ST JOHNS PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER€¦ · Thomas, Mrs Belinda Montague, Mrs Paula Campbell, Mrs...
Phone: 6882 2677 Fax: 6884 4500 Email: [email protected]Fees Enquiries: 6884 8504 Email: [email protected]Term 1 Week 2 February 6, 2017 ST JOHNS PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER www.stjohnsprimarydubbo.catholic.edu.au 138 Sheraton Road P.O. Box 4914 SCHOOL MANAGER Father Greg Kennedy SCHOOL CHAPLAIN Father Greg Kennedy PRINCIPAL Mr Anthony O’Leary ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL Mr Adam Foley REC Mr David Schwager PRIMARY COORDINATOR Mrs Angela Benton TEACHING STAFF: KINDERGARTEN Mrs Maria Brice Mrs Teagan Hoper YEAR 1 Mrs Paula Clifford Miss Cassandra Hawke YEAR 2 Miss Madeleine Redden Mrs Laura Emery Mrs Angela Benton/ Mrs Sarah Davis YEAR 3 Ms Anna Veech Mrs Kim English/Mrs Erin Carney YEAR 4 Mrs Judith Gibson/Mrs Aimee Rose Ms Louise Lindsay . YEAR 5 Miss Emma Bolton/Mrs Amanda Shields Mr George Sayers YEAR 6 Mrs Mickaela Wright Mr David Schwager/ Mrs Gabrielle Jones SPECIAL EDUCATION: Mrs Patricia Toohey, Mr Adam Foley Mrs Amanda Shields TEACHER’S AIDES: Mrs Deanna Swanson, Mrs Bronwyn Harper, Mrs Tracey Duncan Mrs Maricon Suckling, Mr Trevor Thomas, Mrs Belinda Montague, Mrs Paula Campbell, Mrs Kristie Scott, Mrs Megan Jones LIBRARIAN: Mrs Maree Williams ABORIGINAL EDUCATION WORKER: CREATIVE ARTS: Mrs Maggie Dunn SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION: Mrs Margo Green, Mrs Karen Meredith CANTEEN MANAGER: Mrs Cathy Dries GENERAL HAND : Mr Mark Bradford CLEANER: Mrs Kerry Iverach P&F MEETINGS: 2nd & 7th Tuesday each Term PARENTS/GUARDIANS Please note that photographs of students may be used in this publication. Please advise the School Office if you do not approve of your child’s photo being used. From the Principal’s desk…. Welcome to Week 2. What a happy and conﬁdent start to the new academic year last week. I was very impressed with all of the classes and the smooth way everyone went about their tasks. It was delighul to see the smiles on the Year 6 students when they were meeng and engaging with their new Kinder ‘Buddies’. Well done to all. This week it is going to be another very hot week, with forecast temperatures edging to the 40- degree mark outside. We will connue to stay under cover at all mes and have the hall open. Please make sure the children come to school with plenty of cool water. The earlier lunch me should also help in keeping food cooler and fresher. This week our school will celebrate the start of the school year with our opening school Mass. The Mass will be celebrated this Thursday at St Brig- id’s Church. The celebraon will also include the badge ceremony for our 2017 School Leaders. This is always a special me for our student leaders and their families. Gospel and Reﬂecon: Mahew 5:13-16 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes taste- less, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.’ VISION STATEMENT To change the world through our faith in Jesus who is our light and hope.
ST JOHNS PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER€¦ · Thomas, Mrs Belinda Montague, Mrs Paula Campbell, Mrs Kristie Scott, Mrs Megan Jones. LIBRARIAN: ... SJP Orchestra will resume next on Thursday
Thomas, Mrs Belinda Montague, Mrs Paula Campbell, Mrs Kristie Scott, Mrs Megan Jones
LIBRARIAN: Mrs Maree Williams
ABORIGINAL EDUCATION WORKER:
CREATIVE ARTS: Mrs Maggie Dunn
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION: Mrs Margo Green, Mrs Karen Meredith
CANTEEN MANAGER: Mrs Cathy Dries
GENERAL HAND : Mr Mark Bradford
CLEANER: Mrs Kerry Iverach
P&F MEETINGS: 2nd & 7th Tuesday each Term PARENTS/GUARDIANS Please note that photographs of students may be used in this publication. Please advise the School Office if you do not approve of your child’s photo being used.
