St John's Primary School

Scarborough

Interschool Sports Team

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On Wednesday all students selected to represent St John’s School at Interschool sports this year, swimming, cross country and athletics were treated to a delicious lunch of pizza and a drink by the P&F to acknowledge their efforts, success and commitment of our sport teams.

Interschool Sports Team

On Wednesday all students selected to represent St John’s School at Interschool sports this year, swimming, cross country and athletics were treated to a delicious lunch of pizza and a drink by the P&F to acknowledge their efforts, success and commitment of our sport teams.

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Remembrance Day 2020

The 11th of November 2020 marked the 102nd anniversary of the Armistice of World War 1. It is an important day – a day to remember all of those men and women who have fought for their country.

On Wednesday, we marked this occasion by having a whole school assembly, commemorating this important event in our nation’s history. We observed a one minute’s silence at 11am in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

The Year 3 students delivered poppies for each child and teacher to wear at the assembly.

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Raise Your Voice

A big congratulation to our Year 5 students Mia, Ella and Claudia and Year 6 students Kynan, Matthew and Parker who were selected to represent St John’s at the interschool Raise Your Voice Competition. All students spoke clearly and passionately about their topic.  A BIG shout our goes to Parker who won the Year 6 category. Parker’s speech about “Sophie Delezio” was an inspiring, yet emotional speech.  The audience was in awe of what a remarkable human being Sophie is. Well done all.

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MY CONNECTION TO COUNTRY

During Library lessons students are learning about NAIDOC and the importance of ‘Connection to Country.’ The significance of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and why they are culturally and spiritually connected to the land. The land provides food, shelter, and everything we require to survive. This led to a beautiful discussion how we are also connected to particular places in Australia that are special to us.

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Grandparents Day

St John’s School recently hosted a Grandparents Day.  The morning commenced with a whole school liturgy followed by the Grandparents visiting class rooms.
It was a wonderful opportunity for the children and staff to acknowledge and thank Grandparents who play such an important role in the family.   
The children had an enjoyable time sharing stories and experiences with their Grandparents at school.

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Jimmy Pike Art

In preparation for NAIDOC week in we have been learning about Jimmy Pike, an Aboriginal artist famous for his use of vibrant colours and rich symbolism. We have been focussing on his desert flower series. This will form as inspiration for our own Australian native wildflower artworks. We have just begun our first stage of sketching still life flowers. I cannot wait to show you the finished product. 

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Swimming Lessons

Year 1-5 swimming lessons are underway at the wonderful local facility of Scarborough Beach Pool. Students are reaping the benefits of these lessons through an increase in confidence, improvement in coordination along with cardiovascular endurance, as well as looking out for their peers in the water. They are sure to develop important skills for the rest of their time at St John’s and beyond!

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Rainbow Serpent

Students watched the story of the Rainbow Serpent. They learnt that it is part of the Dreaming and Creation story of the Aboriginal people.
The Rainbow Serpent is one of the great and powerful forces of nature and spirit.
Students drew their own interpretation of this creation story, inspired by one of the oldest beliefs for humankind.

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Book Week

Each year since 1945 the Children’s Book Council has brought children and books together across Australia through Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children’s authors and illustrators. We were certainly busy here at St John’s sharing our love of books with a variety of literacy related activities.

This year the theme is ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’. After much discussion in the library we concluded that the theme relates to us being book devouring creatures, wanting to learn more about the world we live in. The wild minds refers to the world of imagination we are exposed by reading both for learning and for pleasure, at home and at school.

The highlight of the week was our Book Week assembly and dress up day. It was so fabulous to see children and staff dressed up as their favourite book characters. There was certinally alot of time and effort that went onto making these fabulous home-made costumes. Congratulations also to our winners of our poster competition who were announced at the assembly.

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St John’s Week

Thank you for contributing to the Caritas collection during St John’s Week. We raised a total of $472.10.

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The Day Lil Xav Lost His Voice

As part of Book Week celebrations at St John’s we were very excited to host HIT92.9 Breakfast radio show with Xavier Juelz and Pete on Thursday morning. Students in Years 1- 3 had the fabulous opportunity to be in attendance for a world exclusive book release. Juelz was given the challenge of writing a book in a week, having it published and narrating it for the boys and girls. Pete and Xavier played their characters to perfection. The book titled The Day Lil Xav Lost His Voice was based on a little boy who lost his voice. The moral of the story was that if you have a problem don’t be afraid to ask for help. Another highlight of the visit was the synchronised clapping which Xavier conducted like a seasoned pro. The terrific trio of Xavier Juelz and Pete were wonderful guests to have at our school. Everyone present had a fabulous time sharing a love of reading and being thoroughly entertained in the process. We are lucky enough to now have a signed copy of this masterpiece in our school library.

