Each week, we pray for our students and their families and staff members. This week, we are praying for:
Paityn Stephenson, Isaac Hartley, Joshua Bradbury, Freya Bardsley, Miss Louise Rouch.
Yours in Christian service,
As we rapidly head towards the end of the school year, we still have an extremely full schedule for the remaining few weeks. As we proceed with formal end of year functions, unfortunately we are still doing so under strict COVID NSW Health guidelines. Whilst our nation is appearing to return to a form of normality with more flexible COVID rules, our schools remain under tighter restrictions. These restrictions still limit us regarding how we run our graduation service. To ensure we can honour our students and celebrate as a school, this year we are holding a closing school service at 9:30am on Wednesday 9 December. Our Year 6 parents are invited to attend in a COVID safe environment, we will also personally invite any other parents that have children receiving awards. This event will be live streamed for the remainder of our school community. We understand the potential frustrations this change may cause but we thank you for your understanding as we proceed with these celebration services following mandatory COVID guidelines.
Looking back over the year, it is obvious of the disruption and challenges COVID has placed on the life of St John’s. It is also evident of the positives and growth we have had as a staff and school team. One of the largest challenges this year has been regarding communication. At the beginning of 2020, we had clear plans for parent meetings and whole school information sessions that would drive communication and connection. We delivered a new website that was designed to drive an additional layer of communication. Whilst responding as a school to COVID guidelines, some of our best and exciting plans have been placed on hold.
The important channels of communication are top of the agenda for 2021 and I personally can’t wait to be face-to-face with our parent community to celebrate, share and talk about our school. We have so many developments, strengths and growth areas to share and I also look forward to having an open platform to hear feedback and questions our parent body may have.
Some important information:
Reports – Class Lists – End of Year Principal Message and 2021 St John’s Information will be sent home on Monday 7th December.
Due to our Year 6 Team missing out on so much this year, today’s celebration at The Great Aussie Holiday Park is a small way staff can say thanks for being such an awesome class!
Yours in Christian service,
This year, we have had to adapt and change many of our sporting events. Thankfully, we held a very successful and different carnival at St John's for an in-school 2020 Cross Country! A very exciting change, was that we would be running in our neighbouring paddock. A huge thank you to our neighbour Farmer Rob, who helped mow and rake a looping track for us to run on. A fantastic surprise was jumping and overcoming the obstacle of climbing the fence back to our oval! St John's students loved the challenge of climbing with haybales and foam mats to jump over the fence. A massive thank you to all the teachers and their help in organising and running our carnival on the day.
The teachers were all impressed by the sportsmanship shared and the excellent attitude shown by students throughout the cross country. There were many great examples of encouragement and support amongst our students. A massive well-done to the Little Saints who ran a huge lap around our oval and to the entire school; Kinder - Year 6, for their monumental achievements!
The cross country is a wonderful example of what makes St John’s such a great school for students to be a part of. Also, for this unusual year, how quickly adapting with a positive attitude and effort can result in a brilliant and innovative new cross country event. At the end of the day the results were very close for House Points. Congratulations to Dight house who won the overall result. Well done to Goessling who won the Team Spirit Trophy. Congratulations to the outstanding efforts of all students who participated on the day and for striving for their PBs.
There were many great achievements on the day and some very quick races were run. It was extremely pleasing to see the effort put in by all students to run the course. Not all kids find running easy, but every student gave their best effort throughout. Congratulations to our place winners on the day!
Yours in Sport,
Madeline Curnow PE & 5/5 Teacher
Last week, the Kinder class enjoyed making yummy muffins with beetroot and carrots, which we picked from our vegetable garden.
Throughout this week, Year 5/6 class have been in the 'create and build' stage for our Term 4 PBL projects. The project is based on creating a machine which uses some kind of force in motion. We have had some fantastic 'ah-hah!' moments as the planning designs for the machines came to life and then worked for their functional purpose!
Little SaintsAva Godde
Kinder Grace Allan, Jim Berry
Year 1Johan Klaassen, Zayden Chapel
Year 2 Ava Terlich, Isabel McGrath
Year 3/4 LKLiam Whelan, Vivienne Jarick
Year 3/4 PVLyla Berry, Dominic Feuerherdt
Year 5/6 AMBZoe Wilson, Priya Kohlhagen
Year 5/6 CWEllie Daly, James Mitchell
Thank you for supporting our fundraising effort for Australian Lutheran World Service.
The cotton hand towels will be situated outside the Year 6 classroom, at the pick up area and are still available for a donation of $10 (or more if you are feeling generous!)They would make a great addition to someone's Christmas present.
All money will go directly to the Gifts of Grace appeal. If you would like to know more about this appeal, go to https://www.alws.org.au/what-you-can-do/gifts-of-grace/
If you are unable to come in to purchase a hand towel, please email me at (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will organise one in the colour of your choice (if available) or as close as possible.
Thanks for your support. Blessings to you all.
Sunday 6th December
Monday 7th December
Tuesday 8th December
Wednesday 9th December
We have been advised by The School Photographer, that our school photos should be arriving this week. We will inform our school families of the day the photos will be coming home with your child/ren.