St John's School

Scarborough

Open Night

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St John’s third term Open Night was a huge success.  Students showed their parents and siblings their fabulous class work, amazing art and scintillating STEM projects.

Open Night

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St John’s third term Open Night was a huge success.  Students showed their parents and siblings their fabulous class work, amazing art and scintillating STEM projects.

STEM Projects Send a Strong Sustainability Message

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Throughout terms 2 & 3 students at St John’s have been working through the St John’s Design Process Model to develop some very impressive STEM projects. They started with a big question, “How can we be more sustainable at St John’s?” This generated many conversations around the sustainability needs in our local communities. The students did a fantastic job and even had the opportunity to show their work to students and staff from other Catholic schools at the recent CEWA STEM Showcase event. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Students Fundraiser for Missions

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Over the holidays, several students from St John’s decided to set up a lemonade stall at Abbett Park to raise money for the missions. Audrey, Coco, Molly and Remi had lots of lemons so they gave up their own time to make lemonade and fundraise for a very worthy cause. We are so proud of the initiative they have taken to contribute to charity. The .50 will be added to the money raised at our Mission Markets last term. Well done girls!

STEM Conference

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everal staff recently attended a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) conference for teachers. St John’s were invited to share how STEM has been implemented in our classrooms and show off some of the wonderful projects the children have created. We were very proud to share our journey and gained some fabulous ideas to implement at St John’s in the future!

Children with a Mission

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Pre Primary to Year 6 children recently organised stalls for our Missions Day.  Face painting, blindfold relays, guess the staff baby photo, basketball shoot out, pull a pop stick, coin on a can were just a few of the games and varied activities which occurred.
All monies raised will go towards the Australian Catholic Missions to help people living in poverty.

St John's turns 70

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This week we are celebrating our 70th Anniversary which also coincides with our St John’s Week festivities.

Edu Dance Concert

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The students from Pre Primary to Year 3 participated in Edu-Dance sessions throughout Term 3.  Parents enjoyed a wonderful concert put on by the students showing moves learnt during the sessions.

70 Years & 7 Wins in a Row

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On Monday St John’s won the Interschools Athletics Shield for the 7th year in a row.  What a great way to start our 70th Anniversary Week!
We were also awarded The Boy’s Trophy and several of our children also broke records.
The sportsmanship of all of our students was outstanding.

Keyboard Skills

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Students in Year 1, 2 and 3 Music classes have kicked off the second half of term three with a basic Keyboard Skill Program. Enhanced by the use of technology, students use paper keyboards to learn well-known children and folk songs before practising on an iPad keyboard, then performing on the classroom keyboard. Students are encouraged to use correct technique and finger positioning and to go at a pace suitable to their own abilities.
Combining musicianship and aural skills – note & rhythm reading, singing and piano – students are having fun discovering the world (new to some) of instrumental music.

Grind Zero

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Sustainability has been one of our school focuses this year.  The P&F, at the request of the Sustainability committee recently purchased a compost tumbler for the school.

The Student Councillors have joined forces with Jena, the owner of Grind Zero, our neighbouring coffee shop to help dispose of their wasted coffee grounds for the good of our grounds.

We now add the coffee grounds to our compost tumbler. Despite their colour, for the purposes of composting they’re a ‘green’, or nitrogen-rich organic material. We then balance them with enough ‘browns’ – shredded paper from the administration office and our compost tumbler will process and mix effectively.  The compost is great for our vegetable patch.

By working together in our local community we can help our environment.

Musical Maestros

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What an amazing music talent this duo is!

Congratulations Imogen and Michael for your incredibly moving performance of Hallelujah at Monday night at the closing concert of the Performing Arts Association for Catholic Schools.
Michael and Imogen’s piano and cello duet piece won them the Parents and Friends Federation of WA Shield.  St John’s is very proud of your virtuoso abilities!

Books Come to Life

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Some amazing homemade costumes were created for our recent Book Week Parade.
The children were thrilled with their outfits and much enjoyment came from chatting to their classmates and others in the community about their characters and the book they represented.
‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ featured, a Pink Crayon was seen scribbling around the school, ‘Where’s Wally’ was spotted and Mr Strong made a solid appearance. Our staff dressed up as characters from the Mem Fox classic, ‘Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge’.

