Mrs Jenny Kilo
Doing life together is one of the Biblical strengths – it’s community, sharing, caring for one another, worshiping together, praying for one another, spending quality time together, and serving one another.
Acts 2:42 says; 'All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer'.
On the night of the last supper, Jesus took the role of a servant as He got up from his meal and began washing His disciples' feet. Jesus was teaching His disciples an important spiritual principal, a customary act of hospitality and serving one another.
Relationships involve sharing – time, experiences, being hospitable. Sharing also requires an ongoing personal investment. It endures through joys and struggles.
Prayer – "Father, with you, we want to live fully together as your people, wherever you have placed us.
Enable us to find joy and fulfillment in serving others as we have been served by you.
Thank you for this gift. Amen."
Each week, we pray for our students and their families and staff members. This fortnight, we are praying for:
Graciella McKendrick, Jake & Ryan Pisani,
Charlie & Eloise Schilg,
Allie McPhee, Beau & Noah Pitman, Julia Scholz,
Tully & Norah Heath,
Mrs Jo & Mrs Hutchy.
We thank you for your support during the continuing COVID situation. We will communicate via email to keep you updated with any new information that comes available. As a school, we will continue to follow the advice of NSW Health. Please see the following link to watch the video which we previously emailed out. For more detailed current information, please follow the link to NSW Health.
By now, all our school families will have received an email notifying of the school improvement survey (Perspectives: Your School In Focus) we will be conducting from Monday 2 August to Sunday 15 August. The information gathered will assist in furthering the growth and development of our school community. We will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.
The survey is designed to assist us in gaining an understanding of five important areas: School Environment, Teaching and Learning, Student Wellbeing, Leadership and Community. All staff, students (Years 5-6 only), parents/guardians, leaders and board members are invited to participate.
The survey is conducted online, taking approximately 15- 20 minutes to complete. Your input and contribution are important to the success of our continuous school improvement. For any enquiries about the survey, please contact the school for more details.
A link to complete the survey will be sent out as soon as it becomes available. We appreciate you taking the time to participate, as important members of our school community.
Yours in Christian service,
Parent Information Night
School Improvement Survey
We had planned to hold our Parent Information Evening next Tuesday, but due to the latest COVID restrictions, we regret that we will have to change the format to either via zoom or video. We will advise of the details in due course.
The students were inspired by Pete Cromer and created collages in Art.
During Maths, students love to play ‘Pocket Money’. This game introduces kids to money by seeing their value and learning to make change.
On the last day of Term 2, students made a giant indoor cubby house. They used a large tarpaulin, chairs, boxes and stools. They sat inside and played on their laptops. Of course!
In Year 5/6, the students worked in their PBL groups to complete a challenge, 'Island Survivors'. The students had to work as a team to survive on the island by working through several challenges. These included designing a hut, creating a character, deciding on an important skill and listing vital resources that would be needed.
Students had to be creative and practical, work cooperatively, communicate effectively and be a problem solver. Did they survive on the island?
Year 3/4 have been busy already this term with some engaging activities getting ready for our PBL unit.
We have investigated our lunchboxes and eaten some tasty treats. The students have also completed a range of mapping activities. Already there has been much discussion and excitement regarding what we might be learning about.
What could it be?
Last week, Year 1 embarked on our first Project Based Learning (PBL) unit. We visited WIrramina Environmental Centre at Burrumbuttock. We investigated the local flora and fauna and identified which types of plants and animals are found in our local area as well as many animals that are no longer in the area.
Yesterday, in between the rain, we walked to our own environmental area next to St John's. We heard and saw many types of birds we have yet to identify and lots of strange toadstools….but no fairies!!
On the first day of school this term, we launched our PBL focus for the term "Little Olympians." The Kinders were very excited and participated in some mini events like thong throwing, bouncing a basketball, jumping, and seeing who could twirl the hula hoop the longest. Winners were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals.
This week, we have been learning all about the Olympics. We made our own Olympic torches out of ice-cream and even had our own torch relay.
We also had fun being creative and planned and then collaged our own Olympic mascots.
Lots of excitement in Year 2 this week, when we launched our PBL Unit. The students had to write down what was easy and what was difficult to open in their lunch boxes. They predicted and recorded their findings. The next phase was to open an everyday item with one part of their body not working, example- arms, eyes, thumbs. They found this task difficult, but also rewarding and asked some very thought-provoking questions at the end of the session. Looking forward to next week and finding out the Driving Question.
Karlie Wishart, William Jensen
Emily Proos, Chad McPherson
Noah Merrett, Lily Ross
Year 2Ian Wang, Eloise Schilg
Year 3/4 LK
Annabel Johnston, Ryan Pisani
Year 3/4 PV
Ben Code, Alannah Van Der Linde
Year 5/6 AMB
Samuel Howland, Lyla Berry
Year 5/6 CW
Thierry Mahon, Alice Cossor
KinderConnor Strauss, Beau Pitman
Alex Chambers, Jim Berry
Year 2isaac Hartley, Benjamin Baird
Year 3/4 LK
Kaitlyn Sims, Levi Wilson
Year 3/4 PV
Jaxon Fraser, Meggie Kinning
Year 5/6 AMB
Myra Holm, Grace Code
Year 5/6 CW
Elijah Kinning, Lucy Wilson
For being an outstanding role model and leading positive school culture in all you do! Hudson, your genuine care, positive words and respect for everyone is fantastic.
Thank you for being such an awesome St John’s student!
Eve Barclay, Victor Wang
Some of the auction items:
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Parents of students who are on Individual Education Plans (IEPs) will be contacted shortly with regards to review meetings. These will be held in Week 5 (9-13 August) and bookings will be able to be made through the Parent Lounge.
Please DO NOT attempt to book a meeting if your child does not have an IEP.
Alison JafariLearning Enhancement Specialist