St John’s School


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Dear Parents and Carers

Working in Partnership – School and Home

Schools work best when staff and parents are like minded in what they want for their students and students see home and school working together for their benefit. For this to occur respect and trust are a prerequisite. As a school, we trust that parents and carers are doing their best for their children. Likewise, parents and carers need to trust that we as a school, always have the best intentions for the development and learning of all children.  We do our best for each child at St John’s. This is not to say that schooling is always a smooth process. There will be times during the year where you will need to speak with the school. You may have questions about your child. There will be times when we need to speak with you regarding your child. Please give your children the chance to grow and learn by allowing them the opportunity to work through any problems that may occur themselves utilising strategies they have learned in class. If they need further support, that’s what parents, carers and staff are for.

Should your child be experiencing any difficulties, build up their confidence by asking them what they are doing about it and what is going well for them. Please ensure that they inform a staff member if issues persist beyond this. It is also imperative that you allow your child to make mistakes and learn from these in a supportive environment – this will prepare them for life.

If you need to speak to a staff member about your child:

  • Make a time to meet with the classroom teacher. Classroom teachers know your child best in the school environment and will be able to assist you and your child.
  • Should you require further assistance, please contact the school office to make a time with the Assistant Principal responsible for your child’s year level. Ms Katherine Kelly is our Assistant Principal for the Pre Kindy to Year 2 classes and Mr Vlad Alonzo is our Assistant Principal for Years 3 to 6.
  • I am also available and will communicate with classroom teachers, the relevant Assistant Principal and parents and carers should further support still be required.

St John’s community is fortunate that we have caring parents, carers, staff and students. Our school is a happy place to learn and play. If an issue arises, we are more than willing to discuss this fully with you and determine together the best course of action for your child.

Staff can be contacted by calling the office and leaving a message or by email. Please be aware that emails should only be used to organise a meeting and should not be used in an attempt to solve the problem. A real conversation will need to take place either by phone or in person to ensure we give adequate attention to solving the issue. It may seem more efficient to communicate over email but you wouldn’t give your car to your mechanic with a simple email description of what needs doing. You would explain any issues and symptoms in detail so that adequate attention can be given – our children are significantly more important than our cars!
Please also be aware that emails sent in the evening or over the weekend will not be responded to immediately.

Our staff are completely focused and dedicated to your child’s wellbeing, learning and development and I thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

COVID-19 Community Information
With much of the media and public commentary about COVID-19 continuing to ramp up and often being quite alarming, it is quite understandable that staff, parents and students may feel stressed and anxious about the situation. We need to remember that both the World Health Organization and the Department of Health continue to advise that the current risk of transmission in Western Australia remains low.

Advice from the Health Department of WA indicates that the best way of protecting ourselves and others against COVID-19, is for each of us to practise good hygiene by:

• Washing hands frequently with soap and water or using an alcohol-based gel.
• Refraining from touching our mouth and nose.
• Covering nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow with coughing or sneezing
• Disposing of tissues immediately into a bin and cleaning hands as described above.
• Avoiding close contact with anyone who is showing cold or flu-like symptoms.

We ask that parents reinforce these practices with children at home as we will do, at school. Furthermore, we ask that you keep your children home if he or she is unwell and in particular displaying symptoms of a cold. If students do arrive unwell they will be sent home.

We do remind families who may be planning an overseas trip to, for example, Bali, Europe or parts of Asia that there is no guarantee that stricter return to school protocols may be put into place in the coming weeks.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates have recently been sent to families and these will continue as we gain further information. Please make sure you inform the front office of any international travel plans you may have.
The WA Department of Health has updated information including frequently asked questions about the COVID-19. To view this information visit
It is important during this time to trust that we will keep you fully informed and provide a calm and supportive environment for your children.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

God Bless
Velma Erskine

Loving Father,
So many times I turn away from you
and always you welcome me back.
Your mercy and love gives me confidence
Thank you for the invitation to share, fast and pray
so that you can form a new heart within me.
Your powerful compassion for my weaknesses
leads me to ask for mercy
and await with great hope the Easter joy you share with us.

