St John's School

Scarborough

Book Week

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We have been exploring the theme ‘Reading is my Secret Power’ in our library sessions.  Children came up with an extensive list of fabulous reasons why reading is such an important skill, ranging from the importance of it allowing us to learn new and amazing ideas, to be allowing to escape into vast magical worlds and lands.  The children also produced a poster that reflects the importance of reading. 

Book Week

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We have been exploring the theme ‘Reading is my Secret Power’ in our library sessions.  Children came up with an extensive list of fabulous reasons why reading is such an important skill, ranging from the importance of it allowing us to learn new and amazing ideas, to be allowing to escape into vast magical worlds and lands.  The children also produced a poster that reflects the importance of reading. 

Nearer to Nature Incursion

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As part of our Science Week activities, students and teachers were engaged in an incursion by the Department of  Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions – Parks and Wildlife Service. Two incursions were on offer. Years PP-2 engaged  in the River is our Home topic, whilst Years 3-6 participated in Totem Yarning. Both activities engaged the students in the  concept of environmental responsibility and sustainability. Nearer to Nature’s overall aim is to ‘increase the community’s  environmental awareness, knowledge and skills, including the related heritage of Indigenous and European cultures’. The rich learning that took place will no doubt be a great stepping stone to subsequent learning in class.

Science Week

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Book Week

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Disco

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High lights from our recent school disco.

Athletes Training

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The early morning training sessions are back in full swing with our keen young athletes soaking up the morning sun. To help prepare for athletics this term, the students are focusing on specific running, throwing and jumping skills on Thursdays before enjoying some strength & conditioning exercises on Fridays.

Red Nose Day – Friday 9th August

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The Year Sixs are raising funds in support for Red Nose Day which one of the major fundraisers for SIDS and Kids, promoting awareness of the issues surrounding sudden infant death.

Red Nose Association relies on the generosity of the community and donations can made through https://rednose.org.au/donation

Music Genres

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The Year 6 students have been researching the different genres of music. Pop, Reggae, Rap, Country, Classical are just a few examples. They displayed their chosen genre in a poster and musical presentation which highlighted the features, history and musical elements of the specific genre

It's All in The Rhythm and Beat

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During their Music lesson the Pre Primary students are having fun exploring rhythm and beat with instruments.

Contour Drawing

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We have been busy learning about Sydney artist, Julie Hickson, famous for her stunning artworks of our incredible Australian native flowers. After raiding our gardens of their beautiful Banksia flowers and gum blossoms, we set to work creating detailed and accurate pictures of the plants. 
Using the “contour drawing” approach we created some fantastic drawings that will certainly be shown at the Art Exhibition later this year.

Tennis Hot Shots

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Thanks to @ANZ_AU ongoing support of ANZ @Tennis Hot Shots and in particular the School Partnership program, our Pre Primary students received a lovely surprise and gift! We hope these racquets encourage our talented young sports stars to move, have fun, play tennis and be active in the community.
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NAIDOC Art

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We chose to celebrate the amazing artwork of prominent Indigenous artist and author Sally Morgan during Term 2. We began our unit of work by learning about her life history and discovered her deep connection to her land and culture and how that is reflected in her works. Her artwork is instantly recognisable by her use of bright, vivid colours, bold design and stylised shapes and symbols. It also nearly always features a Rainbow Serpent in recognition of her Aboriginal culture.
We used her piece ‘Our Place’ from her biography of the same name as our inspiration.   Students were asked to come up with a combination of six people, places or things that are significant to them and include them in their design. It was interesting seeing similar themes of family, friends and the land emerge across all of the years, which is the epitome of what NAIDOC week is all about.

NAIDOC WEEK 7-4 JULY 2019

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NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. St John’s have a range of activities coming up including a visit from former AFL player and Artist, Phil Narkle, as part of our celebrations.

Showcasing Sports

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Students are getting an opportunity to try a number of different activities in sport this term. Rugby, Soccer and building ‘hula-huts’ are amongst the variety they are enjoying. Not only is it fun to try different things but as sporting legend Roger Federer says, ‘It’s really great for the mind to do lots of different sports’

Spirit of Confirmation

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Congratulations to our Year 6 students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday. The sacrament provides a strengthening or deepening of one’s relationship with God.
Each candidate chose a saint’s name to give them guidance as they face the difficulties and challenges of living out the Christian faith.   
In celebration they each received a cupcake, decorated with a white dove – one of the symbols of wisdom related to the sacrament. 

Interschool Cross Country Team

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The rain stopped for the inter school cross country event, which was held at Dianella Open Space.  Our Year 4 girls won in their event and the school placed 3rd overall. Well done to all the students who showed outstanding sportsmanship.

