SPORT NEWS

Tweed Zone Swimming Carnival 🏊💦 

Our students who attended the Tweed Zone Swimming Carnival today in Murwillumbah represented St John’s with pride. They cheered on and encouraged each other and gave 100% effort in the races. Congratulations to all! 👏🏼 Well done to Nahla who came third in backstroke. She will be representing the Tweed Zone at the Diocesan Carnival in March 🏆

Zone Swiming

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Mission @ St John's

Ash Wednesday and Lent                                                                                                                                                                  This year, the Season of Lent begins on Wednesday 14th of February. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a season of repentance, fasting and awaiting Christ's Resurrection. It is a solemn reminder of our need for reconciliation with God. 

On Ash Wednesday in Week 3 we joined together as a school community to mark the beginning of Lent with a Liturgy. Thank you to Miss O’Leary, Ms Charters and Stage 2 for leading a beautiful Liturgy. 

Project Compassion                                                                                                                                                                                Lent also marks the beginning of Project Compassion. The theme for Project Compassion this year is ‘For all Future Generation’. We will be sharing stories and raising much needed donations for Caritas Australia through our support of Project Compassion this year. A Project Compassion box is on each class prayer space during Lent for any families who wish to make donations over the coming weeks. 

Shrove Tuesday                                                                                                                                                                                          The first fundraising event for the year began with Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Tuesday). A big thank you to those families who donated pancake mix and who also bought pancakes on the day. We raised $99.60. 

First Reconciliation                                                                                                                                                                            The Sacrament of Reconciliation is open to students in Year 4 and above and have completed the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

Please note the following dates in preparation for the Sacrament

Twilight Session 1-  Tuesday 27th of February 5:00 pm                                                                                        Twilight Session 2- Tuesday 5th of March 5:00 pm                                                                                                              Twilight Session 3- Tuesday 12th of March 5:00 pm                                                                                                   Twilight Session 4-  Tuesday 19th of March 5:00 pm                                                                                                   Sacrament- Sunday 24th of March, 8 am (After Mass) 

Shrove Tuesday

Ash Wednesday Liturgy

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

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Teaching & Learning @ St John's

COMPASS BOOKINGS NOW OPEN 2024  Term 1 Three Way Conferences               

On Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th February, staff will make themselves available for a three-way conference with you AND your child.  The primary purpose of the Term 1 conference is to discuss how your child has settled into the year, talk to you regarding their initial observations and gather information from you, and your child, about what will help them achieve their learning goals. These conferences ensure that clear communication channels are established early in the year and a partnership for learning is established.

Please make a booking for your child's conference. All conferences will be conducted in the hall. If you need to see more than one teacher, please book consecutive timeslots. Timeslots will be 15 mins each. Your child attends the meeting with you.

Celebration of Learning Wall

Each week at assembly different students have their work selected to go on our new “Celebration of Learning Wall”. The wall is growing steadily and we now have selections from across the school. Teachers can select examples of work that meet the success criteria or learning goal; show creativity or initiative or highlight a student who is striving for the ‘peak’ through perseverance and effort. Sometimes students can nominate a work sample that they are proud of or an impressive effort from a peer. Please take a look at the wall at our next asessmbly if you are free. Thanks to all the parents who joined us for our meet and greet last week. 

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"HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU"

Our Birthday people:-  

Tiana, Ryder, Dylan, Dorothea, Louis & Jet 


Road Safety

As children return to school, it is essential to keep safety in mind. Talk with your children about safely getting to and from school.
- Keep children safe getting in and out of the car. Always use the door closest to the kerb.
- Keep children safe by walking distraction-free. Expect your child to take off their headphones while walking.
- Keep children safe getting on and off the bus. Wait at the bus stop and stand at least one step back from the road's edge. Always meet your child at the bus stop. Never meet them on the opposite side of the road and call them across. Wait until the bus has gone before crossing the road.
- Keep children safe while using wheeled transport. Children must wear a helmet when riding a bike in any public place – it is the law. Foot scooter, skateboard and rollerblade riders should wear helmets and protective equipment.

Be a positive role model when you are a pedestrian, passenger and driver. Children learn from what they see, as well as what we say.

Never sacrifice safety for convenience.
Source: https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/

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Principal Message

Dear St John's Community, 

We have had a fantastic couple of weeks at St John's. A highlight was the school swimming carnival which was organised by our Leader of Sport - Miss McEvoy who did a magnificent job running the day. We weren’t blessed with the most ideal conditions, but there were minimal hiccups or disruptions and the kids had a great day. 

