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Dear Parents and Carers,

As this is our final newsletter for Term One, I would like to thank our community for all your support and efforts this term. It has been, perhaps, our most challenging term since the start of the pandemic and sacrifices have been made by all. Thank you to our students and parents for working with us to keep each other safe. I must acknowledge and thank our entire staff for what has been a difficult term to work in education. In particular, I thank our classroom teachers for their extraordinary efforts in preparing and delivering the classroom learning program whilst also having to prepare and send home remote learning resources to students in isolation. This ‘doubling up’ of duties is yet another example of our staff, and the teaching profession in general, going above and beyond for our students. Despite all the challenges that the pandemic threw at us this term, our staff just carried on and got the job done – how blessed we are to have them! Thank you!

Parent/Teacher Interviews
Parent/Teacher interviews for students from Kindy -Year 6 conclude this week. As mentioned previously this is one of the ways that we report to parents. It is an opportunity for parents/carers and teachers to discuss student progress and emphasise the partnership between home and school in developing each child to their full potential. A key factor in student learning is their own disposition to learning and for this reason, it is important to discuss progress with students. Celebrating areas of success and setting some goals for future learning are an important part of these meetings. If you are yet to book an appointment, please contact your child’s classroom teacher so these can be completed before the end of term.

2023 Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrolments
A reminder to our current families to submit enrolment applications for siblings as soon as possible to secure a place for your child. We now have waiting lists for both year levels and we certainly wouldn’t want our own siblings missing out. Please contact the front office on 9203 3000

Term 2 Commencement Date
A reminder that in the first week back next term, Monday 25 April is the ANZAC Day public holiday, and Tuesday 26 is a pupil free day. Students commence Term 2 on Wednesday 27 April. On Tuesday 26 April, staff will be participating in faith formation day.

Holy Week Preparation
All classes have been preparing for the most important time in our Christian calendar – Easter. Traditionally, our Year Six students have prepared the way of the cross as a dramatised performance to help the whole school pray Jesus’ message of hope and joy rising out of agony and pain.
This morning we were able to social distance on the school oval to witness the stations of Cross dramatised by our Year Six students. The re-enactment was filmed and is available for families to view……

View the Stations of the Cross Re-Enactment Video

Easter Egg Raffle
A big ‘thank you’ to all members of the St John’s community for supporting the annual P&F Easter Raffle. Thank you to our parents who wrapped all the baskets and arranged the prizes and for making this such a special occasion for the children. May I take this opportunity to thank all families who donated Easter eggs and those who have been selling tickets over the past couple of weeks. Without your assistance this event would not be possible. A grand total of $1022 was raised from the raffle.
A special thank you to our Kindy parents Elizabeth Melendez, Zsofia Guczi-Kidd, Giselle Hervey and Amanda La Bianca.

Easter is the holiday that celebrates and commemorates the central event of the Christian faith: the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his death. Easter is the oldest Christian holiday and because Easter represents the fulfilment of God’s promises to mankind, it is the most important day of the church year. All the Christian movable feasts and the entire liturgical year of worship are arranged around Easter.

Easter is preceded by the season of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and repentance culminating in Holy Week, is the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday) and followed by a 50-day Easter Season that stretches from Easter to Pentecost. As we know from the Gospels, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion, which would be Easter Sunday. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. It is the singular event which proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ will be raised from the dead and have eternal life in heaven. It also signifies new birth/life in Christ, which is why adults entering the Church are baptised during Easter. By remembering Christ’s resurrection, we become aware that we too will rise again.

In his first Easter message, Pope Francis said that Easter “means that the love of God is stronger than evil and death itself; it means that the love of God can transform our lives and let those desert places in our hearts bloom. Jesus is risen, there is hope for you; you are no longer in the power of sin, evil. It is the exodus, the passage of human beings from slavery to sin and evil to the freedom of love and goodness.”

I pray that this Easter, you will find your faith strengthened by the Risen Christ and that your hearts will be filled with his goodness and mercy.

Wishing you all the best for a happy and holy Easter and for a wonderful holiday! We look forward to seeing everyone back for the commencement of Term Two on Wednesday 27 April.

God Bless

Vel Erskine

A Prayer for those affected by the floods
At this time, we hold in our minds and hearts all those affected by the floods and pouring rain.
Our hearts go out to those whose homes, possessions and businesses have been destroyed or damaged by floods in Queensland and New South Wales.
We remember in prayer:
Those whose lives have been devastated,
Those who are feeling vulnerable and weak
Those who are stranded
Those who are facing both long-term and short-term needs
Those who are homeless in this crippling time
We pray also for all those who are meeting needs at this time:
Volunteers and community workers
Those working to rescue people who are stranded and feed the hungry
Those supplying food, water, equipment, money and urgent supplies
Those working to clear roadways and homes that have been damaged
Police officers, emergency personnel, medical and social welfare responders
Those seeking to offer protection from theft and fraud.
We pray that each of us will play our part in responding to the overwhelming conditions of this time, and particularly in reaching out to those who are struggling to rebuild their lives.
We pray too, that we will continue to urge the government to play its part in strengthening structures that will heal our land, restore creation and relieve those suffering homelessness and poverty.
We make all our prayers in the name of Jesus, who reached out always to those most in need.

