“To teach is a to touch a life forever.”
Since I began teaching over twenty years ago, this verse continues to be part of my philosophy of teaching. Education has changed so much since I first began. I have enjoyed this lifelong learning and adapting to the many changes, programs and new ways of teaching. However, the one thing that has not changed is my love for children and the JOY that these cherubs give me each day.
Not only the children at St John’s but also my own three children - Danielle, Sarah and Luke.
Children are a blessing from God, but they are also a big responsibility. Our three children, even though they have been brought up the same way, are so different. My husband and I love the JOY and challenges that they bring as they go about their childhood journey. As they do this, we have found that it is important that we seek understanding about God’s will for our children and train them to grow in the right direction. We continue to teach them right from wrong, love them unconditionally and as they grow, give them freedom to make their own choices and follow their own hearts.
As parents, our words have a dramatic and often a long-lasting effect on our children. We must be careful to use our words to build our children up and not tear them down. Also, we must pray that God will help us train our children in a Godly way and not the world’s way. Yes, I still believe I do have the BEST job in the world, as not only do I have the responsibility of impacting my own three children, but also the children here at St John’s and to help them to continue to grow and walk with Jesus.
“Train up a child in the way he should go (and in keeping with his individual gift or bent), and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Mrs Fiona Schulz
Each week, we pray for our students and their families and staff members. This fortnight, we are praying for:
Alice Cossor, William Frohling,
Fredrick, Louise & Vivienne Jarick,
Molly Ginnivan, Leo & Ricky Jensen, Chad McPherson,
Maison & Myra Holm,
Mrs Kerrie Gordon, Mrs Karmen Lukins.
Dear St John’s Families,
We are in the process of creating a whole new communication and reporting system at our school. Our timeline is to have the new reporting process in place by the end of 2022. In the interim, you will notice some changes with your child’s report this semester. These small but important changes can be seen in the language used to measure your child’s progress.
Firstly, we have changed some language used in the grading scale of the reports to align with the NSW Department of Education definitions.
Our second change is transitioning from an effort-based assessment, to a growth mindset-based assessment. This change better reflects the deep-thinking skills we are developing in our students. A growth mindset is more than just effort, it is about demonstrating creative confidence, pushing past failure and having grit to take risks with learning.
Our final change is the new inclusion of Learning Characteristics. It replaces social and emotional development, personal development and learning habits. This section aligns with our new Student Learner Profile and provides staff with an opportunity to assess your child’s mindset towards learning.
Our parent information sessions and parent feedback group have contributed to the journey St John’s is on regarding how we showcase and communicate your child’s learning.
The reasoning behind this new reporting and communication process is:
- to connect parents with the school through a reporting system that is highly communicative and showcases your child’s learning and growth throughout the year.
- to align our reporting criteria with our learning philosophy and student learner profile.
- for the child to value their own learning journey and strive to achieve clear goals.
To clarify, the Semester 1 Report is an interim document as we develop an entirely new report throughout 2021 and 2022. Thank you for your support and feedback as we set out to create a new informative, detailed and accurate reporting process at our school. We value parent feedback and our staff team is looking forward to working together with parents and students to develop a new and exciting way of communicating student growth at St John’s.
Yours in Christian service,
In Literacy rotations the Kinders have been reading decodable readers, learning how to do letter formations, and developing their writing skills using their sound knowledge and creativity.
The Year 2 students have been learning about their emotions. This week, we read stories about ‘My Pets Worry and I have a Worry.’ We explored these stories and learnt to deal with different size worries. The students then created their own Worry Pet, to use in the classroom on a daily basis. These books are written by Tanya Balcke, and I highly recommend them.
Working with big numbers is a challenge this group set for themselves and as you can see, they have certainly achieved this. We love Maths.
A favourite playtime activity is playing at
These boys are finding all sorts of interesting ‘stuff’ to dig.
Collaboration at its best!
The students have been developing their drawing skills with a focus on sailing ships to tie in with our Exploration unit. The students used the medium of coffee to paint a sepia toned scene.
Maths excitement in 3/4LK! Some of the students have had a keen interest in developing some crop trial plots near our classroom. This has allowed the students to have had learning experiences in maths covering the aspects of length, area, ratios, multiplication, division and decimals.
The boys ready to test out their domino run. Take one!
A visit from Wirraminna, showcasing ‘Museum in a Box’, in the library. The lesson was well presented and the students walked away with knowledge about native biodiversity.
Jake with his toy poodle puppy, Maxie. There’s nothing better for student well being than a cuddle with a furry friend.
During Maths lessons, it is important that students experience maths visually. It has even greater impact when it is discovered through real life activities. The most powerful learning has come from the "Maths talk" that occurs during these real-life activities.
Year One's are getting very excited about participating in their first athletics carnival. In sport, Miss Curnow has been getting them ready for the events. They have been practising their throwing skills using a vortex and learning some things about sprinting.
Like using the lines in the hall to help them stay on track and also getting that explosive start off the line. We can not wait.
Eddyson Allen-Cameron, Briar Prater,
Eloise Hartley, Ava Dowell
Madeline Kerr, Lily Knight,
Mackenzie Smillie, Chad McPherson
Ivy Tervet, Lincoln Heinrich,
Ari Severin, Elsie Merkel
Year 2Kade Anderson, Jackson Pendergast,
Johan Klaassen, Jett Smith
Year 3/4 LK
Casey Feuerherdt, Charlie Schilg,
Levi Wilson, Vivienne Jarick
Year 3/4 PV
Jacob Blackie, Isabella Cameron,
Jake Anderson, Mathew West
Year 5/6 AMB
Isaac Clayton-Wallace, Jake Pisani,
Samuel Howland, Alex Rai
Year 5/6 CW
Imogen Podubinski, Bailey Henderson,
Nickolas Ryan, Freya Bardsley
Thank you for looking after other students who are lonely, Lily! You always ask other people to play with you, even if they are from another class. Your kindness towards others is an asset to St John’s.
Your servant heart and kind and gentle spirit is a delight to those around you Isabella. Thank you for your help with rounding up students on photo day. Your willingness to always help is such a blessing to many at St John's!
On Friday 14th May, some of our students participated at the RAS Cross Country at the Jindera Golf Course.
The course was in excellent condition and we had a perfect temperature on the day for running, which made for a wonderful cross country event. Our students did an excellent job representing St John’s and achieving fantastic new PBs and running goals. The turnout was terrific and it was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents present at the event to support and encourage their children.
Congratulations to Levi Wilson who qualified 1st place, winning his race in the 9 years boy's age group! Also, congratulations to Maddison Smith placing 6th, Priya Kohlhagen 2nd and Tully Proctor 3rd in their age groups, resulting in qualifying for the CIS Cross Country Championship in Sydney later this Term.
Congratulations to all who attended and ran their best race, winning in spirit, PBs and personal achievement!
Yours in Sport
Maddie Curnow - Sports Co-ordinator
This year's THEME is...
The students enjoying creating their works of art during lunch time at Art Club.