Over the last few weeks, I have started reading a devotional called ‘100 Days to Brave’ by Annie F. Downs. It has been both encouraging and challenging, as being brave is not always the easiest option. I feel at the beginning of a new year, we often challenge ourselves in different areas, and this is one of mine.
Bravery relates to each one of us, whether it be students stepping into a new classroom, getting to know new people, doing something new and different, making a change in your life or being a positive and consistent friend for others. Most of these things in life, whether you’re young…or a little older, require bravery and courage. For us at school, encouraging students to be brave and have courage is really important as this is how we grow, learn, make mistakes and get back up to try again. What is most important, is knowing that God’s strength, His word and His everlasting love is our foundation to step out and be brave. Bravery looks different for each person and we need to champion others on to step out and be courageous even when it seems challenging.
Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
From the devotional book, Annie F. Downs speaks about knowing that God is always there beside us which can help us be:
- Brave enough to start
- Brave enough to be you
- Brave enough to dream
- Brave enough to work hard
- Brave enough to love others
- Brave enough to face change
- Brave enough to persevere
- Brave enough to serve
- Brave enough to be where you are
Have a listen to the song ‘You Make Me Brave’ by Bethel Music. It is a song of great encouragement and a reminder of how God helps us be brave.
Each week, we pray for our students and their families and staff members. We are praying for:
Eva Allen-Cameron, Ewan Bredenkamp, Betty Blackman,
Kael Jervois, Benjamin Lustig, Maeve Bryant, Jacob Rudd,
Jake & Kade Anderson, Tennyson Deegan, Mannix Dowell, Miss Sonter, Mrs Schulz & Mrs Thomas.
Parents, please remember that drop off in the morning is not before 8.55am as there is no teacher supervision before this time. We have a duty of care for all our students and our expectation is that if it is unavoidable that children be dropped off earlier, then they will go to TNT Before School Care.
Please ensure to walk your child onto the school grounds when dropping off each morning. We have had several children wandering through the car park at drop off time. For the safety of all our students when arriving to school, please be mindful to walk your child to the gate.
If children are feeling unwell, please keep them home to avoid possibly spreading sickness. If they have flu symptoms, please arrange to have the COVID test and keep children at home until the test comes back and please forward a copy of the test to the office.
The Kinder's had fun exploring with letters and making awesome creations using recyclable materials and doing literacy rotations. They have also been participating in some fine motor activities.
So much has happened in the first three weeks of Year One. Our first day of Year One was so much fun. The class has settled into the routines and have mastered English and Maths rotations already! They are so tech savvy that most can log in to the computers like real pros.
In English, we had a successful Big Write. Students were keen to draw their story ideas about an adventure at the Castle. There were dragons, Kings and Queens, knights and princesses, volcanoes, snowstorms and ghosts. Such little creative minds! This week students will be focusing on creating super sentences and exploring and expanding their vocabulary. Over the past few weeks, we have been busy with our new Smart Spelling program and getting used to learning lots of new words each week. In Maths, the Year Ones have been exploring numbers to 100, counting bundles of ten, learning how numbers are made up of 10’s and 1’s and have started practicing quick addition – adding 1 and single digit numbers. Two dimensional shapes have been a hit, with students exploring how to make shapes like hexagons from triangles or trapeziums and joining various shapes to make some amazing and colourful pictures. Our bucket filler’s jar is nearly full, and students brainstormed a range of activities they thought would be a fair exchange for filling the jar. These included a picnic in the paddock, going to a water park (Queensland), a dress up day,a disco party, treasure hunt, free time or just eating popcorn. Stay tuned for the upcoming reward.
Just a reminder that Year Ones will be leading Chapel on Friday 26th February. Chapel will be recorded for you to view. We will be sending the link for you to access via email close to the date. Unfortunately, parents will not be able to attend Chapel due to Covid restrictions but if the regulations change, we will let you know. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
The Year Twos launched their SMART SPELLING program last week and the students really enjoyed working with their spelling partners.
We have been working on some self-portraits which we will use for displaying our learning goals. There were big smiles after our narrative Big Write this week.
Year 5/6 had a fun start to the school year with swimming lessons every afternoon in Week 2. There was great collaboration and deep thinking about what we want our classroom to be like. Some of our ideas were 'daring', 'empathic' and 'optimistic'.
We have started our first Project-Based Learning (PBL) unit. Students will be trying to solve a real-world problem, which is the impact of increased textile waste on the environment. The driving question is 'How can we, as fashion designers, design a mini-collection of clothes and accessories using pre-loved materials?' We'll keep you posted as the unit progresses!
Little SaintsRyder Bakes, Noah Sims
Kinder Mannix Dowell, George Shipp
Year 1 Elsie Merkel, Jethro Harper
Year 2 Eloise Schilg, Ruby Way
Year 3/4 LKBilly Proctor, Zoe Hancock
Year 3/4 PV
Fankie Tuohey, Jake Gaston
Year 5/6 AMBJonas Piltz, Lachlan Kingston, Layla Tuohey
Year 5/6 CWFletcher Taylor, Tully Proctor
Principal's AwardBailey Henderson
Bailey has demonstrated maturity and kindness by helping a younger student settle into school in the morning. He freely gives up his time to put this student's needs first and is a positive and calm role model. Keep speaking life into other students in our school, Bailey.
The St John's School uniform is compulsory. The dress code reinforces in our students a pride in their own appearance, instils recognition of themselves as an integral part of our school community, and assists in developing pride in representing their school and promoting equality amongst all students.
Please note that cargo shorts and socks with logos are not part of our school uniform at STJLS.
If you are unsure of our uniform code, please click on the link below which will take you to our uniform section on our website, for the correct uniform items.
AGMMonday March 1Jindera Pool Meeting Room7.30 pm
Come and find out what the committee does and have your say.
We look forward to input from families with children.
THIS IS YOUR LOCAL POOL!