Despite hot cross buns and Easter eggs appearing on store shelves from early January, Easter is not an easily understood Christian holiday. For starters, the week is full of contrasts. There is honour and praise followed by a day of deep, dark sadness, followed by joy, hope and light. It can be a little complicated understanding why Good Friday is “good” or how the meaning of Easter relates to our lives today. The events leading up to Jesus’ death on Good Friday are filled with darkness. At the “Last Supper”, one of Jesus’ 12 close followers (also called disciples) betrayed him to the religious leaders to be arrested and killed. Others rejected him and denied ever knowing him. Jesus experienced fear and anxiety about what lay before him. He prayed to God, his Heavenly Father, “‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done’, (Luke 22:42, 44).
God did not stop the suffering. Instead, he watched his son die. This was part of God’s greater plan of redemption for the people of the world who he loved so much. Once he was arrested, Jesus was ridiculed, then physically hurt. He felt immense pain. Meanwhile, Jesus’ loved ones who stood by felt despair, hopelessness and grief.
Many of the emotions that were there on Good Friday are similar to those we experience today. There is nothing you can experience today that God has not seen before. Friends who betray and reject us. Fear and anxiety over financial insecurity and sickness. Pain and heartache for loved ones. Grief, despair, hopelessness, loneliness. Jesus understands all of it. When Jesus died on a cross (crucifixion) it was a bold declaration of immense love. All the world’s sin and darkness was then placed on Jesus’ shoulders so that we can have a new life, in relationship with God. Jesus’ final words were, “It is finished” (John 19:30). There was nothing else that people needed to do to be accepted and loved by God.
Jesus’ death on the cross is an act of love. You are deeply loved. His resurrection means you can have a meaningful relationship with God – And Jesus’ life and his promise to be our light, means you are not alone in your struggles. When life seems chaotic and confusing, Jesus can light your way and walk alongside you. We can celebrate Easter even when life is tough, because you can have peace, hope for the future and life-transforming joy. Jesus’ hope shines brighter than any dark day you might face.
Happy Easter - God bless
Rose ThomasTeacher - Year One
Each week, we pray for our students and their families and staff members. This fortnight, we are praying for:
Edwina Dunn, Alex, Thomas & Isabella Chambers,
Sarah & Zoe Bergmeier, Zayden & Tyson Chapel,
Aaron Bowden, Jim & Lyla Berry,
Dominic Feuerherdt, Frankie Marshall,Mrs Pavlina Vaccaro, Ms Frankie Tischler, Mrs Charlene Walsh.
As Term 1 comes to a close, I would like to acknowledge the amazing staff who I have the privilege to work with on a daily basis. I get to observe first-hand the dedication, passion and professionalism they display towards St John’s and our students.
I’d also like to thank our families for your support and commitment to your child’s learning. It has been fantastic to hold our parent-teacher meetings and to use this time to build relationships and knowledge about your children. In addition, the chance to hold parent information nights is part of the planned channels of communication about school direction and to also showcase student growth and school achievement.
I am looking forward to working together with our whole school community throughout 2021 as we continue to build on the goals for St John’s Lutheran School!
Yours in Christian service,
This term in Science we investigated living and non-living things. We created our own dioramas for a chosen animal and had to include things that would help our animal survive - e.g., sun, water, shelter, food. This week our word of the week is "leg." We enjoyed creating flamingos. This linked in with our sentence "This bit of my leg is bent."
Calculating change and giving change in money transactions can be tricky as the Year 2 class found out when working with this concept last week. We also created beautiful Easter artwork with the egg showing us a new life and the cross showing the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Have a happy Easter everyone from the wonderful Year 2s .
The Year 3/4 LK and Year 1 students are very excited that we can once again have Buddies time again.
During Art for the last few weeks of term, the students have created a wool and paddle pop stick turtle in the colours of the Torres Strait Islander's flag. They have also began learning the craft of macrame to create a very tricky cross for Easter. Throughout the activities, it was wonderful to see students struggling, showing great resilience as they "Failed Forward" and helping each other.
The class up and moving to a song on GoNoodle during a brain break.
