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Newsletter - Mid May 2019

1. From The Principal

Dear Families,

Welcome to the mid-May St John’s Reflection. Since May has begun, we can certainly feel the change in the season from summer to autumn. All children should now be wearing their winter uniform, with the cool mornings and warm days, please ensure that your children’s jumpers, jackets and coats are clearly labelled with their names so we can be sure that you get them back if they are left out on the yard. Now that sunhats are no longer being worn, please ensure that the children put these away somewhere safe ready for September – and ask them to let you know where they are just in case they forget!

Grandparents’ and Special Persons’ Day 2019

Once again we have held our Grandparents’ and Special Persons’ Day, this year on Tuesday April 30th. It was wonderful to see so many of the people who are important in the lives of our children join with us for a short time. This is a day that the children look forward to every year and we love seeing the smiles from both the children and the significant elders across the morning. Thank you to our parent community who provided a great morning tea once again for our visitors and the children who joined them for a special treat.

District Cross Country

This year we had 14 of our children competing in the Carlton District Cross Country at Princes Park on Thursday 2nd May. Congratulations go to all of the children who qualified to compete in this event, this is the largest field we have presented in my memory so it is a great effort.  All of the children finished the course and represented the school and themselves proudly, with eight of them finishing in the top 30 for their age category. Special mentions go to Zion, Baden and Ned who made it through to the zone stage of the competition and best wishes to them for their efforts still to come.

Holy Week and Easter Commemoration

This year we were able to include the Easter story in our annual commemoration as we held the event over until Term Two. Congratulations to the children for their prayerful re-enactment of the events of Holy Week and Easter Day. Thank you to the parents who were able to come along and to the teachers for their preparation.

Mothers Day Breakfast and Mothers Day Stall

Last Friday we held our annual Mothers Day Breakfast, hosting a large number of mums and grandmas together with their proud children. My thanks to the staff, who catered and hosted the event, and to all those who were able to make it along for a morning of happy celebration of motherhood and all that our mums do for us; thank you mums!

Thanks to Bec Fanelli and her enthusiastic team of helpers from the Parents and Friends, we were again able to offer a great range of presents, including some lovely flowers, for the children to purchase ready to give to their mums on Mothers Day. As well as being a great little fundraiser for the school, this event is also something that the children look forward to as they search for that perfect present that mum is going to treasure. We wish all of the mums and grand mothers in our school community a very Happy Mothers’ Day indeed!

Mother’s Day Raffle winners

1st Prize  Grace Carter

2nd Prize The Gatt Family

3rd Prize Justine Chong

Captains’ Profiles

In this Reflection we introduce Reuben as our Arts Captain for this year and Ewan as our Social Justice Captain for 2019. They have shared what they have been doing so far in their roles and what it is that they find exciting about their area of responsibility.

Children’s Writing Samples

In this Reflection we have also shared some writing samples from children at both ends of our school. Grace has presented her version of an account of convict transportation in her 1852 Journal Entry while Mathew has presented two journal entries telling of escape from a war torn country and fortunate resettlement in his Journal Entries. Tom has presented us with an account of time travel in his Golden Time Machine narrative, and children from Prep/1 have written Letters from the Trenches as a reflection on ANZAC Day. I hope you enjoy reading these and as pleased with them as the children themselves rightly are.

Until the end of the month, respectfully, Daniel 🙂

2. From The Parish

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3. From The P&F


Hello parents and friends,

We hope all the Mum’s enjoyed their Mother’s Day and got a little bit spoilt. A big thank you to Bec Fanelli for all her work sourcing the lovely gifts for the stall and to Vince and Bernie, for organising the beautiful fresh flowers. Also thank you to all those who helped out wrapping gifts and selling on the day.

Saturday May 18   – Family Bush Dance!



Tickets are available at the door, but pre-purchasing makes our job of catering so much easier.

This was a wonderful event last year and we hope that everyone comes along this year. It is a rare opportunity to enjoy a live band! The children have been practicing the dances and we will be having delicious country style food available for purchase, including pork or lamb sliders, apple pie and cream, snacks and drinks.

We will be having our spinning wheel and mystery prizes, so please come along. This is truly a night for everyone.

Please note that this event will be held at St Joseph’s Hall this year, which is a fantastic venue and means the show can go on no matter what the weather does. Tickets are available for purchase from the office. $12 per person or $35 a family. We encourage everyone to bring their family and friends to enjoy this fun-filled evening out.

P&F Account:

BSB: 633 000

Account: 135327989

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.


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