Dear Parents and Carers
This Friday the school holds what is known as our ‘Catholic Day’. This amounts to a day where all staff in our Western Australian Catholic schools are given a day off due to the amount of additional expectations placed upon them to be involved in extra curricular events such as the Sacramental programmes, after school meetings… We are advised by CEWA to ensure the ‘day’ coincides with a long weekend or the end of term dates and this particular weekend in June is seen as an appropriate time of the year to give students and staff extra time out. Several staff have some type of cold/flu at the moment and many students are currently unwell with bad coughs and mild temperatures. We hope everyone has a great mid year break and comes back to school on Tuesday the 4th glowing with health. One can but hope.
At the beginning of the year at the Parent Information Talks I informed everyone of the ongoing Keeping Safe Curriculum developments so I thought I would share with you an area of research you may wish to explore further yourselves. The excerpt below is from the eSafety Commissioner report about research into parental support of their children with the online world. It is worth a read. There are some very useful tips amid the facts and figures.
The latest research from the eSafety Commissioner focuses on parents’ experiences raising children in an online world. It provides insight into how parents assess and react to their children’s experiences and the information they find most useful in guiding children through their experiences online. Data in this report is drawn from a random sample of 3,520 parents in Australia of children aged 2–17.
2 of the Key findings:
• That both parents’ concerns about their child being online and their additional information requirements revolve around the need to maintain privacy — as well as the need to protect them from unwanted approaches from strangers.
• Parenting approaches and attitudes vary, based on the age of the child in their care. Parents with an older child are more likely to favour a more open parenting style while parents with a younger child are more restrictive.
Today the Kindy children moved into their exciting new surrounds, previously known as the Hall! The photo above shows how inviting the room is for exploration by our little ones.
The Build will commence on June the 4th, the Tuesday after the long weekend. I will on occasion alert you via text messages re interim parking or other build related needs.
Calendar of Events
|Wed 29||Mass Yr 3|
|Thurs 30||NO Cross Country Training this week
St John’s Guild Cross Country 9.30am o 12 midday Yrs 1-6
|Fri 31||PUPIL FREE DAY|
|Mon 3 June||WA Day Holiday|
|Tues 4||Canteen online orders cut off 9am (due to Monday Public Holiday)
Building works commence
Kindy Incursion Birds of Prey
|Thurs 6||Cross Country Training 8am at Abbett Park|
|Fri 7||Cross Country Training LAST SESSION – 8am at Abbett Park
Well Being Incursion PP-Yr 4
|Sun 9||Confirmation 11am|
|Wed 12 June||Interschool Cross Country
P&F Meeting 7pm
Yr 6 Confirmation Retreat
The Year 6 class had their Confirmation Retreat on the 23rd May. We learnt in depth the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and presented these as short skits to the group. We also looked at who our super heroes are and how the saints can and should be our spiritual superheroes. We concluded our day with a beautiful liturgy in the church. Special thanks to the Youth Ministry team for a wonderful, thoughtful day.
The LifeLink organisation was established by the Archdiocese of Perth in 1994 to provide for the ongoing financial and promotional support of agencies established or assisted by the Church.
LifeLink’s agencies deliver professional services & caring support to thousands of people in need throughout Western Australia each year.
The work of LifeLink is indeed a positive demonstration of Faith in Action.
LifeLink Day 2019 will officially be launched on Wednesday 5 June 2019 during WA Week, with four year six students and Mrs Bizzaca and Mr Alonzo attending the launch.
It is appropriate that during this week of celebrating what is great about our State, that we focus on and remember people in need within the community – our ‘brothers and sisters’ right here ‘at home’ in WA.
LifeLink Day provides a wonderful opportunity for students attending Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Perth, to join together to show their collective support for the many Church social service agencies – agencies which on behalf of us all, reach out to provide practical care and direct assistance to thousands of people in need within the community each year.
We don’t ask why people are in need; we don’t ask them to explain them to explain how; we don’t judge them nor do we condemn them.
