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Newsletter - May 2017

1. From The Principal

Term 2 so far….What’s been happening?

 Wow. A lot has happened since our last newsletter.

Our Principal, Mr Ryan on leave

Mr Ryan is currently on leave until the end of this term. I, Melanie Granata have taken on the role of Acting Principal and Mrs Ann Nolan has stepped into the role of Deputy Principal.

Staff Changes

You may have noticed some changes and some new faces around St John’s lately. Rosina Cincotta will be working in Grade 3/4G and 5/6D Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Kath Answerth will be now working five days in 1/2K and Carlie Dowley is working Thursday and Friday in 1/2N. These changes will remain until the end of term.

School Events

This month has been a busy one for special events, beginning with our ever popular Grandparents’ and Special Persons’ Day and also our Mothers’ Day Breakfast. It is always a pleasure to see all of these special people with us and to honour the role that they have in the lives of our children, with this year being no different. A special thanks to all who were able to make it on both days and to those who contributed to make them a success.

The Grade 5 and 6 students have been representing our school in T-ball and soccer in the local Carlton District Primary School Sports Association winter competition. Each of the teams has been participating very competitively and I am pleased to hear positive reports as to behaviour and sportsmanship. A very big thanks is extended to all of those parents who have come along so far to help ensure that this program goes ahead.

The Grade 5s have also been busy, along with the Grade 3s, in completing the annual NAPLAN tests. These national assessment tests will give us a snapshot of learning at St John’s, as they do each year, and will be used along with other data to build a complete picture of how individual children are tracking in their learning.

We recently celebrated the Parish Feast Day and hosted our sister school, St Joseph’s Collingwood, who joined us for Mass, a Sausage Sizzle, and a friendly game of basketball between the Year 5/6 students. Sadly our basketball skills don’t seem to match our soccer skills, and St Joe’s were worthy winners of this friendly game. A very big thank you to Mr Falcone for sorting out our teams and for helping teams train.  A huge thanks to Wol Dut who was referee/umpire.   It was wonderful to have everyone with us and I thank the children of St John’s for extending a warm welcome to our visitors. My appreciation and thanks also goes to those parents who ensured that everyone was fed on the day.

Our Multicultural Fun Night, held on Friday 26th May, was a wonderful occasion in the life of our school with a wonderful cross section of our community present and a real buzz to the entire night. A huge thank you to everyone who was able to be there, you really made the night a wonderful success! Well done Choi (Klaudija and Stjepan’s mum) for teaching the children how to make delicious Korean Kimbap, and for organising Master Will to come out and give us a Tae Kwon Do demonstration.

I extend special thanks to the amazing team of volunteers who put the night together for everyone. Thank you goes out to Kayla Colyer for her fabulous Irish dance performance and to Electra Cosmos for her highly skilled Kung Fu demonstration. Both students had the crowd engaged and wanting more. Well done girls.


Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of information in the media about the Turnbull Government’s Quality Schools funding package and its impact on Catholic school fees.

The package proposed by the Government is a 10-year funding model, which will see significant changes to how Catholic schools are funded in the future.

Like the majority of Catholic schools, our school aims to be open and accessible to all families seeking a Catholic education. That means we aim to be affordable as well.

One of the big impacts of the Turnbull Government’s funding package is that Catholic school fees will have to rise.

This won’t happen tomorrow, but over the next 10 years, cuts to school funding will mean fees will gradually increase.

Catholic education leaders across Australia have been working hard to make sure the Government and the Opposition understand that our students will be disadvantaged by the funding model.

Everything is being done to make sure the Turnbull Government’s funding package does not become law.

That’s where our school community comes in. In coming weeks, please keep an eye out in note pockets (or at the bottom of school bags) for information about how you can add your voice to help prevent unreasonable fee increases.

We need to step up. Unreasonable fee increases are only a possibility at this stage – not a certainty. Parents in nearly 500 other Catholic schools in Victorian have also been asked to get ready and join the campaign.

With your help, we can make sure our politicians in Canberra are listening to Catholic schools.

School Photos

School photos were sent home with your child/ren this week.  If you didn’t receive your order or something was missing please contact the office.

