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Newsletter - End of August 2019

1. From The Principal

Dear Families,

Welcome to the St John’s Reflection for the end of August. The year is rolling along and we are now officially into Spring – knowing Melbourne weather I am sure we haven’t seen the end of winter but we have certainly had some warmer days lately.

School Sunhats and Summer Uniform

In line with our Sunsmart Policy, the beginning of Spring/September sees us asking the children to find their school sunhats and to make sure they are wearing them each day while outside. We will allow a week’s grace this week but, from the beginning of next week – Monday 9th September – we will expect to see everyone wearing their hats.

The wearing of summer uniform will officially commence from the start of next term but, if we do manage a spell of warmer days, the children may start wearing summer items sooner.

Correct School Uniform

The St John’s School uniform requirements are clearly set out on our school website – click here – and I would like to see all children wearing the correct uniform on the correct days. Lately there have been some lax practices creeping in such as the wearing of various sneakers, leggings and alternative tops and jackets. I ask parents to assist us in supporting the uniform requirements . Reminder letters will be going home with children who are out of uniform this week. If anyone would like to see what we have available on the second hand uniform rack, please speak to Gina in the office or to Jennifer or Julia after assembly on Fridays.

First Communion 2019

Thank you to Fr Martin Tanti, our Parish Priest, for facilitating a Family Workshop last week for the families of those children preparing for First Communion this coming weekend. It was wonderful to see so many of our families engaging together to share their understanding of the Sacrament. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it on the night too. Thank you to Melanie Granata, Narelle Taylor and Jessica Thwaites for their preparation and organisation of the Sacrament, and to Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer who assisted with the program last week too.  Please pray for the children who will be undertaking the Sacrament at the 10:30 am Mass this Sunday morning, and congratulations to Greta who has already made her First Communion at the recent school Mass for the Feast of the Assumption due to her upcoming trip.

G.A.T.E.Ways Journeys Programs for Term 3

The G.A.T.E.Ways programs for this term commenced last week and will run for the next three Tuesdays also. We welcome children from many other schools to St John’s for these programs and look to include as many of our own students as possible too. This term the Year 1-2 program is titled “The Party is Pumping with Kung Fu Panda” and is a mathematical thinking adventure; the Year 3-4 program is titled “Move Over Sherlock” with a focus on a love of language, writing and mystery; and the Year 5-6 program also focuses on literature and writing with the title “Stranger Than Fiction”.

Fathers’ Day Breakfast, Stall, and Raffle Winners

A very big thank you to all of those dads and male role models who were able to join us for our annual Fathers’ Day Breakfast on Friday morning, it was great to see so many of you here and I am sure that the children appreciated having you here too. Thank you to the staff who helped with catering, setting up and serving  for the event too.

As usual, our Fathers’ Day stall was very popular again this year thanks to the efforts of Bec Fanelli and the P&F Executive. There were a number of parents who contributed a variety of very popular slices for purchase on the day – I hope these made it home to the dads for whom they were intended! Thank you to Shauna McEwan, Bernadette Montalto and Julia Manickam for providing sales supervision and guidance on the day.

Our Fathers’ Day Raffle was drawn at assembly with help from Simon Wallace – who unfortunately did not draw his own name out – and the lucky winners were:

1st Prize Rian Rooney

2nd Prize Kirubel Kebede

3rd Prize Mathew Doan.

Student Achievers

Congratulations to Kayla for her recent success in her dance competitions with two first places and a fifth placing; to Eve for a very successful performance with the Lit Savage Girls as part of the White Night event; and to Paolo who returned from Canberra after a week’s competition as part of the School Sport Victoria Team Vic state team in soccer – I believe the team were the successful in topping the table against the other states with 6 wins and 1 draw from the 7 games they played.

District Athletics

Best wishes to those students from Grades 4-6 who will be representing the school in the CDPSSA District Athletics Trials this coming Thursday at the Harold Stevens Track in Coburg. The students competing were selected based on observations and trials run by Anthony Falcone before he departed for his well earned Long Service Leave. The children will be accompanied on the day by Stephanie Jarema and Franca Montagna, good luck to all involved and enjoy the day.

Principals’ Pilgrimage

Just a reminder that I will be joining 17 of my Principal colleagues from Catholic Education Melbourne’s North Central Zone on a two week pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the footsteps of Jesus, leaving on Thursday evening and returning to Melbourne late on Friday 20th September. During this time, Melanie Granata will be Acting Principal and I am sure the school will be in good hands as a result. I will attempt to post updates of the journey on the school blog for those who might be interested.

Although the end of term and school holidays are three weeks away, I take this opportunity to wish all of our children and teachers a restful and reinvigorating holiday. If any of our families are travelling in the holiday break, please stay safe. I look forward to catching up with everyone next term, respectfully, Daniel 🙂

2. From The Parish


Download the latest newsletters from the Parish

Parish Newsletter August 24-25


3. From The P&F

Hello Parents and Friends,

We have a few P&F events to finish off the term and would love you all to get involved.

Sunday 15th September: Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

We have been allocated this date by Bunnings, so we will need some volunteers to make this work. The sausage sizzle is a great one to be involved in as it requires only an hour or 2 of your time, and EVERYONE can turn a sausage!!

If you haven’t been able to volunteer your time so far, it would be great to have your help!

We will send out an email with a link to the roster and also a hard copy home in case you can’t access the link.

Wednesday 18th September: Footy Day Lunch Order

Order forms will go out this week. Please remember, one form per child and money included in the envelope.

We need these returned by Monday 16th September for catering purposes.

Thursday 19th September: Parents Movie Night

Brush off your tiara’s and pull out the silverware, the King and Queen are coming! Well maybe not to Clifton Hill, but to Westgarth Cinema. We are holding a special fundraising screening of everyone’s favourite English drama, Downton Abbey.

Please click on the ling for the flyer movie night 2019 and you can purchase your tickets from the Office.

Tickets are $22 and will include a little sweet treat. There will also be a door prize awarded to the best tiara on the night!!

Baker’s Delight Friday Lunch Orders:

Please note that Baker’s Delight Friday Lunch Orders are up and running. Get your order in Thursday evening for a Friday delivery. You can also order ahead for your convenience

Ordering is done online just go to: to order directly.


Thank you for your support!


4. Chompers Visiting the School

The Chompers Dental Program is once again due to visit St John’s. Please click on attachment for more details Chompers Before Visit Newsletter Flyer 2019

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