The 2022 Lutheran Principal’s Conference, themed, ‘Embracing our Past, Inspiring our Future’ was a deep learning opportunity to connect with the history of the beginnings of Lutheran schooling and leaders that have set the platform for our schools of today. There was also a meaningful shift of focus on what the future of schooling will look like for us in years to come.
Class Structure for 2023
St John’s School Board met on Monday night to discuss a potential double Kindergarten class for 2023. After careful consideration regarding whole school operational and community needs, the board’s decision is to remain a single stream (one class) school for 2023.
Thank you to our families and staff who completed the survey.
Our two internationally acclaimed keynote speakers were outstanding! Michael McQueen is a previous Australian Keynote Speaker of the Year and was inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame. He unpacked his latest book, Teaching for Tomorrow. It was reaffirming to hear about the connections we are making with meeting student needs at St John’s and the direction of our school. It aligns so tightly with proven data and research of world leading educators.
Dr Tom Nehmy, author of ‘Apples for the Mind’ presented a wealth of information on creating emotional balance, peak performance and lifelong wellbeing. As a clinical psychologist, he delved into the power of prevention and provided insight into creating positive mental health.
I look forward to going into more detail about the future of schooling at St John’s at our Parent Information Night on Monday 6 June at 6pm. Please click on the link to book a place for your child so you are able to join us on Monday 6 June at 6pm for our Term 2 Parent Information Night. We encourage parents to attend without children, however, we understand this isn’t always possible. To meet the needs of our families, we will be providing care for students who attend.
Connecting with our Families
It was fantastic to have our Kindergarten class lead our Mother’s Day Chapel. It was also so good to have families engaging and connected with our staff and classrooms. I strongly encourage parents to volunteer to help out in class whenever you are available. All volunteers require a Working with Children Check and to complete our Valuing Safe Communities online training module. Please contact the front office for further information.
Are You St John’s New Board Member?
We are seeking expressions of interest and/or nominations for a vacant position on our School Board. Please click on the link to nominate either yourself or someone you believe would be an asset to the important role of a St John’s board member.
Yours in Christian service,
As a result of the global pandemic, there has been a noticeable shift in the amount of time people spend on screen-based devices. Families are transitioning back to pre-COVID routines, although data shows many are still struggling to re-establish the boundaries and rules around screen use. Some continue to deal with digital conflict and tech-tantrums on a daily basis. The latest research found that 77% of teenagers spend more than five hours on screens per day, but it is important to note that not all screen time is considered equal.
Parents play a crucial role in modelling a positive and healthy approach to using screens and assisting children to navigate the content they watch. It is better to model and mentor screen use, rather than monitor it. Children tend to do more of what they see us do, and less of what we tell them to do. However, it is still important to outline the risks and highlight the benefits of screen use to ensure you keep a balanced attitude. Encourage discussions around the issues that people experience in monitoring their screen time and be honest about your own difficulties.
As parents, we need to remain firm in their approach to managing screen time. Excessive screen time can be detrimental to a child’s overall wellbeing. Ensuring the correct privacy settings are in place is vital to prevent children from being inadvertently exposed to inappropriate content or online predators. We need to be mindful of the potential impact screen time can have on a child’s social, emotional, educational, behavioural, and even physical domains.
In this edition of SchoolTV, care-givers will be provided with a range of guidelines and strategies to help manage screen time at home. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to this month's edition
As shared previously these are 5 key questions Lyn Sharratt (2012) are being used across our classes so that students understand what they are learning, why and where next for their own learning journey. Using the discussion around these questions helps to build personal goals for the students. I went into Year 5/6 at the end of their first 2022 PBL and asked a few students the 5 key questions... here are their thoughts....
FAQ’s can be found in the link below
I want to know why we can get some pets and why we can’t get others? Eden.
I can connect my spelling words with study ladder. Lincoln.
Making mistakes are hard, but I try again. Tyson.
I had feedback that Mrs Thomas doesn’t like Pythons so I’ve changed my idea to make sure she’s ok!
Linking into our learner profile and from research, we know that learning involves facilitation from our team of educations and students thinking deeply, creatively, and critically. Also, to achieve and reach whichever goal we set requires grit and determination. I asked the Year 2's what they have had to persevere at this week in their learning.... here are their thoughts.
