St John’s School


School News

Principal’s Address

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The Lenten season continues throughout the remainder of this term and is understandably the theme of our Prayer Assemblies. This Monday the children viewed a youtube clip of a lady in Indonesia who benefited from Project Compassion funds that helped educate her and her village in the land management strategies required to save their village from deforestation.

Once again we spoke about the three essential components of Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. The fasting element can be achieved in a variety of ways during Lent and of course we hope it serves to develop good habits of mind in our children. We discuss ideas in class with our children as to what constitutes fasting. We explain that this might involve something like holding back on criticisms of others, gossiping about others or simply going without something that we really want but don’t necessarily need. I thought these draft points within the Parent Code of Conduct aligned well with the ‘fasting’ or holding back aspect of Lenten purpose too so have added them below. We often have to point out to our children that gossip causes a good deal of harm and heartache to their fellow classmates.

4. Respect the rights of teachers, other staff members, students and parents/guardians
• Do not engage in judgemental gossip. Ensure anything you say about others is fair, respectful and truthful.

5. Communication
• Speak positively about the teachers, other staff and school in the presence of students who attend the school.

This weekend we have a 6pm Commissioning Mass on Saturday evening for our School Board members, P&F Executive and any Year 6 students able to attend, in addition to Sacramental Commitment Masses for the Year 3, 4 and 6 students and their parents across any of the three weekend masses. The masses will be held at 6pm this Saturday evening, and at 7:30 am and 9:30 am on Sunday morning the 17th March. We include any Yr 6 students who are able to attend the 6pm mass within the School Community leaders commissioning process because they are all leaders in our school. All members of our community are very welcome to attend these Masses. Hope to see you there.

Mary Bizzaca

Calendar of Events

Mon 11  
Tues 12 Swim Squad 3.15 – 4pm
Wed 13 Swim Squad 3.15 – 4pm
P&F Meeting 7pm
Thurs 14 Junior Guild Swimming Carnival at Claremont 9.30 – 11.45am
Fri 15 Assembly – Yr 3
Sculptures by the Sea 9.15 to 11.30am – Yr 5
Parliament House Excursion – Yr 6
Sat 16 Commitment & Commissioning Mass 6pm
Sun 17 Commitment Mass 7.30am & 9.30am
WEEK 7  
Mon 18 Board Meeting 6.30pm
Tues 19 Swim Squad 3.15 – 4pm
Wed 20 Kings Park Excursion 9am to 1pm – Yr 1
Swim Squad 3.15 – 4pm
Thurs 21 Surfing Yr 6
Fri 22  
Sat 23 Altar Server Training for Yrs 5 to 6    1.30 – 3.30pm
Upcoming Events
Fri 29 Yr 3 Reconciliation Retreat 8.45am to 3pm
Mon 8 Interschool Swim Carnival at HBF Stadium 9.30am – 2.30am
Thurs 11 First Reconciliation Liturgy – 5.30pm
Term 1 concludes for students
Fri 12 PUPIL FREE DAY – Staff PD Day


Dental Enrolment Forms

Dental Enrolment forms for PrePrimary and some new students went home last week. Please complete the forms and return them to the office by Monday 18 March. 

Altar Server Training

Altar Server Training on Saturday afternoon 23rd March between 1:30 and 3:30pm, games first then training / activities followed by afternoon tea.  All children Years 5 to 6 who have had their First Holy Communion are welcome. If interested, please email Fr Grant at the parish

Another training session will be run later in the year for the Year 4’s after their First Holy Communion.

Students of the Week ending 8 March 2019

Honour Certificates
Yr 1 Jed Harper & Remy Misfeld
Yr 2 Lily Pala & Mackenzie Ebert
Yr 4 Sunny Ebert & Sydney Hatzistavridi Jackson
Yr 5 Brayden Chambers & Jackson Paynter
Yr 6 Anica Alo & Baxter Robertson
Marvellous Manners
Yr 6 Poppy Thorpe
Valued Virtues
Yr 3 Jaden Szekely Ng & Jack Stockdale

Happy Birthday

March 12 Cooper Wang Kindy
  12 Gabrielle Taylor Yr 2
  14 Stella Emery Yr 2
  16 Indah Radalj Yr 3
  18 Asher Ebert PP

Sport News

Upcoming Events

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


Year One students, winter uniform fittings the next two weeks, please find appointment list outside classroom.

Bathers & Jammers available for swimming carnival
*compulsory for interschool*

Uniform shop open Mondays 8 – 9.30am
or email/text order to
Rachel – 0405 476 282

Canteen News

Vegetarian options available, most items can be made vegetarian if required, please advise on order, Thank you.


Roster Date Volunteer 1 Volunteer 2
Wed 13 Mar Emma Taylor Mary Anne Regeling
Wed 20 Mar Kelli Pala Volunteer Needed
Wed 27 Mar Volunteer Needed Volunteer Needed

Link to Canteen Roster –

Many thanks

Rachel Mardon

Mob: 0405 476 282

P&F News

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