3/4

Children are asked to wear their Sports uniform on their allocated day.

Additionally on the last day of Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 we hold Sports Days and all children are invited to wear their Sports uniform along with their House Colours.

 

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Important dates

We have many dates coming, please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the calendar on our website for upcoming events. Do you need a paper copy? Please collect one from our office.

Term 1

February

Fri 28: Prayer Gathering 2.45pm led by HG Angela

March

 

Thur 5: Sacramental Evening 5.30 pm

Mon 9: Labour Day – NO SCHOOL

Tue 10: SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY – NO STUDENTS (Teacher PD Emotional Intelligence) OSHClub will be taking bookings

Wed 11: Preps commence full week

Wed 11: Yr’s 3-6 Bullen Bullen Excursion

Fri 13: National Day of action against Bullying & Harmony Day

Tue 17: P-2 Excursion to Healesville

Wed 18: Division Swimming

Thur 19: Yr 3 Sacrament of Reconciliation 6:30 pm

Fri 20: SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY – NO STUDENTS (Maths Progressions) OSHClub will be taking bookings

Tue 24: Josephite Mass 6.30 pm

Fri 27: Last day Term 1 – Finish at 1 pm (wear House Colours)

April

Tue 14: First Day Term 2

Wed 22: School Photo Day

Fri 24: Yr’s 5 & 6 Interschool Sport

 

2020 Term 1 Week 3

Hello families,

We hope that everyone has well and truly settled into life at St John’s for 2020! There’s a great buzz around our community as new friendships are formed and stories are shared. We’re looking forward to gathering together as a community at our Welcome Picnic, please see below for further details. A reminder that our first Prayer Gathering is taking place on Friday 14th Feb at 2:45 pm, please join us if you are available.

Our Parent Social Media Policy is available on our website and is also linked below for your convenience. We ask that all parents take the time to read over this policy as it is integral to how we communicate online.

Parent Social Media Policy

The power of love is central to our horizon at St John’s so we hope everyone takes a little time to share some love with friends and family tomorrow!

Aoife

 

 

 

 

PREP 2021

We are now taking enrolments for Prep 2021.

 

Please tell friends and family.

If you have a child beginning Prep in 2021 simply call in and collect an enrolment form from the office.

Sun Smart – reminder

School hats/caps are to be worn by students during Term 1. Thank you.

 

Sport

St Johns is excited to be running some additional sports activities.

If you are in Year 5 and 6 and wanting to improve your netball skills and have some fun, come to the Wednesday after school club from 3:30pm until  4:15pm in the back yard. Your home group teachers will have forms for you to fill out. The first session starts this Wednesday, 19th Feb and will run during Term 1.
If you are in Year 3-6 and are planning on trying out for Cross Country Trials (or you just want to  improve your running and get active in the morning), come to our three cross country practices at Shorten Reserve at 7:45am. This will run on Wednesday 19th, 26th and 4th March. Please see your home group teacher for a form to fill out. Please wear your PE uniform and bring a water bottle.
Keep an eye out for some opportunities next term for Prep and Yr 1/2 as well as whole school school sports sessions.
Looking forward to seeing you there
Stevie Symmons
PE Teacher

Please note that children will be participating in Sports lessons on the following days:

           Wednesday – Year 1/2 and Year 5/6 

           Thursday – Prep and Year 3/4

Children are asked to wear their Sports uniform on their allocated day.

Additionally on the last day of Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 we hold Sports Days and all children are invited to wear their Sports uniform along with their House Colours.

 

 

 

Envision Hands – our community contribution

Envision Hands is a not-for-profit community initiative that uses 3D printing to turn plastic waste into mechanical hands and arms for kids, with the products being sent around the world.

Harry and his little sister (with a little help from Mum, Louise) delivered the bottle tops collected by our families at St John’s to Envision Hands in Werribee.  They met Joe, who designs the hands and got to see the process of sorting, shredding and how they turn the lids into a plastic filament used by 3D printers.

Envision Hands have now achieved their target for lid collection so are asking people to hold off collecting for now.

Thank you Harry, and your family, for helping those less fortunate than ourselves through sustainable initiatives like that of Envision Hands – well done!

 

 

Changes to School Banking Rewards Program for 2020
Dear Parents, 
For those who are participating in the School Banking Program, please note the changes below regarding the Rewards Program.
The purpose of the Rewards Program is to reward good savings behaviour. For every deposit the student makes, the automated reward token tracking system will add one electronic reward token to the student’s profile. A physical Dollarmites token will no longer be handed out.  Students can also track their progress on the CommBank Youth app (commbank.com.au/youthapp).
Each reward item is valued at 10 electronic reward tokens.  Students who are eligible to redeem a reward will receive a reward redemption slip in their deposit wallet to choose a reward.  
Please note that we are currently waiting on new reward redemption slips which includes new items for 2020. 
If you would like to learn more about the Rewards Program or participate in School Banking, please visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking.
 
