2019 Term 4 Week 7

Week 7

Dear Families and Friends,

There is a great vibe as we move around the school – a very busy vibe. 

Our Grade Prep transition period has begun – it has been a pleasure meeting new and old families. Our existing families have supported this transition through leading focus groups and sharing their wealth of knowledge with our incoming parents. Thank you for all of your continued support. 

Children are beginning to launch projects, make new discoveries and beginning to plan their next project. We hope all children transition into 2020 with discoveries and projects already underway. As our whole group Inquiry – ‘There’s a world inside my nose’ (Geography) finishes we begin to explore Advent. Our Advent Inquiry will focus on Peace on Earth as the central message. ‘Advent is the season of new beginnings. A new liturgical year begins on the First Sunday of Advent and it beckons to us with images of transformation and hope. It is the season of the impossible becoming possible.’ This image of transformation and hope will underpin our exploration in the next coming weeks. I look forward to the deep thinking and creating around this image. 

We think especially of Chevon this Saturday as she marries her love Johnny. May Chevon and Johnny have a beautiful day full of love, happiness and dancing!! 

Enjoy this wonderful weather. 

Gemma 

 

Faith

Prayer Gathering Yr 3-6

We warmly welcome you to join our Year 3-6 children for a Prayer Gathering on Friday 22nd November at 2:45pm. The children have been exploring the concept of solidarity, focusing on two key Scripture verses:

“I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me” (Matt 25:31-40) and    

“Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be called the children of God” (Matt 5:9).     

As we are almost in the Season of Advent we are reminded that peace on earth and goodwill towards all are central to our faith. Solidarity with others calls on us to be people of peace.

Food/Gifts collection for Way of the West & MacKillop Family Services

Our Christmas tree is up in the Hall and already there are some food items and gifts under the tree, ready to be donated to those in need. Any donations of food, including tinned food, rice, pasta, honey, Christmas puddings, biscuits etc. will be gratefully received. Toys and gifts for all age groups would also be sincerely appreciated. 

We will finish collecting on Friday 6th December so that the volunteers from Way of the West and MacKillop Family Services have enough time to create hampers, ready for Christmas. Thank you for your support of families in our local community.

Aoife

2019 Victorian Schools Garden Awards

A small group of children represented our school at the 2019 Victorian Schools Garden Awards today. We had been informed that we had won a Regional Prize for our beautiful farm, however when we got there we were thrilled to discover that we had also won a prize for the ‘Most Engaging Garden for Learning Award’. The certificate was presented to us, along with a voucher for $1,000 worth of garden supplies, we also received $350 for the Regional Award so we are looking forward to getting some ideas from the children and spending the vouchers to make our farm even more awesome! We met Costa from Gardening Australia and had some time to do a little planting of our own as well as making seed bombs – more on those next time!

What’s Buzzing…

 

Congratulations!!!

A very big Congratulations must go to Calvin Hua on being awarded an Academic Scholarship for 2020 at Braybrook College.

We are very proud of Calvin and wish him every success for his future at Braybrook College.

 

Christmas Event

The students of St John’s Footscray are proud to present…

It’s a Party!

An original nativity play by Mark and Helen Johnson.

When:  Thursday 5th December 2019

Dear Families,

We will be celebrating the end of another wonderful year at St John’s with our annual Christmas event. The evening will begin at 5:30pm and conclude by 7pm.

This year the children will be performing “It’s a Party”. The Nativity play will begin at 5.30pm on Thursday 5th December. Please arrive by 5.15pm.

Children are invited to wear Christmas colours, Santa hats, tinsel etc. In fact everyone is invited to get into the festive spirit! 

You are welcome to bring a picnic blanket to sit on and nibbles to share as a family.

We are looking forward to welcoming you all. 

The St John’s team. 

Sustainability Project – Envision Lids for Kids

 

 

 

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

  • Friday 22nd November – Prayer Gathering Grades 3-6 2.45pm
  • Thursday 5th December – Christmas Carols Evening 5.30pm
  • Thursday 12th December – Grade 6 Graduation
  • Thursday 12th December – Grades 3-6 Step Up Day
  • Wednesday 18th December – Grades P-2 Step Up Day
  • Thursday 19th December Last day of the year! School finishes at 1pm
  • Friday 31st January 2020- First day Term 1 2020

Please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the newsletter for upcoming events.

Do you need a paper copy? Please let Leonie know at the office.

