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TERM 4 - WEEK 2 AT ST JOHN'S

TERM 4
WEEK 2
AT
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WEEK 2

GRATITUDE

I’m certainly grateful for a loving family and friends that provide depth and meaning to life, even though most of us can’t be physically together and hug each other right now. My faith is also a source of comfort and reassurance at this time. I also feel a deep sense of gratitude for everyone who has sacrificed for the common good over the last several months, especially those who’ve masked up and physically distanced to provide essential services in our communities to keep everything going.

Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotionally, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.  

One of my personal favourites is Philippians 4:6-7 which states:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God.  And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus".

Many blessings to you and your family.
Mrs Jo x

PRAYING FOR YOU

At St John's, we pray for our students and their families and staff members.  This week, we are praying for:

Mathew West, Paige, Daigan & Liam Whelan, Mathew Davis, Eliza Belgrave, Thea, Meggie & Elijah Kinning,
Hudson, Jasmine & Jonas Piltz,
Pastor Christian, Mr Moss.

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FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Yours in Christian service,

 

Brad MossPrincipal

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To have our students back and to see the energy of our school in action is fantastic! What we are missing though, is our parent community. We are missing our parent information nights, feedback groups, teacher meetings, etc. Not being able to utilise all of these opportunities to communicate is a challenge and an area we are conscious of as we plan Term 4 activities, the end of year celebrations for our Year 6 Team and set up for 2022.

Some positive news is that we can now progress with our Kindergarten transition days and make our newest St John's members feel welcomed into their new school.

An exciting change for 2022 is the news of a staffing change between Mrs Fiona Schultz and Mrs Charlene Walsh. Fiona will be teaching Year 5/6 and Charlene will be teaching Kindergarten. To ensure a quality transition experience for our 2022 Kindergarten Team, Charlene will lead the transition days that are coming up in Weeks 3, 5 and 7 to build and strengthen the important relationships with our 2022 Kindy class.

Year 1-6 class lists and teacher allocations will be communicated later in the term.

WE ARE MISSING OUR PARENTS....

LIVING POSITIVELY

Involves the ability to maintain a positive outlook or perspective, even in the face of obstacles or setbacks.  It draws strength from the promises of God and includes being optimistic about the future, and consciously choosing to project warmth, faith and hope in relationships with others.

COVID RESTRICTIONS

Unfortunately, NSW schools are still under Level 3 restrictions. This means parents are still unable to be on-site. In addition to these restrictions, the current Public Health Order states that 'any unvaccinated person, staff, volunteer, parent' will be unable to be on school grounds from 8 November. We acknowledge that this may cause levels of distress in some families, however unfortunately the school is required to adhere to any PHO requirements set by NSW Government. Our message is that we are here to support all families throughout this period and want to be compassionate, caring and understanding whilst upholding our legal responsibilities set by the NSW Government.  

I will keep all families updated to any changes regarding COVID impacts to St John's.

BABY NEWS

Our staff was able to celebrate with Nicole Mighalls, the beautiful news of the birth of Sophie Mary.  We look forward to meeting her!  Mrs Jenny O’Neill is taking on the role of Learning Coach in the Year 1 class for the remainder of 2021.  

The above statement is taken from the Lutheran Education of Australia’s Growing Deep Framework. This document is an outstanding resource for us as a Lutheran school, to draw upon as we navigate our current climate of continual COVID changes. So as we work together with our school community throughout the year, we do so with confidence knowing the promises of God and who we are in Christ.

Finally, I would like to extend an invitation to all families that I am available by phone/ZOOM to talk through any questions or clarifications you have. I encourage parents to continue to communicate directly with your child's teacher regarding any classroom related questions. However, I am always more than happy to talk and to support you and your child to do all we can to ensure your child is excited for learning at St John's.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HELMETS

A reminder for all of our active students who ride their bikes and scooters to school.

Helmets are not only required by law to be worn, they provide the necessary protection in the case of an accident. Thank you to those students who are wearing helmets at all times!

ROAD SAFETY

You will notice new fencing installed in our carpark. This is to limit pedestrian traffic through the carpark. We also remind parents to pick up their child by crossing the road to collect them from outside the Year 5/6 room and support your child crossing the road. Parents have been informing the school of students running across the road without a parent.

Thanks for your support in keeping our school safe.

It involves valuing the gifts and contributions of all and creating a sense of optimism by building a positive and energetic climate of encouragement and support, even during times of difficulty or change.

Involves the ability to maintain a positive outlook or perspective, even in the face of obstacles or setbacks. It draws strength from the promises of God and includes being optimistic about the future, and consciously choosing to project warmth, faith and hope in relationships with others.