Over the next few weeks, we have parent-teacher interviews (week 5) and NAPLAN testing for years 3 & 5 (starting week 7). 

We will also be having our first Parent Forum Meeting of 2024 with a date TBA, so please keep your eye out for this communication, as it would be great to have more parents supporting the school through this channel, especially this year, which is a Fete year. 

Upcoming Dates

Please view the upcoming dates in this newsletter's left-hand column or via the calendar HERE on the school website, which is also synchronised with the Parent Compass Calendar. 

Positive Behaviour 4 Learning

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, we are on a very exciting journey towards a Positive Behaviour 4 Learning approach to school behaviour management. We thank the amazing PB4L team for their dedication and for leading us in this initiative. Our HIKE Matrix (Explicit Behaviour Expectations) is starting to become embedded and there are a few new initiatives that have been developed to support this positive approach:

HIKE Award - Each class will award one student the HIKE Award each week at assembly. This is in recognition of someone who has been following the HIKE Behaviour Matrix or has shown improvement in following the HIKE Behaviour Matrix during the week. 

HIKE Tickets - Any staff member or visiting relief staff can hand out a HIKE ticket to any student showing the expected behaviours that are in a particular area of the HIKE Behaviour Matrix. This gives instant and positive feedback to the student. Any student who receives a H, I, K or E ticket is to write their name on the back and place it in the appropriate box in their classroom or the office. Tickets will be compiled before assembly and one random ticket from each area of H, I, K or E box will be picked. 

Students whose tickets are randomly drawn receive a sticker (Below) and a free ice block from the canteen on a Friday. 

HIKE Sticker - awarded to each student whose name is drawn out of the HIKE ticket boxes at assembly each week. 

Class Parent Representatives

We are searching for some Class Parent Representatives for Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3.

Being a Class Parent Representative (CPR) is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of your child’s education and the St John’s School community. As a Class Rep, you are a valued member of our school community, and your time and commitment are very much appreciated. 

The purpose of the CPR is to help foster good communication in the school and to assist in the development of the school community. It provides another means of uniting the school community and enhances the quality of relationships within the school between teachers, parents, and children. 

Each class from Kindergarten to Year 6 will have at least one CPR. The function of the CPR is not formally structured and is not meant to be an arduous task. 

Time commitment

CPR's do not have to carry the entire load. Their role is to encourage all parents to get involved.

The Role

CPR's encourage awareness, participation and build a sense of community among their child’s class and year level. 

The role can include:  

  • Welcoming new families into the class at the start of the year and through the year 

  • Liaise with the teacher to assist with communication, coordinate parent helpers, collect resources for class projects/crafts, etc.

  • Organising social class get-togethers so that parents and children can meet in an informal setting. E.g. plays at the Park, drinks or dinners at a local Hotel, bottle and plate night, parent morning/coffee and cake, etc.  

  • Recruiting support and assistance for other community activities within the school, eg Reading, Sports day, Gardening, Library, Fundraising events, etc  

  • Organising class parents to run one event per year.  

  • Encouraging parents to read the school and class newsletters and visit the website to read the parent handbook for current information.

  • Be supportive of school staff and our whole school vision

  • Include all parents when possible in the life of the class

  • Acknowledge and support class community e.g. teacher birthday, casseroles for families in need. etc.

How do I become a Class Rep? 

You can nominate to become a Class Rep by providing your name, contact email, and class to the school email sjpmull@lism.catholic.edu.au.

It would be great to have these little positions filled ASAP. 

Kind Regards, 

Dave Bermingham

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Opening Mass and St John's Feast Day

On Wednesday we celebrated our start of the year Mass and was also an opportunity to recognise and celebrate our Patron Saint, St John the Evangelist, whose feast day is celebrated during the holidays on December 27th. As Mr Bermingham mentioned in his opening to the Mass, our school is named after St John and St John is a key part of our identity. St John was an Apostle of Jesus and is the patron saint of love, loyalty, friendships and authors. St John was the disciple whom Jesus loved. He held a special place in Jesus' heart and was one of only two apostles sent by Jesus to make preparations for the final Passover meal, the Last Supper. During the meal, St. John sat next to Jesus.

