Dear St John’s Families
It is with sadness but with our full support, that due to health and family reasons, we farewell Mrs Rachel Tervet as Deputy Principal of our school at the end of Term 2. As you could imagine, this is not an easy decision for Rachel, and we thank you for supporting her throughout this time. Rachel has been a welcomed addition to St John’s and made a significant impact on our school community throughout her time with us. Our prayers are with Rachel and we wish her all the best on the journey ahead.
Our Leadership team, comprising of Alison Jafari, Anna-Marie Bothe and myself, will redistribute the deputy role until we appoint a replacement. We will keep you informed of the process timeline and keep you up to date throughout the replacement process.
Yours in Christian service,
As shared previously these are 5 key questions Lyn Sharratt (2012) (saved in folder as 5 critical questions) 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 1 and asked a few students the 5 key questions... here are their thoughts....
St Johns Lutheran School will be participating in the ICAS competitions this year.
What is ICAS?
ICAS is an online academic competition that is designed to assess students’ higher order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling Bee and Digital Technologies. Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student who participates will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals.
We encourage you to consider entering your child into ICAS this year. The competition is open to students from Years 2 to 6. Click on the link below to find Information about ICAS and how to register:
How to participate in ICAS
If you wish for your child to participate in ICAS this year, please:
1. Read about ICAS subjects and prices here:
2. Go to Parent Portal here:
3. Enter our school's access code – YKR956
4. Enter your child's details, select the tests you would like to purchase, then proceed to payment.
5. The cut off date for purchasing assessments is August 1 2022. Please note that the ICAS tests shown for selection are at the school's discretion. After payment is made via the Parent Payment System, you will receive an order confirmation email, please keep this for your records. We will notify you of the date(s) that we run ICAS at the school and when your child's ICAS results are ready. You and your child can access the results once released via the Reports Portal using the TAP ID and pin found on the back of the ICAS certificate.
Over the last few weeks, students have been busily creating solution to problems through hands on design tasks. Junior Primary students were given the challenge of creating a bridge from paper straws and playdough over a 50cm gap that could hold two erasers. Some classes had the challenge of creating a tower from spaghetti and masking tape that could hold up a marshmallow. Over the last two weeks, all classes have been designing with Lego, creating design that met specific challenges or requirements, such as making a vehicle that could float in water. (Yes this was tested, despite the current weather!) A huge thank you goes out to Mrs Sue Trethowan, Mrs Jess Cottrell, Mrs Jenny O’Neill for teaching Design Lab lessons while Mrs Bothe was unwell, and for Mrs Rachel Tervet for assisting with planning.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CLASS
In Kinder, we have been exploring force and motion and the different ways objects and our bodies move. We looked at how objects roll and what helps them to roll. This resulted in designing and building our own ramps and experimenting with the height and design how this effected how fast the ball rolled down it.
We have also been looking at the mass of objects and strategies to compare two objects and how much they weigh. We learnt how to heft in order to see which is heavier and lighter and explored this outdoors.
In maths, we’ve been dividing collections into groups using our knowledge of equal groups. We grouped in either 2s, 5’s or 10’s. Also, we have been halving and doubling. Ask me about why 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 can’t be shared equally….We have been exploring the properties of numbers and why even numbers can be paired to make it easier to share equally into 2 (half).
In our PBL unit, we have been busy drafting our ‘how to’ guides. The Year 1s have shown outstanding collaboration as they help each other edit their ‘how to’ guides on the computers.
It is always a proud moment for a teacher when they see students reflecting on their learning. In our Big Write session, the student’s gave peer feedback to each one on their writing. Here are some of their responses.
I really like the way you used adjectives to make your writing fun.
I love the expression - Lily
I like you got a lot of words right - Jim
Has great ideas. -Ivy Neat, with great WOW words - Cruz
I really like the way you started it - Eden
I like that you had a go - Tennyson
In PBL the students are creating a form of media for their driving question. One of the groups are looking at not sending toys to landfill. They also created an image of what that would look like and produced some suggestions to support this.
After learning about Reconciliation week and what that means to us. We created some beautiful Indigenous artwork and reflected on the story.
Next Thursday Year 2 will be making pizzas for our unit on fractions and procedural writing. The students are excited as they get to eat them for their lunch.
Year 3/4 PV
During our science unit investigating forces and simple machines, students had to create a pulley system using materials to lift a load of sand. Students worked in groups to problem solve and used trial and error to come up with the best system.
During maths, students were encouraged to think flexibly by coming up with a strategy to add the dots on dozens of dice and record findings. Some started by grouping and using multiplication. It was time consuming and wonderful to see all the maths happening. In the end, we tried grouping into ‘friends of ten’ (that’s actually what we do when we count money!) Once we discovered this quicker way, the class sat in a circle and combined all the die in the centre and worked together to count the dots.
The chess boards are out! The school has purchased lots of chess sets as they have been distributed throughout the classes. Thanks to Chaplain Pete for wanting to get a chess club started.
