I am sure you have completed a jigsaw puzzle at some point in your life.
Some puzzles only have a few big pieces which fit together easily and the task is relatively simple. Other puzzles contain THOUSANDS of small pieces! When these pieces are put upon a table in a pile, the task of fitting them all together can be most daunting! You’re not sure where to start!
IF you have patience though and spend a bit of time each day on the puzzle, fitting each piece together, you will succeed. If you refer to the picture of what the completed puzzle looks like – it also helps. Slowly, slowly (ever so slowly sometimes) the pieces will all fit together and you will have the satisfaction of completing a great task.
Sometimes it feels like that in life – we’re not sure where all the pieces fit and we’re not sure how all the pieces are going to work together to form a finished work. God knows though! He has the BIG PICTURE of your life in His hands. He holds the finished work. He holds all the knowledge and the keys to know where each piece goes and when it should be placed. He wants us to refer to Him as to what we do in our life, how we do it and when we do it.
He wants us to follow His direction so that little by little, He’ll put all the pieces of our life together perfectly to form our BIG PICTURE!
Watch and see what He will do when you put your trust in Him.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths".
God bless you and your family!
Each week, we pray for our students and their families and staff members. This fortnight, we are praying for:
Gan Ney Cole, Jaxon & Phoenix Fraser, Eva Hutchinson, Connor Inglis, Madeline Kerr,
Annabel & Eli Johnson,
Mrs Michelle Rainbow and Mrs Louise Kotzur.
Our talented Year 1 students led a beautiful Chapel last week, honouring mothers and the important women in our lives. It was fantasic to have familes on school grounds and joining in our worship with our school team.
Thank you to the parents who were able to stay back after Chapel and provide feedback on our new reporting proforma for this semester. I have also appreciated the open communication from families on school improvement projects at our parent feedback sessions. If you would like to join this group, we meet three times each term on Thursdays at 2:45pm, Weeks 3, 6 and 9. We use this communication time to provide a space for families to discuss any questions, talk through concerns, share celebrations and showcase school progress. All are invite and welcome.
All high performing organisations invest heavily in professional development that drives collective understanding and commitment towards an agreed goal. This mindset was in action again at a staff meeting in Week 2, when Ben Arber from AIS NSW led staff through an assessment PD session. Ben will be back later in the term to continue our learning on purposeful and accurate data collection to positively impact learning for our students.
Yours in Christian service,
I can’t thank our St John’s staff enough for their passion and dedication towards deepening their learning and understandings of excellence in education.
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Staff currently celebrate Theatrical Thursday by dressing up in the theme of the week.
Last week, the theme was 'Pirates' and the costumes looked so good, they had to be shared!
The Kinder class have been very blessed to have one of our past students, Ms Aiyana Lowe join our team over the last few weeks. She is doing her fourth-year practicum and the children have enjoyed the fun learning experiences she has provided. In one of our play base areas, the students loved creating a rocket ship with Ms Lowe.
In science, we have been investigating the seasons and the Kinders have been enjoying doing lots of activities outside and working as a TEAM. They loved making leaf wreaths, and then as a group, they made a big bird nest with the leaves.
For our word of the week "jam", we made jam sandwiches and learnt how to write a procedure. In Maths, the Kinders have been experimenting with numbers and learning how to take away. Some of our mathematicians needed to be challenged and therefore, we used big numbers and the counting back strategy. We loved seeing the students work hard and take risks.
The Year 2 learning experiences have included, using hands-on materials to learn how to graph data and record the findings. They also researched the origin of words during Literacy Groups and worked with their Year 3/4 buddies to find items on a scavenger hunt.
We have finally started our Dinosaur Dig. The students are so keen to be part of a palaeontology team. We have just dug the surface and our budding palaeontologists are on the lookout for anything unusual....including grubs! Students have been studying the fossils and artifacts that we have on display from the Australian Museum (Museum in a Box). Stay tuned for updates. Here are some of our fossils!
Teachers have been dressing up for ‘Theatrical Thursday’. The theme this week was ‘Pirates’..”Arrr..of course me maties!” Mrs Stein brought in her special parrot for the day.
It’s always a great learning opportunity when students bring in interesting items. Two brown snake skins were found beside a shed and the students were fascinated to examine them. Not all teachers were as excited to take a closer look (Mrs K!) We couldn’t believe the detail on the face.
The students wrapped their own Mother’s Day gifts they purchased from the stall. Some gifts were ‘trickier’ to wrap than others.
Year 3/4 have been working through a variety of revision and new learning activities during Maths Groups. There has been a focus on Time, learning number facts, Graphs with Mrs Lukins, Problem Solving and Place Value activities with Mrs K.
They have also spent time developing their skills in reviewing and giving feedback to their classmates. This week they used the Glow and Grow feedback images to help them improve their classmate's persuasive writing.
For our PBL unit, we had the privilege of getting in contact with Chey Mattner working with Lutheran World Federation in Switzerland who spoke about refugee camps and the living conditions along with answering students' questions.
Students viewed photos of immigrants coming to Australia in 1948 and empathised what it would have looked like, sounded like and felt like to be in those situations.
Brooklyn Severin, Chloe Oates,
George Scholz, Harriet Batchelor
Maeve Bryant, Jasmine Piltz,Gloria Wang, Emily Proos
Noah Merrett, Thea Kinning,
Graciella McKendrick, Raymond Lynch, Tyson Chapel
Isaac Hartley, Chase Aylett,Benjamin Finger, Deon Byers
Year 3/4 LK
Hope Purvis, Kael Jervois,
Levi Wilson, Isabel McGrath
Year 3/4 PV
Matthew Davis, Darcy Smith,
Zoe Podubinski, Charlie Papakostas
Year 5/6 AMB
Lyla Berry, Priya Kohlhagen,
Edward Allan, Jaylin Severin
Year 5/6 CWIsabella Chambers, Sarah Schulz
For being an outstanding leader who speaks life into others! Your kind, caring and positive personality is an asset to St John’s. Keep being an awesome role model Ava!
Congratulations to Tully and Priya for qualifying and playing amazing netball at the CIS Netball Championships in Sydney last week.
Tully and Priya represented St John's amazingly with their netball skills and teamwork.
Well done girls, a fantastic achievement!
This year's THEME is...
The Albury Uniforms & Schoolwear Shop hours will be changing, commencing
Wednesday 12th until Tuesday 18th May.
Opening hours will be from 10am until 4pm during this time.
Usual opening hours will resume after this date.