From the Principal’s desk…. Welcome to Week 2. What a happy and confident start to the new academic year last week. I was
very impressed with all of the classes and the smooth way everyone went about their tasks. It was
delightful to see the smiles on the Year 6 students when they were meeting and engaging with their
new Kinder ‘Buddies’. Well done to all.
This week it is going to be another very hot week, with forecast temperatures edging to the 40-
degree mark outside. We will continue to stay under cover at all times and have the hall open.
Please make sure the children come to school with plenty of cool water. The earlier lunch time
should also help in keeping food cooler and fresher.
This week our school will celebrate the start of the school year with our
opening school Mass. The Mass will be celebrated this Thursday at St Brig-
id’s Church. The celebration will also include the badge ceremony for our
2017 School Leaders. This is always a special time for our student leaders
and their families.
Gospel and Reflection: Matthew 5:13-16
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes taste-
less, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown
out and trampled underfoot by men.
‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. No one
lights a lamp to put it under a tub;
they put it on the lamp-stand where it
shines for everyone in the house. In
the same way your light must shine
in the sight of men, so that seeing
your good works, they may give the
praise to your Father in heaven.’
To change the world through our faith in Jesus who is our light and hope.
Reflection Jesus warns that people who do “good works” are likely to be noticed. In the best of worlds they will inspire others to praise God and perhaps even to do good works themselves. For the truly humble who think only of the needs of the oth-er person, doing good is not accompanied by any soul-searching. The works are simply and quietly done. When people in leadership or high-profile positions do good works their light does indeed shine. Unfortunately its bril-liance can disturb those who harbor jealousy, envy and unfulfilled ambition, and the response is not praise directed to God, but nastiness directed at the person. Across the spectrum of human activity, from children in the playground to adults in their political or working lives, even in families, the beautiful light emanating from someone who is doing good can trigger negative reactions in others. Being attacked by others is not a pleasant experience, and it has the power to cripple our future response. If its effects cannot be overcome it leads to fear of being noticed and limits our ability to respond to the promptings of the Spirit when faced with the opportunity to do good or to take a leadership position. Sports-goods manufacturer Nike has the saying “Just do it” printed on some of its products. As a saying it doesn’t form a total philosophy of life but it can be thought-provoking when considered in the light of the gospel above. When we know what Christ would do, then, as Nike says, we should “just do it”, after making sure that our motives are pure. Shrinking from being “the light of the world” is not an option for Christians. We also have an obligation to examine our own responses to the good done by others. Rejoicing in their achievements, supporting and encouraging their good works and always thanking God who gives us both gifts and good people - all lead to giving praise to our Father in heaven. Responding joyfully to the light which shines through others is as important as being the light ourselves. (Bishops Coun-cil)
Tomorrow evening, (Tuesday) our dedicated P&F will be holding their next meeting
and AGM. Everyone is invited to attend and will be made to feel very welcome. I am
sure that any contribution that you can make to the team will be much appreciated.
As we are all aware, parking on Sheraton Road can be an issue in the peak afternoon and morning periods. We are fortunate
that we do have a pick zone within our school, and also a wonderful new shelter.
However, it is needs to be noted that the pick up zone is signposted as a ‘Drop Off
and Pick Up Zone Only’ at the specified times (8:00—9:30am and 2:30-3:30pm).
Please ensure you do not park and leave your car unattended during these times.
This causes congestion within the school and as a result an unsafe environment
for the most important part of our school – the children.
If you do need to park to attend an appointment with the class teacher or would
like to escort your children in to their classrooms, you can park inside the school grounds along the northern fence between
our school and Bunnings.