KINDERGARTEN 2022
TRANSITION DATES

Week 3 - Wednesday 20 October 9.30-11am

Week 5 - Wednesday 3 November 9.30-11am

Week 7 - Wednesday 17 November 9.30-12pm

IMPORTANT DATES TERM 4

YEAR 6 GRADUATION DINNER
Friday 3 December

YEAR 6 GRADUATION SERVICE
Wednesday 8 December - 9.30am

SCHOOL CAPTAINS' SPEECHES

Tuesday 26 October

SPORTS CAPTAINS' SPEECHES

Wednesday 27 October

LAST DAY OF TERM 4
Wednesday 8 December

STUDENT INFORMATION

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CLASS

Kindergarten
Mrs Schulz & Mrs Kinning

This term during PE lessons, we have been doing tennis skills. The Kinders have been having fun learning to catch and bounce a tennis ball, throwing a ball against the wall and catching it and bouncing it with a racquet. By the end of the term, I am sure they will be giving Ash Bardy a run for her money!

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Year 2 Mrs Thomas

Photo Yr 2 students sharing Maths with Mr Moss

The Year 2 students have started Term 4 with enthusiasm. They have extended their thinking in Maths and worked in the millions. This term, they have also put together a Proud List and will reflect on this weekly to ensure a positive well-being. Some students showed their work to Mr Moss, who gave them special gold Principal's stickers to celebrate.

Year 3/4 Mrs Vaccaro

The class are learning their spelling words in different ways. Some students are creating Word Finders created on their laptops and others are using play dough to make their words. During mathematics, students were learning exploring data and graphing. A pack of skittles were sorted out in different colours and students created graphs from the data collected.  

Year 3/4 Mrs K

Year 3/4 have been having fun creating some monochromatic floral artworks.  The first weeks of this term has been spent developing their multiplication skills. We have been learning our tables through games, visual tasks and creative activities.

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Year 1 Mrs T

Last term, the Year Ones were working on their PBL unit on restoring our school paddock to its original state and enticing wildlife back to that area. The students made dioramas from their sketches and plans.

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Year 5/6 Mrs Bothe & Mrs Walsh

In 5/6, we ended Term 3 presenting our PBL Natural Disaster projects to the class. Each group made a model showing how a natural disaster occurs, what causes it, it's characteristics and how it impacts people, places and the environment.  

This term, we have started off with a bright and colourful space artwork. A great way to start off our Term 4 PBL unit on...Space.  Stay tuned!

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Picking Radishes and Carrots

While we're not able to continue our usual lunchtime activities due to Covid restrictions, a small group of students enjoyed picking radishes and carrots from one of our school vegetable garden beds. Thanks to Carmel Cole (Gan Ney's mum) for helping students plant them from seed earlier this year.

GREEN THUMBS
GARDEN CLUB

MERIT AWARDS

TERM 4 - WEEK 1

Little Saints
Layla Hunt

Kinder
Anneliese Finger, Jasmine Piltz

Year 1
Graciella McKendrick, Pippa Groenewald

Year 2
Ayeva Walters, Jett Smith

Year 3/4 LK
Isabel McGrath, Jake Sumbler

Year 3/4 PV
Jacob Blackie, Darcy Smith

Year 5/6 AMB
Ella Terlich, Maddison Smith

Year 5/6 CW
Ellie Wright, Henry Allan

GOOD SAMARITAN AWARDS

TERM 3 - WEEK 10

Little Saints
Eddyson Allen-Cameron, Briar Prater

Kinder
Eli Johnston, Betty Blackman

Year 1
Graciella McKendrick, Jim Berry

Year 2
Tully Heath, Sarah Bergmeier

Year 3/4 LK
Eve Barclay, Levi Wilson

Year 3/4 PV
Darcy Wright, Lara Male

Year 5/6 AMB
Zoe Wilson, Dominic Feuerherdt

Year 5/6 CW
Sarah Schulz, Chloe McNamara

DYSLEXIA

Did you know?

  • 50 per cent of people with dyslexia are left-handed, compared to 11 per cent of the rest of the population
  • Studies have shown that people with dyslexia excel in areas such as creative thinking
  • Scientists have found that the dyslexic brain is typically larger than non-dyslexic brains.

Dyslexia is a very common difficulty that some people face when reading text or words. Because intelligence is not impacted, it is not described as a learning disability but as a Specific Learning Difficulty. The main disruption that dyslexia causes is difficulty with phonological awareness, which is our ability to understand sounds and letters (phonemes).

Each person with dyslexia is different. For some people, it may just slow them down when reading and writing; for others, dyslexia can cause more serious visual interruptions when reading, where words and letters appear blurred. A person with dyslexia might:

  • read and write very slowly;

  • have poor or inconsistent spelling;
  • confuse the order of letters in words;
  • put letters the wrong way round (such as writing "b" instead of "d");
  • find it hard to carry out a sequence of directions;
  • struggle with planning and organisation;
  • understand information when told verbally, but have difficulty with information that's written down.

Check out this video of some famous people, who also happen to be dyslexic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrOvfIgiDZc  

Alison JafariLearning Enhancement Specialist

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