Thank you!
Kind regards,
Jill

 

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Important dates

We have many dates coming, please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the calendar on our website for upcoming events. Do you need a paper copy? Please collect one from our office.

Term 1

February

Fri 14: Prayer Gathering 2.45pm led by HG Michele

Thu 20: Family Chats 5pm

Welcome Picnic – from 5:30pm

Fri 21: Assembly 2.30pm

Wed 6: Ash Wednesday Mass 11:30am

Fri 28: Prayer Gathering 2.45pm led by HG Angela

March

Mon 9: Labour Day – NO SCHOOL

Tue 10: SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY – NO STUDENTS (Maths Progressions) OSHClub will be taking bookings

Wed 11: Preps commence full week

Fri 13th: National Day of action against Bullying & Harmony Day

Thurs 19: Yr 3 Sacrament of Reconciliation 6:30 pm

Fri 20: SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY – NO STUDENTS (Teacher PD Emotional Intelligence) OSHClub will be taking bookings

Fri 27: Last day Term 1 – Finish at 1pm (wear House Colours)

April

Tue 14: First Day Term 2

 

2020 Term 1

Dear Families and Friends of St John’s,

Welcome to 2020 and the beginning of a new school year.

I pray that everyone has had a refreshing and safe break and you are feeling excited about the coming year.

A special welcome to our new Prep families and to those who join us in other levels. I know that our caring community will be extending a warm welcome to each and every one.

We also welcome new staff members  Jarryd, Dana, Stevie, Linda & Jayka.

Our theme for 2020 comes from our horizon words Inclusion and Dynamic Learning.

Our Professional learning for all staff will focus around this theme.

Gemma

 

2020 Assemblies and Prayer Gatherings

This year we invite you to join us at Assembly and in Prayer. Assemblies will be held every fortnight at 2:30 pm on ‘even’ weeks of the school term. Our first assembly will be held this Friday, 7th February. Assemblies will be led by our School Captains and are an opportunity to share announcements, acknowledgements and birthdays. 

Prayer Gatherings will be held on ‘odd’ weeks of the school term, beginning on Friday 14th February, at 2:45 pm. Prayer Gatherings are a time for our community to come together in a sacred space. Each Home Group will lead a Prayer Gathering throughout the year. Children will have an opportunity to design and lead our community in prayer.

The dates and times of Assemblies and Prayer Gatherings will be listed in the newsletter each fortnight, along with which Home Group will be leading the Gathering. We look forward to welcoming you throughout the year. 

Aoife

 

PREP 2021

We are now taking enrolments for Prep 2021.

 

Please tell friends and family.

If you have a child beginning Prep in 2021 simply call in and collect an enrolment form from the office.

 

Welcome Picnic and Family Chats

Dear Families,

We are having Family Chats and a Welcome Picnic at St. John’s on Thursday, 20th February from 5pm – 7pm to welcome you all to a new year at St John’s. 

This year’s chats are taking a different format to past years. All families are invited to meet in their child’s home group space from 5pm – 5.30pm to meet with the educator and other families. This is a great opportunity to strengthen community relationships and make new connections with one another. Families with more than one child at school are invited to divide their time between each home group.

From 5.30pm – 7pm we will gather as a whole school community. We will provide entertainment and water (please bring reusable drinking cups for your family #sustainability). Please bring a picnic blanket and your own #nude picnic (let’s work TOGETHER to reduce our carbon footprint). 

The event will conclude with a Welcome to County and a Smoking Ceremony performed by an elder of the Wurundjeri community. 

We look forward to welcoming you.

Angela Flint

On behalf of the St John’s staff

 

Newsletters 2020

Newsletters are generally published each fortnight on ‘odd’ weeks of the school year. Our next newsletter will be shared with families at the end of Week 3 (13th/14th Feb). 

 

Sports uniforms

Please note that children will be participating in Sports lessons on the following days:

Wednesday – Year 1/2 and Year 5/6 

Thursday – Prep and Year 3/4

Children are asked to wear their Sports uniform on their allocated day. Additionally on the last day of Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 we hold Sports Days and all children are invited to wear their Sports uniform along with their House Colours. 

 

Pick up after school

There are a number of options when picking children up after school via car – please see below for some further information. 

 

Eleanor Street Pick Up Zone

Families can pull over into the School Pick Up Zone. Please tell the staff members on duty who you are collecting and we will call them for you. Please do not exit your car, this zone is reserved for pick up only.

 

Back Yard

Parking is available on the Back Yard after school.  Please note that the Back Yard entrance is not a pedestrian zone – this is to ensure the safety of all our community.   When the yard is full we ask that you park in nearby streets or avail yourself of the Pick Up zone located on Eleanor St. 