 

 

2019 School Term and Holiday Dates

Period Start Finish Length
Term 1 Friday 1st February Friday 5th April

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 6th April Thursday 25th April
Term 2 Friday 26th April Friday 28th June

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 29th June Sunday 14th July
Term 3 Monday 15th July Friday 20th September

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 21st September Sunday 6th October
Term 4 Tuesday 8th October Thursday 19th December

Finish 1pm

11 Weeks

 

 

 

OSH CLUB – Before and After School Care

 

 

Would you like to attend before/after school care in 2019.

Please register online: www.oshclub.com.au

Register Choose: St John’s Catholic Primary School FOOTSCRAY

Follow prompts OR CALL: 1300 395 735

 

This week we welcomed a new staff member at OSHClub, Megan Guy. Megan is here everyday, except Wednesday afternoons.  Last week we were focused on children’s confidence and involved learning outcomes. Children made cookies and decorated them, they made their own play dough from scratch. They created their own stories and made novels. We also introduced a new activity, community service and math challenge. Children are engaged and learn to become socially responsible and show respect for the environment.

OSHClub is open on School Closure days from 6:30 am to 6 pm on 28th January, 29th January and 30th January 2020. OSHClub is closed from 20th December 2019 until 27th January 2020.

Novita & Megan

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 5

Week 5

Dear Families and Friends of St John’s Community,

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

 

STAFF UPDATE

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

 

A few changes

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

The homegroup structure at this stage will be:

2 x First year at St John’s (Prep)

4 x Grade 1/2 home groups 

3 x Grade 3/4 home groups 

1 x Grade 5 

1 x Grade 6 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

MASS and Assembly going forward

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

 

Engagement in Learning opportunities 

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

 

STEP UP DAY 12th & 18th December

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

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

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

Gemma

 

 

Faith

Prayer Gathering – Prep and Year 1/2 

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

 

Social Justice

 

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

Aoife

 

 

Parent Social Media Policy

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

http://www.sjfootscray.catholic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Parent-Social-Media.pdf

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

 

2020 Family Intentions

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

https://forms.gle/bZqvTeCv2USTDdFE7

Thank you

 

Farm News

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Baby News!!!

Welcome to the world….

Billy & Jack

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

Love from your St John’s family xx

 

Year 6 Transition Day

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

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

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

Reminder – School Uniform

All children should now be wearing the Blue School Uniform.  Students in Grade 6 may still have some of the old green uniform items which is to be expected as they transition to High School.  Please do not pass on any of the Green Uniform items to younger students.

And a further reminder that all students must wear a hat outside in Term 4.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

TERM 4

November/December

  • Thursday 7th November – Grade 1/2 Dinner Party 3.15pm – 6pm
  • Friday 8th November – Prayer Gathering 2.30pm
  • Thursday 14th November – Year 6 Transition Day – 11am – 2pm
  • Thursday 5th December – Carols Evening
  • Thursday 12th December – Grade 6 Graduation
  • Thursday 12th December – Grades 3-6 Step Up Day
  • Wednesday 18th December – Grades P-2 Step Up Day
  • Thursday 19th December Last day of the year! School finishes at 1pm
  • Friday 31st January 2020- First day Term 1 2020

Please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the newsletter for upcoming events.

Do you need a paper copy? Please let Leonie know at the office.

 

 

2019 School Term and Holiday Dates

Period Start Finish Length
Term 1 Friday 1st February Friday 5th April

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 6th April Thursday 25th April
Term 2 Friday 26th April Friday 28th June

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 29th June Sunday 14th July
Term 3 Monday 15th July Friday 20th September

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 21st September Sunday 6th October
Term 4 Tuesday 8th October Thursday 19th December

Finish 1pm

11 Weeks

 

 

 

OSH CLUB – Before and After School Care

 

 

Would you like to attend before/after school care in 2019.

Please register online: www.oshclub.com.au

Register Choose: St John’s Catholic Primary School FOOTSCRAY

Follow prompts OR CALL: 1300 395 735

 

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

Novita & Serena

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 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.

    

 

    

     

 

2019 Term 3 Week 9

Week 7

Dear Families and Friends of St John’s Community,

It is that time of year again – NAPLAN results. I know we say each year Naplan is one piece of the pie and we have MANY MANY data sets that are triangulated to ensure we are aware of children’s growth, progression needs, targeted needs, school trends etc etc. In saying that, our school once again received extremely pleasing Naplan results for those who have asked and requested some information. Reading, Writing, Grammar/Punctuation, Numeracy once again exceeded the state and National growth difference from Year 3 to Year 5. I congratulate all involved in this learning growth. 

Our major focus is always on children’s growth and together we made a very significant one.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school for further information. 

