St John’s School


School News

Principal’s Address

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome back to a new school year. Yesterday was the perfect weather for a start to the school year and it was so delightful to see our children greeting their classmates with such joyful enthusiasm and settling into their class rooms with great excitement.

Parent Information Talks have been spread across Weeks 2 & 3 with consideration for the P&F commitments such as the P&F meeting on Wed. 13th and the Picnic on the Green on Fri. 15th. It will be a rather busy fortnight for all I am afraid but the earlier the talks are held the better informed you are about homework expectations, the classroom timetable, etc.

The Guild captains for Term 1 were announced at Prayer Assembly yesterday. We heartily congratulate Luke, Tahlia, Bailey and Poppy on their appointment.

One of our school foci this year within our School Improvement Plan is to explore more deeply with our children the Dominican charism and values. As you know our school motto is Veritas, latin for truth, which stems historically from the charism of the Dominican order of nuns who ran St Johns’ between 1951 and 1988. A couple of years ago the school community selected three words we felt encapsulated our school motto, school values and the Dominican spirit. These three words, Truth Achievement and Respect were then used to adorn the Scarborough Beach Rd wall and the signage panel on Lalor St.

This term we are encouraging our children to focus on the element of Respect for our fellow students, staff and parent body. As one strategy to assist this understanding a fortnightly social skill was introduced at Prayer Assembly with an emphasis on supporting the new students. We asked children to work at using people’s names when they were working with them or greeting them. Two Yr 6 students, Addie and Kenzie, created this slogan to help us remember:

Social Skill for Weeks 1 &2 Using people’s names:
Say “hi”’ and “bye”, don’t be shy
Use their name, there’s no shame
So, when you greet, or even meet
Be polite, use their name
Think of it as a friendly game!

Denise McGregor, our Social Worker, has provided us with a reminder of how to start a new school year off fresh so take the opportunity to have a read of that on the Newsletter attachment link.


Mary Bizzaca


Lord, use my eyes to see new friends.
Open my ears to hear my teachers.
Open my mind to learn new things.
Let my heart remember that You are
near, when I am afraid.

Calendar of Events

Mon 4 Students Start
Tues 5  
Wed 6  
Thurs 7  
Fri 8 Swim Trials
WEEK 2  
Mon 11 Parent Information Evening PP at 6pm
Tues 12 Parent Information Evening Yrs 1&2 at 6.30pm
Wed 13 P&F Meeting at 7pm
Thurs 14 First Session Surfing – Yr 6
Fri 15 Whole School Assembly 8.45am
Picnic on the Green 5pm
Upcoming Events
Tues 19 Parent Information Evening Yrs 3&4 at 6.30pm
Thurs 21 Parent Information Evening Yrs 5&6 at 6.30pm
Mon 25 Senior Swimming Carnival
Wed 27 School Photo Day


Head Boy, Head Girl & Guild Captains

Congratulations to the following students on their positions –

Charlie Cossom Head Boy
Ayla Barrett Head Girl
Guild Captains
Bailey Hoffman McAuley
Poppy Thorpe McBride
Tahlia Dwyer Dominic
Luke Durkin Byrne

Happy Birthday

Jan 2 Archie Edwards Yr 1
  2 Alma Knox Yr 4
  3 Reef Wilsoncroft Yr 2
  4 Ella Masiello Yr 1
  5 Leonardo Veracruz PP
  6 Tobias Waddle Yr 3
  7 Jesse Wheeler Yr 4
  8 Indiana Rogers Yr 1
  8 Mackenzie Rogers Yr 6
  9 Milla Barrett Yr 1
  9 Eva Willcock Yr 6
  13 Bronte Edwards Yr 3
  14 Cai Lock Yr 5
  14 Jessica Marafioti Yr 6
  16 Eloise Toohey Yr 3
  18 Addison Heatley Yr 6
  21 Soraya Popovsky Kindy
  21 Darcy Luffman Yr 5
  23 Flynn Deyonker Kindy
  25 Anica Alo Yr 6
  25 Zoe Hamilton Yr 6
  27 James Baudia Yr 1
  31 Sarah Hill Yr 6
Feb 2 Adelaide Figliomeni Yr 1
  5 Alice Hunt PP
  6 Ciana Rio Torto Yr 3
  8 Mackenzie Armitage Kindy
  8 Penelope Randolph PP
  11 Olivia Bishop Kindy

Sport News

Swim Trials – Year 3-5

⁃ Friday February 8 (Week 1)
⁃ Scarborough Beach Pool
⁃ 9.45am – 12.30pm

Guild Swimming Carnival – Year 4-6
⁃ Monday February 25 (Week 4)
⁃ Newman College Pool
⁃ 9.45am – 2.15pm

Swim Squad Training – Year 3-6
⁃ Tuesday’s & Wednesday’s, March 5 – April 4 (Week 5-9)
⁃ Newman College Pool
⁃ 3.15pm – 4.00pm

Junior Swim Carnival – Year 1-3
⁃ Thursday March 14 (Week 6)
⁃ Claremont Aquatic Centre
⁃ 9.30am – 11.45am

Interschool Cricket & Tennis Carnival – Year 5-6
⁃ Wednesday March 27 (Week 8)
⁃ Abbett Park
⁃ 9.45am – 2.15pm

Interschool Swimming Carnival – Year 3-6
⁃ Monday April 8 (Week 10)
⁃ HBF Stadium
⁃ 9.30am – 2.30pm


The Uniform Shop is open on  Mondays, 8 – 9.30am

Or email/text order:
Rachel – 0405 476 282

Canteen News


Volunteer Needed

Roster Date Volunteer 1 Volunteer 2
Wed 6 Feb We have a volunteer  
Wed 13 Feb Volunteer Needed Volunteer Needed
Wed 20 Feb Volunteer Needed Volunteer Needed
Wed 27 Feb Volunteer Needed Volunteer Needed

Link to Canteen Roster –

Many thanks

Rachel Mardon

Mob: 0405 476 282

P&F News

P&F MEETING – 13 February
The first meeting of the year will be on Wednesday 13 February at 7pm in the staff room. All parents are welcome to attend.

Please join us for Picnic on the Green – Friday 15 February from 5pm on the school oval.
This year a sausage sizzle will be offered to adults and kids (for a gold coin donation) and ice cream van will be providing soft serve cones to the kids (alternative icy-poles will be available as needed).

We are looking for 2 school banking coordinators!! The Commonwealth School Banking program provides benefits to the P&F through the financial return on the number of deposits made through our school.

We are also looking for a new Sushi Coordinator for 2019! The role involves coordinating Friday sushi orders at the start of each team.

Anyone interested in these roles, please let me know – (

Emma Taylor

St John’s School, as part of the Catholic faith community, strives to provide a caring, compassionate and supportive environment, where each person is valued and encouraged to develop to his/her full potential.

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