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Indigenous Literacy Fund

We concluded our Book Week celebrations with a book stall to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Fund. This is a national book industry charity dedicated to lifting literacy levels in remote Indigenous communities, so all children across Australia have the same choices and opportunities.

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LAPATHON

Our recent P&F organised “Run to the Rhythm” Lapathon event was a huge success.   All monies raised to will go towards new musical instruments for our music department.

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QUIZ NIGHT - Saturday 7th November

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SCARBORO SURF LIFESAVING CLUB
DOORS OPEN AT 6:00PM FOR SUNDOWNER
QUIZ STARTS AT 7:30PM SHARP
TICKETS $30 PER PERSON, TABLES OF 8-10.

Academic All Stars

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Well done to our Year 5 Students placing 2nd in the annual Academic All Stars Competition and 1st place in the Art Discipline. Such a great day competing against other schools in the areas of Mathematics, English, Art, Chess, Poetry, Engineering and Drama. With lots of hard work our students produced excellent results throughout the day and more importantly had lots of fun.

All proceeds go to Caritas Australia.

 

Wacky Wednesday

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Weird socks, Wizzy frizzy hair and Wonky colourful customs.  What a whirly Wacky Wednesday.

All proceeds go to Caritas Australia.

 

Art Exhibition

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Pablo Picasso once famously declared that “every child is an artist” and this was certainly more than evident at our annual art exhibition.

It is a very proud moment to see all of the children’s work on display and to see their faces light up with pride when they show their family their artwork. As always the standard of work was incredible and the amount of effort and attention to detail was clearly demonstrated. We had lots of positive feedback from the school community who were in awe of what the students had achieved and were looking forward to the pieces taking pride of place on their walls at home.

 

MS READATHON

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Huge congratulations to all of the students who participated in the MS Readathon during the month of August.

We are thrilled to announce that we raised 22 and read 332 books. Everyone should be incredibly proud of their efforts and know that we have a made a difference to those affected by multiple sclerosis in the community.

Special mention to the students who were our top fundraisers in the school. They were rewarded with a book prize and certificate at Monday Prayer Assembly.

 

National Walk Safely to School Day

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Students were encouraged to walk or cycle to school on Friday 11th September to promote road safety, public transport and the environment. The children and parents were greeted at school with a sticker and fresh fruit kindly donated by Doubleview IGA.

 

R U OK DAY? – Thursday 10th September

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R U OK DAY? Is our national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” if someone in your world is struggling with life’s ups and downs. 
A conversation could change a life.  There’s more to say after R U OK?
1.      Ask R U OK?
2.      Listen
3.      Encourage action
4.      Check in

 

Guild Cross Country Carnival

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Well done to all students in Years 1 to 6 who participated Guild Cross Country Carnival last Friday. It was a perfect day for running and a great competition between the Guilds.
Congratulation to the overall winner McCauley and Byrne who won for the most participation, sportsmanship and cheering.
The top 5 individual placings from Year 3-6 will represent our school at the Interschool’s Cross Country Carnival which will take place in Term 4.

 

Surrealism

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The students are learning about the history and features of the ‘Surrealist’ movement. They discovered that it was all about ‘stepping out of the box,’ where artists created artwork from the place of dreams, imagination and the unusual.
The most popular artist of this time was Salvador Dali who was known for being particularly eccentric and quirky. His painting ‘The Persistence of Time’ is instantly recognisable with its melting clocks and dreamlike landscape.
The challenge with this artwork was not unleashing our creativity but ensuring our pictures looked realistic, a very important criteria of surrealism.
The children certainly exceeded expectations and created some fabulous pieces of artwork.

 

SCITECH

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Scitech came to visit our school last week to showcase how fun Science can be. The children were engaged in a program designed for their year level. As part of the presentation the children were engaged in the scientific process and encouraged to think critically about what was being presented to them. Physical and chemical reactions dazzled the children, highlighting how magical Science can be.

Waste Wise and Recycling

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Last week the students from St John’s took part in learning about recycling and where our waste goes. The children were engaged in discussions around how we can be more responsible for the world that we live in and the waste we produce. The children went away with a greater understanding of how to recycle waste and where our waste goes.

 

Fabulous Father's Day Breakfast

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We had a fabulous turn out for our Father’s Day Breakfast.
Wishing all our fathers, grandfathers and father-figures a special day this  Sunday.