There certainly is a lot happening this term, our homegroup project ‘there’s a world in my nose’ is heavily focused on Geography, location, places and resources. This learning has led to exciting excursions – cooking (food around our globe), Organ Pipes National Park to see many landscapes and field studies around Footscray. The idea is for children to experience more than a map and really think deeper in how to identify where we are in the world through the language of smell. We are focused on the field study process for this homegroup project and we hope to see the learning of this process transferred to discovery projects (student led and initiated).  

Our Atelier is focusing on perspectives through the language of photography – viewing many different angles and different values throughout our ‘place’. Photos allow us to frame small areas and look deeper into what we see and what we may not see.

We welcome Kelly Boaretto to St John’s Community in 2020 to fulfill the Japanese position. Kelly has been a Japanese teacher for many years, living in Tokyo for seven years returning to Australia in 2018. 

I hope everyone has a great break over the September holidays and returns refreshed and ready for Term 4… Time flies when you’re having fun. 

Gemma 

 

Learning and Teaching

Australian Mathematics Competition

Our fabulous Mathematicians! 

Congratulations to all our children that competed in the Australian Mathematics Competition earlier this term! The following students from 3-6 competed. They will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation. Erin N, Kasey D, Jimmy B, Thomas N, Ezekial O, Eliza M, Frederick B, Abhaijot S, Dhritika S, Anhduy N, Minh H, John N, Vivian H, Emma H, Medhansh C, Thomas N, Eric P, Kalvin D, Calden G, Keira N and Jasmine N.

Well done to you all

 

MOVIE NIGHT SEPTEMBER 19th 2019 

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

 

“Bringing Light to the Farm” Project

Update on “Bringing Light to the Farm” project with 3/4’s .
Last week we completed digging and used sticks to count out the number of rocks required.

 

Discovery Project Grade 3/4 Michele

Our project in Discovery is to bring the parrots into our school yard. This requires us to buy a tree that attracts parrots. To raise money we have made cookies in the shape of a parrot. They will be sold at recess from next Monday until the supply runs out. They will be 50 cents a cookie.
We would appreciate your support.
Thank you
Joanna, Kelly, Anh Van & Ashley (Grade 3/4 Michele)

 

What’s Buzzing…

 

TERM 3

September/October/ November/December

  • 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 to 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

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!

OSHClub is also open on the following school closure days:-

Monday 7th October 

Monday 4th November

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

 

 

 

   

 

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.

 

 

 

 

     

       

 

2019 Term 3 Week 1

Week 1

Dear Families and Friends,

Welcome to Term 3, I hope you have enjoyed a restful break and as our Chloe said on the last day we hope you enjoyed  ‘an ice cream, a book and a day in your pj’s’. 

Term 3 brings many scientists to the floor of St John’s. We will be exploring the world around us through a scientific inquiry… Watch this space… 

We welcome Daniela De Luca to the Learning and Teaching Team and Numeracy Leadership role as Lauren heads off to take on Motherhood in Week 7. Daniela will begin Week 1 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to begin the handover process. Daniela has held Learning and Teaching, Literacy and Numeracy roles at St Martin de Porres – Laverton – we welcome her wealth of knowledge and depth of leadership. 

Whilst Lien is on Long Service Leave Jenna and Jackie will be in Prep. 

We CONGRATULATE our very own Jackie Schober in completing her Teaching degree and welcome her warmly to the role. It is such a privilege to be a teacher in today’s day and have the opportunity to work with amazing children and families. Enjoy the ride Jac. Jackie will be in Grade 3/4 each second Friday to release Michele and every other Friday in our 1/2 team to give Chevon greater opportunity in the Learning and Teaching role coaching and leading our approach.

Welcome Back Hayley Lee – in a moon boot – her broken foot has kept her away however she is keen to get back into action from Week 1. She may be a little slower than usual but will speed up over time. Welcome back – we have missed you. 

Lesley has headed off to CCCC – we will be sending a family survey VERY soon to seek your opinion on St John’s language going into the future. This will guide our appointment process. We don’t want to rush this process. In the meantime Haley, Jess and Matt will be working through  ‘engaging with place’ at our farm for each year level. This focus will be on the Farm, sustainability and indigenous perspectives. 

Have a great week,

Gem 

 

Introducing Daniela

It was obvious to me from the moment I walked the grounds of your beautiful school that your children are the heart and soul of St John’s. I’m so very excited to work alongside the passionate staff here, in their efforts to ensure no child in our care is left behind. I have returned from maternity leave after having my darling son, Julian; brother to his older, vivacious sister, Vivienne. I am working alongside Lauren as a Learning and Teaching Leader and will take over the reigns of Numeracy leadership once she embarks on her own motherhood journey. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you all and thank you for making me feel so welcome into the St John’s family! 

