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Principal’s Address


Hello Dear Parents and Community Members

As we race towards the end of the school year teachers are preparing their handover information to meet with the teacher they are passing their students onto as well as the teacher whose children they will be teaching in ’19.  Our teaching staff for 2019 have been allocated to classes and, over the next three weeks, the teachers new to St John’s are coming in to meet the children they will teach in 2019.

Class teacher allocation for 2019 is as follows:

Upper Primary Team: Year 6, Mr Greg Goldie; Year 5, Miss Adele Hall

Middle Primary Team: Year 4, Mr Vladimir Alonzo (AP); Year 3, Mr Darran Scattini

Junior Primary Team:  Year 2, Mrs Katherine Kelly (AP); Year 1, Miss Stephanie Portwood

The Early Childhood Team:  Pre-Primary, Mrs Francesca Abbonizio; Kindy, Mrs Cath Godfrey and Pre Kindy, Mrs Olivia Harnwell.

Support teachers for Assistant Principals:   Every Wednesday in Yr 2, Mrs Mel Midson; every Wednesday in Yr 4, Mrs Samantha Cherubino (Term 1) and Mrs Rosalba Bottega (Term 2-4).

Other exciting news to hand is that we now have approval from the Catholic Education Office for our 2019, Term 2, Stage 1 Pre Primary classroom rebuild.  This has been a project the School Board has been planning for over the past few years and stems from a big picture, architectural Forward Planning process that looked at where we would want St John’s to be across a ten-year timespan. This first Stage consists of repositioning the Pre-Primary classroom to where the current Year 1 classroom is so that the PP children are provided with appropriate and immediate access to their outdoor learning environment instead of having to limit their time exploring this important aspect of their learning experiences. It will also involve improving the usability of the outdoor space between the Hall and classrooms. Hopefully it will only take a term and a bit!  This project will be explained in far greater depth at the AGM being held next Tuesday evening so come along and join us and hear all about the ideas for other classrooms.


Mary Bizzaca

Dear Loving and Compassionate God, Giver of all gifts, we pray especially today for the mercy and love You give us. Open our hearts and minds to You. Give us the grace to accept your mercy. As we live each day, we pray for those less fortunate, especially those who are hurting, and whose wounds need to be healed. Help us become involved in ways that show them how deeply we care. Give us the personal courage to listen to their concerns and help them find the solutions to which they are entitled as Your children and our brothers and sisters.

If you have a moment you may also like to watch a beautiful song about gratitude featured at this morning’s Staff Prayer group.

Calendar of Events

Mon 19  Dancing Yrs 4 -6
Tues 20 Dialogue gathering session 9am
Wed 21
Thurs 22 Swimming Lessons Yrs 1-5
Fri 23
Mon 26 Dancing Yrs 4-6
Tues 27 AGM
Wed 28 End of Year Whole School Mass and staff farewell – 2pm
Thurs 29 Swimming Lessons Yrs 1-5
Christmas Concert 5:30pm
Fri 30 Assembly
Adventure World excursion – Yr 6
Maze Bullsbrook excursion – Yr 2
Mon 3  Kindy Christmas Concert
Dancing Yrs 4-6
Tues 4 Magical Christmas Incursion 2pm – Kindy
Wed 5 Thank you morning tea 9:30
Thurs 6 Graduation Mass 5pm
Graduation Dinner 7pm
Fri 7 Last day for Students


Year 6 Excursion

On Wednesday 14th November the Year 6 class, with the support of many parent helpers, travelled into Perth to explore the city and gain confidence in using public transport.  The students had to make their own way to and from the city using public transport, and while there were given tasks to complete in relation to landmarks, monuments and other places of historical interest.  The groups met up at lunchtime where the students purchased their own lunch.  The excursion was a fantastic exercise in independence and problem solving.  We even ran into some ex-students!