Not only that, but John was courageous. He and his brother and father were fishermen. One day Jesus saw the two brothers, James and John. They were in a boat with their father, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. That took some courage. And when Jesus was crucified on the cross, John was the only one of the Twelve Apostles who did not leave Jesus. John stood faithfully at the foot of the cross. That took courage. 

In the spirit of St John, Mr Bermingham asked the students to think about how they will be like St John this year. Not just the fishing, but how will they be loving, loyal, and a good friend? Most importantly, he challenged them to think about how will they be courageous like St John this year. 


Sacraments Dates 2024 

Sacramental Information Night 

Tuesday the 20th of February 

(This is a compulsory session for all children who would like to receive any of the three sacraments in 2024) 

Confirmation 

Twilight Session 1-  Tuesday 7th of May 5:30 pm 

Twilight Session 2- Tuesday 14th of May 5:30 pm 

Twilight Session 3- Tuesday 21st of May 5:30 pm 

Twilight Session 4-  Tuesday 28th of May 5:30 pm 

Sacrament-  Thursday 6th of June 2024 

Reconciliation 

Twilight Session 1-  Tuesday 27th of February 5:30 pm 

Twilight Session 2- Tuesday 15th of March 5:30 pm 

Twilight Session 3- Tuesday 12th of March 5:30 pm 

Twilight Session 4-  Tuesday 19th of March 5:30 pm 

Sacrament- 24th of March 2024, 8 am (After Mass) 

First Holy Communion 

Twilight Session 1-  Tuesday 20th of August 5:30 pm 

Twilight Session 2- Tuesday 27th of August 5:30 pm 

Twilight Session 3- Tuesday 3rd of September 5:30 pm 

Twilight Session 4-  Tuesday 10th of September 5:30 pm 

Sacrament-  Sunday 15th of September 8 am

Parent Sacramental Information Night 

Tuesday the 20th of February 

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Teaching & Learning @ St John's

Sharing Student Learning                                          Learning around the classrooms has certainly started with a flourish. Students are regaining their groove and are engaged in tasks. At St John’s, teachers share your child’s learning in a variety of ways throughout the year. One of our key tools to do this is via the Seesaw App. 

What you see on Seesaw is just a snap shot of what your child is learning at that moment in time. Do we only share perfect pieces of work? No, because at St John’s we aim to foster a willingness to take risks, have a go, make mistakes, refine, change and improve ideas and solutions in our students. This is how we grow.  Learning is a process and a journey. Creative tasks, new skills, problems or scientific inventions are never perfected in the first attempt. It takes time to learn because it is a lifelong process.

You may not see the feedback on your child’s work sample because this is usually done through a collaborative process and is often given verbally by the teacher or a peer. Students often reflect on how they can improve themselves. It’s very different process from when I went at school and ‘marking’ with red pens, ticks and crosses were all the norm. 

Our goal is to celebrate learning, no matter how big or small. So, when you see a piece of your child’s work shared, tell them what you like about it, celebrate their attempts and maybe suggest something they could try next time. 

Below are some photos of student’s engaged in learning throughout the week.

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SCHOOL INFORMATION

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU"

Our Birthday people:-  

Mason, Georgia, Caleb

Happy Birthday to those who will celebrate during                                          the summer  holidays

Ike Arlo, Harry, Marlon, Hendrix & Ayla


Road Safety

As children return to school, it is essential to keep safety in mind. Talk with your children about safely getting to and from school.
- Keep children safe getting in and out of the car. Always use the door closest to the kerb.
- Keep children safe by walking distraction-free. Expect your child to take off their headphones while walking.
- Keep children safe getting on and off the bus. Wait at the bus stop and stand at least one step back from the road's edge. Always meet your child at the bus stop. Never meet them on the opposite side of the road and call them across. Wait until the bus has gone before crossing the road.
- Keep children safe while using wheeled transport. Children must wear a helmet when riding a bike in any public place – it is the law. Foot scooter, skateboard and rollerblade riders should wear helmets and protective equipment.

Be a positive role model when you are a pedestrian, passenger and driver. Children learn from what they see, as well as what we say.

Never sacrifice safety for convenience.
Source: https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/

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Principal Message

Dear St John's Community, 

We have had such an amazing start to the year. It has been fantastic to hear all of the memories that students made during the break and we are so happy to see all of their smiling faces again!
During the week celebrated the beginning of the school year with a Mass. This was an opportunity to gather as a school community and ask God to be with us throughout this year. We also used this opportunity to bless the year 6 student leaders and officially welcome our 2024 Kindergarten students and families into our St John’s community.