 

SCHOOL DISCO

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The School Disco was filled with laughter, singing and dancing. Each year group was dressed in theme from Disney characters and superheroes to favourite sports teams to Futuristic and mythical creatures.  There were lots of little faces in awe of how amazing the school hall looked!  Here are some highlights from a great night!

Hockey

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Students received a taster session of Hockey this week in PE lessons. Those who hadn’t tried hockey before enjoyed the new challenge and learning from two players from the local Hale Hockey Club. More information can be found at the Hale Hockey Club website for anyone interested in pursuing the sport.

https://halehockey.com.au/cms/minkey-information/

MS Readathon

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Have you registered your child for the MS Readathon – it’s free!

Kids love the MS Readathon as it’s a great way to get your children reading more! Reading takes kids on incredible journeys of discovery—it awakens their imagination and builds their confidence. Inspire your kids to embark on a heroic journey to ready as much as they can during August.

Sign up your child for free to be part of this year’s MS Readathon here: https://www.msreadathon.org.au/register-2020

Please choose to join St John’s School during the registration process. We are aiming for 100 percent participation from the school community.

Pyjama Day – St Vinnies Winter Appeal

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As part of our support for the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal for a gold coin donation we very happily enjoyed our comfy pyjamas for a day. While the excitement about coming dressed in your PJ’s might have been a bit of a novelty for all, the generous non-perishable donations were astounding with food supplies being brought into the school. Congratulations to all as ‘together’ we have made a significant contribution towards the St Vinnies Winter Appeal and helping those people in greatest need in our community.

Charcoal Shoe Drawings

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The Year Two class had fun sketching pictures of real shoes. Lucky Mrs Ndreca owns lots of pairs of shoes! The challenge was including all of the fine details, like stitching, logos and the looping of the laces. They all did a fabulous job creating realistic artworks that look like they are about to run off the page. Next step is to add some colour and charcoal for effect.

Primary Angelico Art Competition

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Congratulations to these students for having a piece of their Artwork selected to enter into the Primary Angelico Art competition. I am sure you will agree, they are outstanding pieces and we are incredibly proud to have them representing St John’s School.

Netball Clinic

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It is great to be able to welcome the SEDA AFL and Netball programs in the last two weeks. The students thoroughly enjoyed showing off their netball skills and the experience of learning from the student teachers.

St Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal

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Just a reminder that the Student Council have organised a Pyjama Day to be held on Tuesday 30th June along with a Food Can Drive. All children are encouraged to come dressed in their pyjamas for a gold coin donation, and help support the St Vinnies Parish Shop by supplying non-perishable food. We thank you for supporting the St Vinnies Winter Appeal.

West Oz Wildlife

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Now that the Covid-19 restrictions have been eased West Oz Wildlife drop in for visit. The children got to meet a koala, dingo, snakes and lizards.

Footy Clinic

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It is great to be able to welcome back visitors to the school. SEDA AFL program came in to help teach the kids new skills and activities. Next week the Netball students will take the groups and continue a great learning experience for the students.

National Reconcilition Week 27 May – 3 June

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The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020 is, In This Together.  In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, this theme is more relevant than ever.

The 28th of May 2020, during this year’s #NRW, marks the 20th Anniversary of the Reconciliation Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the year 2000, where 250,000 people walked together in an act of unity, calling for true Reconciliation to be realised in this nation. This is still the largest public gathering in Australia’s history. 

Italian Competition

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Recently our Years 5 & 6’s took part in an Italian Competition run by the Italo-Australia Welfare and Cultural Centre.
The Year 5s were asked to create an imaginary “casa” (house) and to label the parts of the house in Italian and then write a short poem about the house they made.
The Year 6 topic was “L’Amicizia” (Friendship). The students had to write a description of two of their friends in Italian and to create figures of their chosen friends based on a template that was provided.
Their projects will be judged alongside entries from students of Italian from other Western Australian Primary Schools.

One Minute Challenge – Crazy Crab

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Balance, strength and coordination put to the test this week with the crazy crab challenge. How many can you do in one minute?

Library News - the Sloth Who Came to Stay

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In Library, the Pre Primary children read a beautiful story with Mrs Ndreca called The Sloth Who Came to Stay.  It is all about a Sloth who teaches families how to slow down and enjoy the little things. A silver lining to what we are experiencing is that we can be conscience and achieve this without the business our lives usually bring.  Here are some beautiful messages from the Pre Primary children to help us through this uncertain time.  Hope everyone at home is having a wonderful time being together and enjoy the slow pace.