We simply say, “Here’s someone in need; here’s someone who is finding life a real struggle at the moment; here’s someone who has the same hopes and dreams as we do, but whose life hasn’t worked out the way they would have hoped – and we ask ‘How can I help’.
For Lifelink Day 2019, our Archbishop, the Most Rev Timothy Costelloe is asking Archdiocesan primary schools to enthusiastically participate in and support a new and exciting project this year called ‘LifeLink’s Big Book of Love and Hope.’
Each child will be asked to make a gold coin donation and to take part in designing a page within our own St John’s Big Book of Love and Hope. Our book will be filled with messages of support for people in need, photos or information on the work of our LifeLink agencies.
It will be a powerful reminder that when we work together, as one Catholic family, to reach out to our brothers and sisters in need…. we are expressing our Faith and truly walking in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd.
|May||29||Amina Fowers||Yr 5|
|30||Lawson Armitage||Yr 2|
|June||1||Mackenzie Ebert||Yr 2|
Cross Country Training
Dates: NO TRAINING THIS WEEK
June 6 & 7 Final Cross Country training sessions
Location: Abbett Park
Time: 8.00am to 8.30am
*Please ensure your child is dropped off at Abbett Park at 8.00am and has a water bottle with them.
Guild Cross Country Program
For the Guild Cross Country Program, click here.
Dates of Upcoming Cross Country Events
St John’s Cross Country Carnival – Thursday May 30
Interschool Cross Country Carnival – Wednesday June 12
Yr 2/3 St John’s Shooting Stars def Woodlands 14-1
Another great team performance from the Yr 2/3 girls. After a slow start in the first quarter (no goals) we re-focused with tight defence and moving more in attack to score plenty of goals. Great work Shooting Stars.
Yr 4 St John’s Superstars def Doubleview 11-7
It was a great game with the girls putting into practice everything we had been learning at training. Great job girls!
Yr 6 Spirit def St John’s Sparks 15-8
The game started off a little slow with a strong Holy Spirit team taking the lead but then the girls started to remember everything we practiced and the game started to turn. At three quarter time there was only a 2 point difference! We are so proud of the girls. Well done and we can’t wait for the next game!
• Builders commence on site on Tuesday 4th June & build concludes on Friday 27th September
• The Kindy class moved into the Hall today and the room looks both inviting and exciting
• Pre Primary will be in their new location as of tomorrow, Wednesday the 29th May
• Church grounds parking – many bays will still be available to parents for drop off and pick up – most of the time.
• K, PK and PP children will retain access to their ECE nature playground. It will be securely fenced off from the build site.
The uniform shop is now also available online- with orders delivered to the classroom or the front office.
Canteen reusable insulated bags for sale $10 each.
Stockings and tights in stock.
Due to the public holiday Monday 3rd June, the uniform shop will be open Tuesday 4th, 8 – 9.30am
or email/text order to
Rachel – 0405 476 282
Due to Monday Public holiday, canteen online orders cut off Tuesday 4th June at 9 am
Insulated lunch order bags available $10 from uniform shop/online or front office.
|Roster Date||Volunteer 1||Volunteer 2|
|Wed 29 May||Volunteer Needed||Volunteer Needed|
|Wed 5 June||Volunteer Needed||Volunteer Needed|
|Wed 12 June||Volunteer Needed||Volunteer Needed|
Link to Canteen Roster – http://www.stjohns.wa.edu.au/canteen/
Mob: 0405 476 282
The P&F is seeking a member of our community to take on the role of P&F Fundraising Coordinator. This role will coordinate with community groups who are offering us fundraising opportunities outside of the school.
Without this role, we cannot maximise the potential support available to our school. An example of this is the decision to not support Woolworth Earn & Learn this year- as the current P&F Committee do not have the time to coordinate the stickers and forms to redeem the items.
If you are interested in supporting this role, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE – St John’s Quiz Night
This years St. John ’s Quiz Night will be held on SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER 2019 at Scarboro Surf Lifesaving Club!
NEXT P&F Meeting
Reminder: The next P&F Meeting will be held on Wednesday 12 June 2019 at 7pm.
This Week’s Attachments
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