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Newsletter - July/August 2018

1. From The Principal

Dear Families,

It has been a busy start to the term and now the month of August is over as, officially, is the season of Winter.

Please remember the Comedy and Auction Night tomorrow night which should be a very exciting event. The P&F have been working very hard at getting this new event off the ground. There are still some tickets available at the door tomorrow night so, if you have forgotten to purchase yours in the rush of modern life, please do still get a party together and come along ready for a thoroughly enjoyable night.

Kinder Visits

This term we have reached out to an extended number of kindergartens, early learning centres and childcare centres in our catchment area and several of these have been in to visit us to take part in library sessions with our older students and Nursery Rhyme Time oral language sessions with our Prep/1 students. It has been wonderful to have these smaller people with us and we look forward to welcoming more in the next couple of weeks and early next term.

The idea of these sessions is to let our community know what wonderful people and programs we have in our school and the advantages of a small school setting as a viable educational opportunity. Please ensure that your conversations with friends, family and neighbours include mention of the positive experiences that your children have at school and the encouragement and support of their learning that is received.

Exciting Playground News

I am very pleased to announce that this week we have signed with a landscaping company, GPM Landscaping, to do further work on the Memorial/Sensory garden on the lower playground. This will involve putting in a range of ground surfaces, a dirt kitchen, new garden beds, relocated cubby house, plantings, shade screens, a water and reflexology feature and an innovative archway to enter this new area. The area will be separated from the climbing equipment to create the passive play area that we have long desired for the benefit of many of our children. This work is once again thanks to the hard work of our P&F and the generosity of our school community as will be paid for from money that has been raised through hard work rather than grants or loans. The proceeds from this weekend’s Comedy Night will be the final amount needed to ensure that this part of our Grounds Master Plan is realised.

Welcome to New Staff and Good Luck to Carlie Dowley

Children and families in Grade 4/5 have already welcomed Miss Linda Molinaro as the new 4/5 Class Teacher. Linda is an experienced teacher who has worked mainly in junior secondary settings but was looking to make a difference in the primary setting hence her desire to work at St John’s. If you see her about the school please ensure that you say hello and welcome her to the St John’s Community.

Today we also welcomed a new School Counsellor/Chaplain. Gladys Chia comes to us from CatholicCare and has been working hard over the last week to learn the case histories of the children she will be working with and to contact families. Gladys replaces Tess Sibbel who was our original counsellor and who has now left CatholicCare to go into a private practice. We thank Tess for being part of the school over a number of years and for the relationships she has built in this time. While we will miss Tess and her contributions, we look forward to working with Gladys and getting to know her while we build new relationships.

At this time we also wish Carlie Dowley and her husband John every best wish for the safe arrival of a new brother or sister for Spencer. Carlie starts her Maternity Leave next week. Carlie brought Spencer in to see us all earlier this week and we know that he is eagerly looking forward to the baby’s arrival as I know are his parents. We look forward to meeting the new addition to Carlie’s family before the end of the year.

Book Week 2018

A huge congratulations to all of the children who dressed up for this year’s Book Week Parade. The them this year was “Find Your Hidden Treasure” so there were a few pirates among the notable gathering. It was especially pleasing to see the enthusiasm of the older students who continued to embrace this event as much as the younger ones. Thanks to the creative and talented parental assistants who also helped make the day a success and to the teachers for running a variety of focus activities throughout the week. We were also favoured with a return visit from Amelia Tromf, author of “Who is Fitzy Fox” who shared the process of writing the book and also donated several copies for the children – thank you Amelia!


This year we had a large number of students in Grades 5 and 6 undertake the Sacrament of Confirmation. The children were confirmed last weekend by Bishop Terry Curtin who was very pleased with their preparation and understanding of the Sacrament. Confirmation celebrates the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives, these being wisdom and understanding, counsel and fortitude, knowledge and piety and the fear of the Lord, and the ways that these gifts enable us to work for the good of others. Confirmation in the Archdiocese is the final step in initiation to the Church which parents began at Baptism. Congratulations to all of the children and their sponsors and families on this happy occasion.

Award for Diane our Crossing Lady

Congratulations to our long time crossing supervisor, Diane Coyle on her recent nomination for Crossing Supervisor of the Year. We are most fortunate to have both Diane and John looking after the welfare of our children crossing Queens Parade in the morning and afternoon. We thank them for their efforts in keeping the children safe and congratulate Diane on this recognition. Please remember to always cross at the crossing, listen to the supervisors instructions, and thank them for their efforts.


Jayda Gledhill Grade 5/6

Jayda competed in the National Karate Championships on the Sunshine Coast and did very well. She came second in her kata (karate movements/technique) event and she came first in her kumite (sparring) division. She’s now 2018 Under 12 Years Lightweight National Champion. Her parents are very proud of her as are the school community.

Congratulations and Welcome

On the birth of a baby brother for Charlotte and Ash McKay. Their mum Amelia gave birth to Liam, at 3.8 kg or 8 pound 9 ounces, on 20th August. Congratulations to Amelia, Andrew, Charlotte and Ash and welcome to Liam.

