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Newsletter - Mid November

1. From The Principal

Greetings to all of our families and welcome to the mid-November St John’s Reflection. The year continues to rocket on and there is still plenty of learning happening in classrooms across the school.

October – Walk to School Month

At last week’s assembly we celebrated the conclusion of Walk to School Month. Congratulations to all of those families who took up the challenge to walk, ride or scoot to school – even if it was only part way – during the month of October. The emphasis of this initiative is on both personal health and safety and on sustainable ways of travel around our community. A record of those who walked, scooted or rode to school was completed each day in all classrooms and the class who had the most entries (congratulations to our senior students in Grade 6) were awarded the prestigious Golden Boot Award for Active Travel at assembly. Our Environment Captain, Grace, organised a “Crazy Accessories” day to celebrate the occasion and each class received a fruit platter to continue the health and well-being message. We hope that everyone will continue the good habits that were started last month as we come up to the end of the school year.

Grades 4/5 and 6 School Parish Family Mass

It was wonderful to see many of our families from both classes represented at the Parish Mass last Saturday evening at 6 pm. The children lead the Mass as readers and musicians on the night and there was a great feeling in the church as a result. Some of the families then joined together at the Clifton Hill Brew Pub for a meal and to continue the fellowship. Thank you to all those who were able to attend and who made a contribution to the liturgy.

Prep 2020 Transition

We concluded our informal playgroup afternoons at the end of last month and have now commenced our Orientation Mornings that take place in the classroom with our current preps who are very excited to be Grade 1s for the morning and welcome their classmates for next year. It was lovely to see so many of the children who are starting next year with us on Tuesday and we look forward to seeing them for two more sessions. We have eight new families joining us next year and we look forward to having all of our new enrolments and all of our new families as part of our school community for a number of years to come.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

All classes gathered in the space near our flag pole on Monday morning to remember and commemorate those who have lost their lives in war. Remembrance Day recalls the signing of the armistice after the First World War at 11 am on the 11th November 1918 and, as a nation, we have stopped for a minutes silence on this day in the years since as a mark of respect for all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you to our staff and student body for their respectful observance during this year’s commemoration. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. Lest we forget.

G.A.T.E.WAYS Program

Parents may have noticed more cars than usual on Tuesday morning as they dropped children off. We have commenced the G.A.T.E.WAYS Program for this term and welcomed students from other schools on the day. There are three more sessions over the next three Tuesdays so we ask parents to be extra careful at drop off time on these days with the increased traffic. More information on G.A.T.E.WAYS can be found here.

Scholastic Book Fair 2019

Please don’t forget that this year’s Book Fair begins next week with thanks to Gina Varrasso and Jennifer Gan, our Library Technicians, for organising the event once again. The Book Fair is a great opportunity for families to purchase some early Christmas presents or just to stock up on some new reading material. A percentage of every sale comes to the school in commission and this commission is used to purchase new books for our library every year. Thanks to the teachers and parents who have volunteered to help run the stall and thanks in anticipation for your support of the event in the coming week. The Book Fair will be open before and after school from next Wednesday afternoon (Wednesday 20th November) and will conclude on Tuesday afternoon (Tuesday 27th November) and will be held in the library.

Deepest Sympathy

As a community, our thoughts and prayers are extended to Nicole Harris and her family on the passing of her mother, Susan Harris, aged 77. Grandmother to Baden and Cruz, Susan passed away on October 31st.

Our thoughts and prayers at this time are also extended to Meaghan Powell and her family on the passing of her father, Grant Powell, aged 71. Grandfather to Jack and Annie, Grant passed away on November 13th.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Until next time, yours respectfully, Daniel 🙂




2. From The Parish

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Parish Newsletter Nov 2-3

Parish Newsletter Nov 9-10

Parish Newsletter Nov 16-17

3. From The P&F

Dear Parents and Friends,

Well in typical Melbourne spring weather, we have had a bit of everything in the last couple of weeks, a couple of hot days and then it was out with the winter coats again. But one thing is certain, the end of the school year is fast approaching!

There are only a couple of P&F events left for the year. The most important being our Collingwood Children’s Farm Cake Stall on Saturday 14th December. This is our final fundraiser for the year. We would love some extra help for this, so please let me know if you can be there.

Please note the change of date for this one.

Coming up for Term 4

Parents and Friends Annual General Meeting: Tuesday 19th November

All are invited. We would love to see some new faces at our AGM. If you are at all interested in getting involved we are looking for new members to help organise the P&F events. It doesn’t have to be onerous if we all pitch in.

So please give some thought to getting involved for 2020.

If you would like to be a part of the P&F, or are just interested in learning more, please come along. It is a very low key and relaxed get together.

If you can’t make it to the meeting but still want to be part, please contact Julia 0407 343637 

Collingwood Children’s Farm Cake Stall: Saturday 14th December

We will need you to get your baking tins out and whip up some family favourites!

We will be giving everyone some inspiration for baking for the stall, shortly. If you can lend a hand either baking or on the day please contact Julia,

0407 343637

Christmas Raffle: Drawn Friday 13th December

A raffle prize that will make sure you house is the best decorated in the street! 

End of Year BBQ: Friday 13th December

Putting your dancing shoes on for one last hurrah to celebrate making it through the school year. Phew!

Thanks again to all the people who help us to run these events and activities, we can’t do it without you!



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