What’s Happening at St John’s Primary

There is always so much learning taking place at St John’s and our students are provided with a diverse range of different experiences and activities to help develop their knowledge and understanding. This week the Year Four students enjoyed listening to visiting guest speaker, Rick Roser. The students learnt about some of the clever techniques the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people use to live in harmony with the Australian environment and they developed a greater appreciation of the Aboriginal culture. Everyone who participated thought it was a fabulous day!

NAPLAN

From Tuesday 15 May to Thursday 17 May, our students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will participate in this year’s NAPLAN program. While some children, particularly those in Year 3, may feel a little nervous about this assessment regime, we encourage our children not to be concerned. Our students at St John’s are well prepared for NAPLAN because they have received strong foundations in literacy and numeracy in the early years.

Families will receive a report on their child’s NAPLAN results later in the year. However, the NAPLAN results provide a small snapshot of one assessment and they do not provide a complete picture of a child’s progress or understanding. Families are encouraged to meet with their child’s teacher for a full over view of their child’s learning.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Our Primary students are registered to participate in the 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge and will be bringing home a Reading Record in the coming days. The aim of this initiative is to help improve children’s literacy by boosting the number of books they read and encouraging them to try more challenging texts. The Challenge is not a competition, but a way of encouraging children to develop a love of reading. For children in Prep to Year Four to meet the Challenge and receive a certificate from the Premier, they need to engage with at least 20 books. For younger students, home readers can be used to complete the reading record. Students in Years Five to Six should read at least 15 books. If your child does not have a Reading Record sheet, please call into the Primary Administration Building to collect one.

Baptism and Holy Communion

On Friday 1 June we will be having a special Chapel Service for students wishing to take Holy Communion for the first time. This special service will also include the baptism of some children and families that have not had the opportunity to have their children baptised and would like to do so are most welcome to be involved. Children do not need to be attending school to be baptised and welcomed into God’s family. Please contact Reverend Susan on SCrothers-Robertson@sjac.qld.edu.au to discuss the baptism of your child.

College Carnival – Saturday 26 May

Thank you to those families who have already volunteered to assist at our College Carnival this year. Don’t forget to purchase ride bands for your children at the reduced price of $35 per child. This provides unlimited rides for the duration of the Carnival.

Year 4/5 Cake Stall

The Year 4 and 5 students are hosting a Cake Stall at the College Carnival and are calling for donations of jams, pickles, fudge and other sweets like coconut ice and toffee. Please also remember to write a full list of ingredients in your creation. There will be some sticky labels at Primary Reception should you need them.  If families are donating baked items please deliver them to Primary Reception on Friday 25 May or take them to the Carnival on Saturday 26 May prior to 12 noon. For those families who are not confident with cooking, we ask you to donate some ingredients that others can use to make cakes and cookies for our Cake Stall. Items such as sugar, flour, coconut and icing sugar are regularly needed in baking and our cooks would greatly appreciate receiving donations of these and other dry ingredients. Thank you for supporting the Carnival in this way.