 

Faith News

Sacrament of Confirmation

Some of our Year Six children will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation this term. We keep them and their families in our prayers as they prepare to celebrate this special moment in their faith journey. The ceremony will take place on Friday 9th August at 6pm at Our Lady’s Church. All welcome. 

 

Feast of Mary MacKillop – August 8th

We will celebrate the Feast day of Saint Mary MacKillop as a whole school on Thursday August 8th. We will reflect on our theme for this year ‘Find happiness in making others happy’. We will once again be supporting the Way of the West food collection in aid of the Asylum Seeker and Refugee Centre here in Footscray. A letter will be sent home to each family with further details of the food collection and our plans for the day. 

 

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. 

Looking forward to a lovely term,

Aoife

 

Year 5/6 Wakakirri performance

Our Grade 5/6s are almost ready for the Wakakirri performance.  Our team will be performing live on stage at the Clocktower Centre next Thursday 25th July. We can’t wait to see everyone on stage, sharing the story of women’s right to vote. We’ll share some actions shots from the experience with you all, check out some of our props that we’ve been working on…

The Wakakirri team

 

Swimming Survey 2020

Thank you for your input on our current Swimming program. We received responses from over 70 families, the majority of whom would like to continue with the Swimming program in 2020. We have applied for sessions next year as a result of your feedback.

 

What’s Buzzing?

Written by the Media Team.

By: Oscar, John, Sofia, Milee, Fadzi, Nathasha and Andy.

We are very excited to come back to school for another full term of learning!

On the 28th of June, the 5/6 Teeball team competed in the district championships at Footscray West Primary School. 

The Tee Ball team not only showed great sportsmanship on the day, but they won the finals, claiming the Tee Ball championship! The game was filled with encouragement, with St John’s lending a hand and helping to support the other team, despite being their competitors. 

Interviewing the captain of the team, Aiden had this to say: 

“It was very exciting… it was great to see everyone filled with joy even the other team. Even if I lost, I still would’ve been happy to be at the grand finals”.

Players Allegra and Milee were also elated with joy; “I felt amazing, really excited to win and overfilled with joy” Allegra said,  “I felt really nervous playing the game but was happy to be at the grand finals”.

“I felt proud, really excited, relieved from all the stress, it was really fun and stressful” said Milee. 

We are very fortunate to have amazing inter-school sport teams and we would like to congratulate the Tee Ball team for making it to the finals, and representing St John’s.

 

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 parents is requested to attend

Inform and Empower Cyber Safety Night

Monday 19th August @ 6:30 – 7:45pm

St John’s Hall

 

 

Trivia Night

A friendly reminder that some last minute tickets have become available for the Trivia Night this Saturday evening. Tickets are $30 each and there are 6 tickets available. Please do not be shy to come alone, it will be a fun night and a great opportunity to for us all to connect. If you are interested, please contact the office.

The Silent Auction will close on Saturday at 9.30pm so be sure to take a look at the wonderful line up of prizes available https://www.32auctions.com/stjohnstrivianight

All raffle tickets (sold or unsold) must be returned by this Friday, 9am Friday 19 July. The raffle winners will be drawn on Saturday evening with winners notified next week.

The fundraising efforts of the evening, silent auction and raffle tickets will contribute to the children’s passion projects and discovery resources to further inspire the children to make, do, act or know about something new.

We look forward to sharing the final fundraising tally with you next week.

******

 

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!

 

NEW WINTER JACKET


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

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

 

TERM 3

July/August

  • Saturday 20th July Parent Trivia Night 7pm
  • Thursday 25th July – Grade 5/6 Wakakirri Performance
  • Thursday 8th August – Feast of Mary MacKillop
  • Friday 9th August – Confirmation (Our Lady’s Church Maidstone)
  • Monday 12th August – School Closure Day (Reading Progressions)
  • Thursday 15th August – Feast of the Assumption Mass at 11:30am
  • Monday 19th August – Cyber Safety – Inform and Empower (one parent must attend)
  • Friday 30th August – Fathers Day BBQ & Coffee Van 7.30am at the Farm

We have many dates coming, please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the newsletter for upcoming events.

Do you need a paper copy? Please let Leonie know at the office.

 

2019 School Term and Holiday Dates

Period Start Finish Length
Term 1 Friday 1st February Friday 5th April

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 6th April Thursday 25th April
Term 2 Friday 26th April Friday 28th June

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 29th June Sunday 14th July
Term 3 Monday 15th July Friday 20th September

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 21st September Sunday 6th October
Term 4 Tuesday 8th October Thursday 19th December

Finish 1pm

11 Weeks

 

OSH CLUB – Before and After School Care

Would you like to attend before / after school care in 2019.

