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Michael Paech SJC PrincipalWonderful Young Musicians

Over the past fortnight we have hosted three separate concerts for students who learn a musical instrument through our peripatetic Instrumental program here at the St John’s Campus. It was a pleasure to be able to attend two of these concerts and observe our students, from beginners through to quite accomplished musicians, perform for their audience. The clear sense of pride and personal accomplishment that was evident in our students was lovely to see, not to mention the beautiful music that they shared with us.

Our peripatetic program at the St John’s Campus has been running for quite a few years with over 140 students now participating in the program.

We are pleased that our students have the opportunity to access quality instruction in a wide range of different musical instruments including: piano, drums, percussion, guitar, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, trombone, flute, and voice (I hope I have not missed any!). Many of our students go on from their individual lessons to join one of our many music groups here at the St John’s Campus. Some students have even been invited to participate in more advanced music groups at the Concordia Campus.

Learning a musical instrument has many potential benefits for young people. Some of these include: developing their ability to focus, increasing memory skills, teaching perseverance, creating a sense of self achievement, refining discipline and patience, improving coordination, creating responsibility, nurturing self expression, improving listening skills… and the list could go on. These are all skills that are valuable for young people to develop.

If you are interested in finding out more about the peripatetic music program at our St John’s Campus, please speak to Ms Dinno.

I thank our young performers for sharing their talents with us over these past weeks. I also thank our peripatetic teachers and the parents of those involved for your support and encouragement of the students' learning over the past year. Finally, thank you to Ms Jasmin Dinno who so capably coordinates the peripatetic program at our campus.

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus 

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Art Gallery of SA Excursion

On Monday, 5 November the Year 4s enjoyed inquiring into our ‘How We Express Ourselves' Central Idea of “Through our cultures, people interact with each other and communicate using imagery” through visiting the Art Gallery of South Australia. We learned about the messages artists communicate through guided tours of the work by John Mawurndjul in his “I Am The Old and The New” exhibition and items from the Gallery’s permanent collection. The Education Officers taught us printing techniques in the workshop and we had a great time creating our own stamps inspired through the Tarnanthi Exhibitions and printed using paint on calico. These pieces featured in our Year 4 Expo.

Elizabeth Reu and Jessie Thiele
Year 4 Teachers

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Year 4 Expo

On Thursday, 8 November the Year 4 cohort had their Expo. The unit they presented was from our 'How We Express Ourselves' Programme of Inquiry. Each child created a piece of work based on a message that they wanted to convey which led to some very creative and meaningful pieces. The students covered topics including bullying, racism and the environment. They experimented with different methods to present the pieces such as photography and making clay models. 

The students included an artwork from their Art lessons in their Expo, as well as their interpretations of Jesus and some fantastic blackout poetry. The Year 4s put a lot of effort into creating their pieces and their effort certainly paid off. 

Thank you to the wonderful people who helped us with this special event and to all the family members who came to see it.

Elizabeth Reu and Jessie Thiele
Year 4 Teachers

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Year 4 Claymation Workshop

The Year 4 students participated in a Claymation Workshop as part of their learning in Visual Arts. The workshop, offered by ActiveEd, was very engaging and students were thrilled with the short films they were able to produce. ActiveEd facilitators were impressed by our students’ level of creativity and ability to work within a new claymation app on their iPads.

Elizabeth Reu and Jessie Thiele
Year 4 Teachers

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What is Advent?

The Church divides the year into different seasons that emphasise the life of Christ and the life of the Church. Beginning on Sunday, 2 December 2018, we will enter the season of the Church year called Advent. Advent is a time of waiting, hope and anticipation. We pray that this video will help you understand the meaning of Advent as we celebrate Jesus’ birth and look forward to a second Advent, when Jesus comes again. Explore the story of our Saviour and God’s plan for us. May you have a blessed Advent as you wait for him.

Here is a great song that you might like to use with your family as you prepare for Christmas.

Attached are two activity ideas that you may like to do as a family to help build the excitement and anticipation as we wait for Christmas and the celebration of Jesus' birth. 

We pray that you and your family have a blessed Christmas, celebrating Jesus’ love for us all.

The Spiritual Life Team

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Wayang Kulit Puppetry

In Visual Arts and Music, the Year 5 students are inquiring into the puppets and music of the Indonesian Wayang Kulit. In Week 5 they viewed a visiting performance of the Wayang Kulit and had the opportunity to use the shadow puppets in short plays for their peers. The students are in the process of creating their own puppets and music in the style of the Wayang Kulit. 

Nancy Wells and Kylie Johns
Visual Art Teachers

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Music Count Us In

The R-2 students gathered together on Thursday, 1 November to participate in the 'Music Count Us In’ Celebration Day. Each year a song is written by a group of students across Australia and this year, with the help of Justine Clarke, a beautiful ballad called “One Song” was created. Along with approximately 660,000 students throughout Australia, the students at the St John’s Campus watched the live stream from Hobart. At 12pm they enthusiastically sang the song to a small audience of parents. Thanks for your participation R-2 students - a great time was had by all! 

Jasmin Dinno
R-2 Music & Year 2 Teacher

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ELC and OSHC Bookings

Our ELC and OSHC services have recently transitioned to using a new online Childcare Management System called 'Fully Booked', which will replace the previous booking method. This change will require parents to use the link provided to create a ‘Fully Booked’ account. This process will require parents to setup an Ezidebit account which will be used to process a direct debit payment of invoices fortnightly. In 2019 direct debit will be the only method used for payment of fees in OSHC and the ELC. 

If you are interested in booking your child into Vacation Care which is run by OSHC over the summer holidays, please click to download the program.

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Lutheran Community Care

This term our Chapel offerings are going towards Lutheran Community Care. Any items collected will go towards Christmas hampers for people in need. We welcome donations of any of the following items, which can be placed in the container in your child’s classroom: canned fruit, canned vegetables, long life milk, packets of soup, breakfast cereal, long life custard, fruit cake, fruit juice, biscuits, sugar, tea, coffee, pasta sauce, pasta, new toys (for under 12), books (for under 12).

Thank you.

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Student Achievements

Congratulations to the following students on their AMEB piano exam results: 

  • Lachlan 5S: A (Honours) Preliminary Piano for Leisure
  • Susie 5S: A (Honours) Grade One Piano for Leisure
  • Eva 5K: A+ (High Distinction) Grade One Piano for Leisure
  • Emily 6EH: A+ (High Distinction) Grade Two Piano
  • Sofia 6SH: B+ (Credit) Grade Three Piano

Rhonda Parker
Piano Teacher

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