Calendar of Events

Mon 16  
Tues 17 Synergy Solar Car Challenge  Yr 6
Kindy Hospital Incursion 
Swim Squad Training 3.15 – 4pm
Wed 18 Scitech Excursion Yr 3
Swim Squad Training 3.15 – 4pm
Thurs 19

Yr 6 Surfing

Fri 20 Yr 5 Assembly
Harmony Day
Mon 23 Reconciliation Retreat
Tues 24 Caritas Crazy Hair Day
Swim Squad Training 3.15 – 4pm
Wed 25 Mass Yr 4
Swim Squad Training 3.15 – 4pm
Thurs 26 Junior Swimming Carnival Yrs 1-3
Yr 6 Surfing
Fri 27 Summer Lightening Carnival Yrs 5 & 6
Upcoming Events
April 7  Interschool Swimming Carnival


Expression of Interest for OSHC

As communicated previously to the community, St John’s Primary School is looking into establishing an Out of School Hours Care (OSHC), before and after school care centre on our school site. An ‘expression of interest’ survey was recently sent out to all families to complete so that we could gather the level of community interest in establishing the centre. Over the coming days, we will tally up the survey results which will determine our next step of the process. If you have not as yet completed the survey please click on the link below to access the survey.

Link to Survey


Students in Years 3 and 5 will participate in the 2020 NAPLAN. Testing will begin on Tuesday 12 May and conclude on Friday 15 May. Students will be assessed in numeracy, reading, writing, grammar and punctuation and spelling. With the exception of the Year 3 writing test, all other tests will be completed online. Over the coming months children will have the opportunity to complete online practice tests to familiarise themselves with the format and types of questions using in the NAPLAN.

Swimming Carnival

A great day was had by all Year 4- 6 students today at the Guild Swimming Carnival at Newman College pool today where we were blessed with glorious weather. 

Year 4 Champion Boy – Jett Masiello
Runner up Boy – Tobias Waddle
Champion Girl – Bronte Edwards
Runner up Girl – Ava Grace Costain

Year 5

Champion Boy – Thomas Nicol
Runner up Boy – Kiaran Kirk
Champion Girl – Mia Starkie
Runner up Girl –  Coco Wilsoncroft

Year 6

Champion Boy – Jackson Paynter
Runner up Boy – Parker Howard
Champion Girl – Amina Fowers
Runner up Girl –  Bianca Kobylinska


Individual Medley – Jackson Paynter  


Individual Medley – Mia Starkie  

Overall Guild Points

1st Byrne 764
2nd Dominic 694
3rd McAuley 541
4th McBride 507


Brendish Family Senior Swimming Carnival Shield Byrne
Team Organisation and Sportsmanship Award Dominic


Just Married!

Family and friends gathered together on December 24 to witness the marriage of Mr Ciaran Sanders to his beautiful bride Louise. We wish Ciaran and Louise all the very best for the future.

It’s a Boy!

Further congratulations go to Mr Darran Scattini, his wife Kirrily and daughter Emmy who welcomed the newest member of their family, baby Charlie Scattini. Charlie was born on January 2, weighing 3115g. Congratulations to the Scattini family, we look forward to meeting Charlie in the coming months.

World of Maths

On the 6th of March a car arrived on our oval that said “World of Maths” on the trailer.  All the students walked past with exctiement.  In the morning Year 1 & 2 had a learning experience that they will never forget.
After recess Year 3 & 4 were testing their knowledge with fun games.  After lunch Year 5 & 6  had their share of excitement.  While some of the activities had mixed reviews most people had trouble with Escape, an activity where we had chains shaped like handcuffs and with a partner we had to untangle the chains. 
In my opinion the security camera was the easiest and funnest.  We had a great time at World of Maths.

Written by:  Kai Lock Yr 6

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Students of the Week

Honour Certificates  
Yr 1 Jhane Bartalesi
Soliel Pineda-Beasley
Yr 2 Owen Heatley
Grace McKenna
Yr 3 Finn Kyngdon
Yr 4 Bronte Edwards
Zachary Sartorello
Yr 5 Robin Buxton
Natalie Star
Yr 6 Bianca Kobylinska

Marvellous Manners

Yr 3 Lily Pala
Yr 6 Matthew Lao

Happy Birthday

March 14 Stella Emery Yr 3
March 15 Amelie Wheeler Kindy
March 15 Kiaran Kirk Yr 5
March 16 Indah Radalj Yr 4
March  18 Asher Ebert Yr 1
March 19 Nayesha McNiece PP
March 21 Noah Hamilton Yr 1
March 22 Alexavier Figliomeni Kindy
March  25 Billie Darwen Yr 1


Please note that the Uniform Shop will now be open every Thursday 8.15 – 9.15am

You can place an order on the St John’s website or email your order to  


Canteen News

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 18 Lara Heatley Volunteer Needed
Wed 25 Kasia Martin Volunteer Needed

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

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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