This term, our chapel theme is 'Heroes of the Bible'. There are many heroic men and women whose lives are written about in the Bible and one of my favourites, is Daniel. One of the qualities of Daniel that I admire most is his integrity and spirit of excellence in all he did, and he had an uncompromising faith in God.
Daniel lived in the 6th century BC during the time when the Babylonian kingdom was the ruling power, and many Hebrew captives had been taken into exile to live in Babylon. Daniel was a teenager when he was taken captive, and because of his outstanding character, he rose to excel and secured a high position in the king's palace.
Most of us know the story of Daniel. Due to his favour with the king, some of palace officials were jealous of him and they plotted against him by establishing a new law, stating that no-one could petition any god or man but the king, for a period of thirty days. Anyone caught doing so, would be cast into a den of lions.
Daniel prayed to God daily, and because of his uncompromising faith, nothing was going to stop him from his time spent with God. Of course, the plan worked, he was arrested by the officials, and ended up being thrown into the lion's den. But God sent an angel and shut the lions' mouths, so Daniel remained unharmed and God's power to deliver was displayed.
This is just a brief detail of events of Daniel's life, and it impacted me because Daniel stood by what he believed and didn't waiver in his faith, even under threat of death. A challenge I take from Daniel's story is for me not to compromise my testimony of Jesus Christ and what He has done in my life. To have faith in God who promises to never leave or abandon me, and to protect and provide for all my needs.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Psalm 46:1-2 & 7
Each week, we pray for our students and their families and staff members. This fortnight, we are praying for:
David & Ben Code, Anneliese & Ben Finger,
Elspeth & Lincoln Heinrich,
Grace & Hannah Code, Grace, Hannah & Sarah Francis,
Lara Male, Mr James Morey, Mr Kevin Klose.
Yours in Christian service,
Term 2 began with a full day of learning for our staff team. We welcomed world leading educators from Lutheran Education Australia, both Kim Powell (LEVNT) and Derek Bartels (LEQ) to work alongside staff in developing our professional capacity when delivering Project Based Learning opportunities with our students.
Throughout the term break, we continued with Stage One on our Masterplan with further refurbishments. We completed our senior toilet upgrade with new floors, tiles, cubicle divides, doors and hand dryers. We’ve continued powder coating our boundary fences and some more painting within the school.
We’ve also installed new bathrooms and cupboards in Little Saints. Whilst all of these upgrades are exciting, nothing compares to the focus and effort staff place on inspiring our students with their learning!
Over the past two Assemblies, we have been sharing with our students the importance of being creatively confident. I was blown away with our students defining the meaning of creativity as a ‘unique way of doing something’. They also said it was ‘using your imagination to design something new’. When asked what stops us from being creative, one of our Year 5 students summarised it with ‘fear stops us’.
We discussed how lucky we are to be at a school that values safe learning environments and encourages risk taking in learning.
At St John’s, we are committed to provide a learning atmosphere where all students know the power of failing forward and confident to share their ideas with their peers. I can see this in action as I visit classrooms and hear students in the playground. I encourage you to talk with your children about what creative confidence means to them. Developing creative confidence will be a focus for us throughout 2021.
We also had Michelle Hutchison from SMART Spelling lead our teaching team through inspirational learning strategies at our Wednesday staff meeting.
Last week with ANZAC fast approaching, we went for a walk with our Year 3-4 buddies to the Jindera Cenotaph. Many students were keen to share photos and stories about their relatives who have served in past wars. We all made poppies to create our own class wreath to commemorate ANZAC Day.
Our word of the week is 'dog.' The Kinders were excited to meet Miss Rouch's pet dog Ellie and her four puppies. After learning origami in Japanese with Mrs King, we put our skills into practice and made some origami dog faces and created our own artwork. They looked amazing. We also enjoyed singing BINGO!
Last week, Year 3/4 LK and their Buddies, walked to the Jindera Cenotaph as part of their learning about ANZAC Day.
Year 4 LK are excited to begin their journey towards getting their pen licenses. They are now all on their Handwriting L Plates.
