Yours in Christian service,
Dear St John’s Families,
Thank you to our families for your support, contributions and trust you place in the staff at St John’s! 2022 has been an outstanding year and we look forward to welcoming you back to an exciting 2023.
To our wonderful staff. Thank you for your professionalism, commitment and guidance you show our students each day. We are a strong team and I am grateful to be working with you all.
All staff at St John’s would like to spread the Christmas message that God loves every one of you. You are precious to our Heavenly Father and to His Beloved Son, whose birth on that first Christmas long ago was the greatest of all gifts.
Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. From all the staff at St John’s, have a wonderful festive season!
From all the staff at St John’s, have a wonderful festive season!
We welcome Sarah Baird to the Kindergarten Team for 2023. Sarah comes with a wealth of experience and is also a current parent who is passionate about St John’s.
Shelley Murtagh is beginning her time at St John’s in Year 1 for 2023. She will be working on Monday – Wednesday and in partnership with Aiyana Eames who will work with students on Thursday and Friday. Shelley is an outstanding educator who is looking forward to being part of the St John’s team.
Gabrielle Cotter joins us as the 5/6 teacher who will partner with Fiona Schulz in 2023. Gabrielle has been working at Wagga Lutheran School and we look forward to welcoming her next year.
Jessica Cottrell has been working at STJLS in 2022 and we welcome Jess as the Design Lab Educator for 2023. Her skills to inspire our students in the creative, design space will be an asset to our school.
IMPORTANT: Please order your School Uniforms as soon as possible, to ensure they are ready for collection early 2023.
Purchase of uniforms is located at:
Albury Uniforms & Schoolwear:
1104 Mate Street, North Albury, NSW, 2640
(02) 60409381 email@example.com
Please note: All items of clothing must be clearly and indelibly named using sew on/iron on labels or a felt tipped permanent marker.
Our swimming program in 2023 will include all students from Kinder to Year 6. This program will be held at Gould’s Swim Academy and the children will change at school and travel by bus. (Dates TBC)
Stationery and textbooks will be issued on the first day of school and students may take them home during the first weekend. Please ensure that all books and stationery items are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Books may be covered with a suitable covering of your choice.
As previous years, Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 are straight year level classes. We strongly value collaborative teaching at St John’s. This collaborative approach will continue next year in our junior classes through opportunities to work together directed via teacher planning and lesson delivery.
Our Year 3/4 and 5/6 classes are cross-year level classes, providing a healthy platform for integration of students during all class activities.
In Creative Arts we love being creative. We engage, we are passionate. We learn about relationships by working closely with our classmates. In Creative Arts we use higher order thinking skills like decision making, analysing, evaluating and reviewing. We love taking risks and are in a supportive environment where the culture is that it is okay to make mistakes, as it is through mistakes we learn.
In Creative Arts our class looks like chaos to the uninitiated. In Creative Arts we make noise, some of our highest quality work happens while we are making noise. As a result, we learn collaboratively better than most students do, problem solve as much as the maths students, and experiment more often than science students.
Quite often, students can enter the Creative Arts classroom with reservations. It can be uncomfortable or seen as a subject that isn’t as important as others. St John’s students are very lucky to have the support of the school in the recognition of this subject. It has been so wonderful to see the students gain an appreciation for Dance, particularly from those who initially showed resistance or were hesitant. I am looking forward to seeing all of the skills they have learned in their final performances next week.
From all of the staff at St John’s, thank you for being part of our family community. We are looking forward to partnering with you in 2023 as we continue to inspire students for life.
Have a wonderful festive season with loved ones and see you all next year!
Yours in Christian Service,
It has been so wonderful to see the students playing across grade levels at recess and lunchtime over this last fortnight of the 2022 school year.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CLASS
The Kinders are excited to be finished the year! What a great one it has been. To end the year, we cooked cupcakes for our Year 6 buddies in PBL, wrote about homes we made from natural materials, had some fun STEM challenges and enjoyed a class celebration. What fun it has been!
After all their hard work this term, the Year Ones are having some free time celebrating the end of the year.
A wonderful time was had by all on the excursion to Beechworth. The students learnt about Ned Kelly, honey, and the history of Beechworth. They also enjoyed eating at the bakery, ice cream and a picnic. Enjoyable day of fun and learning.