At the Mass we also recognised and celebrated our Patron Saint, St John the Evangelist, the apostle, the beloved. Whose feast day is celebrated during the holidays on December 27th. Our school is named after St John and is a key part of our identity. I mentioned to the kids that St John was an Apostle of Jesus and is the patron saint of love, loyalty and friendships. I also stated that when Jesus was crucified on the cross, John was the only one of the Twelve Apostles who did not leave Jesus. John stood faithfully at the foot of the cross. Which took courage.

So I challenged the students to think about how they will be like St John this year. Now only how they may be loving, loyal and a good friend, but most importantly, how they will be courageous.

Thank you to Ellie Bailey and Courtney Wells our Leaders of Mission and Engagement, for organising such a great day which included a sausage sizzle lunch, ice blocks, a slip and slide and fun formation activities which the students participated in following Mass. 

Upcoming Dates

Please view the upcoming dates in this newsletter's left-hand column or via the calendar HERE on the school website, which is also synchronised with the Compass Calendar. 

Student Leadership Group 2024

Congratulations to the following Student Leaders who were voted in by their peers and staff. We know they will do a wonderful job leading our school in 2024.

School Captains: Nahla Perrin, Vander Akehurst

School Vice-Captains: Alana Underwood, Bray Cordin

School Sports Captains: Ryder Butcher, Jack Heares

2024 Staff

Dave Bermingham………………....Principal

Naomi O’Dwyer ………………...…..Leader of Learning (Assistant Principal)

Ellie Bailey…………………….......…. Leader of Mission and Engagement (K-2)

Courtney Wells……………….....…. Leader of Mission and Engagement (3-6)

Greg Flint……………………...…....….Leader of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing (3 days/week)

Laura McEvoy…………….…....…….Leader of Sport & Stage 3 Teacher

Riley O’Leary…………….…....….....Stage 2 Teacher (3 days/week) & Specialist STEM Teacher (2 days/week)

Karla Chartres……………...….….. Stage 2 Teacher (2 days/week)

Myree Loane………………….....…. Stage 1 Teacher

Felicity Gruft…………..….…..…….Kindergarten Teacher

Chloe Quinn……………...…...…….Specialist PE Teacher (1 day/week)

Lisa Russell…………………..….…. Support Teacher (2 days/week)

Aliya King………………….....……...Indigenous Education Worker (IEW) (2.5 days/week)

Anne Nethery…………….......…... Student Wellbeing Officer (2 days/week)

Sasha Kruse……………….…...……..Guidance Counsellor (2 days/week)

Tundra Snape……………..…….…. Administration/Finance

Karyn Doust………….…...…..….....Administration Support

Pauline East……………..….…...…. Teacher Aide/ Library Coordinator

Bernie Woodhouse …...….……. Teacher Aide

Sarah Newson...........................Teacher Aide

Positive Behaviour 4 Learning

At the end of 2023 we embarked on a very exciting journey towards a Positive Behaviour 4 Learning approach to school behaviour management. This will continue to evolve over time, but the first goal was to have a school-wide set of explicit behaviour expectations, and thus our HIKE matrix (below) was developed using both student voice and staff voice. We are asking students to come along for a HIKE with Johnny the HIKEr in displaying the productive behaviours in the HIKE matrix. 

The students have been introduced to the HIKE matrix, but over the course of term 1 they will take a deep dive into each section of the matrix and behaviours will be explicitly taught, practised (so students know what it looks like) and then applied to context. Sometimes, small groups of students may need to be re-taught and re-practise certain behaviours, and so students will be given support to do this. 

As our PB4L journey evolves, we look forward to sharing new initiatives that come from this approach and all of this will be compiled into a Positive Behaviour Support Plan (Policy) which will then be distributed to the community. 

Canteen 2024

At the end of 2023, due to a variety of reasons, it was decided that we would go in a different direction for our school canteen.

  • We will still be offering a canteen menu for Fridays (it may extend to another day later in the year).
  • For the next few weeks, until we finalise other food suppliers and menu items, only sushi will be available to order through Compass, with orders due by 2pm on Thursdays. 
  • Some snacks e.g. ice blocks and popcorn may be purchased with cash at recess time. 

