Literacy & Numeracy Week
Wow! What a wonderful week! From the Spelling Bee to the Character Parade to our shared reading of Bob Graham’s “Home in The Rain” to the Book Swap to the Family Maths night to the Parent workshops to Coding Activities to readings from different teachers to AFL dress ups and special lunches and Fairytale Movie afternoon...it was go, go, go and a whole lot of fun!
On Tuesday, it was great to see the persistence and bravery of our Spelling Bee participants. Many times throughout the competition it appeared that the Bee would never end due to the unexpected amount of correct answers! Many could not be tricked! Well done to all involved...including our fab hosts Charlotte and Jeremy!
On Wednesday, The Book Character Parade was enjoyed by all. We had a range of amazing costumes from students and staff. Special mentions go to our Very Hungry Caterpillar, Paddington Bear, Captain Underpants, 1 of the 101 Dalmatians, Anne of Green Gables and our Wimpy Kids. oh...and we are still looking for the Green sheep!! Thank you to the parents and students for your enthusiasm and creativity with costumes which resulted in a very successful morning, superbly hosted by the inquisitive David and Josh!
Staff thoroughly enjoyed going to other classrooms during the week to read their favourite stories. It was fantastic to watch the children responding to different faces and voices..and seeing staff in a different setting. Similarly, the Book Swap was lovely to be a part of. Children were heard making such positive remarks about their ‘new books’ and it was a delight to see the joy of giving.
Thank you to all students, parents and staff for actively participating in all of our celebrations in Literacy and Numeracy week. Weeks like this are what make our little school so very special.
5/6 Hooptime Basketball
On Monday the 11th of September, some of our grade 5/6 students represented St John’s Primary School at a basketball tournament held at the Rings basketball stadium in Ringwood.
On the day three teams participated, one boys team and two mixed teams. All teams competed hard, winning and losing some games. Every student that participated gave a great effort and worked well within the team.
Thank you to Anthony Chan and Scott Taylor for coaching teams on the day and to Lana Gill and Rhyannon Elliott who assisted with scoring. A big thank you also to all the parents and family members who came along on the day to show support and cheer on our students. We look forward to competing again next year!
This term as part of our PE we have been learning gymnastics. All students from prep to grade six have had three weeks of coaching with Duncan from Eastern Gymnastics in Box Hill. Duncan has been teaching gymnastics for 27 years and during this time he has worked at many schools.
We have been learning lots of new skills such as scorpion kicks, bear walking, crab walking, motorbike stance and many more! We practiced many new skills and activities such as jumping, rolling, balancing, flipping, crawling, handstands and cartwheels. We did all of these things on the mats and equipment Duncan brought with him.
Here are some comments from students in our school:
“Bunny hops were challenging, I liked the bars. Duncan was fun”. Monique, Prep NC
“I improved on the red and yellow mats, I liked the trampoline”. Mia, 1/2 VP
“I improved the motorbike and star shape. I was challenged by scorpion kicks and I liked the trampoline”. Connor, 1/2 BM
“I improved my cartwheels and I enjoyed jumping on the trampoline”. Anthony, 3/4 KC
“I improved in everything we did, I was challenged by the beam. I liked doing forward rolls”. Josh , 5/6 MO
We were very lucky to have this gymnastics coaching at our school and everyone had lots of fun!
Tournament of Minds
On Saturday 19th of August seven students from years 5 and 6 represented our school at Tournament of Minds.
Tournament of Minds is an Australia-wide program designed to encourage students to develop their co-operative problem solving skills, and their creative and critical thinking.
Our team solved two demanding open-ended challenges on the day. One was a long term challenge that the students solved over a five week period of time. Their solution to the Engineering/Mathematics challenge was then presented on the day through dramatisation. The team also completed a spontaneous challenge on the day.
Congratulations to our team, who worked tremendously hard!!
Prep 100 Days!
The Preps had a wonderful day celebrating their 100th day at school on Thursday 27th July. They came to school dressed up as though they were 100 years old, while Miss Curtis and Melinda came dressed as school children.
In the morning the Preps had four rotations of activities. These included drawing 100 gumballs onto a gumball machine, playing race to 100 with a dice, creating a ‘100 days smarter’ crown and drawing a picture of something they would buy for $100. Each student brought in 100 items and spent time counting them individually and in small groups. The Preps then investigated who could make the longest line with their 100 items. Throughout these activities the Preps were also challenged to add a word they know to a large poster of 100 words.
After lunch there was a special assembly where each Prep was presented with special certificates and presents from every year level. To conclude the day the Preps had a big party to celebrate 100 days of school!
100 days has certainly flown and all children have learnt and grown so much. Congratulations to Miss Curtis, Melinda and all of the Preps on this wonderful milestone.
Hot Shots Tennis
On Monday the 16th of October a number of year six students represented St John’s Primary School in a Hot Shots tennis tournament held for schools in our district.
The day was held at the Nunawading Tennis Club in Blackburn North. We all played very well, with both the girls and boys teams coming 4th for the day. Everyone played 5 matches, including singles and doubles. The schools we played against were St Peter’s and Paul, St James, Beverley Hills, St Philips.
Hot shots tennis have smaller courts than normal tennis courts, we all learnt different ways of hitting the ball and scoring. We are doing tennis coaching at school, and we are learning lots from it and it was fun to play some games against good competition!
5/6 Interfaith Excursion
On Thursday the 17th of August, as part of Religious Education studies the 5/6 students visited two different places of worship.
They met Rabbi Daniel Rabin at the North East Jewish Centre in Doncaster, to learn about Judaism. Students also visited the UMMA Centre in Doncaster to learn about Islam.
Grandparents/Special Friends Day
We had a lovely time sharing our school day with our grandparents and special friends. We began with Mass led by Archbishop Denis Hart, followed by some great entertainment and fun outdoor activities. A big thank you to the PA for providing the lunch and to the teachers and students for making the delicious scones. We hope you all had a memorable day!
Mother's Day Movie Night
We hope all Mums had a lovely time at the Movie Night and enjoyed the tasty treats! We thank all the sponsors for supporting this fantastic event.
We had a wonderful day as we celebrated the many cultures we have here at St John’s. We are fortunate to have such diversity and everyone enjoyed learning about various aspects of a few cultures. Thank you to all families who brought in a plate of food to share. It was an amazing lunch with such a variety of delicious dishes.
What a wonderful event seeing all the children participating in a range of events in their house colours.
Prep Welcome Dinner
It was great to welcome all our new families. Thank you to our wonderful St. John's parents for their hospitality.
We had a fantastic time learning how to bush dance! Special thanks to the PA for organising a workshop and concert for the students to show off their skills.
Mother's Day Stall
Our students had a wonderful time choosing special gifts for their lovely Mums at the Mother's Day Stall. From yoga mats to cake stands the choices were endless! We hope all Mums loved their gifts. A big thank you to our parent volunteers for running the stall.