The students are so excited to have finished the Christmas memory ornaments for the residents of the Jindera Hostel. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions they cannot deliver these in person. We are sure the residents will love the effort the students have put into their PBL (Project Based Learning) and the memory they have created for them.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Mrs Thomas & Mrs Severin.
Year 3/4 PV
It was great day out on Thursday 1st December. Students had fun at Bounce, then headed to the Civic Centre for lunch, before going to St Matthew’s church and the Museum.
For our PBL showcase this term, students worked in groups to create an advertisement promoting healthy lunch boxes. Thanks to Mrs Nic’s great filming and editing, we had fun watching the variety of ads at the ‘Minute to Win it’.
Last Friday night, the 9th of December, our Year 6’s, parents and staff enjoyed a two-course meal at Thurgoona Country Golf Club. Our 6’s loved dressing up, dancing on the dance floor and reminiscing about their years at St John’s.
A special thank you to Toni Terlich and Lisa Smith who organised the decorations for the evening, it looked amazing.
On Friday the 2nd of December we took our Year 6’s to Ingenina Holiday Park at the Hume Weir. This was to celebrate their efforts as Leaders for 2022 and to celebrated their time at St John’s.
We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny, warm day. The Year 6’s enjoyed tennis, bike riding, volleyball, tuga war, kayaking, swimming in the weir and pool, jumping pillow and having fun at the splash park.
What a great way to celebrate their journey at St john’s!
Congratulation to our Healthy Habits Leadership Team, Ella McGrath, Maddison Smith and Grace Code who organised a Basketball Tournament at lunchtimes for our 3/4s and 5/6s classes this term. Students were given the opportunity to choose their teams and a lot of fun was had. The 3/4s played three on three and the 5/6’s played five on five. Each lunchtime we had lot’s of supporters and the Leadership team did an awesome job of being umpires and scoring.
Congratulations to our winners. 5/6 winners were Jonas, Marco, Tom, Sarah and Alice. ¾ Winners were Hudson, Jacob and Ryder.
This is an event that we will look forward to hosting again in 2023, as it was such a success.
This term our focus for PBL was for students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to empower them to make healthy and safe choices and take action to promote the health and wellbeing of their communities. Students will engage with a range of health issues and identify strategies to keep them healthy, safe and active.
Our driving question was “How can we as inspirational leaders use our passions to strengthen our community’s health and wellbeing?”
Last week our student’s show cased their initiatives during lunchtime and our student’s of St John’s enjoyed the variety of wellbeing/ health activities.
Florence Tyrell & Paige Whelan
Jasmine Piltz & George Shipp
Lincoln Heinrich & Joel James
Archie Mahon & Grace Allan
Year 3/4 LK
Maddison Baker & Molly Ginnivan
Year 5/6 FS
Freya Bardsley & Tom Mitchell
Jordan Shaw & Delilah Harrington
Sophie Wenke & Sophie Chang
Nathaniel Pallet & Betty Blackman
Year 3/4 LK
Ben Baird & Louise Jarick
Year 3/4 PV
Isabella Cameron & Darcy Wright
Year 5/6 NC
Aylena Millar & Jacob Blackie
Year 5/6 FS
Ella McGrath & Elijah Kinning
The Wonder of Creation
I love the country setting of our school so much, and I know many of you feel the same way. After school on Monday, Mrs King and I were so excited to see this little beauty in the staff carpark, waddling and nosing around for something to eat.
Then Molly and Chloe had the rare treat of having the friendly echidna come right up to them in the TNT doorway! It seemed like it really wanted to come inside. They wondered if the poor thing wanted to escape the rain.
God has given us the role of caretakers of his creation – he works through us. At St John’s, a big part of our learning focuses on our responsibility in caring for the environment. A few examples from this year: our Year 3/4s became passionate advocates for protecting endangered wildlife. Our Kinders are learning about how to care for plants that provide food. Our Year 5/6s investigated sustainable farming practices.
When our learning is based on applying skills and knowledge to real life contexts, we are doing God’s work. A desire to be a part of God’s ongoing act of creation drives our curiosity and compassion!
Psalm 8:3-9 You made us to rule over the works of Your hands. You put all things under our feet: All sheep and cattle, all the wild animals, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and all that pass through the sea. O Lord, our Lord, how great is Your name in all the earth!
At St John's, we pray for our students and their families and staff members.
This week, we are praying for:
Edward, Henry & Grace Allan
Madeline & Abigail Kerr
Maddison & Darcy Smith
Evelyn & Florence Tyrell