In the future, we are hoping to offer various, healthy lunch menu items that are sustainable and affordable to families, with the following changes:

  1. No canteen food will be prepared on-site here at school. 
  2. All food will be prepared off-site and delivered to the school, the same way that sushi has always been ordered and supplied.
  3. Ordering of canteen lunches can only be done through Compass. Other snacks at recess e.g.              ice-blocks and popcorn may be purchased with cash at recess. 
  4. Orders to be completed on Compass by 2pm on Wednesday afternoons.
  5. Opportunity to extend canteen to an additional day/s.

As we expand our canteen menu, changes will be communicated to the community. We thank you for your patience as this transition takes place. 

Communication Channels

Based on feedback from parents, this year we aim to streamline communications between school and home. The streamlining will only be successful if all parents get on board with the channels outlined below. 

One change in particular is the weekly update from the classroom teachers which will include some helpful links for parents and a very brief outline of the week, but will not include a large amount of information about what the students are learning. However, twice a term information, about what students are learning will be communicated by the teachers and of course, SeeSaw provides a great insight into what is happening in each room.

The communication methods below will be utilised for the purposes outlined. 

Compass is the official communication channel between school and home. Download the Compass app on your device. You will be given a login code to access your Compass account.  News items and updates regarding your child or the whole school are available through the Compass app.  Pay school fees, pay and give permission to attend events, view report cards, mark your child as absent and much more!  


Facebook is essentially a marketing platform for the school, not an official communication channel. Please like and follow our school Facebook page … St John’s Primary Mullumbimby and please comment and like our posts!

School news, snapshots, photos, events and competitions will be placed on Facebook.


SeeSaw is a digital portfolio. Please download the SeeSaw app for families on your phone / device.  This will allow you to see your child’s work samples from the classroom and keep up to date with their learning. These can include writing samples, videos, photos and tasks.


School Newsletters (via Schoolzine)

The electronic newsletter is emailed to parents fortnightly on a Thursday. Newsletters will include important information, dates, photos and news of what is happening in our school and classrooms.

For all apps please turn on notifications to ensure you are kept up to date!

Kind Regards, 

Dave Bermingham

Principal Awards

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Assitant Principal

As another year closes, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of all students in their learning this year. I can honestly say every student has made growth both academically and socially. Thank you to our dedicated teachers who give so much time, energy and thought into providing a creative, inspiring and caring learning environment. Thanks to our families who support us on this journey. I wish all of you a wonderful Christmas. 


Today we celebrated with a beautiful prayer service to acknowledge and thank Mrs Amanda Bottle for her contributions to St John's this year. Our celebration ended with the song, "My Lighthouse" and Mrs Bottle has certainly been a guiding light to the students she has taught over the years. Today she did a fine job in leading the actions to a song she introduced to us many years ago. We wish Mrs Bottle all the very best in her future endeavours. There are some photos attached.


In 2024, we begin the year with Best Start (Kinder only) and MAI interviews. Thanks to those parents who have already booked their interview through COMPASS. 


I will attach the instructions on how to do this at the end of this Newsletter. 

Year 6 Graduaton

Year 6 Fun Day

Mrs Bottle Farewell

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"HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU"

Our Birthday people:-  

Charleen

Happy Birthday to those who will celebrate during                                          the summer  holidays

Sybella, Aliza & Joseph


SCHOOL FEES                                                                                                                                                                            School Fee accounts are now overdue for 2023.                                                                                                                          If your account is still outstanding please arrange to make any outstanding payments through compass. 

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Principal Message

Dear St John's Community, 

I would like to thank everyone for a wonderful year at St John’s this year. I love our school and the community we have and although I think we are looking forward to the holidays, I can’t wait to see what 2024 has in store for all of us here.

Thank you to our staff. What a fantastic group of people we have here making sure each and every day is filled with learning, laughter and friendship. 

Thank you parents. Our partnership is so important in supporting the growth and development of your children. We as a staff often remark to each other how wonderful the children are here and that is a reflection on the guidance they receive from their first educators… you…. Their parents. 

To the families who leave us today…. Thank you for the many contributions you have made to this community. I hope you will always look back fondly on your time here and remember that just because your children have moved on, you will always be part of this community and you are welcome here any time in the future.

Thank you, students. We couldn’t be prouder of you for the way you come to school every day ready to learn. Sometimes you teach us, the adults a thing or two about being resilient, being consistent, trying your best and being happy that you have put in your best effort to everything you do each and every day. 