Students are working on a past NAPLAN Maths paper to familiarise themselves with the format. We want our students to be prepared and confident, alleviating any anxiety or fear.
A Year 4 student is working alongside a Year 3 student during Maths. It’s wonderful to see a student be a ‘teacher’ to another.
We had a great start to Term 2! We added to our personal goals on the Confidence Wall, learnt number groups with our Maths partner, tackled a jigsaw and read to our reading buddy.
On Monday, the Year 5/6s went to the Bonegilla Migrant Experience to start off their PBL unit. They experienced what it was like to be a migrant from 1949-1971 in the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre. It was an effective empathy building exercise for students and staff.
First day back! It’s always a special day when someone has a birthday party and they bring in “cake”. Thank you.
We were very excited when a huge metal box was delivered to our classroom. It was ‘Museum in a Box’ from the Australian Museum. Inside we discovered some fantastic fossils, books and a map showing where dinosaurs have been found in Australia. On Friday we started learning how to dig for fossils using a choc chip biscuit and a toothpick. Students had to plot the choc chips on a grid and then carefully pick them out with a toothpick….without breaking the chip! We will continue to develop our skills as budding palaeontologists and archaeologists.
George Tuohey, Paige Whelan
KinderAva Godde, Benjamin Lustig
Lincoln Heinrich, Eden Lawrence
Luke Schulz, Edwina Dunn
Year 3/4 LK
Hannah Mitchell-Neal, Molly Ginnivan
Year 3/4 PV
Ava Kingston, Darcy Wright
Year 5/6 AMB
Maddison Smith, Aylena Millar
Year 5/6 CW
Hugh Bridges, Dominic Aylett
For demonstrating outstanding initiative to create ‘Dave’s Comic Club’. The way you are encouraging others is an enormous asset to our school.
Thank you for your energy and effort when leading this new club!
On Wednesday, we had a team of our Year 5/6 girls participate in the RAS Netball trials held in Wagga Wagga.
This was a great event for the girls to demonstrate their top netball skills and team spirit between each other and other schools.
Congratulations to all who attended and represented St John’s so wonderfully in a positive sporting spirit and achieved PBs in their netball skills. We played in a single-player rotation format and some of the time were versing each other as well as other local schools.
Congratulations to Tully and Priya who have qualified for the RAS Netball team! We wish them luck at the NSWCIS trials on Friday 7th May in Sydney and to play their best netball!
Yours in Sport,
Madeline Curnow PE Teacher
On Thursday, we had a fantastic day at the AFL Paul Kelly Cup! The boys' team played well, they kept their heads high and demonstrated top sportsmanship with each other. They did not make the win for their games, but they did win in spirit and ended on a high with Dominic kicking a goal for the team, 10 seconds before the buzzer on their final game.
The girls' team had a strong start straight from the get-go, with Zoe and Priya scoring goals in the first 5 minutes. The girls carried this through and went on to WIN all of their games to make it to the final of the day. This was versing Scots team and the girls played a brilliant game, scoring 4 goals and stopping all goals from their opponents who only scored 1 point, resulting in a triumphant huge win for our girls! This has qualified them for the Grand Final match, playing at Albury Tigers Club on Wednesday 19th May.
A monumental achievement!
All round, a really great day of experiences and learning for AFL and sport. We had such positive sporting teamwork, encouraging and uplifting each other and kicking PB goals - literally!
Well done to everyone who participated and represented St John’s so magnificently.
Today, we held our Cross Country Awards Presentations in the Hall. For parents who were unable to attend, please click on the link below, to access the video footage of the event. Congratulations to all participants who received certificates today.
(Please excuse the little message from our wonderful Sports Co-ordinator during the service!)
New catalogues are coming out this week. Orders are due back by Thursday 6 May.
Please contact Mrs Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org for Reading Challenge passwords.
We advise that the double-knee sports track pants are currently on back-order at Albury Uniforms & Schoolwear Shop. They should be back in stock in due course. Contact Lisa on 6040 9381 for more information.