Yours in Christian service,
Presenting Our 2023 School Captains
We held our 2023 Captain speeches on Monday morning this week. To hear all candidates articulately communicate leadership qualities was another example of the strength of our students. A genuine well done to all of the students who placed themselves in contention and represented themselves so strongly.
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2023 School Captains, Victor and Vivienne and our 2023 Vice Captains, Ben and Alannah.
Welcome to Our Newest Team Member
We welcomed Melanie Hoek to our staff team this week in her role as Administration Officer. Melanie’s role will add to the professionalism of our school as she partners with our office staff and leadership team to streamline operational processes and school communication. Welcome to St John’s Mel!
Teachers are very busy at the moment conducting assessment with students to help inform their decisions around feedback and reporting. We want to ensure that students are comfortable and feeling at ease with assessments, so these are as low key as possible. These assessments provide us with ongoing data on your child’s learning over their years at St John’s and are used to determine their progress over time.
Working Bee:Our working bee is fast approaching (this weekend, 5th November at 8am), and we are seeking as many volunteers as possible. The current weather forecast is looking clear for Saturday, and there is a BBQ at the end of the day as a thankyou to volunteers. If you are able to attend, please contact Shannon in our office as soon as possible.
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.
This term, all classes are focusing on Grit and Perseverance, which is one of the characteristics on our Student Learner Profile.
Last week, each class had a ‘red hot go’ at some challenging tasks with a light, small plastic ball in their Design Lab lesson. We tried to balance it on our heads, roll it down our arm and catch it, see how many times we could bounce it on the end of a ruler and then balance it on a ruler. This led to a deep dive into what we think, feel and do when we use Grit and Perseverance.
We learnt that Grit is more about having an ‘I can do it’ attitude and using Perseverance is how we put that into action. We only use and develop these two qualities when we attempt something hard or challenging.
Come along to Chapel this Friday morning when I will ask some student volunteers to demonstrate their skills in the above challenging tasks and we will learn what God tells us about having Grit and Perseverance.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CLASS
In Kinder, we have been exploring all about where our food comes from. We have been planting some of our own vegetables and had a guest speaker come in to talk about where dairy comes from. We had our very own expert (Rory) share about how wheat, canola and lupins are grown on the farm and what they are used for. Then, it was time to make our own butter and bread and give it a try…it was delicious!
The Year One have been working hard completing their end of year assessments. We have also been investigating some strange sounds that we have been hearing in our classroom. They have been related to Christmas. We wrote letters to other classes and they have replied to us with what they hear. After we borrowed some books during our library time, we spent some down time playing chess and reading books.
Year 2 students presented their PBL (Project Based Learning) showcase on Thursday afternoon to their parents and the school community. Their driving question focused on telling their stories that had a social impact to inspire others. Students researched a story and presented it to help and inspire others. The passion for their stories was evident when presenting. The inspiring stories included their own stories, grandparent’s stories, or something they were passionate about. There were many positive comments about how confidently the students presented and how knowledgeable they were.
Year 3/4 PV
We were thrilled to welcome Henry’s Golden Retriever puppy, Max into our classroom for a visit. Photos taken from Grandparent’s Day:
Year 3/4 LK
Taylor your Fitness/Active Farmers
Last week our 5/6’s had Alanna Hayes visit our class. She is a personal trainer and is passionate about fitness and health. She shared a presentation with class all about healthy eating and the importance of drinking lots of water. The students enjoyed learning about the rainbow fruits and vegetables and how each coloured group has a vital part in keeping our healthy.
Alanna then took the students for a PT session in the hall. The students got their hearts pumping and bodies moving.
Alanna certainly showed us how fitness is fun, no matter what level or ability we are.
Year 6 Grandparents Chapel
Paws for Sick Kids
On Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th we participated in a walk for sick kids. Kylie Edlington (Aaron’s mum) registered for this event and her goal was to walk 100km with their pet dog Finn during the month of October. We decided to get on board and help her with this cause. We had awesome success with over 100 students participating on both days. We raised $240.30c for Ronald MacDonald House Charity. We are so grateful for all the people who came on the walk and would like to thank all the students and teachers who donated.
A massive, big thank you too to Kylie, Finn and puppy Lacey for allowing us to support you.
Perfect Pet Team- Alice, Isabella and Sarah
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:
Jonas, Hudson & Jasmin Piltz
Jonti & Evie Nordam
Phoenix & Jaxon Fraser
Tanya Stein & Emma Oram
Aurora O’Grady Moll
Ayeva WaltersJim Berry
Year 3/4 LK
Year 3/4 PV
Year 5/6 NC
Year 5/6 FS
Ryan PisaniAlannah Van Der Linde