(Trialling in Year 1) Haven’t got your code yet? Get in touch with Miss Mitchell. The family code means you can connect with your child’s learning in the classroom and give your feedback.
NAPLAN- Last week the Year 3’s and Year 5’s did their best and had a go online. Results will be out later this year and this is one part of how we assess and using those assessments to further plan and support growth in learning where ever your child is at.
More questions? Please refer to our FAQ’s (LINK) or another question that needs answering? Please email into the office FAO Rachel Tervet.
Kinder – Year 3/4 have been using the Design Process to solve STEM challenges. Year 3/4 students created towers to hold a basketball and all classes created towers from cups and paddle pop sticks. We explored the engineering and Maths concepts of what makes a tower ‘stable’, what shapes form stable bases and why and different dimensions. We also compared heights and how to find the ‘difference’.
It has been wonderful to see the students work with the mindset of trying again and not giving up when their designs don’t work. We are always learning when we try and apply our skills and knowledge!
Drawing skills are the focus for Term 2, with Kinder to Year 3/4 students exploring line, shape and colour. We are emphasising our individual creativity, celebrating the unique people God made us to be by expressing our different ideas and responding to other people’s artworks with encouragement. Last week we began drawing pictures that include patterns and colour for detail and contrast.
Year 5/6 students have been very busy completing the filming and editing of video news reports about the school building improvement plan, which tied in with their PBL Unit. This week, they will begin their drawing unit in Art, focusing on line, shape, colour and pattern, and using the Design Process in Design Lab.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CLASS
A God who does care, even when it sometimes feels like He doesn't. Trusting in God means that whatever we suffer, in the end, can be used for our good.
Last Christmas my 6yr old granddaughter climbed up a very tall tree in her yard. She was describing to me all the beautiful things she could see, including the ocean, boats and children playing. I looked at how high up she was and at the small branch that was supporting her. She had trust in that branch and believed it would stop her from falling.
How often do we put our trust into other things before we put our trust in God? Trusting God should be our first option not our last. No matter what, we all experience challenging times, but have you ever noticed how often we ask God for help almost as a last resort after we have explored all other options? Why are we not seeking God’s help first, with full confidence, and with joy, rather than look for solutions on our own until we exhaust ourselves?
’ Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight. — Proverbs 3:5
As my granddaughter was trusting in the branch, I was praying to God to not let her fall and for the branch not to break. So, remember, when you are faced with difficult situations, and incidents, ask God for help first, right in the heat of the moment, as it is not like He is unaware of our struggles, we must willingly turn to Him, with a heart that is committed to surrendering to His will, and put your trust in Him.
May God bless you all. Rose Thomas
The Kinders have been doing a History unit called 'All About Me'.
They have been finding out all about themselves and their families. Looking at where they were born, where their families are from, where their name came from and the stories that special objects and photos can tell about a person. As a part of this unit we went for our first excursion down to the Jindera Pioneer Museum to look at other people's special objects and photos and saw what stories they tell about someone's life and about what the past was like. It was lots of fun!
In Year 1, we have continued exploring possible solutions to solve the problem of what to do with the old school uniform as part of our wider inquiry into how to take care of the environment and inspire others to help us. We have had the pleasure of welcoming some special visitors to our classroom over the past two weeks to talk about their ideas for the uniform. Thank you so much to all those who dropped in, emailed and sent letters with such fabulous ideas! The Year 1’s will now be working hard preparing to share their solutions with the school community, so watch this space!
In maths, we’ve been exploring mass. The students have enjoyed comparing the weight of almost everything in our classroom, including Miss Mitchell and her plants. This hands-on approach to maths is working so well for Year 1.
It was all about pampering Mums, Grandmas and Special Friends in Year 2 last Friday. We celebrated our mums with a calming atmosphere comprising of soft music, candles, diffusers, and soft lighting.
The students enjoyed pampering them with perfume, nail polish, hand-cream, mindfulness drawing, bead threading and reading a story. They also had a chance to take some fun photos. The mums left feeling very special with a chocolate and a reminder of how special and loved they are.
We introduced the Driving Question in our PBL unit, ‘How can we take care of the environment and inspire others to help us? We went for a walk around Jindera to look at the distance between bins and rubbish, where do you find the most rubbish. We enjoyed a few guest speakers sharing their ideas of how to recycle the old uniforms. This will continue through out the term.