I want to wish all the best to our departing students, especially the Year 6 graduates and hope that your new schools provide you with challenges, joy and friendships as you move on to the next stage of your journey. Some may have completed their entire primary schooling here at St John’s and others have joined along the way, but you have made a formidable leadership group that will leave a lasting impression. 

As we move towards Christmas don’t forget the reason for the season. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the coming of our saviour all those years ago in a stable, remember it is not about where you go on holidays or what presents you get it’s about being together with family and sharing this time with those who are special to you.

Enjoy your holidays everyone, you all deserve a break and I hope it is filled with joy and happiness. Have a wonderful holiday and God Bless.

Student Leadership Group 2024

Congratulations to the following Student Leaders who were voted in by their peers and staff. We know they will do a wonderful job leading our school in 2023.

School Captains: Nahla Perrin, Vander Akehurst

School Vice-Captains: Alana Underwood, Bray Cordin

School Sports Captains: Ryder Butcher, Jack Heares

2024 Staffing Announcements

Guidance Counsellor

Congratulations to Sasha Kruse who has been appointed to the Guidance Counsellor Position at St John's for 2024-2026.

Sasha is currently completing her Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours) at Southern Cross University and previously completed her Bachelor of Psychological Sciences: Psychology at Swinburne University Of Technology, Melbourne. She is also the manager of her family business - Kagaru Art, which is based at Fingal Head.

Sasha comes to us with a wealth of experience, she is currently a Psychologist at St James Primary School Banora Point and a Rehabilitation Consultant at WorkFocus Australia. Previously she was a Domestic Violence Court Advocate Specialist for the Northern Rivers Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service.

Along with her accreditation and experience, Sasha has completed a significant amount of training and professional development which equips her well for this position, such as Lifeline Crisis Support Training: Lifeline, Motivational Interviewing: Psychwire, DBT Skills: Psychwire, Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention: Black Dog, Applied Suicide Prevention Skills Training: ASIST, ATSI Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid Australia, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Intervention: Psychwire & Family Violence Foundations: Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria.

We thank Anastasia Elliot for all of her contributions to the school over the last 3 years. There is no doubt that Anastasia has had a significant and positive impact on the students here at St John's. We wish Anastasia well in her future endeavours, which include running her own government-funded wellbeing initiative in the community. I know that you will join me in wishing Anastasia well and welcoming Sasha to the community. 

Student Wellbeing Officer

Congratulations to Anne Nethery who has been appointed to the Student Wellbeing Officer position at St John's for 2024-2026.

This position is new for our school and consists of Anne working 10 hours a week with us. 
Anne comes with a breadth of experience working in schools as well as for community support organisations. Currently, Anne works for Shaping Outcomes as a Parent Group facilitator, which she will continue with in a part-time capacity next year. Previously she worked as a key worker development specialist for Shaping Outcomes and project officer at Therapy Connect Alliance. Previous to that, Anne worked as a disability support worker and was an additional needs teacher at St James Primary School Banora (2008-2019). 

I'm sure that you will make Anne feel very welcome!

Canteen 2024

When provided with our 2024 school budget by the Lismore Catholic Schools office, we were advised that it was in the best financial interest of the school to discontinue the running of the Canteen. This decision correlates with recent changes to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code which introduced new food safety requirements for school canteens, making it much more difficult for small schools to financially operate a school canteen. However, there will still be options available for students to order lunches through external businesses (this type of arrangement already exists with the current sushi ordering). 

The current sushi option will stay as per normal, and early in the new year, we will connect with some local food providers and set up an ordering system so that there will be healthy food options available for our students and families to order. Initially, this will be available for one day a week, but once set up, there may be the opportunity for additional days of ordering. 

This system will allow for flexibility in offering a wider range of healthy lunch foods and snacks to our students, potentially for more days in the week. We are also hoping that this change will also ensure that prices of food remain stable and affordable for families. 

If you are involved in a local business that would be interested in being one of our food providers in 2024, please send the office an email and we can discuss some options for 2024. 

2023 St John's Tea Towel

LAST CHANCE!!!

Our limited-edition 2023 St Johns Tea Towel is now available for order.

This limited-edition Tea Towel is made up of self-portraits drawn by all our children & staff and printed onto premium 100% organic cotton tea towels.

Don’t forget to order a few extras for family members and your keepsake box. Only $18ea or SAVE by ordering 2 for $30.

If you require another order form, please contact the school office.

2024 Dates

Please find a list of date savers below. 

