On Thursday, a team of five teachers will be travelling to Papua New Guinea to engage in a series of meetings over several days with teachers and representatives from the Siassi Islands. Our meeting will be held in Lae, one of the major cities on the mainland, and will involve exploring the future directions of our partnership with our friends from the schools in the Siassi Islands.
We will also be establishing the necessary planning protocols that are required to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the partnership.
Your prayers for a safe and productive trip are greatly appreciated. For those who may be interested, we have developed and attached a Prayer Itinerary that you may like to use to guide and focus your prayers for our trip.
The teachers travelling to PNG include: Nancy Wells, Mary Marker, Nicolette McClure, Jane Graham and myself.
We are pleased to announce that we have appointed Ellen Hoopmann as a classroom teacher for 2018. Ellen is currently teaching at Encounter Lutheran College in Victor Harbor and we look forward to her joining our staff team next year. Ellen will be teaching one of the Year 6 classes next year.
We are also hoping to finalise a number of other staffing positions over the coming months in readiness for next year.
Student Led Conferences
Our Year 4 and 5 Student Led Conferences (SLC) were completed this week. Over the past few weeks we have held SLC’s for most classes. Our students enjoy the opportunity that these conferences provide for them to share their learning with parents. We hope that they have been helpful for you as parents and we thank teachers for their time in coordinating these conferences.
Principal - St John's Campus
On 14 and 15 September, the Year 6 students shared their learning with the community through the PYP Exhibition. This was certainly a celebration of the students’ learning throughout their years at the St John’s Campus, enabling them the opportunity to showcase their understanding of the PYP's essential elements.
During the staging of the Exhibition, the students were required to share their understanding of our Central Idea; "Our understanding of current issues can be expressed in a variety of ways to engage and inform the community and encourage action."
The students impressed their audiences with their depth of understanding of their chosen issues and their reflections about what they learnt about themselves as learners throughout the process. They also made links to their learning in Christian Studies and shared their innovative ideas and inventions they had come up with to solve their issue.
Congratulations to the Year 6 students for all their hard work throughout the Exhibition process.
Year 6 Teacher
The Year 2 students have reflected on their sleepover experience last week and are excited to share the following thoughts:
"On Friday 22 September, the Year 2s had their sleepover. Everyone loved it! These are some of the things we did: watched a movie, played board games, brushed our teeth, did a smiling mind app reflection, played on the playground, played with our friends and had devotion. We did these things to look after all areas of our wellbeing on the sleepover. For our snack, we had cheese, crackers, cucumber and carrots. All of us went to bed at 9:00pm but some of us took a while to fall asleep! We were all very tired in the morning. We had so much fun and wish it could happen again." - Emily
"The Year 2 sleepover was awesome. I love that the Crows won. We watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I slept next to Jem and Sebastian. I had toast for breakfast and some apple juice." - Ethan
"At the Year 2 sleepover we did Jump Rope for Heart. After that we played games. I played a game with Jason. It was called Designer Dash and I won. I played another game with Steffi. It was called There’s a Yetti in my Spaghetti. I lost and Steffi won. After that we had a snack. For our snack, we had carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, crackers and cheese. We either got to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or the footy. We watched half of the movie. After this we had a devotion and did Smiling Mind and went to bed. In the morning, we watched the end of the movie and had breakfast. For breakfast, I had toast, yoghurt and fruit. I went on the playground and then went home." - Hallie
Alicia Puiatti, Jasmin Dinno and Bethanie Waldhuter
Year 2 Teachers
As part of their transdiciplinary unit on 'Where we are in Place and Time', the Reception students inquired into the differences between a house and a home; how homes reflect environmental conditions and cultural aspects, and the impacts these factors have on construction.
This year, 8VNT joined the Reception cohort to bring their designs to life. Each student was assigned a buddy and in one afternoon, dwellings worthy of a renovation show were constructed using recycled materials including cotton wool, foam, cardboard and of course, plenty of glue!
Opportunities such as this are invaluable to all students; the younger children develop their confidence in explaining their ideas and the Year 8s consider how guided questioning can assist in understanding. All students thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and were exceptionally proud of their new homes!
Vanessa Narino-Terry (Year 8 Teacher) and Nicolette McClure (Reception Teacher)
During Week 8, Shane Stokes from Tennis Hot Shots came and worked with our Reception to Year 4 students. The sessions were designed to introduce students to the game of tennis. It was great to see our students thoroughly engaged and excited to learn some tennis skills and have a go at playing some games. Shane will be back next term to run our annual Have-a-go Tennis program here at the St John’s Campus.
In Term 4, OSHC will be running a Construction Club. It will be open to students in Years 3 to 6. This will be a four-week program in woodwork, beginning in Week 3. Construction Club will be supervised by OSHC staff and will take place on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5pm in the new construction area near the Design and Technology Centre at the Concordia Campus. Please register in OSHC by the end of Week 1, Term 4.
Wednesday Lunches finished for the year
We would like to thank the school community for their support of the Wednesday lunch program and remind everyone that these lunches are now finished for the year (lunches run by Links are only available in Terms 2 and 3). The children have certainly enjoyed their yummy hot lunch every Wednesday! Special thanks must also go to Tammy Dandie for coordinating the lunches program, and to our amazing parent volunteers, without you these lunches wouldn’t be possible.
Ice Block Wednesdays are back for Term 4!
Every Wednesday at recess time in 4 of this year and Term 1 of next year, ice blocks will be sold for $1.00 in the school hall.
Ice blocks are supplied by Home Ice-cream and are Rite Bite approved. Please note only 1 ice block per child.
Cards and Calendars
This year we are again celebrating our children’s artwork with the annual Cards and Calendar’s fundraiser.
If the art work has been sent home, we ask that you please send it back to the school so that it can be collated. Early in Term 4 the art work will come home again with instructions on how to place your order.
Sally Carr and Tanya Harris
The annual St John's Campus School Disco is coming up on Friday 20 October. Entry is by a gold coin donation and students are encouraged to bring a full water bottle to the event as well. The theme for the disco is 'Occupations / Jobs' and the evening will take place in two sessions:
Junior Primary - Time: 6-7pm
Upper Primary - Time: 7.15-8.30pm
Please note: Year 3 students are welcome to attend either session, but each child should only attend for a single session.
We are looking forward to a fun evening and hope to see as many students there as possible!
Links will again be offering a ‘Parents' Retreat’ on the night of the School Disco. After dropping your children at the disco, join us in the Courtyard where we will have a bar and snacks available. Links will also be providing an ice block for each child at the disco.
Student Wellbeing Coordinator