Have a wonderful week and God Bless
Important Dates to Remember
Feb 8 P&F AGM 7pm in the Staff Room
Feb 8 Visit by Manly Warringah Rugby League Players
Feb 9 Opening School Mass 10am at St Brigid’s Church
Feb 9 School Clothing Pool will be open from 8:30am—9am
Feb 24 Northern Region Swimming Carnival in Gulgong
Mar 1 Ash Wednesday Mass 10am at St Brigid’s Church
Religious Education News Term One, Week Two 2017
Opening School Mass
This Thursday 9th February, the whole school will attend our first Mass of the year at St Brigid’s Church at 10am.
Children will travel to and from school by bus. Families are very welcome to come along and join-in this celebra-
tion. At this Mass our school leaders for 2017 will be inducted. It is important that a family representative is able
to attend for the School Captains, Sport Captains and SRC members to stand with your child, and to assist with the
pinning on of badges. If no family member is able to attend, please let me know so a staff member can assist in
your place. Our theme for the Mass is “Let’s change the World!”.
Ash Wednesday Mass
Also on Wednesday, 1st March at 10am, we will be attending St Brigid’s Church again for our Ash Wednesday
Mass. St Pius X staff and students will be joining us for this Mass. Families are very welcome to attend.
Enjoy your week, David Schwager, Religious Education CoOrdinator
Learning an instrument- now is the time to enrol with the Macquarie Conservatorium tutors! Those students already enrolled know that lessons begin next week commencing Feb 13-17. Macquarie Conservatorium ph 68846686 [email protected]
SJP Orchestra will resume next on Thursday mornings 8am - 8.50am in the school hall.(16th Feb) A high level of commitment is required for this specialised team work! Plus it's fun!
Re K-6 music/drama classes. My creative Arts time will happen on Wednesdays,Thursdays and Fridays. Years 3-6 will be issued with special music exercise books and K-2 with mini project type books. All will need to be colour-fully covered and clearly labelled as soon as they arrive and are sent home. Perhaps your child/ children, can cover it with drawing/ felt pieces/ material/ pics of their favourite things. As long as each book is unique!
Recorders are working well in years 3-6. New students in these years will be issued one. These are kept at school. If a spare recorder was at home for 5 minute quiet practice - it would really help. Practicing silently is both effective and fun. Students simply place the mouthpiece of their home recorder on their chin and place their left hand thumb on the back thumb position, say the letter names as they slowly put fingers down in a special position to make the sound of that letter name. No blowing required:) Conclude silent practice with a little performance with gentle blowing through the recorder!
Great concerts to save the date to attend with family and friends…
Our Macquarie Conservatorium has an excellent Concert Series 2017
This term the Seraphim Trio Friday 3rd March 7.30pm and
St. John’s Primary Summer Holidays Reading Program
We hope your child was able to continue their efforts in reading over the holidays. Teachers are anticipating that students who were able to do this, may have maintained their reading levels and hopefully established a consistent and enthusiastic approach towards reading without re-garding it as ‘Homework’! We ask that if your child was able to complete their 20 entries on their Reading Log, they return it to school by Wednesday of this week. Why? Because students who were able to do this, will be rewarded with:
Kinder-4 will be rewarded with movie and popcorn party session at the end of
Year 5-6 will be involved in choosing a suitable (upper primary) reward with
Only students who return their reading Log to school which shows evidence
of reading for 20 nights during the holidays will participate in the rewards sessions.
Our banking volunteer for next week is Tracy Letfallah.
How Would You Like to Receive Our School Newsletter?
Don’t forget, this will be the last week that every family will receive a hardcopy of
our school newsletter.
Please complete the form below and send it back to school before the end of this
week (Friday 10th February) to indicate how your family would like to receive the
newsletter for 2017. After that date, only those families who have indicated that they would prefer a
hard copy, will receive one. It will be assumed that all other families who have not replied are happy to
view the newsletter online or via the Skoolbag App.
However, for families who were receiving their newsletter via email during 2016, there will be no change
and they will continue to receive the copy each week electronically.
For the 2017 school year I would prefer to receive the school newsletter:
OPTION 1 By email to ……………………………………………………………………………….(please quote email
address) My youngest child’s name is……………………..……………………………….(name) in Class……………...