    • Wednesday 31st January - MAI's and Best Start
    • Thursday 1st February - MAI's and Best Start
    • Friday 2nd February - First Day of School Yrs 1-6
    • Monday 5th February - First Day of School Kindy
    • Tuesday 13th February - Shrove Tuesday
    • Wednesday 14th February - Ash Wednesday

Kind Regards, 

Dave Bermingham

Awards Week 10

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Mindblowing Writing! 

It is great to see the fantastic growth in writing across all classes this term. Kindergarten have focused on adding adjectives befor a noun to make their writing more descriptive. There’s also been tremendous development in the details students include when writing. I hasd the pleasure of visiting S1 this morning and the descriptive language was so impressive I was able to paint a very clear picture in my mind of what they were describing. The sentences was top quality because they used all five senses, strong verbs and adjectives and some students included adverbs to describe how they did the action. 

My mindblowing writing journey continued into S2 and S3. S2 also focused on using their senses,including figurative language and adding descriptive detail to enhance the quality of their work. Their writing has certainly ‘bumped up’ throughout the term. I asked Rose to write a short explanation of their learning which I have included below. 

Earlier this term S3 went to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. This was the launchpad for their informative writing focus this term. S3 have been investigating the creation of documentaries through their unit, “Documentary Daze”. They have investigated what it takes to be a rookie reporter, chosen a topic to report on, researched their topic, organised and presented their information as a script and are currently creating their own documentaries using the green screen. It is clear we definitely have some future David Attenborough’s in the making! Once again, the quality has been in the description, the organisation of their texts and the depth of detail they’ve included.

Congratulations to all our students for your focused efforts in writing. I wish I could include more samples but please enjoy a selection of student work

Writing in S2 by Rose Beaton

Informative and fiction,descriptive and factual,funny and entertaining! In Stage 2 we are WRITING, WRITING, WRITING! We are imagining what will happen to our senses and exploring a world of gastronomic bliss. From Mars Bars, to Violet Crumbles, to Creaming Soda and even Sour Patch Kids (I personally despise them) it has been an adventurous ride. We have been using figurative language to express our senses and the pure pleasure of being captured in time by the delicious world of writing and what foods it has to offer. My personal favourite foods to write about were Space Patch

 Kids- the great rip off and Mars bar.

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SCHOOL INFORMATION

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU"

Our Birthday people:-  

Bray, Harper, Awatea & Finn

SCHOOL FEES                                                                                                                                                                            School Fee accounts need to be finalised for 2023.                                                                                                                Please  arrange to make any outstanding payments through compass or the office.

CORRECT INFORMATION

Please make sure that the school has your correct contact info.                                                                                          If you have moved house! updated your phone! or changed email addresses!                                                              Please advise the school office via Compass, email; sjpmull@lism.catholic.edu.au or phone the office.  

Absentees                                                                                                                                                                                        If you know that your child will be away from school for any reason, please let the office know. 

Compass is having some issues with adding reasons for absence,  please phone or email the school with this info. 

Letters regarding absentees, have been sent out today. If you have received a letter please complete and return to the school. 

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Principal Message

Dear St John's Community, 

We have had a fantastic last couple of weeks with only 10 days to go for the year. 

This week Advent officially begins on Sunday 3rd December. 

Advent Season is a very special time of year that sometimes gets lost in the bright lights of the Christmas season it precedes. The first day of Advent is the first day of a new Liturgical (or church) calendar and begins a four week period of preparation for the nativity of Jesus Christ at Christmas. The word Advent is from the Latin adventus for “arrival” and is associated with the four weeks of time of preparation for Christmas. Historians have traced the first Advent celebrations to 5th century northern Italy. 

The Advent Season is all about reflecting on how we can prepare our hearts and homes for Christ’s birth in the world as it is today. It is a time for our community to remember, through prayer, reflections, music, and good deeds what the true meaning of Jesus’ birth is. The Advent season invites us to step away from what can be a frenzied time of parties, shopping, and holiday noise to consider how we commemorate the birth of Jesus, one of the holiest times in our faith.

Carols on the Green

As we approach the end of another wonderful school year, the St John's Staff and students would like to invite you to join us for an evening of music, dance and holiday cheer at our 'Carols On The Green' Christmas Concert on Thursday December 7th! This event is a perfect way to showcase the talents of our students, share some of the moves they have been learning in dance lessons throughout the term and to come together as a school community. Each class group will be performing a carol and a song .

