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As we pray we remember those students who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time on Sunday, their parents and families and their teachers.

On the night of the Last Supper
You gave us yourself in the Eucharist
To unite us with you and with one another.
You teach us with your Word
You nourish us with Holy Communion
You strengthen our faith in you, Lord
You help us to serve others as you did
You listen to our prayers and petitions
You bless us with grace in abundance
You forgive us our faults and our wrongdoings
You bring us your life and your love.
Through our celebration of this sacrament
May we come to you in thankfulness.
May we never forget your great love.
Draw us closer to you, fill us with your love
and help us to serve you in those we meet.

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Sacrament of First Eucharist
This Sunday is a very important one in the lives of many of our Year Four students and their families. The boys and girls will receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist.

This is a very important step in the faith journey of these children. Together with their families and teachers, they have been preparing for this special ‘meal’ which will nourish them spiritually each time they receive the Eucharist.

Jesus gave us this Sacrament for the first time at the Last Supper. He called us to remember Him always by continuing to celebrate and share the Eucharistic meal. Through the Eucharist we give thanks to God. He invites us to share in this special meal of God’s love for us. We are strengthened and called to share God’s love with others.

Please keep the candidates and their families in your prayers. Our prayer for them is that this will be the start of a lifelong relationship with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.

We especially remember the following students and their families: Bennett, Jed, Eva, Grace, Oisin, James, Archie, Hunter. James, Harrison, Valentino, Ella, Indi, Sophie, Lauren, Kai, Adelaide, Milla, Marina, Sloane, Emma, Harper, Mila, Remy, Damon, Thomas, Harrison, Owen and James

Special thanks to Miss Cream who prepared the children for this special day, and Ms Kelly for assisting in coordinating the Sacramental Program. First Holy Communion Mass will be celebrated by Father Christian Irdi this Sunday at 9.30am in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. We wish our First Holy Communicants and their families all the very best for Sunday.

Federal Election
As many of you would be aware we are only a few days away from voting in the Federal Election. Whether you are the ultimate election tipster or someone who just votes because they have to, it is important to remember that we are lucky to live in a country where we have the opportunity to ‘have a vote’ and the party we elect is not likely to be led by someone who will lead us into war or create unliveable chaos.

Education is an important topic at every election. You are being asked to consider how your vote will benefit the whole community. It is essential that everybody who cares about Catholic schools understands the key issues. The National Catholic Education Commission has released a federal election report card, click on link to view: Catholic Education 2022 Federal Election Report Card[82] which assesses the Coalition, Labor and Greens’ responses to the priorities of:
• Genuine school choice through fair funding and ensuring affordable contributions from families
• Enabling faith-based education through religious protections
• Improving capital funding
• Support for delivering national priorities such as quality teaching, early childhood education, mental health and wellbeing programs and Closing the Gap initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Islander students.

The report card shows the Liberal-National Coalition, and the Australian Labor Party are on par in addressing our priorities, particularly on school choice.
We are fortunate that both major parties continue to support genuine school choice in Australian education and are committed to families who choose a Catholic education for their children.


During the last two weeks our Year 3 and Year 5 students have been sitting the NAPLAN Tests. This can be a stressful time for the children, teachers and families. Often, we lose perspective of what these tests really are, which is simply a snapshot in your child’s education. We thank class teachers, Miss Teisha Pink, Mr Vlad Alonzo along with Mrs Lisa Taaffe and Ms Katherine Kelly for their endless support in ensuring that the assessments administered went smoothly. We look forward to congratulating our students when they receive their results in August.

Principals Coffee Morning
With the easing of restrictions, Principal Coffee Mornings will return. A coffee and chat will be held on Thursday 9 June from 8.45am in the school staffroom. If you are free for an informal chat and coffee please drop by.

Aranmore Catholic College Scholarship Recipient
Congratulations to Alexander Cooper in receiving an Academic Scholarship to Aranmore Catholic College next year.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

God Bless

Vel Erskine

What’s happening….?

