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1. From The Principal
We have arrived at the end of the first semester and the mid-year break. Congratulations to all of our children on their progress to date and for the positive attitude and growth mindset that they bring to their learning. My thanks go to all of the staff of our school for their diligent work with the children over the last two terms, and to you as parents who continue to work in partnership with the school to ensure the best outcomes for all children, not just your own.
Mid-Year Reports and Parent Teacher Meetings
All families should have received a copy of their child’s mid-year reports comprising a progression report and an achievement report. Parents should also have had the opportunity to speak with your child’s classroom teacher and discuss work to date and learning goals for the coming semester. Any of our parents who did not receive a copy of the reports or who were unable to attend a meeting, please contact your child’s classroom teacher in the new term to arrange for this.
Feast of the Birth of St John the Baptist
Thank you to Father Martin for celebrating Mass with us earlier this week in commemoration of our school’s Feast Day. The respect and participation of all children was noted and commented on by many of those present so a big congratulations to the children for representing our school with pride. We finished the day with a round of sports that were completed in multi-age groups. Again, there was excellent behaviour and participation form all of the children, so well done everyone.
SRC Inspiration/Genius Day
Thank you to Mrs Ann Nolan and the members of our SRC who organised the above day this week. We have many inspiring people and professions serving as models for our children and teachers judging from the array of costumes worn on the day. Thanks to the teachers for organising the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities that our children participated in. These activities were also done in multi-age groups and the leadership shown by our senior students as part of this was very noticeable; thank you to all in Grade 6.
Work Experience Students
It has been wonderful over the past week to have Amy Labutte and Eamon Chanter with us for their work experience placements. Both Amy and Eamon are past students of St John’s interested in taking up a teaching career, and they were certainly an asset to the classes that they were working with over the course of the week, with students and teachers alike appreciating their presence and assistance. Best wishes to both of you and thanks for coming back and for the work you achieved over the week.
We have been fortunate to have three talented and keen pre-service teachers from Australian Catholic University (ACU) with us over the course of this term. Jessica Ko (in Prep/1), Kaitlyn Macmillan (in 3/4) and Nicole Barnes (in 2/3) are bright beacons for the future of the teaching profession, each with skills and talents that they are willing to put at the service of the children they will soon be teaching once they have finished their courses. The schools who secure these young and enthusiastic teachers as part of their staff are indeed fortunate. Thank you Jessica, Kaitlyn and Nicole for the manner you became part of our school community and for all of your valuable contributions to the children and staff. Very best wishes for a successful future.
Collections for Vinnies and the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre
A very big thanks to our school, community for your generosity in supporting the Mini Vinnies’ collection for the Vinnies store in Vere Street and the ASRC. At this morning’s assembly, commemorating the love of Jesus for others in the Feast of the Sacred Heart, our Social Justice Captain, Ewan, presented the gathered goods to Fr Martin for distribution to both organisations. In his speech to the rest of the school, Ewan reminded us that we are now the hands, feet, gentle voice and listening ear of Jesus in the world today. Actions such as this collection are good for reminding us to look beyond our own needs and to become aware of the needs of others and to reach out in love to address those needs.
Grade Six Sporting Achievers
Congratulations to Jayda, Ned and Paolo for their sporting achievements. Jayda is heading to Japan to take place in a karate training camp prior to competing in international and national championships next term. Ned has successfully made it through to the State trials for the Victorian Schools Cross Country. Paolo has managed to gain a place in the Victorian State Representative Soccer Squad. We wish each of these children all the best in their endeavours and look forward to hearing how they fare next term.
Thanks to all of those families who have already sold books of tickets in the above raffle. We still have a number of books available for sale if any families can sell extra. There are 103 prizes available across the state in this raffle and the school gets to keep $1.50 of every $2.00 ticket sold. All raffle books, sold and unsold, will need to be back at school by 23rd August to be sent off to Scouts Victoria ready for the grand prize draw in early September.
Wishing all of our children and staff a very restful holiday. To those who are travelling, please stay safe. We look forward to seeing all of you back at school on the first day of Term 3, Monday 15th July 2019.
Until then, respectfully, Daniel 🙂
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