Performing Arts

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School Disco 80's Theme

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What a fabulous 80’s disco!
Well done to the P&F Coordinators.
Also the Student Councillors across Terms 1,2 and 3 had an opportunity to have a say in the decisions around the theme and the music content which really helped them feel involved.

Athletics Training

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What a beautiful morning it was in Scarborough last Thursday!  The students rose early to practise their skills ready for the Athletics Carnival next month.
Mrs Washer has a prepared a circuit of different skills she incorporates, including speed skills, hurdles, ladders, distance throwing, middle distance running and relays.
Guild captains run the stretches at the end of the session.  Children in all years are encouraged to attend.  All participants receive a Guild point for attending each session.

Australian Maths Enrichment Competition

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Well done to the students from Years 3-6 who sat the Maths competition. 42 students had a go at this challenging task.

Students were asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes.  The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking and questions are intended so that they can be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one. The problems get more difficult through the competition, so that at the end they are challenging to the most gifted students.

Sustainability

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The weather has been perfect for our vegetable patch! Recently we harvested some of the delicious vegetables that we have been growing in our school gardens to eat and share with our community. We sold some bunches of lettuce and spinach to our families and raised money for the Year 6 Graduation! The carrots, beans and beetroot are still growing and we can’t wait to taste them all.

Fremantle Dockers

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On Sunday 12th August, three of our boys represented St John’s against 30 other schools in the grand final of ‘quick kick and long bomb’ at Optus Stadium before the Freo vs Carlton game.

The boys did exceedingly well with Xavier finishing first place for the long bomb and Kobe and Campbell finishing second in the kwik kick.

Sneak Peek at our next Art Project

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We are super excited, as we wrap up our stunning Australian ‘Impressionist’ landscapes, to be moving on to our next project. We are examining the fabulous artworks from local artist Anya Brock. She is best known for her spirited and bold use of colour and strokes, which makes her distinctive style instantly recognisable. You may be familiar with her large scale murals that can be found splashed around the walls of Perth. After we study Brock’s pieces and reflect on her style, we will create our own ‘bird’ artwork.
I can’t wait!

Western Force Comes to St John's

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Western Force Rugby Development coach, Langley, will be visiting St John’s over the next five weeks to introduce Rugby Union to all students in Years 3-6.

Australian Impressionist Landscapes

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We are super excited to be starting our new project of creating a painting of an Australian landscape inspired by the Impressionists. The Impressionists main focus was to create an ‘impression’ of a scene that attempts to capture the feeling, rather than specific details. The style is characterised by a sense of texture created through large, definite brushstrokes.
We started by sketching from photos of Australian landscapes, concentrating on the lines in the image. Next, we explored creating texture using sponges and a variety of paintbrushes to produce an impression of trees, water, the sky and rocks. Next week we begin our artworks and if our experimentations were any indication, they are going to look fabulous.

Stay tuned for photos of final pieces.

Our Lively Library

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In our library we do more than find a book to take home we choose birthday books; we do book reviews of books we have read; we listen to audio-books on ePlatform; we find books we are interested in by searching for them on the iPads in Orbit; we research topics for our classwork, and sometimes we even have chess tournaments.

Take 3 For The Sea

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Year Five students met with the Mayor of Stirling last Wednesday to present him with stickers they designed to diminish pollution in our oceans. After research into the harm plastics do to our marine life our students were inspired to create posters encouraging residents to pick up three pieces of rubbish to dispose of every time they are at a beach. They then put forward a persuasive suggestion to the City of Stirling that their posters be turned into bin stickers for our nearby beaches.

Academic All Stars

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Eight students from our Year 5 class participated in challenges in Maths, English, Art, Poetry, Engineering and General knowledge last week. Academic All Stars is a competition between six neighbouring schools held annually amongst our Year 5 classes.  We topped four of these areas, thereby winning overall on the day! Hearty congratulations to all those clever students involved.

Winners Seven Years in a Row

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Congratulations to all runners in our Interschool Cross Country team.  Many races were run in the rain, through puddles and heavy mud underfoot. Everyone pushed themselves to their limits to achieve their best results displaying such commendable sportsmanship.
St John’s finished first overall for the seventh year in a row.  What an amazing achievement!

Netballers Improve Their Skills

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Last week during their Sports lessons students participated in netball clinics to enhance their skills. The students practised their passing and shooting skills through some fun games.

