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Newsletter - October 2017

1. From The Principal

Dear Families,

Welcome back to St John’s for the final term this year. It seems as though it was only yesterday that our new Preps were starting their primary school journey and here they are coming into the final term. It must seem a little like that for the parents of our Grade 6 children as well. I remember when they too were starting their first day of school and yet, before too much longer, they will be starting a new stage of their journey as they move on to various secondary schools. No matter the stage that children and parents are at, we hope for a great term filled with new learning and new experiences.

Prep 2018 Transition

The term has already leaped off to a busy start with our Prep 2018 Transition Program in full swing. We have been joined on Tuesday afternoons over the last three weeks by some of the children who will be joining us next year as the latest intake to the school. In the next few weeks they will come in for some more formal orientation mornings.

Twilight House Sports

Last Friday saw the eagerly awaited Twilight House Sports once again take place at the George Knott Athletics Track on Heidelberg Road. We were blessed with great weather on the day and a good standard of fun filled competition. Congratulations to all of the children for their good sportsmanship, with special congratulations going to the members of O’Connell House who took home the House Cup for the second year running. A big thanks to Anthony Falcone for his organisation of the evening, to teachers and parents who helped out by being officials, and to the parents who ensured that we were all fed and watered throughout the time we were at the track.

Sun Protection

We have certainly been enjoying a typical Melbourne spring with all four seasons over the course of this month. It is however well after the time that children should have their school sunhats sorted yet this does not appear to be the case. Our SunSmart Policy requires that children where their hats while outside at this time of the year and preferably that they also wear sunscreen. Please ensure that your child has their hat in their bag at all times. New hats can be purchased at the office but I believe a new order has just been put in and these will not be available until later in the week or early next week. Please click on the following link for some sun protection tips from SunSmart and sun screen. Sun Smart Tips

School Uniform

Please be mindful that correct school uniform is still required during fourth term, especially among the older children. This includes the wearing of black shoes on days other than sports days. I have had to recently speak with a number of children about this, parents might be interested to know who usually gets the blame for this. 😉

Indian Music Performance and Art Show

Our children were recently fortunate enough to learn a little about the instruments used in making music in India. We have a local group of musicians who gather in our hall on Sunday evenings and they kindly agreed to demonstrate the instruments and techniques to the children in a couple of short concerts. This group will also be joining us for our Biennial Art Exhibition which is two Fridays away on the 10th November from 5pm to 8pm. Please ensure that the date is in your diary to come along and witness some of the work the children have been doing in this area.

Welcome Back

This term we welcomed a familiar face back to St John’s in the person of Tess Sibbel, our School Chaplain/Counsellor. Tess has returned from maternity leave and it is wonderful to have her with us again. Sadly though, with Tess’ return we had to say goodbye to Mel Kelleher at the end of last term. Mel quickly became part of the community at St John’s in the three terms she was with us and we will miss having her around.

Division Athletics

Congratulations to Isabella, Gus, Nicholas, and Thierry who made it through into the Divisional section of the primary school athletics at the start of this term. We congratulate all of them for their achievement.

Until next month, respectfully, Daniel

2. From The Parish

Download the latest newsletters from the Parish

Parish Newsletter October 21-22

Parish Newsletter October 28-29

3. From The P&F

P &  F Social Night

The Parents & Friends committee would like to extend a warm invitation to all the school community to a ladies & girls night.

A wonderful opportunity to have a special night out, yummy food & disco music for the girls and a wonderful grazing table for the ladies.

We hope to see many of you on Friday 24 the November. Please click the following link for full details Ladies Night Out

4. Book Fair 2017

Please click on the following link for information about this years Book Fair.

Book Fair 2017

5. Helping Your Children with Mathematics

Working things out for themselves

People learn, not so much by being told things, as by working things out for themselves and linking new ideas to ideas that they already have. You can help by asking your children questions, letting them work out for themselves, and then discussing their answers with them.

Activities that can you can do to help promote maths at home

Remembering: It is helpful for children to get practice at remembering numbers and other information. Examples of the type of information which we commonly try to remember are:

  • Telephone numbers: when children are young you might ask them to repeat back to you 2 or 3 numbers in a row; as they get older they should be able to repeat back to you longer strings, and even remember some numbers such as their own phone number and those of their grandparents etc.
  • Addresses : to help children learn their own address and others such as their grandparents
  • Car registration numbers
  • Birthdays: children can learn the birth dates in your family, and also those of other relatives and friends.
  • Times of special events

Weighing: Children learn first to compare things by hand, and by using balances. Later they learn about kilograms, and grams. You can:

  • Talk to children about different ways of weighing things
  • Talk about containers in terms of how much they weigh
  • Compare the size and weight of items in the supermarket
  • Weigh ingredients when you are cooking (learning to cook is helpful in many ways).

Money: Children can learn lots about money at home. You can:

  • Calculate money amounts and different ways to use coins and notes to present particular amounts- eg. “Show me $2.50”, “How much do I have in my hand?”.
  • Keep track of money- eg. using a calculator when going around the supermarket to keep track of the cost of purchases
  • Calculate the better buy when purchasing something of two different sizes
  • Give change, particularly change from $1 or $10, and ask how much change they expect to get.

6. Reflection for English

Dear Families,

As Term 4 has begun and the weeks have started moving ahead, we look back on the wonderful term and weeks that have passed.

2017 Book Week – ‘Escape to Everywhere’

A big thank you to children, parents and teachers for your wonderful participation in this year’s annual Children’s Book Council Book Week celebration. The characters in the parade looked amazing, very creative and a great representation of wonderful characters from amazing books. This is a demonstration of the wide reading that our children do at both school and home. Children enjoyed participating in a range of activities and experiences involving this year’s shortlisted books and theme.

A special thank you to Shauna McEwan, who volunteered to share some of her expert knowledge with students. Shauna also read students a book from this year’s shortlisted books or the book week theme, ‘Escape to Everywhere’.

I would also like to say thank you to Gina Varrasso and Jennifer Gan for their organisation and work towards Book Week.

Author Visit

Our author visit by Belinda Murrell was a very pleasing and exciting experience for the children and teachers.

Belinda’s stories include the Pippa’s Island series, the Lulu Bell series, the Timeslip series, and the Sun Sword trilogy. Belinda ran two sessions for us, one for our junior classes and one for the senior classes, and shared how she goes about the creation of her characters and stories as well as the writing process she uses. 

2017 Annual Book Fair

St John’s Scholastic Book Fair is scheduled for Thursday 16th, Friday 17th, Monday 20th and Tuesday the 21st November in the Aikenhead Hall.  It will be open each day before and after school.

Everyone is welcome so bring along your aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbours and friends! The more purchases made the more free books we earn for our school!

A Scholastic Book Fair is a lively and fun event that enables children, parents, teachers and community members to purchase quality books and classroom materials at reasonable prices, while earning free books for our school. We will even have free bookmarks to give away with purchases!  We are looking forward to seeing you at the Book Fair! 

2017 St John’s Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the 2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge! We had 37 children who successfully reached their reading challenge target. Students will receive their Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge certificates this term at our school assembly.

Excellent Reading, well done!

Please click on the link to see the list of children who completed the 2017 Premiers Reading Challenge Students

Click on the following link to read the Letter from MP 

Thank you for your ongoing support and participation.

Looking forward to working with you.

Kind Regards,
Antoniette Stasi
English Leader

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