OPTION 2 I would prefer to receive a hard copy of the newsletter to be sent home with my
youngest child …………………………………………………………..(name) in Class……………………………………...
OPTION 3 By viewing it on the school website (www.stjohnsprimarydubbo.catholic.edu.au) or
via the Skoolbag App
Hi Everyone, please ensure that you have a 2017 menu as prices have changed.
They are available from the front office as well as the canteen.
Thank you to all those wonderful people who have sent in forms to help out in
canteen. This year we need help on Fridays from 9am til midday. If you would like
to go on the roster, please send in the form below or simply send me a text.
Thanks in advance,
0458 550 747
Yes I am able to help in the Canteen this year on Friday this year!
Last Thursday 2nd Feb, St John’s Primary held our Annual Swimming Carnival. The day was a great success with some great
swimming and a lot of fun had by all in attendance. Special thanks must go to all of the parents & helpers who volunteered on
the day to help out with things such as the timekeeping. Without parent helpers who can give up some of their time, sporting
carnivals would not be able to be run as smoothly. Your help with this is very much appreciated.
There was some great racing at the Carnival and St John’s Primary now has a very strong team to take to the Northern Region
Carnival which will be held in Gulgong on Friday 24th February.
At the Northern Region Swimming Carnival, our swimmers will be competing against swimmers from St Laurence’s Dubbo, St
Michael’s Dunedoo, Sacred Heart Coolah, All Hallow’s Gulgong & St Matthew’s Mudgee. Swimmers who place 1st, 2nd or 3rd at
this Carnival or 1st & 2nd in the Team Relays will become part of the Northern Region Swimming Squad to compete at the
Bathurst Diocesan Primary School Swimming Carnival on the 8th March here in Dubbo.
St John’s Primary Swimming Age champions on the day were as follows:
Jun Girl – Abby Osborne
Jun Boy – Connor Hallford
11 yr Girl – Aspen Moore
11 yr Boy – Reef Martin
Sen Girl – Eva Osborne & Xanthe Mara
Sen Boy – Josh Burton
Winning House – LaSalle
Special Note – 11yr Girl Champion Aspen
Moore had numerous record breaking
swims at our carnival which is a fantastic
achievement, some of these records have
stood for a very long time -
NEW Record set by Aspen on 2/2/2017 Old Record Holder & Year
Girls 100mFreestyle – 1.09.60
1.12.40 H. Clatworthy 1971
11yr Girls 50m Free – 31.16
G. Henley 2004
11yr Girls 50m Backstroke -39.08
G. Brown 2002
11yr Girls 50m Butterfly – 36.69
J. Moore 1995
11yr Girls 50m Breaststroke – 43.52
R. Dawson 1997
Girls 11-13yr 200m IM – 3.04.16
Helen Clatworthy visited St John’s Primary today to
congratulate Aspen on her great effort.
Aspen broke Ms Clatworthy’s record for the 100m
Freestyle swim by 2.8seconds.
St John’s Primary has a
Skoolbag App which is a great
source of communication.
Download the app on your
phone today and receive your
newsletters, updates on return
from children’s excursions,
You may also send change of
This was the P&F major
fundraiser for 2016. It could
not of been achieved without
the help of:
* Castlereagh Hotel
* David Funt Building
* McNamara’s Landscaping
* Metroll Steel
* School Families & extended
community from our 2016
Fete and Trivia Night
St John’s Primary P&F AGM
Tuesday 7 February 2017, 7pm, Teachers Staff Room
We extend a warm welcome to all the existing and new families of St John’s Primary
Girl Guides is about having fun, making friends, learning skills and being part of the wider community. For more information, call Amanda Manderson on 0409 918 217. You will find there’s a lot more to Girl Guides than you realise!
“Empowering girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsi-
ble, community members”
St. John’s Junior Rugby League Registration Day – New Players
New players aged under 11-16s can express their interest in playing with the club by emailing
stjohnsddjrl@live,com or attending the new players registration afternoon.
When: Friday 10th February
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Where: Junior League Club House – Apex Oval
Cost: $185 per child or $310 family
Players from last year and new under 6s-10s need to register and pay online. They do not need to