Deepest Sympathy

I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Kenny Family.  Eloise, Grade 6 last year, lost her Uncle and Great Grandmother within a short time of each other. As a community our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

We also extend deepest sympathy to Davina Miranda and Naomi Utama on the sudden and unexpected passing of Davina’s husband and Naomi’s stepfather, Anto Santoso. Naomi was with us last year before the family moved to Doncaster at the end of the year and Anto’s passing has come as a deep shock to the family who we keep in our prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them.


Given the week we have just had, it may seem slightly absurd to be speaking of sunsmart but, with the beginning of September, it is time to search out the sunhats from the corners of drawers and wardrobes, bottoms of bags, under beds or the pet baskets etc. We won’t officially start wearing summer uniform until next term but hats will need to be worn from the week beginning 10th September so that gives everyone a week to find their hat or to source a new one – Gina has some available for purchase from the office.


Speaking of uniform, from time to time we need to remind the children of what is required in respect to their uniform. Sports uniform is only to be worn on Mondays for PE and on the designated day that your class has Wellbeing/BluEarth activities. On the other days of the week it is expected that children will be in their correct uniform which includes black school shoes. Sneakers that are completely black are acceptable footwear but not ones that have white or other colours. If your child needs to be out of uniform, including shoes, for any reason then please send a note to their class teacher to let them know why and when the issue will be rectified.

Sports Equipment

Sports equipment is provided a break time for the children to use with the amount and variety being limited to ensure that children are able to have reasonable choice, be able to play cooperatively, and to ensure that there are not too many balls flying around the yard. For this reason, please ensure that your child does not bring large balls such as soccer balls, footies or basketballs to school. Small rubber balls that can be used for downball are allowed but at the children’s own risk – if it goes on the roof or over the fence we cannot guarantee getting it back although all reasonable efforts will be made.

Earth Science in Grades 2/3

Our Grade 2/3 children have been learning about earth science this term and have shared some of their early learnings. Tom in Grade 2/3N said that:

In 2/3N we have been learning about Weather and Seasons…

In Weather and Seasons we have been learning about Earth’s weather and seasons. For Assembly 2/3N presented about Earth’s weather. We found out that there are countries that have four seasons and some have only two seasons. We also learned that hurricanes are the most violent storm on earth, and can destroy cars, homes and buildings. Also, we learnt that tsunamis can destroy eight storey buildings.

More observations from some of the Grade 2/3T students can be found here.

SRC Red Nose Raffle

Red Nose Day Raffle collected $251.50

Congratulations to the winners of the Teddy Bear Raffle:

Gelila – Grade 2/3T

Stuart – Friend of Mathew Doan

Helen – Member of the community

Many thanks to Meija and her family for donating the lovely Teddy Bears.

Father’s Day Raffle Winners

1st Prize McIntosh Family

2nd Prize Liliana Macali-Patane

3rd Prize Evan Smith



We are very fortunate to have a very involved and supportive community here at St John’s. This was in evidence again this morning as a very large number of our dads attended our annual Fathers Day Breakfast. It was wonderful to see so many of you take the time to be here with your sons and daughters who all very much appreciated having you here for an hour or so.

It was also in evidence with the parents, mainly mums, who were in over the last few days running Fathers Day Stall, hampering auction items and setting up for tomorrow night’s Comedy and Auction fundraiser – thank you for all of your hardwork and dedication.

A very Happy Fathers Day this weekend to all of our dads, grandads and special men, and until next time.

Respectfully, Daniel 🙂 



3. From The P&F

Hi everyone, we’re really looking forward to our Comedy Night tomorrow night.  Just a few things to be aware of:

Still Haven’t Got Tickets
It’s not too late to buy more tickets, we’ll even be selling them at the door.  It’s not reserved seating so if you find a friend that’s interested bring them along or jump online now.
No need to eat before you come
We have Mexican themed dinner items available for sale at the beginning of the night before the comedy show, and snacks available for sale later.  Our bar will be operating all night so plenty of refreshments to be had.
Arrive on Time
Doors open at 7pm, so come then to enjoy some drinks, food and conversation, and to check out our fantastic silent auction hampers.  The Comedy show starts at 8pm sharp.
Silent Auction and Raffles
Thanks to everyone who donated to the class hampers and sourced donations from outside.
Our silent auction hampers are looking fantastic and will be available for bidding on the night only, with the silent auction closing at 10:30pm.
Our fantastic Kozminsky earring raffle will be drawn during the interval.  Tickets can be bought from the school office today or on the night.
Online Auction
Our online auction closes at 10:45 so you’ll still have time to buy up after the silent auction closes.  You don’t have to be there to bid on the online auction, anyone, anywhere is welcome to bid.  If you are there we’ll have QR codes for all the items so you can scan them on your phone and go directly to the item.
We now have over 40 items on the online auction including bikes, so keep checking back, and feel free to send the link to family and friends who may be interested.
Cash isn’t always King
Of course we happily accept cash, but don’t worry if you run out, we will also have a roaming EFTPOS machine so we also accept debit cards, Visa and Mastercard (sorry no AMEX).
After The Laughs
No need to rush home after the comedians are done, there is still fun to be had.
Julia Manickam
(P&F President)

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