 

Everard Street

There are three 10 minute spots on Everard Street available to park in during pick up time.

 

Staff email addresses

Staff Member  Role  Email
Gemma Goodyear Principal gemmag@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Aoife McCarthy Deputy Principal

Faith Leader

amccarthy@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Chevon Adamidis VL Leader

P-2 Learning Diversity

cadamidis@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Molly Argus 1/2 Teacher margus@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Lien Barnabas Prep Teacher lbarnabas@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Jarryd Bradford 3/4 Teacher jbradford@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Jayka Bugay Japanese jbugay@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Natasha Caligiuri Psychologist ncaligiuri@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Mary Corbino 1/2 LSO maryc@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Daniela De Luca Literacy & Numeracy

Leader

dedeluca@stfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Angela Flint 3/4 Teacher

Family Engagement

angelas@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Jordan Fry 1/2 Teacher jfry@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Jenna Gladman 1/2 Teacher jgladman@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Pauline Goldie 3-6 Learning Diversity pgoldie@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Kerrie Hartmann Farm & Library khartmann@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Michele Hayes Grade 6 Teacher michele.hayes@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Mitchell Hayes 3/4 Teacher mitch.hayes@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Leonie Kirk Admin Officer admin@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Pam Manser Reading Discovery pamh@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Marty McGauran Discovering with

Technology Teacher

mmcgauran@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Maria Natoli The Arts mnatoli@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Bess Naughtin Atelierista/Innovation enaughtin@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Dana Millsteed 1/2 Teacher dmillsteed@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Linda Nguyen Grade 5 Teacher lnguyen@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Thuy Nguyen Admin/Interpreter thuyn@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Haley O’Meara Atelierista haleyo@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Ashlee Owen Wellbeing &

Numeracy Intervention

aowen@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Erin Schembri Prep Teacher eschembri@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Jackie Schober ICT / ICON jschober@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Stevie Symmons P.E ssymmons@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Thushari Senarath 3/4 LSO tsenarath@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Thorneycroft Lisa Prep Teacher lthorneycroft@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Louise Verna Bursar accounts@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au
Eileen Winduss 5/6 LSO ewinduss@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au

 

 

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Important dates

We have many dates coming, please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the calendar on our website for upcoming events. Do you need a paper copy? Please collect one from our office.

Term 1

February

Fri 7: Assembly

Fri 14: Prayer Gathering 2.45pm led by HG Michele

Thu 20: Family Chats 5pm

Welcome Picnic – from 5:30pm

March

Mon 9: Labour Day – NO SCHOOL

Tue 10: SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY – NO STUDENTS (Maths Progressions) OSHClub will be taking bookings

Wed 11: Preps commence full week

Fri 20: SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY – NO STUDENTS (Teacher PD Emotional Intelligence) OSHClub will be taking bookings

Fri 27: Last day Term 1 – Finish at 1pm (wear House Colours)

April

Tue 14: First Day Term 2

 

2019 Term 4 Week 9

Week 9

Dear Families and Friends of St John’s,

I can’t believe this is the final newsletter for the year. As the last few weeks of term become busy and crowded, I hope everyone can take a few moments to look after themselves.

It is just not possible, in this brief address, to capture the amazing life and curriculum of our school during 2019. During the year, our students, staff and parents have had numerous opportunities to experience a wide range of programs and activities that have enabled rich, deep learning to occur. I am hugely grateful to everyone for their contribution to the Spirit and life of St John’s. 

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all our beautiful families within the St John’s community, I feel blessed to be part of this community and share in the wonderful experiences together. I’d like to thank our wonderful staff, whom amaze me with their commitment and dedication to our ways of learning and the continual focus on growth for all. 

We wish Kaylene, Grant and Hayley a smooth transition to their new roles in their new schools. We hope you feel welcomed and excited entering your new spaces. We wish you all the very best. 

Enjoy a well deserved break, take care and most of all stay safe. 

A very Merry Christmas to all.

Gemma 

 

Staffing 2020 

Prep homegroups : Lisa, Erin and Lien 

One / Two homegroups : Mary, Chevon, Jenna, Dana, Jordan, Molly 

Three / Four homegroups: Angela, Mitch, Jarryd, Thushari 

Five homegroup: Linda – Eileen 

Six homegroup: Michele – Eileen 

 

Japanese: Jayka 

Sport: Stevie 

Music/ Performing Arts: Maria 

Innovation: Bess 

Engaging with Place: Haley, Kerrie, Matt 

Digital Tech: Jackie and Marty 

Library: Kerrie 

 

Atelier: Maria / Bess / Haley 

Reading Discovery (Intervention): Pam

Numeracy discovery (Intervention): Ash 

 

Faith

Christmas Carols

Thank you to all of our families who joined us for our nativity story ‘It’s a Party’ last night. It was absolutely wonderful to see everyone gathered together to share in the joy of the story of the birth of Jesus. Lots of awesome dance moves and animated actors made it a fantastic way to finish the year as a community, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Advent

We will gather as a whole school four times in the coming days to mark the Season of Advent. We will light our Advent candles of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace and reflect on Advent as the season of new beginnings. A new liturgical year begins on the First Sunday of Advent and it brings us images of transformation and hope. It is the season of the impossible becoming possible. During the season of Advent we hear a strong call to action. In the gospels of the first two weeks, John the Baptist cries out, “Stay awake!” and “Prepare a way for the Lord”. We are challenged to be fully aware and to see and clear away the stumbling blocks along the path of life, particularly for those trapped in poverty. 