Rainbow Art

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The inspiration for our Art lesson was RAINBOWS. Rainbows have been a symbol of hope used to spread kindness and joy through the Covid 19 pandemic. Our task was to create a ‘Rainbow’ inspired art piece, that brought joy and happiness to everyone who saw it. The children all did a fabulous job and will their rainbows certainly make you smile!

‘MULGA’ THE ARTIST

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During Art we have been learning about the amazing ‘Mulga the Artist’. We agreed we have never seen a more fun, funky, vibrant and dynamic artist before. His use of texture and the way he adds the cool accessories to animals to give them personality is pretty impressive!
Students at home and school have been busy creating their own artworks inspired by ‘Mulga the Artist’

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY FOR SUNDAY

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Students have been busy making something special for their mums for Mother’s Day.

Welcome Back

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Welcome back to Term 2.  Here are a snap shot of students enjoying remote learning either at home or school.  Watch this space next week for more pics.

St John's School - Staff TicTok

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One Minute Challenge – Socks on Socks Off

Have a look at Mr Sanders first one minute challenge. A nice easy one that the whole family can try at home. Set the timer and see if you can get more than your parents, your brother or sister or maybe even beat Mr Sanders.

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Happy Bunnies

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There were many happy bunnies during our Easter delivery on Wednesday.
A special thank you to IGA Doubleview Fresh and Woolworth Karrinyup for their for their donations.

Online Learning

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Each day students who are on line learning from home check in with their teachers.  They go over their schedule for the day, ask questions, and share their wonderful learning experiences!

One Minute Challenge – Bucket Flip

Mr Sanders at home 1 minute challenge for this week. See if you can flip your way to victory and if you can’t find a bucket, try think of another household item to give it a go.

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Australian Red Cross

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In Term 1 The Australian Red Cross delivered an interactive and informative incursion that taught students about refugees and people seeking asylum around the world and in Australia. During the ‘In Search of Safety’ program students had the chance to imagine what it would be like to flee their homes quickly through an engaging simulation, and to hear from children their age about their experiences of seeking safety. A great opportunity for the students to learn about human rights, why people need protection and they’ve all been given an activity to practice humanitarianism at home!

Senior Guild Swimming Carnival

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We were blessed with glorious weather last Friday for our Yr 4-6 Senior Guild Swimming Carnival held at Newman College pool. 
The Senior Swimming Carnival Shield and overall winner was unanimously awarded to Byrne.
With the Team Organisation and Sportsmanship Award is presented to Dominic for demonstrating team support, sporting behaviour and a tidy bay area.
Congratulations to the individual trophy winners and your contribution to your guild!

World Prayer

Today, Wednesday 25th March, to coincide with the Feast of the Annunciation, we will be joining in praying The Our Father and The Angelus at noon.
The world today calls us to be united, we will have the opportunity to unite our voices in praying to God.

World of Maths

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The students from Years 1-6 had a very hands on incursion with the World of Maths. The students worked on various activities in small groups and had the time and freedom to pursue the problems themselves. The activities cover all aspects or Mathematical concepts; Number, Space, Measurement, Structure & Working Mathematically.

Ash Wednesday

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Our Ash Wednesday Mass marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. The ashes remind us it is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

Shrove Tuesday

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Thank you to our P&F parents who volunteered their time to make pancakes for Shove Tuesday.  The students raised 2.25 which will be donated to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion campaign.

Swim Trials

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With the heat of the Perth summer it was a great day to be at Scarborough pool!
The children from Years 3, 4 & 5 not only got to cool off, but the swim trials also gave them the chance to put their names forward for the swim squad and get ready for the upcoming Guild Carnival and the Interschool Swimming Carnival.

Shrove Tuesday

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Thank you to our P&F parents who volunteered their time to make pancakes for Shove Tuesday.  The students raised 2.25 which will be donated to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion campaign.

Swim Trials

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With the heat of the Perth summer it was a great day to be at Scarborough pool!
The children from Years 3, 4 & 5 not only got to cool off, but the swim trials also gave them the chance to put their names forward for the swim squad and get ready for the upcoming Guild Carnival and the Interschool Swimming Carnival.

Going Green with Our Drawing

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If you visited the Art Room this week you would be easily mistaken for thinking it has become a plant nursery. An eclectic assortment of vases and jars were filled with cuttings of greenery from around the school and garden. These were used as a stimulus for our drawing activities and putting in the practice of ‘Contour Drawing’ which helps develop students’ observation and drawing skills. Careful attention to detail and recreating the organic lines in the leaves and flowers resulted in some excellent still life artworks. I was also particularly impressed to see students tackle the challenging task of drawing the many succulents in our outdoor space.
Keep your eyes peeled for the work on display soon.