Students creating a turtle using Torres Strait Island flag colours during our history unit ‘Before First Contact’.
Jaxon certainly got the hang of weaving and was one of the first to finish.
Since 2020, our class have been trying to complete a 1000 piece Wasgij puzzle.
Every day a group of students work together to put some pieces down.
Finally, it is complete! Woohoo! Now to start another 1000-piece puzzle.
Last week we learnt how to draw Koi fish during Art then painted them using watercolours. Check them out in our Year 1 windows. They are amazing!
Celebrating a birthday with friends at school is so much fun!
This week was extremely exciting for the 5/6s, as they got to showcase all their hard work to St John's students, teachers and parents. Students showcased their mini-collection of clothing and accessories made from pre-loved materials on the runway and showed their learning journey through a display.
The 5/6s had the opportunity to share their knowledge with students, teachers and parents on their learning throughout the PBL unit. We have started setting goals for our PBL unit next term and look forward to another amazing term of learning.
Ashlynn Deegan, Daria Jafari, Karlie Wishart
KinderFrankie Marshall, Harper Sutcliffe,
Fletcher Barber, Eva Hutchinson
Cruz Smith, Grace Allan,
Tennyson Deegan, Alex Chambers
Sarah Francis, Louise Jarick, Scarlett Barber,
Billie Groenewald, Indi Knight,
Year 3/4 LK
Victor Wang, Hudson Piltz,
Ryder Reid, Ryan Pisani
Year 3/4 PV
Alannah Van Der Linde, Ricky Jensen,
Ben Code, Allie McPhee
Year 5/6 AMB
Andi Wang, Tom Mitchell,
Samuel Howland, Zoe Wilson
Year 5/6 CW
Ellie Wright, Thierry Mahon,
Alice Cossor, Aaron Bowden, Harrison Way
Good Samaritan Awards
Congratulations to the following students who received Good Samaritan Awards this term.
Sophie Chang, Andy Tuohey, Thomas Hancock,
Frankie Marshall, Ari Severin, Ivy Tervet,
Scarlett Barber, Henry Edwards, Ben Wenke,
Vivienne Jarick, Meggie Kinning, Gan Ney Cole,
Ella McGrath, Logan Maloy, Lucy Wilson,
Andi Wang, Fredrick Jarick
Our whole school Cross Country Run is happening tomorrow after being postponed due to wet weather. Races will commence straight after Chapel at around 10.30am. Parents are welcome to come along and support students in their races and stay for a sausage sizzle lunch.
Congratulations to Priya Kohlhagen, Tully Proctor, Liam and Daigan Whelan for their outstanding efforts at the CIS Swimming Championships in Sydney last week. All four students broke their PBs in their swimming races and made an extremely excellent effort to be nominated and attend!
They also did a wonderful job representing St John's at such a highly competitive event. A monumental achievement Priya, Tully, Liam and Daigan - we are so proud of your superstar swimming efforts!
Yours in Sport
The 2021 Premier's Reading Challenge has begun!! The students are so excited to participate again, it's so good to see eager readers! the following link has all the information parents will need for students to participate in the Challenge. Please email email@example.com for the student passwords required to log in and
record your child's reading log.
Friday April 2nd is not only Good Friday this year, but it is also World Autism Acceptance Day. Autism is a lifelong neurological condition that manifests during early childhood, irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status. The term Autism Spectrum refers to a range of characteristics. Appropriate support, accommodation and acceptance of this neurological variation allow those on the Spectrum to enjoy equal opportunity, and full and effective participation in society.
Autism is mainly characterised by its unique social interactions, non-standard ways of learning, keen interests in specific subjects, inclination to routines, challenges in typical communications and particular ways of processing sensory information.
This is the 14th time the event has been run globally, and it aims to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, foster worldwide support and inspire a kinder, more inclusive world.
At St John’s, we pride ourselves on living out our faith in an inclusive environment, and we work hard to make sure that inclusion is a central part of all of our students life here at school.
We celebrate each student for their own unique view of the world, and focus on their strengths while supporting them when needed.
Alison Jafari - Learning Enhancement Specialist