The student’s enthusiasm for learning new skills is validated in these quotes.

“During the practise drills I learnt how to pivot”
“Unlike basketball we were not allowed to run and bounce the ball’
“After learning all the skills we played a game of netball”

Guild Cross County

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The Guild Cross Country competition was finally held on a perfect day for running.   The competitors ran hard to achieve their best possible place to earn points for their Guilds.  Congratulations to Byrne who ran away with first place.   The Guild Captains enjoyed their role as warm up and cheer leaders and motivated their teams to perform to achieve faster performances.

Interschool Lightning Carnival

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The Year 5 and 6s competed in a recent Inter school Lightning Carnival in Netball, Soccer and Football.

We had two netball teams competing with the Year 5 team winning their competition and the Year 6 team finishing fourth in theirs.  The football team also won all of their games finishing in first position.  Our soccer team won all their games except for the last one, therefore finished in second position.

First Aid Fun

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On Tuesday, the Kindy, Pre-Primary, Year 1 and 3 children participated in an Incursion by the St John’s Ambulance group.  They learned how to call for an ambulance, how to identify dangers and emergencies and had an introduction to the principles of first aid.  The Year 3 children also learned how to deal with an unconscious casualty and put them into the recovery position.

Kindy children have been very keen to experiment ringing – 000 with the cardboard phone face they were given.

Science Meets Music

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Improvising with everyday materials the Year 3 to 6 students created a musical instrument – a Popstick harmonica, during music lessons last week. They experimented with pitch, dynamics and tempo. There was a lot of noise and a lot of fun.

Modcrosse Clinics

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Children in Years 3-6 recently had two sessions with the Modcrosse Development Officer during their sports time to be exposed to a new and very different sport.

Mrs Washer, our P.E. Teacher, commented, “The coach recently arrived from Boston to play Lacrosse for Subiaco and has made these sessions very interesting and lots of fun.”

LifeLink Day

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The children in Years 1-6 have been involved in researching these organisations and have created cards conveying their understanding.

These cards were presented to the Archbishop, the Most Rev Timothy Costelloe, during the launch for primary schools. They will eventually be distributed to parishioners attending Mass at local parishes during the ‘Christmas Appeal for LifeLink’ held later during the year.

Staff Team Building

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Our staff recently participated in a Professional Development day held at the Ern Halliday campsite.

The morning session focused on one of our assigned Quality Catholic Schooling components: 101 Systematic Evangelisation Planning.

In the afternoon staff were split into groups to experience an alternative to the traditional team building activities.  These adventurous activities included a crate building climb, bomb disposal, egg drop, archery and supporting team mates to cross a ‘river’ on a rope

NUDE FOOD – GOOD MOOD

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The Year 1 and 2 Incursion on ‘lunch box’ recycling and reduction of waste proved to be quite a powerful eye opener to the children on just how much excessive packaging there is in our daily food intake.

Aiming to improve our sustainability footprint the Year 1 and 2 classes are throwing out a challenge to the St John’s School Community to let go plastic wraps and packaging traps to reduce waste! Shall we give it a go?

One of the persuasive arguments put forward by the presenter was in relation to how long packaging takes to break down and another was the importance of choosing foods that are sustainable, i.e., things that can go into a compost bin.

Years 1-6 are now collecting their crunch and sip scraps so that the Year 6 Environment Team can place them into our compost tumbler.

THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Thank you to all involved for a wonderful celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in our Parish on Sunday.  Father Benedict Lee confirmed the Year 6 candidates, supported by Williams’ Uncle, Father Sean.  The mass itself was a very special, memorable occasion and the children were well prepared.

Through Confirmation, the Holy Spirit gives the children an increased ability to practice their Catholic faith in every aspect of their lives and to witness Christ in every situation.

PERTH GLORY WERE HERE!

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Perth Glory Development Coaches are taking children in Years 3-6 during one of their PE lessons over the next 4 weeks.

Our Sports Teacher, Mrs Washer, organised the coaches for term two thanks to a Sporting Schools Grant.

Claremont Football District

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A Development Officer from Claremont Football District who plays for West Perth, was onsite here today coaching our kids.

He has been working with the children in Years 3 to 6 to improve their footy skills. In their final session today they focused on game play.  Year 5 and 6 participated in Faction Footy.