Week 4  
Friday 20 May Walk to School Day – leaving Abbett Park 8.30am for those who live far away
Merit Award Assembly
Sunday 22 May First Holy Communion 9.30am
Week 5  
Monday 23 May Cross Country Faction Carnival – Abbett Park
Wednesday 25 May Fr Christian Class Visit
Thursday 26 May Running Club: 7.45 – 8.15am (Years 3-6)
Presentation of Medals
Week 6  
Monday 30 May Interschool Cross Country (Years 3-6)
Wednesday 1 June School Mass 9am
Friday 3 June Pupil Free Day
Upcoming Events  
Monday 6 June WA Day
Tuesday 7 June Pupil Free Day

Year 4 – First Eucharist Retreat Day

On Tuesday, our Year 4 students had the privilege of going to St Joseph’s Parish Upper Room in Subiaco as part of their preparation for their First Holy Communion on Sunday. Under the guidance of our amazing teachers and Leadership Team the students completed activities and reflections about the different components of Communion itself as well as the Mass, including why Bread and Wine are used in this Sacrament. All students participated fully in all activities throughout the day and thoroughly enjoyed the time away from the routine of school to pray and reflect. We wish the Year 4 class all the very best for their very special day on Sunday.

Maths in Year 6

Conversion of fractions to decimals and percentages

The Year 6 students are currently learning about fractions in Mathematics. Using structured games and hands on resources, the students were able to identify types of fractions, equivalent fractions and how the fraction could be identified as a decimal or percentage amount.

Year 2 Excursion to Scarborough

Year 2 had the best day ever on a recent excursion to Scarborough! They had so much fun exploring this special place together, enjoyed a picnic lunch on our favourite spot sunset hill and had a play at the Whale Playground. The children showed such wonderful citizenship caring for the environment, spaces and people around them in their community and this amazing experience helped them to develop deeper connections to these places we belong to here in Scarborough.  See video below of their fun day out!

Term 2 Student Councillors

Congratulation to our new Term 2 Student Councillors:

Year 1 Rose  Alexavier 
Year 2 Samara  Riaan 
Year 3 Eva  Oliver 
Year 4 Indiana James H
Year 5 Ava Reef 
Year 6 Jessica  Madeleine 

Design a Jumper Competition

Burley Sekem
Design a Jumper Competition

Students are invited to participate in the 2022 Design a Jumper Competition. Entries must be done on the templates. You can print one at home yourself by clicking here or students can pick up copies that are available in the office.
Entries must be accompanied by a short reflection on the reasons for the design.
Due to this, we recommend students pay attention to local landmarks, their school ethos and location as well as population demographics when constructing their design.
Aim: Get students to demonstrate a sense of school pride/identity and get involved in football in a cross- curricular manner.
Please hand completed copies into the office by June 1.

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart kicks off this term!

Jump Rope for Heart is the Heart Foundation’s primary school skipping challenge that helps kids move more, have fun and raise funds for lifesaving research and programs.

This year is the 40th year of Jump Rope for Heart! To celebrate this milestone, we’ve got an audacious goal to see our student Heart Heroes at St John’s to log 40 hours of skipping throughout the program!

It’s important you register your child online, so they can receive the full benefits of the program and participate in online fundraising, simply follow the link below to get started.

Keep an eye out for the Year 6 Skipping School which will kick off soon. During this time, you can share their online fundraising page with family and friends to help raise money for this great cause.

We will hold our school Jump Off Day in Term 3, this will mark the end of the program and is a chance for everyone to come together to skip and show off their newly learned skills.

Thank you for supporting the Jump Rope for Heart program!

YMCA OSHC – Pupil Free Days

YMCA are seeking expressions of interest for our upcoming Pupil Free days on Friday 3 June and Tuesday 7 June.

See flyers more details

YMCA St John’s OSHC Pupil Free Day 3 June 2022

YMCA St John’s OSHC Pupil Free Day Flyer 7 June 2022

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

Parish Playgroup

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Merit Award Winners

Congratulations to last week’s Merit Award Winner:

Pre Primary Darcy
Year 1 Viviana
Year 2 Savannah
Year 3 Holly
Year 4 Sophie
Year 5 Sienna
Year 6 Jessica

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

Jasper Pre Kindy
Pre Primary
Year 1
Year 2
Madelyn Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6




Our Uniform Shop is open every Monday morning from 8.15 – 9.00am

ORDERS can also be placed  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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