School Reports

Teachers are currently working on mid-year reports which will be sent home in the final week of this term. Shortly you will also receive notification of Parent Teacher Meetings which, this year, will take place on Wednesday and Thursday in the last week of term 2.

Working Bee and School Closure Day

A reminder that our Working Bee is on Saturday the 17th of June and there is a school closure day on Wednesday the 21st of June.

Until next time,

Respectfully, Melanie Granata


2. From The Parish

Download the latest newsletters from the Parish

Parish Newsletter May 13-14 (1)

Parish Newsletter May 20-21

Parish Newsletter May 27-28

3. From The P&F

P&F May Reflections

Welcome to the first messsage from the Parents & Friends Association for the year.  Our position holders this year are:

Co-ordinator – Cass Quilty (mum to Patrick in 5/6D & Amelia in 3/4T)

Secretary – Bernadette Montalto (Mum to Francesca in prep/1)

Treasurer – Melissa McIntosh (Mum to Emily in 5/6H, Thomas in 3/4T and Xavier in 1/2A)

We have a much larger team of hard working committee members and new members are always welcome to attend, it’s a great way to find out what is going on and to have an impact, we are always looking for new ideas.  Our next meeting is on 20th June

So what’s happened so far this year? 

So far we’ve had the welcome picnic, a lunch order day, the mothers day stall and mothers day raffle.  The winners of the raffle were:

1st prize Gottoli Family

2nd prize Michael O’Brien

3rd prize Leo Do

Playground Update

Over the last three years all of our fundraising has been designated towards upgrading the playground.  A landscape architect has drawn up thoughtful plans, allocating different activities to different spaces which we have now started implementing.

The senior playground is completed and the preparatory excavation work for the junior playground was completed at the same time, which while it is not visible, it was an expensive part of the process.

We have ordered new vegetable planters which will be put to good use during Genius Hour and with other classroom activities.

We are thrilled that Lisa Gatt has been busy applying for grants to add to our funding and we were successful to receive a grant from our local community Bendigo bank of $15,000.

This gives us sufficient funds to order the junior playground equipment, which is being finalised as you read this. We are also going to be purchasing plants for the junior playground so stay tuned for notice of a working bee to get these in the ground and give the bottom yard some much needed greenery.

Our next focus is on the memorial garden and sensory play space which will also include an outdoor classroom, cubby house and performance space.  The sensory play space is an important part of the puzzle for our juniors.

Whilst we are continuing to apply for grants, many of these require us to match funding so it remains important to continue to raise as much funds as we can.  You can help by supporting parents and friends events and seeking community donations.

Trivia Night

Back by popular demand our Trivia night is our next event.  Tickets are limited to this event so confirm your attendance with Gina in the office and pay by cash or transfer into the P& F account (BSB: 633 000 A/C: 1353 27989).  We’ll have drinks and food available for purchase on the night. Click of the following for more information trivia-night detailed flyer

Cocktail Party

Our major fundraiser for the year will again be a cocktail party including silent and live auctions.  This is scheduled for Saturday 9th September so pop this date in your diary now as it is always a fun night.  For this night to be a success we rely on generous donations from the community that we can auction.

A donation request flyer will soon be available for you to take to your favourite shops, restaurants, businesses seeking donations for the auction.  We find that we get much better responses when the person asking for the donation is a regular customer, so if everyone can request donations from their frequently attended businesses we’ll have some fantastic items to auction.  Don’t forget to ask you boss for a donation as well.

Some families also purchase items to be auctioned or raffled on the night, if you would like to do this and would like an idea please speak to the committee.  We’ll of course have themed classroom hampers to donate to closer to the time.

Also don’t forget to refer to our community section of the school website and support those businesses who support the school.  Link to sponsors page

Our major raffle will be announced in the next week. (Just finalising the prizes. We are still happy to collect donations/prizes. Please email Cass  at

Student Free Day – Wednesday 21st June

We’re currently finalising arrangements for a fun activity for the kids on this date (similar to the rollerskating day last year).  Forms will be sent home soon, so look out for these in the reader pockets.

Other Activities

A few other activities that we have lined up for the year;

  • A kids fun night on Friday 21st July
  • A mother/daughter night
  • A father/son night
  • The next lunch order day is scheduled for Friday 16th June

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