LifeLink Day

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Archbishop Timothy Costelloe reminded guests at the Official Launch of the Archbishop’s 2019 LifeLink Day for Primary Schools that “Christ is alive and he wants to be alive in our world today through us” Four Year 6 students represented St John’s at the Mass with a ‘Big Book of Love and Hope’ especially created by all our students for LifeLink Day. 

Passion for Music

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As well as their weekly music lessons, students are given the opportunity to discover their talent and passion for music through our extracurricular activities.  Guitar, drums, keyboard and vocals are some of the instruments the students can learn during private music lessons. 

Emergency Evacuation

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The best defence in an emergency situation is having a plan. Our recent evacuation drill was designed to test and validate our Emergency Procedures which in a real life situation could save lives.

Happy Mother's Day

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

P&F Donations

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Thank you to the P&F who have kindly donated our fun play equipment.

ANZAC Day Remembrance

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Last Friday the Year Six Class recently presented an ANZAC Day assembly.  As a school community we took a moment to gather and reflect on ANZAC Day and honour the country’s servicemen and women. 

Police Tactical Response Group

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We were extremely fortunate one morning recently to have a special visit from the WA Police Force Tactical Response Group (TRG).  The Inspector of the team (one of our dads at school) brought two of his team members along AND a rescue vehicle. The children were in awe of the sophisticated   equipment and the vehicle’s ruggedness.

Sydney 6s Cricket

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Josh Philippe is a West Australian born and bred cricketer who played cricket for Scarborough and now plays for Western Australia and for the Sydney 6s in the Big Bash cricket. 
Josh dropped by amidst his busy schedule to chat to the kids about his career and sign some autographs.   

Easter Raffle

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There were lots of ‘happy bunnies’ at the Easter Raffle.  Thank you to everyone who generously donated items for the raffle and purchased tickets.  All funds raised will be donated to Caritas.

Busy Bee

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Our Busy Bee held on Saturday morning was an outstanding success, proving the adage, “many hands make light work.” A huge thank you to ALL helpers; parents, students and staff for the amazing achievement. Community spirit was alive and well. 

Interschool Swim Carnival

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At the recent Interschool Swimming Carnival, the boys and girls came up against some tough competition from the other schools.  The team finished 3rd overall with many of our swimmers enjoying individual success.  The most pleasing aspect however was the ‘never give up’ attitudes displayed and the exemplary sportsmanship extended to the students from other schools.

Debating

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Our Year 5 class presented some outstanding arguments during a recent debating session. Three sets of teams debated the merits of the use of lunch wraps; involvement in compulsory after school activities and the benefits, or not, of classroom pets. They expanded their ability to persuasively argue a point, practising some debate specific phrases.  Well done to all involved.  
The Enrichment Program, run by Mrs Samantha Cherubino in conjunction with the class teachers in Years 4, 5 and 6, seeks to further all students research and investigation skills. 

Harmony Day

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Harmony Day is about coming together as a community to celebrate our differences.

The Year 5 class were discussing their individual backgrounds, different cultures and family traditions when the recent events in Christchurch were bought up. The children were moved by the kindness of the Muslim community in Christchurch and identified how they weren’t so different to our Catholic faith when Fr Grant welcomes and says goodbye to us each Wednesday morning at mass. 

As a class, they brainstormed ways to reach out to the families in Christchurch to show their support and settled on having an international food stall to donate the funds to helping the community recover. The Year 5 class made the food, advertised, ran the stall and cleaned up, alongside their families. Together, 0.45 was raised and donated to the families affected in Christchurch.

Ash Wednesday

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Our Ash Wednesday Mass today signifies the commencement of our Lenten Season. Fr Grant discussed with the children the three essential components of Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving and the purpose behind Lenten sacrifice.

Hitting the Spot

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Mr Sanders was ‘hitting the spot’ with the Year 3-5 students during a recent Sports lesson.
As part of the PE program for Term One the students are practising their tennis skills which include hand eye coordination and striking.
A shout out of thanks to our friendly neighbours who have been returning any lost balls.

Teachers Learning

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A consultant from Catholic Education Office shared her expertise recently with our teachers at a PLC (Professional Learning Committee) meeting.  
Teachers were engaged in analysing sample writing pieces.  This aligns with our Curriculum Focus to further develop our student’s capacity to write well.

Senior Guild Swimming Carnival

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Congratulations to Byrne for winning the Overall Shield at Monday’s Senior Guild Swim Carnival for Yrs 4-6. 
Congrats also to our champions and runner up champions in each age group.  

Swim Squad training commences on Tuesday March 5th with 10 training sessions until the Interschool Carnival at the end of term. 

School Leaders

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Congratulations to Ayla and Charlie who have been selected as Head Girl and Head Boy for 2019.
Also Bailey, Poppy, Tahlia and Luke who were announced as our Guild Captains for Term 1. 
As leaders of the Student Council we look forward to witnessing their leadership and community involvement this year.

Swim Trials

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With Perth going through a current heat wave what 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.