St John’s School


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Dear God
Grant our Teachers an abundance of your wisdom. Prepare their hearts to welcome and love our loved ones.
And may we make sure to show the love and respect in return.
Give them grace as they help students who aren’t thriving. Courage to say what needs to be said.
Tools and knowledge on how and when to speak love.
And strength when they feel weak. When they feel unseen.
Remind them that no moment goes unnoticed. They are shaping the future in one million small – yet incredibly important – ways every day.
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of learning they share with our children.
Bless them. Lord, and may they see even just a glimpse of how their faithfulness will forever impact generations to come.

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I hope that you have had a refreshing holiday and been able to enjoy some time away from the routines that school brings with it.

Term Four is always action packed and fun filled. We look forward to the fantastic learning opportunities and activities the children will participate in over the final term of the school year.

Term Four is also time of ‘celebration’, where we draw together all the learning from the year and celebrate our achievements. We also begin the transition from one school year to the next and so it is a time of ‘letting go’ and preparing to move on.

Year Three Commitment and Year Five Family Mass
Last Saturday, our Year 3 children along with their families attended the Commitment Mass in preparation on receiving the Sacrament of First Reconciliation. We congratulate our Year 5 families with their participation in Saturday’s Family Mass.

Welcome to our new families
We welcome Isabella, Oscar, Luis and their families to our school this term and hope they are warmly welcomed by our whole school community.

Annual Community Meeting
Our school ACM is coming up this term and now is the time to consider nominating for the School Advisory Council (SAC) for 2023. This group is a great way to become involved and support your school. A nomination form will be sent out to families in the coming weeks. Our ACM will take place on Tuesday 22 November at 6pm.

School Disco
I would like to thank our wonderful P&F for organising the upcoming Disco. It has been rescheduled to take place later in the term and we look forward to the event on  Friday 18 November.

World Teachers Day
Friday 28 October it is World Teachers Day. It is a day to acknowledge the tireless work our teachers do for their students, whether through remote learning or face to face teaching.

World Teacher’s Day, provides us all with the opportunity to recognise and thank all staff for the job that they perform within our community and for our children in particular. Some suggestions of what could be acted upon include:
• Send a thank you letter or card or just say ‘thank you’ to your teacher
• Reflect on the difference a teacher has made in your life
• Write a letter of thanks about your child’s teacher
• Reflect on the difference a teacher has made in your life
• Appreciate that your child’s education will open doors for him or her to achieve a better future

30 Years of Service to Catholic Education – Congratulations Mrs Brown
It’s with pleasure that I inform the community that Mrs Anne Brown was recently acknowledged for 30 Years of Service to CEWA.

Over the past 30 Years Anne has held many varying roles in Catholic Education ranging from Primary Schools, High Schools and K-12 Schools both in Perth metro, remote and rural school settings. Anne has held position of: Teacher, Team Leader of Health and PE Assistant Principal, Acting Principal, Head of House and Religious Education along with picking up additional roles of Canteen Manager, Bus Driver. Anne is a coach, mentor, listener, supporter, planner, doer and all with great care and compassion for everyone she works with.

We take this opportunity to thank Anne for her contribution to our school community and to our catholic school system.

All Saints Day – School Mass
All Saints Day Mass will be held in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Tuesday 1 November commencing at 8.30am. All parents, grandparents and family members are welcome to attend. Students will be required to be at school no later than 8.15am on this day.

Additional Dates to Remember
Our Grandparents Day has been rescheduled to Wednesday 30th November. Christmas Carol’s night will be held from 6pm onwards on Friday 2nd December. Thanksgiving and Year 6 Graduation Mass will be held on Tuesday 6th December at 9am. Graduation Dinner will be held on Thursday 8th December, and the school year for all children will conclude on Friday 9th December.

2023 Enrolments and Families Leaving
As mentioned in previous newsletters, the school undertakes the enormous process of preparation for the upcoming school year, it is important that we are aware of possible movements both in and out of the school community. The end of any school year is a busy time for many families insofar as transfers due to work or other personal circumstances. With position vacancies in some year levels quickly being filled and with waiting lists already resulting for particular areas of the school, it is essential that we are made aware as soon as is practicable of either new enrolments or of families who may be transferring. As per the school fee policy Parents are required to provide a full-term notice in writing if their child will not be returning the following year.

It is your attitude that determines your altitude!
Late Zig Ziglar

Wishing you all a wonderful week.

God Bless

Velma Erskine

What’s happening….?

Week 2  
Friday 21 October Make a Move Dance Lessons
Week 3  
Monday 24 October Interschool Swimming Carnival
Tuesday 25 October First Reconciliation Retreat at St Joseph’s – Year 3
Wednesday 26 October Tuff Stuff Program – Year 5
Thursday 27 October First Reconciliation 5pm
Friday 28 October World Teacher’s Day
Make a Move Dance Lessons
Sausage Sizzle Lunch – Whole School
Week 4  
Tuesday 1 November Feast of All Saints Mass at 8.30am
Wednesday 2 November Feast of All Souls
Tuff Stuff Program – Year 5
Thursday 3 November School Tour at 9.30am
Friday 4 November Make a Move Dance Lessons
Kapture Year 6 Class Photo
Save the Date  
Friday 18 November School Disco
Tuesday 22 November Annual Community Meeting 6pm
Wednesday 30 November Grandparents Day Liturgy & Morning Tea at 9am
Friday 2 December Christmas Concert at 6pm
Tuesday 6 December Graduation Mass at 9am
Thursday 8 December Graduation Dinner at 5.30pm
Friday 9 December Students last day


Year 4 Science

This week the students in Year 4 have been working hard on their understanding of Earth and Space Sciences. On Tuesday the students took a hands-on approach to determine the characteristics of the different soils/sands around the school grounds. They wrote down what type the soil was, what is felt like when wet and dry as well as well as determining whether or not it held water well. Great job Year 4 Scientists!

Jump Rope for Heart

We’re skipping through the term!

Jump Rope for Heart is well underway and it’s great to see so many children skipping with smiles on their faces. St John’s has already raised $1772.

Keep on practicing those tricks and don’t forget to share your online fundraising page with friends and family to raise money for a great cause!
Still need to sign up online? It’s easy just follow this link and enter your details.

Interested in where the funds go? Check out this video, Isla’s story. It’s also an inspiring example on how to overcome challenges and learning to skip just like Isla 😊

Let’s see if everyone can learn a new trick by the end of term. Have a look at the following videos for motivations to try something new!

Happy skipping!

Thank you

Thank you to our wonderful parents who volunteered their time to clean the church at the end of last term and again this week:
Andrea Peters, Naomi Palombaro, Diviani Nogueria, Kate Kerridge, Meike Lebesmuehlbacher, Debbie Lindsay, Stella Kim, Naomi Keenan and Diana Beasley;

Parish Playgroup

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Term 4 Student Councillors

Congratulations to our Term 4 Student Councillors

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6


Happy Birthday to the following students who celebrate their birthdays during the next few weeks

Scarlett Kindy
Luis Year 1
Eva Year 4
Xavier 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


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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