How do you feel when you hear the television or radio telling you it is only 38 days until Christmas? I know it is not December yet but after all that 2020 and 2021 has thrown at us it is a good feeling to think about the wonder of Christmas and to be looking forward with hope.
I would like to share with you some words from a terrific Christian author and creator of the most wonderful Christmas messages – Ann Voskamp.
“At the end of the longest, most painful year, who doesn’t need the longest, most meaningful Christmas? “Celebration is a smart strategy.” That’s what I’m thinking when we drag out the tree early… the weary are more than ready to let all the joy, hope, and peace be epic this year. String up the lights! Set out the candles! Celebration is a smart strategy.”
So, let’s say yes to thinking about the birth of our Saviour early and looking forward to celebrating the gifts His birth has given us.
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
On Wednesday morning we had our Kinder transition day. It was a fun day reading books, playing outside and having a tour around the school with our Year 5 buddies. We can't wait for a great year of Kinder next year!
As we all continue to navigate a COVID impacted society, we do so at St John’s with a balanced perspective, acknowledging the challenges but also what has been achieved behind the scenes with our staff team. We aim to finish strong with our current Year 6 students, yet we also look ahead to an exciting 2022!
I cannot speak highly enough of the professional dedication and commitment our staff have to placing the needs of our students first. I have the privilege of observing the positive relationships each staff member has with our students on a daily basis. I acknowledge the impacts that have been created with COVID restrictions within our school community. Firstly, through COVID restrictions and secondly through the required vaccination status of school community members. It is a significant challenge but one that we approach with care and understanding.
Through all of the restrictions and challenges, we give thanks to Jesus for every opportunity we have top connect to families both old and new. As a staff team, we crave and look forward to being able to meet face-to-face with our families. To hold parent information nights and open the classrooms up to visitors. We aim to find the positives in every situation and be thankful for every opportunity we have to build relationships at St John ‘s. A Balanced View on Happiness
Happiness is defined as the balance of positive and negative emotions, combined with overall life satisfaction. Happiness and gratitude have been studied in positive psychology for many years and researchers have found that gratitude is always strongly associated with greater happiness. Although everyone has their own definition of happiness, many of us want to feel more positive emotions than negative ones. However, negative emotions are still important. They have a lot to teach us and alert us when things need to change. Practising gratitude helps people feel more of the positive emotions, enable us to relish good experiences, improve our overall health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships.
Yours in Christian Service,
LOOKING FORWARD TO ANNOUNCING STAFFING STRUCTURE FOR 2022 NEXT WEEK
This month’s topic: Happiness & Gratitude
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CLASS
Kinder have been doing the topic "Farm to Families," we have been investigating different types of farms, like wheat, dairy, fish and potato farms. We enjoyed Pamela Allen's book "The Potato People" and made our own potato people.
Our word of the week was 'swan', the Kinders enjoyed the story "the Ugly Duckling" and made their own readers. Here is Max with his reader.
In Math's the kinders have been enjoying to learn to skip count by 2s, 5s and 10s. Here is George with his pirate hook dot to dot which he skipped counted by 10.
A highlight in the Kinder class this term was incubating bantam eggs. After 21 day the Kinders were thrilled to see 13 bantam chicks hatch from the eggs.
In math's the Kinders enjoyed making their own number patterns. Here is Evelyn and Madeline's.
Yr One’s and their Nature Masks. The Yr 1’s learnt about what is and is not organic and went for a lovely walk in the sunshine exploring the grounds of St John’s to collect pieces of nature and create these beautiful nature masks.
With wet weather comes great opportunities! Table tennis has become a favourite game in Year 3/4 LK.
Learning about decimals is so exciting when you get to make paper planes and use iPads. Students used the Measure app and Numbers app to measure and record their planes distances in decimal form.
This year a very keen group of students have set up their very own farm plots. Unfortunately, the cockatoos destroyed the barley and wheat, but the canola has grown very well.
The Year 5s had so much fun with their Kinder buddies for 2022 on the Kinder Transition Day! They got to know each other and went on a treasure hunt around the school.
The Year 6s have had spending a lot of time preparing for their Graduation Service. We won't tell you what they've been doing because it's a surprise!
Jordan Shaw, Morgan Mason, Zoe Bergmeier
Harper Sutcliffe, Gloria Wang, Benjamin Lustig, Chad McPherson, Fletcher Barber, Evelyn Tyrrell
Daisy Freedom, Jim Berry, Archie Mahon, Elsie Merkel, Tyson Chapel, Ivy Tervet
Zayden Chapel, Henry Edwards, Eloise Schilg, Kade Anderson, Isaac Hartley, Indi Knight
Year 3/4 LK
Ava Terlich, Daigan Whelan, Billy Proctor, Eve Barclay, Vivienne Jarick, Ben Wenke
Year 3/4 PV
Noah Pitman, Thomas Chambers, Matthew Davis, Hannah Code
Year 5/6 AMB
Jake Pisani, Priya Kohlhagen, Andi Wang, Austin Knobel, Tom Mitchell, Edward Allan
Year 5/6 CW
Tully Proctor, Isabella Chambers, Asha Byers, Liam Whelan, Ellie Daly, Kayla Sims
At St John's, we pray for our students and their families and staff members. This week, we are praying for:
Tom Mitchell, Maeve Bryant, Samuel Howland, George Shipp, Mrs King & Ms Jacqueline Warr