In class we have been discussing things we collect and cherish. Johan brought in a treasure chest of foreign and old coins/notes for news.
Year 3/4 LK
Investigating pulleys and using the correct terminology for wheel and axle was a lot of fun during PBL!
Students have been developing strategies for multiplication- counting equal groups, repeated addition and skip counting. The task involved rolling many dice and counting the dots in the most efficient way.
Wednesday 1st of June David Dunn came to our school to share with us about his culture and some Aboriginal language. I learnt so much from David and I love his art.
David shared how his art is displayed on two Wodonga police cars.
After lunch we created some art with him. We learnt about how to blend in the colours and paint silhouettes. It was so fun.
I liked learning about the different tools and the instruments, like the digeridoo.
On the 1st of June, David Dunn an Aboriginal artist and a Wiradjuri Elder visited year 5/6 classroom, David showed us how to do an aboriginal artwork using silhouettes. He also taught us some things about his culture and how to throw boomerangs correctly. We also visited a scar tree. It was a fantastic day. Here are some photos and reflections from the day.
St John’s News - Asha and Layla
This is the art we did with David Dunn.
David Dunn reflection
David Dunn comes from a small town 50 miles west from Dubbo called Trangie. David Dunn is also a very talented artist and he taught us how to blend the paints together and how to dot paint he also taught us about his culture the instruments they used and how to use the tools.
David Dunn said to us to never say you can’t and that was very inspirational. Also, David said that he does up to 114 paintings each day! Wow! David had also said that the scar tree that we thought was one he said that it might not be a scar tree. He had said that he paints from the heart and memories.
Yesterday when David Dunn came to school, we learned about aboriginal culture we also did artwork that was fun. He also showed us how to throw a boomerang and how he catches fish. But I liked it when he spun the bullroarer it was cool and loud at the same time. I thought it was cool how the Aboriginals catch food and fish it sounded like they were smart. I think David Dunn’s artwork is good and very creative and realistic. When he showed us how to say stuff in a different language it was weird and fascinating. I learned how to count to 5 in Wiradjuri but I didn’t really know how to count 6-7, I was close though. There was a lot of talking but I didn’t stop listening because I enjoyed learning about aboriginal culture. Also, when we went for a walk to the scare tree I thought it was cool I also liked walking around and looking at some stuff.
David Dunn Reflection (Maddison)
On Wednesday, the 1st of June, David Dunn came to teach the 5/6’s about the Indigenous culture, for the launch of our PBL unit!
To start off the day, he showed us all of the different tools that they used back when it was the Aboriginals land, with a sense of humor, of course. Different tools have different uses. Each tool was very creative. He then did the Welcome to Country.
For the first lesson, Mr Cunningham’s class when and did an art lesson with him, because he is an artist. Mrs Schulz’s class did ‘The Tools for Life’. We got to choose four tools we wanted to learn about, there was a file called ‘The Tools for Life’ which is where we got all of our information from. I chose the Nets, Boomerangs, Boondi’s and Spears. My favourite tool probably would’ve been the net, it was such a creative way of catching ducks, yabbies, fish or other small animals.
Then, after lunch we swapped over and did the same things. The art was so much fun! He uses different techniques and different tools to any normal artist. He was very specific and an awesome teacher. He taught us about how his favourite way to paint is using silhouettes, that is the technique that we painted on Wednesday. He said that with silhouettes you could do a really tiny person that could be really tall, just far away and a really tiny person could be really big, close up. You can let imagination run wild with art!
In the afternoon we went to see the scar tree. We all thought that the tree had been used by Aboriginals to carve out a boat. But David Dunn didn’t think so. He said that normally the scar would be from the ground up to about an adult’s height, but we are still researching about it because Mrs Schulz found a photo from 1935 that looked like the scar tree, but we don’t think it’s the same tree. The scar tree has been recorded into the AHIMS program for more research, they gave us a sight number.
We ended the day with a big thankyou to David and a couple tricks (an emu caller) with some of the Aboriginal tools. Overall, it was a fantastic day and I learnt lots!
Nets are used to catch mostly ducks, fish and yabbies. When catching a duck, the net is hung between some trees, then someone scares the ducks which pushes them in the opposite direction (towards the nets). This causes the ducks to fly into the nets. Once the ducks are caught, they pick out the ducks that they think will be enough to feed them, they let the remaining ducks free (this can also be done using boomerangs).
Boomerangs are pieces of wood that have been made into a curved like shape, for throwing. There are different types of boomerangs… the lighter boomerang comes back to you and is used for hunting birds, bats and other small animals. Where as the larger boomerangs, which are heavier are used for hunting larger targets. Boomerangs are also used for many other jobs, such as… digging fire pits, making fire, clapping sticks and fighting.
A Boondi is a tool that looks like a club or a bat. It has a handle at one end and a wider sphere at the other end. They are meant for fighting but can also be used for… digging, hunting, hitting sticks and can also bring down larger animals.
