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Brad MossPrincipal

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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.

Jessica Cottrell


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.

Anna-Marie Bothe




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!

Year 1

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

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

Grandparents Day

Year 5/6

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    





Chapel - Mrs Bothe
Friday 4 November

Working Bee
Saturday 5 November 8:00am-12:00pm

WORKING BEE 8:00am-12:00pm
It's that time of year again when the school needs a spruce up during the spring growth season. We would love to see as many as possible here at school on Saturday 5th November -to help clean up our school grounds and to keep it looking in ship-shape condition. Many hands make light work! Even if you can be here for a couple of hours, your help would be greatly appreciated. The other option is to contribute financially in lieu of your labour. As we do not have many gardening tools, please bring along your own implements (labelled), including gloves.

Chapel Service & BBQ
Friday 18 November 6:00pm

Helpers Morning Tea
Thursday 24 November

Reminder Sun safety
As a sun Smart School with Cancer Council Australia, we prioritise sun safety as part of caring for our students. We would like to remind all children to bring their hat to School and wear it every day.
Each classroom has sunscreen, however students are allowed to bring their own sunscreen to school if they have sensitive skin.
If children leave their hat at home they will need to play in the shade.

Between the 21st and the 25th of November, the Enviro Team has organised a nude food challenge. This means that no plastic is allowed in your lunchbox. Students can put their lunch and recess in containers, beeswax wraps, etc. Teachers will check every student’s lunchbox for plastic each day and for every plastic in their lunchboxes they will incur one point. The enviro team will come around to each class and collect the points. The class with the least number of points at the end of the week gets a prize.
Enviro Team, Aylena, Ella T, Lyla & Julia

A library display spinner has been placed in the foyer of the school hall. There are a lot of invaluable books relating to all sorts of topics which concern parents, carers or grandparents ready for borrowing. If you would like to borrow any of the resources when you next visit the school please write your name in the book provided on the counter.

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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!

Anna-Marie Bothe


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

Week 3
Briar Prater
Jonas, Hudson & Jasmin Piltz
Noah Sims
Tom Mitchell
Jonti & Evie Nordam
Jodie Takle

Week 4
Matthew Davis
Phoenix & Jaxon Fraser
Deliliah Harrington
Bejamin Keen
Harper Sutcliffe
Tanya Stein & Emma Oram



Little Saints
Zoe Bergmeier

Sophie Wenke
Aurora O’Grady Moll
Connor Strauss
Year 2
Ayeva Walters
Jim Berry

Year 3/4 LK
Molly Ginnivan
Isabel McGrath

Year 3/4 PV
Ricky Jensen
Kaitlyn Holmes

Year 5/6 NC
Asha Byers
Edward Allen

Year 5/6 FS
Ryan Pisani
Alannah Van Der Linde