What’s happening….?

Week 10  
Friday 8 April Free Dress Day – Vinnies Flood Appeal
Last day of Term 1
School Holidays Monday 4 April – Tuesday 26 April
Monday 25 April Anzac Day
Tuesday 26 April Pupil Free Day
Wednesday 27 April Term 2 (First day back for students)


Stations of the Cross

This morning the year 6’s reinacted the Stations of the Cross with the help of Donkey. The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. We commend them on their respectful acting of such an important part of our Catholic faith.

Merit Award Winners

Congratulations to this weeks Merit Award Winners!

Jett, Zachary, Bronte, Bianca, Tristan, Laura, James, Marina, Chase, Beatrice, Oscar, Alice, Lina, Ryder, Hannah and Matthew


Free Dress Day – Vinnies Flood Appeal

Easter Egg Raffle

Congratulations to our Easter Egg Raffle!


Swimming Medal Presentation

Last Monday our swimmers were presented with their medals.

Ukraine – Year 3’s Weekend Fundraising

At the beginning of the year Jessie and Soleil wanted to raise money for the poor. They sold muffins and ribena drinks. They raised $23. They did not donate the money to any particular charity as they were going to wait for the school organised fundraiser. They both have decided to now donate the money to Ukraine.

Due to Bella’s inspirational show and tell story Holly, Jacob, Anna and Jessie headed back out to our street raising money for the people of Ukraine. They raised $90 and with the help from family members the grand total was $210😀.
Both of these amounts collected have been donated to Ukraine appeal – Caritas Australia.

They were all very proud of their efforts, as are we at St John’s and it was so beautiful seeing the excitement when they opened the donation box seeing all the money raised.

Ukraine – Year 4’s Fundraising

We are very proud of our Year 4 students who set up a collection for the people of Ukraine.

St John’s Hidden Talent

Wishing our Year 4 Teacher, Sally Cream, the best of luck as she heads over to Adelaide in the Term 1 holidays to compete in the Australian National Championships for Springboard Diving. She will be representing Western Australia for the 12th time and is competing in the 1m, 3m, 10m Platform and Synchronised Events.

St John’s Run Club

Students from Years 3 – 6 are invited for the opportunity to prepare for their St John’s Cross Country Carnival in Term Two by participating in Run Club. It will occur each Monday & Thursday before school, from 7.45am-8.15am at Abbett Park. Parents will be responsible for transporting their child to Abbett Park with the option for children to walk back to school together at the conclusion of training or be collected by a parent/carer. A form will be sent to parents from Mr Sanders.

Pro Football Training

Please see details below for the before school Pro Football Training at St John’s in Term 2.

St Johns – School Oval
Thursday, 5th May to Thursday, 23rd June
7.30am to 8.30am

Grind Zero and P&F Coffee Fundraiser

St Johns P&F is delighted to announce the very generous sponsorship of the Grind Zero coffee shop which is located just around the corner from the school (80 Scarborough Beach Road just east of the Caltex)

Grind Zero is sponsoring the P&F 10c per cup from any of the coffees, teas, smoothies, frappes etc from their menu when ordered through Relief List, our canteen ordering system that parents use for ordering canteen food and drinks.

For more details click on the link below:

Entertainment Book

With School Holidays and Easter fast approaching now is the perfect time to purchase an Entertainment Membership.

For a limited time, you will receive a bonus gift card up to $30* with your purchase on top of your 12-month Membership. Plus, we receive up to $46 per membership sale towards our school’s fundraising.

Parish Playgroup

Social Media Platforms

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Happy Birthday to the following students who celebrate their birthdays during the month of April

Hudson PP
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Ava Year 5
Maddy Year 6




ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACE ONLINE at, all orders will be delivered to your child’s classroom.

St John’s Uniform Shop is operated by Jenny Franklin Enterprise (JFE). The 24/7 online ordering will continue to operate. The Online order cut off will be Tuesdays at 4.00pm and all orders will be delivered to the classrooms on Thursday mornings


Canteen News

Our canteen is be open for both recess and lunch on Wednesdays and Fridays. ONLINE ORDERS ONLY

On Wednesdays we will be serving food from the usual Snack Shack Menu. On Fridays, the canteen will have a special Meal Deal (Fish and Potato Gems and a drink) and/or Sushi available.

Please note that the cut off for Wednesday orders is at midday on Tuesday and the cut off for Friday orders is midday on Wednesday.

Please refer to our website for the ‘Snack Shack’ menu to place online orders CANTEEN ORDERS

Do you have the Relief List app? If not, go to: and click on the link to the relevant app to make ordering easier!

All orders must have a school insulated lunch bag labelled with your child’s name and year level.
Insulated lunch bags are available to purchase from the canteen for $10 per bag.

If your child is sick and they have placed a lunch order please email Anne and the order will be held over until the following week.

Many thanks
Anne Brown
Canteen Manager


Wanted Ice cream containers!


Mrs Brown in the canteen would like your empty 2L ice cream containers!  Please bring them into the canteen on Wednesdays.

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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