We will gather on Joan’s Yard for a short reflection on the following days, please feel very welcome to join us:

Friday 13th Dec, 8:50am

Monday 16th Dec, 8:50am

Tuesday 17th Dec, 8:50am

Tuesday 17th Dec, 2.55pm

 

End of Year Mass  

We warmly welcome you to join us for our End of Year Mass which will be focused on; ‘Joy in Mary saying Yes’. If you are available please join us on Friday, 13th Dec, 11:30am, St John’s Church. 

 

Social Justice 

 

On behalf of our Social Justice Leaders, Keira and Cindy, we say a massive THANK YOU for all of your support this year. From Project Compassion, to our Annual Winter Appeal to our more recent Christmas food/gift collection we are reminded time and time again of the compassion and generosity of our community. 

 

 

 

 

Advent Prayer

Christ our Light, shine in our lives with hope and promise. 

We await your coming with wonder. 

Christ our Hope, illuminate our hearts with your grace.

We await your coming with gratitude.

Christ our Joy, brighten our homes with your presence.

We await your coming with delight. 

Christ our Peace, glow brightly in each moment. 

We await your coming with serenity. 

Amen. 

 

Wishing you a happy and joy-filled Christmas. Looking forward to hearing about everyone’s break in 2020!

Aoife

 

What’s Buzzing…

 

Sustainability Project – Envision Lids for Kids

 

 

A timely reminder….

Have any of your child’s circumstances changed?

We take this opportunity to remind parents/carers to please ensure that all relevant records are up-to-date especially in the areas of:-

  • Medical conditions including asthma, anaphylaxis, allergies etc.
    (including action plans completed by your doctor)
  • Medication (including prescription eg: EpiPen & Ventolin and non-prescription medication)
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Current address and contact details of parent/carers

Please send any medications to the office and email changes to admin@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au

 

 

 

We wish to advise that The Lunch Box will not continue its delivery service to St Johns from the end of this year, until further notice.

The last day of service will be Friday 13th December 2019.
If you have an Account for your child/ren’s lunch orders, families can email Munchmonitor to close your account.
Please email the below address to close your account.
Monies will be refunded in full with no account closure fee charged.
Thank you for your understanding

School Fee Schedule for 2020

Dear families, a friendly reminder that all school fees for 2019 were due on 25th October.   If you have any outstanding fees, could you please arrange payment as soon as possible.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties please contact Gemma or the school office.

Find below school fees for 2020, if you would like to organise a payment plan simply email accounts@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au

Thank you

 

 

 

TERM 4

November/December

  • Thursday 12th December – Grade 6 Graduation
  • Thursday 12th December – Grades 3-6 Step Up Day
  • Friday 13th December – Reflection 8.50am
  • Friday 13th December – End of Year Mass St John’s Church 11.30am
  • Monday 16th December – Reflection 8.50am
  • Tuesday 17th December – Reflection 8.50am
  • Tuesday 17th December – Reflection 2.55pm
  • Wednesday 18th December – Grades P-2 Step Up Day
  • Wednesday 18th December Last day of the year! School finishes at 3.15pm
  • 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.

 

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

For the past two weeks at OSHClub we have been focusing on the learning outcome of building children’s confidence as independent learners. In the creative corner students have been learning drawing techniques, developing fine motors skills, and having sensory engagement through experimentation with modelling clay. Beyblade battles (very popular at the moment) have allowed the students to practice and learn group cooperation. Outdoor play has ensured that they develop their physical health and wellbeing. We were also lucky to celebrate Freya’s and Calden’s birthdays.

OSHClub is open all day on School Closure days:-

Thursday 19th December 2019 from 7am to 6pm

Tuesday 28th January 2020 from 6:30am to 6pm

Wednesday 29th January 2020 from 6:30am to 6pm

Thursday 30th January 2020 from 6:30am to 6pm

Novita & Megan

OSHClub

 

Farm Holiday Roster

 

If you are available to feed our chickens, water our vegies and tend to the plants at The Farm over the school holidays, please email Leonie in the office noting your preferred days of attendance.  Thank you.

admin@sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au

 

 

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