Primary News

This week the children in Little Saints Kindergarten learnt about the importance of Australian farmers and the way in which they generate a vast range of food products to feed people in Australia and around the world. The children also learnt about the difficult conditions farmers face during severe droughts, like the one Australia is currently experiencing.  The Kindy children dressed up in farmer work wear for a day to raise money to support our farmers through the Archbishop’s Drought appeal.

The students and teachers from Prep to Year Six will participate in a similar activity on Tuesday 28 August. We encourage all students and their families to dress as farmers on Tuesday 28 August and bring along a donation that can be added to funds for the drought appeal. We are very keen to support this worthy appeal and encourage families to give generously.

Fundraising for Farmers – Tuesday 28 August
Come to school dressed as a farmer and bring a donation to support the Drought Appeal.

Book Week
This week we have been celebrating the love of reading with our various Book Week activities, all centred around the theme of ‘Treasure’. On Tuesday evening the students in Years 3 to 6 were invited to join in a scavenger hunt, to find the hidden treasures in particular books.  On Wednesday our annual Book Week Parade was held and children dressed up in costumes that represented the books that they treasure.

Tomorrow night, Friday 24 August, the children in Kindy to Year 2 will participate in the annual Pyjama Party and hear treasured stories being read to them. Families attending this event should bring their children wearing their pyjamas and meet in the Primary Library at 6.00pm. Following the bedtime stories and activities, the children will be given supper to conclude the special event. We look forward to seeing you there.

Mrs Abeyewardene has created an amazing cake of an underwater treasure chest, that will be our raffle prize during Book Week. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. All money raised will support the Antipodean trip to Nepal in 2019.

Every two years, a group of students from the secondary campus, accompanied by St John’s staff head off to a chosen community in a country that needs assistance. On each trip the group participates in a community project. Previous trips have involved building a church in Borneo and building houses in Cambodia. In addition, the groups purchase gifts for the people of the villages, such as rice for each family, cookware and school supplies.

We have chosen the Antipodean Trip as our Book Week charity this year because it links directly to the College’s International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP). A major focus of the PYP is International Mindedness and what better way to demonstrate our commitment than supporting this international initiative of the College. The Antipodean trip encourages the participants to demonstrate the qualities of the IB learner profile, including being open-minded, communicators, principled, caring and risk takers. It also allows then to take action to support others.

On Monday this week the Primary students were invited to participate in a Pizza lunch which was also a fundraising event to support the Antipodean trip. Students from Kindy to Year 6 enjoyed a tasty lunch of pizza and drink for a small cost. The money raised amounted to over $1,000 and will allow the College to purchase a variety of useful items for the Nepalese community that our senior students visit next year. Thank you to everyone who contributed and particularly to Mrs Leanne Peters for organising the pizzas and drinks.

Play Date Fun
Our Play Date on the afternoon of Saturday 18 August, was a great deal of fun. The children in Kindy and Prep loved the opportunity to play in the Prep playground while the children in Years One and Two spent time in the pirate ship playground and meadow. The accompanying adults enjoyed a relaxing afternoon tea and conversation with other parents.  It was a lovely way to end the day. We thank Mrs Boardman and Roscoe Revelly with his band of volunteers, for organising the Play Dates that are held throughout the year.

Kind regards,

Sandra Hawken
Head of Primary

Storytime Fun

Join us for the next Storytime Fun on Monday 27 August 2018 from 8.45am.  Click here for more information.