We had some great feedback from the day:

“It was great, learning about the city we live in and how to get around was interesting” – Olivia

“What a great learning experience, navigating around the city” –  Tahlia 

“There is so much interesting history in the City”  – Campbell

“It was fantastic that we got to learn how to catch public transport”  – Jasmine 

“I’ve never seen the London Court Clock and its jousting play” –  Joe, Cooper, Imogen, Tom,Sky, Michael, Evie.

“What a great opportunity to plan our spending and buy our own lunch” –  Jack, Isaac, Stephanie

“ Town Hall, Stirling Garden, Cathedral Square, London Court, Forest Place and Yagan Square, all filled with Perth City history, sculptures and plaques. So much to learn”  – Camden, William, Emma, Jenna

“Let’s do it again!”  – Year 6 Class

Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers for keeping the children safe as they explored and learned.


70th Anniversary Mass

A big thank you to all those families who were able to make it to the Parish Mass on Saturday evening to celebrate 70 years of community for both the parish and the school.  We had some great involvement from Year 5 students who took on the roles of and Altar servers, readers and the offertory bearers.  It was a beautiful liturgy and a nice way to come together as a parish and school community.

Student Insurance

We love to see our students enjoying their playtime, however as safe as we try to make our school we do unfortunately have injuries.  We remind all parents that students are covered by our Catholic Church Insurance (CCI) Student Care policy.  This policy provides 24 hour cover for all school-related activities including camps, excursions and sports days.  More information can be found here.


Outstanding Fees

As we near the end of the year, all fees should now have been paid.  Should you have an outstanding account, we ask that you give this matter your urgent attention.

St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Hampers

We have already received some generous donations but need more!

Can we kindly ask for your support and generosity by donating some of the following:
 Christmas Cakes / Plum Puddings
 Mince Pies
 Long Life Custard
 Jelly
 Tinned Fruit
 Cordial / Soft Drink
 Potato Chips / Crackers
 Sweets / Lollies / Biscuits
 Tinned Peas / Corn / Beetroot
 Tinned ham / Tuna
 Christmas decorations

Donation boxes for your items are provided at the School Office.

The hampers will be packed and delivered on Monday 17th December between 9am-1pm, Holy Spirit School Hall, City Beach.
We are looking for volunteers for packing and delivery. If you are able to help, then please contact Nicole Kirk on 0434 863 120.
Children are most welcome.

Thank you for your support
Christmas Appeal

Farewell and Thank You

If you are planning to attend our farewell Mass and afternoon tea to thank our departing staff members please don’t forget to RVSP to Nicole Kirk on 9203 3000 or by Monday 26th November.  We would love to see you there to help us say goodbye.

We wish to invite our wonderful parent volunteers to morning tea on Wednesday 5th December at 9am.  Please RSVP to Nicole Kirk on 9203 3000 or


All students should have received their booklists for 2019.  Just a reminder that paper orders must be returned to school by Friday 7th December 2018.

Happy Birthday

Nov 23 Stephen Randolph Yr 1
23 Elena Kyngdon Yr 3
25 Levi Cohen Yr 1

Due to unforseen circumstances the uniform shop was closed on Monday this week.  For this week only it will be open on Wednesday between 8:00 and 9:30 am.

Summer uniforms available in stock
Including some second hand items

Free buttons and hat toggles available

Uniform shop open Mondays 8 – 9.30 am or email/text order:

Rachel – 0405 476 282

Canteen News


Volunteer Needed

Roster Date Volunteer 1 Volunteer 2
Wed 21 Nov Volunteer Needed Volunteer Needed

Link to Canteen Roster –

Roster Date Rostered Class Volunteer 1 Volunteer 2
Wed 28 Nov 5 Kylie Edwards
Wed 5 Dec 4

Many thanks

Sam Haslam

Mob: 0438 010 801

Sports News

Swimming Lessons Term 4 Timetable Years 1-5

Scarborough Pool    
4 8.45am 9.00 – 9.40am
5 9.35am 9.45 -10.25am
State Swim
1 12.10pm 12.30 -1.10pm
2 12.50pm 1.10 -1.50pm
3 1.30pm 1.50 – 2.30pm



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