Dear Parents & Guardians
We have a worldwide audience: Our Grandparents ZOOM Liturgy on 5th November was well attended. I received some wonderful feedback from a grandmother in Portugal:
I have three grandchildren at St Johns. I just wanted to tell you how much it meant for all three of them to actually be able to see Maria, (Nanna) in Portugal on the Grandparents day ZOOM. We forget that the grandparents that live far away miss out on so much. Who knows when she will feel comfortable traveling overseas again.
A huge thank you to Mrs Hance and the school leaders for leading such a special celebration.
Teaching Structure 2022: Our teaching structure for the 2022 School Year has now been finalised as follows:
- Foundation - Chantelle Davies
- Foundation - Georgia Williamson
- Grade 1/2 - Brooke Baker & Raelee Browning
- Grade 1/2 - Olivia Hunt
- Grade 1/2 - Bernadette Hance & Anna Hughes
- Grade 3/4 - Danielle Kemp & Jodi Kennedy
- Grade 3/4 - Sarah Manelski & Rebecca Taylor
- Grade 4/5 - Rhiannon McFarlane & Jacqui Dennis
- Grade 5/6 - Alycia Matthews
- Grade 5/6 - Daniel Stark
- Sport/PE - Jacqui Dennis
- Art - Simone Vanderputt
- Italian - Simone Vanderputt
- STEM - Rebecca Taylor
- Drama - Rhiannon McFarlane
School Attendance Policy/Student Absences: A quick reminder to all families that schools are required by law to account for all students each day. This is achieved by twice daily marking of the roll, confirming students who are absent and obtaining a reason for student absences in writing.
We are required to account for all students, be they present or absent, at the beginning of the school day. How you can assist with this process:
Parents are required to submit a Skoolbag Absentee Form (via the Eforms section of the Skoolbag App) at their earliest convenience on or prior to their child’s absence - Ideally this would be submitted prior to 9am.
If you have forgotten to submit an Absentee Form you will be sent a text reminder - please ensure this is actioned at your earliest convenience.
If your Skoolbag App is not working please email both Di (email@example.com) & Nancy (firstname.lastname@example.org) to advise the reason for your child's absence and their likely return to school date.
What if an absence advice is not submitted - by law, if we have not received an absence advice from a parent and attempts to contact them are unsuccessful we are required to then make contact with the emergency contacts to ascertain your child’s whereabouts and reason for absence.
If you require further clarification of this policy please follow the link to our website:
Colour Run (Whole School): To celebrate the end of the year and to farewell our wonderful Grade 6’s, we are holding a Colour Run on Friday 10th December.
The children, in their grade levels, will run through an obstacle type course where teachers will spray Indian Holu colour powder on the children’s clothing. Note: This is not compulsory and children may opt for the NO colour run.
Children wishing to participate, are encouraged to wear eye protection (swimming goggles work well) and a white or light coloured t-shirt to show off the colours. Appropriate enclosed footwear must be worn.
The Hulu colour powder is non-toxic, non-flammable, skin safe, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Made of corn starch and food grade colours, it is safe for all.
An example can be watched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyGDsS3DzWw&feature=emb_logo
Permissions for this event will be sought via Operoo shortly, please ensure permissions are actioned in a timely manner.
End of Day Operoo Form: Commencing next week the end of day Operoo form will only need to be completed if you are picking up from the car park (staggered times will no longer apply with all students being dismissed at 3:10pm), all requirements in relation to social distancing and gathering still apply to all areas of school. Please note the following:
- If you require car park pick up on any days for the week the Operoo form MUST be completed by 12noon on Mondays.
- Please remind your children of their end of day movements each day ie. OSHC, meeting family member at the side gate etc
Bus travellers - you will receive an Operoo form to complete in relation to bus travel for the remainder of the year, please read this information carefully and complete by no later than 10am, Friday 19 November to allow for organisation of bus lists for the coming week.
School Hats: A reminder that during Term 4 school hats must be worn at recess, lunch and for all outside activities. This is in line with our SunSmart policy. If students do not have a hat they will need to stay under the veranda at recess and lunchtime. Hats can be purchased online from the uniform shop.
School-age children and TV, YouTube, games and movies:
‘There’s a rising trend of children watching adult content. Sex scenes, violence and inappropriate language, once shown on television during an adults-only time, are becoming staple viewing for many of today’s children.
In a recent poll of 1,800 US parents, 40% admitted allowing their children to watch movies that are unsuitable for their age group.
Michael Grose when speaking with Aussie parents suggests that the trends are similar here. ‘Very few of the parents he spoke with referred to the classification guidelines when choosing content for their children’.
From conversations with our children, and observing the games they like to play, it is evident that many are exposed to violent games, movies or video clips.
(Please read the full article via download below).
Chris Dortmans, Principal