The show will begin at 6:00pm so please ensure students have arrived at least 10 minutes prior to commencement. Families, friends, Grandparents, and neighbours are all welcome. Bring along a picnic rug or a camp chair and make yourself comfortable on the grass. 

There will be a free BBQ dinner to follow, and drinks will be available for purchase. 

Feel free to don your festive attire! Christmas t-shirts, Santa hats, reindeer ears and jingle bells are encouraged.

2023 St John's Tea Towel

Our limited-edition 2023 St Johns Tea Towel is now available for order.

This limited-edition Tea Towel is made up of self-portraits drawn by all our children & staff and printed onto premium 100% organic cotton tea towels.

Don’t forget to order a few extras for family members and your keepsake box. Only $18ea or SAVE by ordering 2 for $30.

Tea towels can be ordered by completing the form provided to students and returned to the office by Friday 8th December. 

If you require another order form, please contact the school office.

Big Talks for Little People

Last Term our Stage 2 and Stage 3 Students started an evidence-based Social Skills and Anti-Bullying Program called 'Big Talks For Little People'. The intention of the implementation of this program was to further upskill our students in identifying and acting on unproductive behaviours. Recently we were able to gather some fantastic feedback from the Stage 3 students.
 

This feedback also included how this program could be improved, which we have passed on to the Program Developers - Flinders University Professor Philip Slee and Dr Grace Skrzypiec.

One Question that was asked was 'What is one key piece of information that you have taken from the Big Talks program?' ~ See Answers below!

Big Talks Feedback

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Upcoming Dates

Please find a list of date savers below. 

    • Thursday 7th December - Carols on the Green @ St John's
    • Tuesday 12th December - Report Cards Released to parents on Compass
    • Wednesday 13th December - Year 6 Graduation Mass @ 9:30am
    • Wednesday 13th December - Year 6 Fun afternoon 11am-3pm
    • Wednesday 13th December - K-5 Pool Fun Day 12pm-2:30pm
    • Friday 15th December - Last Day of Term 4 (no canteen)

Kind Regards, 

Dave Bermingham

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Understanding the New Semester 2 Student Report

Information for Parents

Teachers are currently conducting assessments to gather data which will support the process of formulating your child’s school report. Semester 2 reports will go out towards the end of term. They will look different to previous years.

Why are there changes to the K-6 Semester Two Student Report?

The NSW Government is reforming the curriculum to streamline and strengthen what is taught in every classroom in NSW, so every student is prepared and ready for their future. The curriculum reform has been informed by consultation with teachers, parents and education experts, and is underpinned by extensive research. Curriculum reform involves changing teaching, learning, assessment and reporting to parents. 

The release of the new syllabuses provides the opportunity to revise aspects of the Student Report to align with current research.

“Parents want to know what was taught and how well their child has learnt it, 

as well as where improvement is needed…….  (NESA, 2023)”

What are the changes to the Student Report Comments for Semester Two?

Student Report Comments reflect the Learning Areas on the Student Report. There will be multiple comments recorded as bulleted jot points:

  • English Comment
  • Mathematics Comment
  • Key Learning Area Comment and 

           The English and Mathematics Comments will reflect:

  • Areas of achievement and growth
  • Learning Goals

            within each Key Learning Area.

The Key Learning Areas Comments will reflect:

  • Areas of achievement and growth
  • Learning Goals

across Creative Arts, Science and Technology, History, Geography and Personal Development, Health 

and Physical Education

Sample Student Report (your child's student report may look slightly different)

What are the changes to Religious Education for Semester Two?

Religious Education will no longer be reported on by Units of Work. It will now be reported on as Knowledge and Understanding across the Units of Work. This is in alignment with the reporting processes for other Key Learning Areas.

Will there be further changes to the Student Report?

Yes. In 2024, Year 3-6 will have a new English and a new Mathematics syllabus. In 2025, K-6 teachers will teach, assess and report on new syllabuses for the other Key Learning Areas. The release of the new syllabuses provides the opportunity to revise aspects of the Student Report to align with current research. The research, as well as feedback from schools, will guide future changes.  Your child’s school will communicate any further changes to parents prior to the 2024 Semester 1 Student Report. 

 What if I have questions about the changes?

Parents are encouraged to contact your child’s school to discuss any questions you have about the K-6 Semester Two Student Report.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS PARENT ASSEMBLY

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