St John’s School


School News

Dear Parents,

What a very special and beautiful Christmas Concert experience on Thursday evening! Our amazing children and simply fabulous Music Teacher, Mrs Rochelle Albert, presented us with a highly entertaining version of the Nativity story. Mr Alonzo has uploaded the video in portions so that you can watch your children in their particular scene. A very big thank you to all involved: Rochelle, of course, for her production prowess, Father Gorddard for his technical expertise, teachers for the seamless ‘backstage’ organisation of classes and parents for finding all those cute costume parts and being such a great audience! What a lovely way to gather together as a community at the end of a school year.

And, a heartfelt thanks to all of you for the kind words and gifts presented to me on the evening by Emma Taylor, on behalf of the P&F and school community. Thanks also for the lovely words of appreciation expressed and gifts received from the School Board Chair, Sarah Waddle, and our Assistant Principals, Katherine Kelly and Vlad Alonzo at the Thanksgiving mass last Wednesday. St John’s has such a special place in my heart. I consider myself privileged to have been able to serve this community for the past seven years and I thank you all for having supported me on that journey.

Speaking of very special Nativity plays, the Pre Primary Assembly held last Friday was also beautifully produced and very poignant! There are some photos overleaf that I am sure you will enjoy.

The children’s School Reports went online yesterday for the Pre Primary to Year 6 students. Do touch base with your child’s teacher should you have any queries about the report content.

We anticipate our School Magazine will be sent home this Wednesday to the oldest child in your family.

This week we bid farewell to our very industrious Year 6 students. We wish them well in their secondary school studies. We say adieu to those families leaving St John’s this year. Our best wishes to all of you. Thank you to everyone for a wonderful year.

Farewell and best wishes to Martha Pope on her retirement and to Trish Collins and Olivia Harnwell on their career changes. Late last week Velma Erskine and I had the pleasure of making two staffing appointments. Cath Godfrey was appointed to the Pre Kindy teacher role for Thursdays and Fridays, a role she is taking on in addition to her three Kindy days. Cath is very excited about her increase in time and being able to share her love of teaching across the two age groups. The second appointment was Eimear Durkin to the Admin. Assistant role, filling Martha’s shoes. Many of you may know Eimear as she has been a very involved parent here at St John’s for the past eight years, often to be found in the canteen or covering books in the library. Her son, Luke, graduates from Year 6 this year however Eimear will be back in January joining the office staff team. Congratulations to Cath and Eimear on your appointments.

Merry Christmas to all of you. I wish you a very happy, safe and peaceful holiday break.

Much love,

Mary Bizzaca

Calendar of Events

Mon 9  
Tues 10 Trashless Tuesday
Wed 11 Special Assembly 8:45am
Yr 1 Picnic Excursion
PP Christmas Lunch
Thurs 12 Trashless Thursday
Yr 6 Graduation Mass 5pm – Yr 5 attend also
Yr 6 Graduation Dinner 7pm
Fri 13 Last Day Term 4 for students
Yr 6 Farewell Assembly 8:40am
Slip ‘N’ Slide
WEEK 10 – Staff PD
Mon 9  
Tues 10  
Wed 11  
Thurs 12  
Fri 13  
Upcoming Events
Mon 3 February 2020 Students start Term 1


Pre Primary Nativity

The children from Pre Primary presented a beautiful Nativity theme at assembly last Friday. Well done!



Christmas Concert

A beautiful evening enjoyed by the school community.



Children’s Christmas Eve Mass & Nativity Tableau

Thanks to those parents who have already nominated their child to be involved in this year’s Christmas Eve Mass.

If you are still interested please note that this Friday 13th December is the last date to let us know.

Toni Tomlin –
Liz Hill –

Roles that are required on the night are as follows –
Nativity (non speaking)
Altar servers

A rehearsal date will go out on SEQTA over the next day or so for sometime next week.
This will be so that roles (characters) can be assigned and costumes can be allocated.

Please note that we can not guarantee which role your child will be given.

Thank you
Toni and Liz



St Vincent de Paul Society  – Thank You!

On behalf of the St Vincent de Paul Society, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have given a gift of food for our Christmas Appeal.

We delivered these food hampers along with a present for each child to those families in our Community that are in need.

Through these generous gifts, we are able to share God’s love in the true spirit of Christmas to ensure these families will experience joy this Christmas.

Thank you and God Bless

Nicole Kirk


Last Chance – School Photos

Dear Parents

We have been advised by Kapture Photography that all sports and/or special team photos taken this year will be removed from their website at the end of this term in readiness for next year’s photography. This is your last chance to view and purchase these photographs. Please visit and access the gallery using our school code; CM72KS

This code can also be used to purchase class or individual photographs should you have missed out earlier in the year.

Students of the Week Ending 6 December 2019

Honour Certificates
PP Jessica Lindsay, Noah Hamilton, Eva Tomlin Waller & Hudson Barnes
Yr 1 Mila Costain & Kaito Warwick
Yr 2 Jessica Avins & Stephen Randolph
Yr 6 Baxter Robertson
Marvellous Manners
Yr 6  Lily Sweeney
Valued Virtues
PP Billie Darwen
Yr 3 Bronte Edwards & Ciana Rio Torto
Yr 5 Nathan Alves Borges, Campbell Evans & Callum Rattray


December 10 Victoria Arguello Melendez Kindy
  10 Matthew Lao Year 5
  13 Indiana Gascoyne Year 3
  18 Bennett Howard Year 1
  18 Tomo Glauert Year 4
  19 Savannah Cue Kindy
  22 Kaito Warwick Year 1
  27 Ciaran Harney Year 2
  30 Imogen Hamilton Year 4



Pro Football Training – 2020 Term 1

Dear St John’s Parents,

Following on from our Term 4 School Soccer Programs, Andy from Pro Football Training will be re-running this 9 week program in Term 1 to allow your child to start/finish the day in an active and engaging manner.

The details of the program are as follows;

Thursday 13th February – Thursday 8th April (9 Weeks)
7.30am – 8.30am
St John’s Primary School

Friday 14th February – Friday 9th April (9 Weeks)
3.15pm – 4.15pm
St John’s Primary School

Should your superstar wish to join both sessions the cost would be reduced to $215.

To register please email or call Andy on 0401 254 260 with the following information;

– Child’s Full Name
– Child’s Date of Birth
– Contact Telephone Number
– Contact Email Address
– Any Existing Medical Conditions

Ciaran Sanders


School holiday opening Friday 31 January 2020, 8am – 9:30am

Then as usual from Friday 7 February 2020, 8 – 9.30am

Or email your order to

Nikki  0422411024


Canteen News

Stock is low and the following menu update is for 11/12 only.

Bacon blitz sold out not available
Large Margarita cheese pizza $4
Pasta Bolognese with hidden vege $3.80
Ginger bread stars $1
Everything else on menu is available as normal

***Recess SPECIAL for remainder of Term 4:    
Fresh Mango Smoothies      $2:50
Gingerbread star cookies     $1 each

Insulated lunch order bags available $10 from uniform shop/online or front office.

Lunch Orders: Cut off time for Canteen orders is midday Tuesday.


Roster Date Volunteer 1 Volunteer 2
Wed 11 Dec Eilish Rattray Volunteer Needed

Link to Canteen Roster – Many thanks Rachel Mardon Mob: 0405 476 282


P&F Meeting

The next P&F meeting will be next Wednesday 11 December at 7pm. All class representatives and P&F committee members for 2020 are invited to attend.


Pizza Lunch

The P&F will provide a pizza lunch for PP- Yr 6 students on the last day of school to join the water slide fun day. An icy pole will also be provided.


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