Every week is exciting and fun in Year 2.
Year 3/4 PV
We discussed the importance of using ‘estimation’ in maths this week. Students needed to learn the value and importance of estimating. Working in pairs, students looked at aerial photos of crowds. They had to create a poster to show their flexible thinking in estimating the number.
Pampering in our classroom for Mother’s Day last Friday felt like a day spa. We tried to create an ambience with candles, diffuser, dim lights, music and a calm atmosphere. Students treated their mums to a hand wash in a bowl, hand massaging with a moisturiser, nail painting, hair brushing and back rubs. Some mums and special guests spent time colouring in or playing a game. We hope this was a special time with your child.
Year 3/4 LK
This week the class are working with activities to help students gain confidence in using operations flexibly. Students were presented with different photographs of crowds and were asked to work out estimates for the numbers of people in the photographs. This required them to not only make choices about operations that could help them but also to estimate. The activity provided a good opportunity to talk about the value and importance of estimating. Ask your child about the way they worked their estimation out.
Learner Profile – I Am Collaborative – I Am Think Deeply, Critically and Creatively
During our learning students are provided with many opportunities to develop their collaborative and creative skills. In the afternoons after NAPLAN, students were challenged to create a zip-line basket for Little Red Riding Hood to safely get food to her Grandma. Students considered, planned and created a wide range of solutions. As they tested, listened to each other and made improvements to their designs.
Project Based Learning
On the 10th of May our Cooking club (Year 6 Leadership) did a cook up for families in need at St John’s.
With the help of Katrina Passey, we made lasagna, spaghetti bolognaise, chicken and vegetable soup and sausage hot pot
We had a lot of fun and we had great satisfaction in knowing that we have helped our community when times are tough.
Freya Bardsley, Aaron Bowden, Phoenix Fraser, Adam Ballentine, Alex Rai and Bailey Henderson
Maddison Smith, Alice Cossor and Olivia White went to CIS netball in Sydney on the 6th of May. This is their perspective of how the netball went:
I had a fun day and felt that we, as the RAS team all played really well together. This was a really good experience, and it all came with an $85 CIS Jumper.
It was such a fun experience for me, considering I’m a basketballer. Making it into the Possible’s & Probable’s was an awesome achievement for me. It was great fun playing with people we didn’t know and building new friendships. As a RAS team all of us were team players, had great sportsmanship and we all excelled in our positions. We even got to play on the Sydney Swifts home court!
It was great fun with the girls, at first we were so nervous especially because we barely knew anyone in the team’s name but after the whistle we were ready to do our best, we won 5/9 games and had a tie in one, I feel we all played so well considering we were in Sydney on the swifts home court, it was a very fun experience!!!
St News Team
Layla and Asha
Friday 20 May
Bring a gold coin donation and wear your PJ's all day to raise money for Albury Cancer Council. Oodies & dressing gowns are allowed
The latest batch of rapid antigen tests are now available for collection at reception.
TNT AFTER SCHOOL CARE - BOOKINGS
Please don’t forget to re-book your spots for Term 2 for TNT. We require you to rebook each term for your children to have a space at TNT. Please make your bookings either on our website or email the office.
CHAPEL - School Captains
Friday 20 May 9:20am
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LITTLE SAINTS PRESCHOOL PIE DRIVE FUNDRAISER
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LIBRARY VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED
If you have a passion for books and would like to help out in the Library please contact the Office.
Australian Lutheran World Service are Visiting
Friday 27 May
At St John's, we pray for our students and their families and staff members.
This week, we are praying for:
Thomas & Zoe Hancock
Eden & Ivy Lawrence & Narelle Coverdale
Amelia & Anthony Yong
Maddison & Darcy Smith George Shipp
Charlie, Eloise and Lewis Schilg
Charlotte Stow & William Scolyer
Elsie Godde & Aurora O’Grady Moll
Jasmine Piltz & Emily Proos
Lincoln Heinrich & Pippa Groenewald
Zaden Chapel & Eloise Schilg
Year 3/4 PV
Darcy Smith & Johan Klaassen
Year 5/6 NC
Aylena Millar & Lyla Berry
Year 5/6 FS
Benjamin Wenke & Grace Code