”He encouraged us to pass the ball around while he was umpiring” commented two Year 6 students.

St John's Sparks and Superstars are off and running!

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Perth Netball Association round one commenced at Matthew’s Netball Centre over the weekend.

St John’s have two team’s representing this year.  Our Year 5 team is named St John’s Sparks and the Year 3 team is the St John’s Superstars.  Check out our teams fabulous new uniforms.

Our Year 5 coach, Nikki Samuels, commented that the girls played a hard game and worked well together showing outstanding sportsmanship.

Good luck for the season girls!

Greenbatch Incursion

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HOW GOOD ARE WE AT RECYCLING OUR DRINK BOTTLES IN WA?

“Surprisingly only 4% of drink bottles are recycled and the rest are entering landfills, oceans and waste incinerators!” So Darren, of Greenbatch, informed us this morning at our very educational incursion.  “We would like to give old plastics bottles a new life. It is forecast that by 2050 there is going to be more plastic in our oceans than fish.”

There are currently no plastic recycling facilities in WA. Every time you put a plastic bottle into the recycling bin, it is sold to the global waste market and shipped overseas.

Greenbatch is working towards building Western Australia’s first plastic recycling facility.

In partnership with schools, students will collect their old PET plastic bottles, placing them in the purple recycling bins provided by Greenbatch who will then have them repurposed into 3D printer filament.

“Our schools program allows us to educate students about the environmental issues happening right now.”

Greenbatch were finalists in the ‘Dreams for a Better World’ competition. We wish them luck for the finals.

Happy Mother's Day

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Happy Mothers’ Day to our mum’s who give us unconditional love, selflessness and laughter.

This year for Mother’s Day our P&F Committee initiated a charitable gift idea. In place of the annual Mother’s Day stall the children chose from a range of World Vision gifts, to be donated on behalf of their mother, for communities in need.

A mighty thank you also to our dedicated teachers and our amazing EA staff for the fabulous art and craft work undertaken this past month which ensured students presented a handmade and heartfelt gift to their mums.  Gifts such as succulent plants and pots, dream catchers, bath bombs and candles are a few of the creations made.

The children’s enthusiasm showed no bounds when asked to talk about their handiwork, as the following quotes attest.

“It took a lot of thought to design, paint and plant our pots.  I was thinking of Mum and made it with lots of love”

“Mum deserves my gift.  She is amazing. I love her very much”

“The hardest part was making the pom-poms and sewing”

“I made it with Mum’s favourite colours”

“I made my card with heaps of hearts because I love my Mum”

Interschool Swimming Carnival

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Congratulations to our Interschool Swim Team.
St John’s came equal first with St Thomas for the Boys Trophy, Second for the Girls Trophy and Second place Overall.
Our swimmers did an amazing job with many personal best times. The Year 3 and 5 girls had a difficult job to swim in Year 4 and 6 races as well as their own year races and came away with ribbons for both. An amazing achievement.
Thanks to our coaches for their enthusiasm, expertise and support at training and at the Carnival.

Student Enrichment Expo - Years 4 to 6

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Our Enrichment Science and Sustainability Learning Unit culminated in our whole school Expo. We had an AMAZING display of Science and Sustainability Projects and models supported by Research Posters. Some examples were solar ovens, solar panels, recycling plants and bins, rain water collection, ocean trenches and mountains, slime and crystal creations and among others water wheels. What a GREAT display. Thanks to everyone for your hard work and great effort. Well done.
Rosalba Bottega

Junior Swimming Carnival

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Students in Years 1-3 thoroughly enjoyed our Junior Swimming Carnival.
The children all showed great sportsmanship in their support of each other’s efforts and our Year 6 helpers were wonderfully kind and encouraging with their young charges. The morning was a lot of fun for all involved.

Stepping Stones

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The paving stones created late last year were placed in the oval garden surrounds by the 2017 Student Councillors.

HeARTS in Art

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Inspired by American artist Jim Dine. He is the undisputed King of Hearts, as he paints, prints, draws and sculpts them. However, they all have one thing in common, a black shadow outlining the heart and white highlights. This helps create the effort of form and makes the heart look three dimensional, as if it was ‘popping’ off the page.

Students Busy at Work

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Stepping Stones

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The paving stones created late last year were placed in the oval garden surrounds by the 2017 Student Councillors.