St John’s School


School News

Dear Parents and Caregivers

On Saturday morning our school community spirit was abuzz with productivity. The Busy Bee saw parents, staff and numerous Upper Primary students gathered together, working as a team, to achieve a simply awesome outcome. Much to our surprise and gratitude that outcome meant that Years 1-4 students were all relocated to their new Learning Areas by around 12 noon. While one Busy Bee brigade lifted and shifted everything in sight, another swarm meticulously cleaned and organised the newly assigned classroom area while yet another group (our P&F Executive) provided much needed hospitality in the shape of muffins, a sausage sizzle and water, etc. A sincere Thank You to everyone involved.

As our Building plans unfold further we will organise a time for our Pre Primary and Kindy classes to move. But – as the date for tenders to be sent in by building companies doesn’t close until April 29th we knew there was no rush to move these two classes. We will send a call out early in Term 2 for helpers there too.

Yesterday’s Interschool Swimming Carnival saw some great swimming from our students. St John’s came 3rd overall this year. Our students put their heart and soul into their races and we are very proud of their efforts. The P&F is providing a morning tea this Thursday for our Interschool Team to thank them for their efforts. Special thanks to Wendy Paynter for her support and input during all training sessions and during the Carnival and to Nikki Samuels for her supervision support too. A big THANKS to the wonderful Yr 3 & 4 girls who swam up in the Yr 5 races to help Sarah and Amina out.

This week Years 1-6 are gathering together as a school to reflect on the events leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus. There will be re enactments of these events each morning at 8:45am. On Monday morning the Year 4 class re enacted the events of Palm Sunday. This morning Yr 5 shared their understanding of the Last Supper with us, tomorrow Yr 6 will re enact the events of Good Friday and the Year 4 class will portray the Arisen Christ on Thursday. Please feel welcome to join us in the Hall tomorrow or Thursday morning.

My best wishes to all of you for a great Easter break. Keep safe and we will see you and your fabulously reinvigorated children back on Tuesday the 30th of April.

Mary Bizzaca

Calendar of Events

Mon 8 Interschool Swim Carnival at HBF Stadium 9.30am – 2.30am
Tues 9 Holy Thursday Re-enactment – Yr 5
Yr 5 Debates – Enrichment Project  9am
Gym Bus ~ Kindy – Yr 3
Wed 10 Good Friday Re-enactment – Yr 6
Kindy Yoga 9am
Easter Raffle 2pm
Thurs 11 Easter Sunday Re-enactment – Yr 4
First Reconciliation Liturgy – 5.30pm
Term 1 concludes for students
Fri 12 PUPIL FREE DAY – Staff PD Day
Mon 29 PUPIL FREE DAY – Staff PD Day
Tues 30 Students start Term 2
Thurs 1  
Fri 2  
Upcoming Events
May Tues 7 Mother’s Day Stall


Catholic Performing Arts Festival

If you would like to enter your child in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival for 2019, please log onto the Festival website to find out more information about entry, charges and categories.

Please note, all entries will need to be in to Mrs Albert as soon as possible and no later than Friday 3rd May which is the 1st week back of Term 2. Please email Mrs Albert your child’s full name, year group, category you wish to enter, item name, item duration, Composer/Arranger and item code.

Please feel free to contact St John’s Music Teacher Rochelle Albert for any other queries you may have.


Constable Care Excursion – PP

Last Tuesday the Pre Primary children travelled to the Constable Care safety school in Maylands. We learnt all about Road safety and pretended we were the cars on the road. We had to keep left, stop at the red lights and give way to other cars (bikes) and pedestrians. We all had a turn on the bikes throughout the morning and had an absolute ball!!!! Some amazing learning.

Busy Bee

Our Busy Bee held on Saturday morning was an outstanding success in that the adage, “many hands make light work” was proved yet again proven to be true. A genuine thank you to ALL helpers; parents, students and staff for the amazing achievement. Community spirit was alive and on the move within the move!


Yr 5 Debate – Enrichment Project

Our Yr 5 class presented some outstanding arguments during this morning’s 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 Yrs 4, 5 and 6, seeks to further all students research and investigation skills.  

Happy Birthday

April 9 Owen Heatley Yr 1
  9 Parker Howard Yr 5
  10 Callum Rattray Yr 5
  16 Conor Sweeney Kindy
  16 Daniella Carmel PP
  16 Jessica Avins Yr 2
  18 Marina Garcia Ferreira Yr 1
  22 Katherine Ong Kindy
  22 Zeke McQueen Laval Yr 4
  23 Ava Twite Yr 2
  25 Jayden Rigney Yr 2
  28 Claudia Willcock Yr 4
  29 Liana Hatzistavridi Jackson Yr 2

Jumper Found

If you have misplaced your jumper as in the photo at last Saturday’s Busy Bee, please call into the school office to collect.

Sport News

Interschool Swimming Carnival

On Monday, selected students from Years 3 – 6 took part in the Interschool Swimming Carnival. The boys and girls came up against some tough competition from the other schools but many of our swimmers enjoyed individual success receiving a ribbon for a top 4 finish as well as strong performances in each of the relays. The team finished 3rd in the Girls competition and 3rd in the Boys resulting in a position of 3rd overall, only 8 points behind 2nd place. The most pleasing aspect however was the ‘never give up’ attitudes displayed and the exemplary sportsmanship extended to the students from other schools.

Congratulations to all the swimmers for their efforts during the event which they can be very proud of. A big thank you to the wonderful parents who came along to help out and cheered loudly from the stands along with Mr Goldie, Mr Alonzo and Mrs Samuels for preparing the students expertly in the bays and Mrs Kirk for taking up the timing duties. Wendy Paynter deserves the biggest thank you of all though for helping all the way through the term with the swim squad and assisting them in achieving such great results.


The Uniform Shop will be OPEN on Monday 29 April (Pupil Free Day) from 8am to 10.30am
for any last minute winter purchases.

or email/text order to
Rachel – 0405 476 282

Canteen News


Roster Date Volunteer 1 Volunteer 2
Wed 10 April Mary Anne Regeling Volunteer Needed
Wed 1 May Volunteer Needed Volunteer Needed

Link to Canteen Roster –

Many thanks

Rachel Mardon

Mob: 0405 476 282

P&F News

Easter Raffle
Parents are welcome to join the Easter Raffle draw at 2pm tomorrow (Wednesday 10 April) in the School Hall.
Thank you to everyone who generously donated items for the Raffle and purchased tickets.

All funds raised will be donated to Caritas.

Thank you to Kindy Class Representatives and Parents- Liz, Petrina, Alicia, Donna and Mel, for preparing our Raffle Prizes.


P&F Meeting

P&F Meeting 7pm
Wednesday 10 April 2019.

Mother’s Day Stall

The Mothers Day stall will be held on Tuesday 7th May 2019. Please provide $5 per child to your parent class rep by Friday 3rd May.

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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