Spears can come in all different sizes, varying from 1.2m to 4m, depending on what they are hunting. Different spears are made out of different woods, then straightened using heat from the fire and sharpened from stone blades, shells, or sand. After that process it is covered in animal fat (normally goanna) for preservation. Rocks, bones, or shells are usually used for the points of the spear. Spears can be thrown by hand, or by a special tool called the Woomera.
CIS Cross Country
The CIS cross county was a great experience. There was 105 people in my race and very high stakes. I came 44th with 14.00mins. The race was fun. My favourite bit was getting the cis hoodie. I also came 2nd out of the RAS people.
For me, it was a great experience. I’d never been to CIS before, and I was only allowed to go because Lucy was going. We got there early and watched the high school kids. This meant that we were stuck in the cold, but when the primary school kids came, the grandstands were crowded. There was 105 people in our race. Lucy came 44th and I came 45th. It was pretty good, giving that we got 14mins for 3km. The person who came 1st got 11mins!
On Wednesday 8th of June, Mum Dad and my sisters Mia and Zoe, left home at 6 am to go to Sydney. At 1pm we walked the course, which took about half an hour. After walking the course I felt really nervous and excited at the same time but mostly nervous. When it was time for my race, I went to the marshalling area and waited until we all walked to the starting line. When I was walking to the starting line I felt less nervous because I was talking to some of the other runners in my group.
There were 105 runners in my race. At the start of the race I was in the middle of the pack. Then I decided to start overtaking some of the runners to get closer to the front. I ended up coming 8th. I was pretty proud of this result. I was hoping to get in the top 20 so I did much better than I thought I would. I was so happy to improve on my personal best time by 30 seconds. We stayed the night in Goulburn and travelled back home on Thursday.
CHAPEL - Year 1
Friday 17 June
Comic Club with David
Every Wednesday at lunchtime, come to the library and help make some amazing comics.
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.
St Paul's Discovery Day (Yr 5)
Thursday 23 June
Chapel - Yr 3/4 PV
Friday 24 June
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CHOC CHIP COOKIE DAY
On Friday the 10th of June our Year 6 Leadership Cooking Team with the help of Kylie Edlington made choc chip cookies for the students of St John’s. Over 160 cookies were baked and enjoyed. We raised $72.30. This money will be used for our next cook up which will support our St John’s Community.
Year 6 Cooking Team
Chapel - Worship
Friday 1 July
Thursday 21 July
We have rescheduled our Athletics Carnival for Term 3 – Week 1, on Thursday 21st July 2022 at Alexander Park Athletics Complex in Albury. Please click below to complete the online permission details by Friday 1 July 2022.
At St John's, we pray for our students and their families and staff members.
This week, we are praying for:
Eddyson & Eva Allen-Cameron
Angel & Maddison Baker
Zayden &Tyson Chapel
Ray, Max & Harrison Lynch
Ella, Isabel & Jack McGrath
Jordon Shaw & Lewis Shilg
Brooklyn Severin & Evie Pendergast
Ashlynn Deegan & Meredith Heinrich
George Shipp & Chad McPherson
Fletcher Barber & Connor Strauss
Ivy Tervet & Lily Ross
Year 3/4 LK
Ian Wang & Maison Holm
Jacob Rudd & Daigan Whelan
Year 3/4 PV
Scarlett Barber & Hannah Code
Tully Heath & Henry Edwards
Year 5/6 NC
Jake Sumbler & Adam Ballentine
Ella Terlich & Charlie Papakostas
Year 5/6 FSZoe Podubinski & Liam Whelan & Alex Rai Ella McGrath & Tom Mitchell
"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you." Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)
I like to start my day meditating on the word 'peace'…today I am going to feel God's peace as my world feels broken and my soul needs steadying.
Isaiah 26 focuses on the strength God gives His people so they can accomplish His purposes. Even though the prophet Isaiah is looking forward to the end of all things (Revelation 21:1 - 22:5). Isaiah knows while things may not look good right now, God promises us His plans are good. He is moving us toward that day when death will be swallowed up, and He will wipe every tear from our eyes (Isaiah 25:8). He has ordained our peace (Isaiah 26:12).
But we aren't just promised peace on the other side of eternity. Isaiah tells us how we can experience and walk in strength and peace today:
"You keep him in perfect peacewhose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock" (Isaiah 26:3-4, ESV).
This doesn't mean our circumstances will feel peaceful. Nor does it mean the prayers we pray suddenly all get answered. But what it does mean is our mind can be steadied with Truth instead of overrun with thoughts of fear, anxiety and worst-case scenarios.
Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever". The same God who rescued David from Saul, who split the Red Sea so the children of Israel could safely pass through, and the One who promises strength to His people through Isaiah — He is the same God you can trust with your life.
My prayer is for you all to feel God's peace as you navigate through unstable waters of life. May the Lord give you the strength and peace internally to face whatever comes your way externally.