Please register online: www.oshclub.com.au

Register Choose: St John’s Catholic Primary School FOOTSCRAY

Follow prompts OR CALL: 1300 395 735

Welcome to Term 3 at OSHCLUBMy name is Novita and I am the new OSHC Coordinator at St John’s. I have been working with children for 13 yearsI studied teaching and education at Swinburne University and I have a son who is now a grown-up young man! I began in the last two weeks of Term 2 and it has been such a great experience so far!

I am working together with Jasmyn, who has been working with OSHClub since the beginning of Term 2. She is currently on track to finish her teaching degree in a couple of months and I am really fortunate to have someone with her knowledge working alongside me.

This term, we will be introducing STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematicsprojects and incorporating elements of the curriculum into our program. We acknowledge that children of different ages have different interests and abilities, so we have planned two different experiences for the two main age groups we have at the program. For Preps – Grade 2, we will be setting up a STEM corner where the children will be able to make a robotic hand from cardboard as well as other projects. For the Grade 3-6’s we will be creating solar boats – which should be lots of fun! We will also have an exhibition at the end of Term where the children will be able to showcase what they have done throughout the term.

As always, please feel free to pass on any feedback or ideas to myself or Jasmyn – we would love to hear them! Looking forward to having a great Term 3 with all of your children 

Novita😊

Looking for a home – 10 outdoor beanbags!

 

Free to a good home.

We have 10 outdoor beanbags to give away on a first come first served basis.

They are in good used condition and may need some extra beans to plump them up.

Please contact Leonie or Louise in the school office on 9687 3150 if you are interested.

Community Noticeboard

 

Wanted: Foster family for 3 rabbits for 12 days end Sept/beginning October ’19. These are indoor rabbits who live just off our kitchen but spend daytimes outside in a large secure pen. We’d love to find a St John’s family who can provide the experiences and care that they’re used to. We will provide a hutch & everything else. If you think you can help, please contact Trisha with any questions or for more info: 0400 077 182 or trishareimers@gmail.com

 

 

 

    

      

   

 

2019 Term 2 Week 9

Dear Families and Friends,

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

Aoife

 

 

Dear Students, Families and Staff,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours sincerely

Gemma Goodyear

Principal

 

 

 

Faith News

Sacrament of Eucharist

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

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

 

Visit from Nick Bracks

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

We thank OSHClub for organising Nick’s visit.

 

 

 

Year 5/6 Wakakirri performance

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

The Wakakirri team

 

PLAYGROUP UPDATE

This Tuesday 25th June will be our last playgroup.

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

Tuesday 10.00 am.  

 

 

What’s Buzzing?

Article Written by the Media Team :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Farm News

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

PICK UP AREA

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

 

 

Year 7 Applications 

Dear Grade 5  Families,

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

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

Thank you

 

Rough Play and Violent Games

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

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

 

Inform and Empower – Cyber safety Evening

As our complexity increases with device use we request one parent per family to attend this night – Monday August 19th 2019. Non-attendance will lead to restrictions of device use for students until parents are fully informed of cyber safety.

 

NEW WINTER JACKET

 

 

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

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

 

TERM 2

June July August

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

We have many dates coming, please ensure you are on Flexibuzz and check the newsletter for upcoming events.

Do you need a paper copy? Please let Leonie know at the office.

 

2019 School Term and Holiday Dates

Period Start Finish Length
Term 1 Friday 1st February Friday 5th April

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 6th April Thursday 25th April
Term 2 Friday 26th April Friday 28th June

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 29th June Sunday 14th July
Term 3 Monday 15th July Friday 20th September

Finish 1pm

Wear House Colours

10 Weeks
School Holidays Saturday 21st September Sunday 6th October
Term 4 Tuesday 8th October Thursday 19th December

Finish 1pm

11 Weeks

 

OSH CLUB – Before and After School Care

Would you like to attend before / after school care in 2019.

Please register online: www.oshclub.com.au

Register Choose: St John’s Catholic Primary School FOOTSCRAY

Follow prompts OR CALL: 1300 395 735

 

 

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

 

 

Community Noticeboard

 

Wanted: Foster family for 3 rabbits for 12 days end Sept/beginning October ’19. These are indoor rabbits who live just off our kitchen but spend daytimes outside in a large secure pen. We’d love to find a St John’s family who can provide the experiences and care that they’re used to. We will provide a hutch & everything else. If you think you can help, please contact Trisha with any questions or for more info: 0400 077 182 or trishareimers@gmail.com