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Newsletter - Term 1 Week 3 2020

1. From The Principal

13th February, 2020

Dear Parents & Carers,

Our Welcome Picnic

We are all looking forward to seeing you at our WELCOME PICNIC tomorrow afternoon.  Hopefully many of you, with your families, will join us for something to eat and celebrate coming together as a community at the beginning of our new school year.

Thank you to our wonderful Parent & Friends Committee that have worked so hard to put this (and all their other great work) occasion together. You can bring your own picnic dinner or purchase food from the food and drink stalls! We even have a Plan B in case Melbourne’s weather is not ‘picnic-worthy’.

The importance of Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

At St John’s this year, we will continue to promote a consistent and clear message around Social & Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL is the process through which we understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions (ref: – great website if you are interested.)

Little gestures like making eye-contact, shaking hands, smiling at others, showing appropriate body language, using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, asking someone if they are ok, letting someone play with you can significantly impact another person’s day. It is through the vehicle of SEL that behaviour management is enacted at St John’s.

Within the classrooms, there is constant, intentional learning and practice of the SEL skills that seeks to cultivate a caring, participatory, and equitable learning environment for all students in their social, emotional, and academic growth. It is our goal that SEL permeates every part of students’ daily lives; when in a classroom, out in the yard, during all times of the school day, when playing sport and other activities and when they are in their homes and out in the community.

Parent-Teacher Conversations

These are scheduled for next Tuesday, 18th February. Please speak with your child/ren’s classroom teacher to make an appointment. We look forward to getting to know you and your child/ren even better.

Yr 5/ 6 Canberra Camp

Excitement continues to build over our departure on 25th February. Our tour company, Away we Go Tours, recently forwarded the following notification. We look forward to meeting with you for our Canberra Camp meeting on Monday 17th February at 3.45pm in the hall. If you are unable to make it, please forward any questions to myself or the teachers. We will take Minutes of the Meeting to share with you also.

Book Canberra Excursions – February 2020 update

For groups travelling to Canberra up until 31 March 2020


State of Emergency lifted for the Australian Capital Territory

With the start of the school year and parliamentary sittings resuming, school students are again being welcomed into Canberra for their annual excursion.

Currently all national institutions and attractions in Canberra urban areas are open and welcoming visitors and school groups. 

A State of Alert remains in place for rural and remote parts of the Australian Capital Territory with the Orroral Valley fire still active in the Namadgi National Park at the southern end of the ACT. The bushfire has not impacted Canberra’s urban area and all ACT school children are back at school this week.

 Advice about bushfires can be found on the ACT Emergency Services Agency website

While air quality will vary as a result of prevailing wind conditions, it is monitored by the ACT Government’s Department of Health though the Air Quality Index (AQI). Details at 

 Best regards

Canberra Excursions team

2020 Fees

Fee Accounts have now been sent out.  Please come and see me should you require any discussion around these statements.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.

With thanks

Kerrie Campagna

Merit Awards

TERM 1,  WEEK 3 – Presented on Friday 14/02/2020 at Assembly. Please join us if you can.


Child’s Name
P/1 William Mann  

For helping  children in our class and  for being an enthusiastic learner. Excellent William! 


2/3 Aiden Sciola  

For being enthusiastic about his learning and for following the school rules.

4/5J Jessica Nadalin  

For bringing a growth mindset to challenging mathematics tasks.

4/5N Xavier McIntosh  

For demonstrating a highly positive attitude to his learning & being respectful of others at all times.

5/6 Anyongo Majok  

For always having a positive attitude and growth mindset  towards her learning. Keep it up Anyongo!

ART Matilda Campbell

(4/ 5 J)

Consistent focus and excellent effort applied to create refined visual graphics. Well done!
Mandarin         Leek MAWUT

(4/5 J)


For his positive attitude in completing the task of searching for correct Chinese characters by typing the pinyin during the Chinese lesson

PE Sebastian Fanelli (P/1) For always trying his hardest and helping others.
Digi Tech Patrick Farrell Healy (4/5N)  

For his enthusiasm and eagerness towards all aspects of Digi Tech.


2. From The Parish

Download the latest newsletters from the Parish

Parish Newsletter February 8-9 2020

3. From The P&F

Dear parents and friends,

WELCOME PICNIC: Friday 14th February, 5.30-8pm

We invite everyone to the Welcome Picnic this Friday 14th February from 5.30-8pm. This is our first gathering for the year and is always a relaxed way of bringing our community together to welcome new families and catch up with old friends. We encourage you to bring the whole family! We will be selling sausages, Korean dumplings, drinks, snacks and watermelon OR you are very welcome to bring your own dinner.

The weather is looking a bit unpredictable. But please know, THE SHOW WILL GO ON!! In case of rain or stormy weather, we will relocate to the Hall and set up a disco for the kids.


A friendly reminder that Sam from Clifton Hill Bakers Delight will be supplying lunch orders to the school. These are OPTIONAL and are to give parents an alternative for school lunches. They run on a Friday and are ordered by parents DIRECTLY from a secure Bakers Delight website. This weekly option is in addition to our usual once a term lunch orders that will be run by the P&F. We have had some feedback from parents that more frequent lunch orders would be useful. We are currently talking to Sam up about increasing the access to the Bakers Delight Lunch Orders. Let me know what you think?


We know that the calendar fills up quickly. In order to give you as much notice as possible, we are currently finalising our events for this year and will endeavour to get this out to our families as soon as we can.

For those who follow social media there are also a couple of channels you can follow:

Instagram: @stjohnscliftonhill This is a school run instagram account.

Facebook: Parents of St. John’s Clifton Hill. This is a closed group run by P&F parents not a public page. You can request to follow.


Also remember the school website Calendar is a great go to for up to date event info. You can even sync it with your phone calendar for extra convenience.

Alternatively I can be contacted on 0407343637 or via email

Thanks in advance for your support!

Julia,  (on behalf of the P&F committee)

4. Art Extension Program Term 1

Please click the link for details Term 1 2020 ART EXTENSION PROGRAM (1)

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