Primary News

What a wonderful term we have had! The last few weeks have been filled with a variety of special events and activities and there are more to come. On Monday 23 November the annual Year Two Chess competition was held and 2W took out the winning class trophy for earning the most points. The Chess competition is the culmination of our early years’ Chess program in which our students receive a weekly Chess lesson across an 18 month period. The lessons begin in the second semester of Year One and continue throughout Year Two. Learning how to play Chess improves the students’ strategic thinking skills and creativity and strengthens focus and memory. The Chess lessons are linked to many of the mathematical concepts taught in the early years and so they also help the children to apply mathematical concepts to different settings.

Kindergarten Graduation

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week the children in Kindergarten celebrated their year of learning at their ‘graduation event’. It was lovely to see so many family members able to join us for both occasions and to enjoy the performances of the children, who demonstrated that they are very ready for Prep next year. The Kindergarten teachers have completed Transitions Statements for all their children progressing into Prep and these will be distributed to families this month.

International Baccalaureate Units of Inquiry

There is always a lot of learning happening at St John’s. Recently the Year Four students were learning about the structure of a flower. They created a 3D model of a flower with their class teachers and then learnt how to code it to be interactive using MakeyMakey and Scratch, during their digital technology lessons with Mrs Laurie Wilson in the Library, Research and Information Centre. The background the students used was an image of the cross-section of a flower, and each ‘sprite’ or ‘character’ in Scratch explained a part of the flower. Some parts are coded to pop words up on the screen, and some are coded to play an audio recording. This is a learning experience that the students are sure to remember.

In Year Two the students are learning about sustainability and the water cycle. They established a new garden this term and their crops are thriving.  Hands-on activities such as these can improve learning and deepen understanding. They also make learning lots of fun.

Online Booking Form for Vacation Care

We are pleased to advise that we now have an online booking form for Vacation Care. The Christmas holiday program will begin for Prep to Year Six students on Friday 4 December and families wishing to use the ACBB and Early Years ABCC Vacation Care services are asked to access the program and link to the online booking form via the College website. Activities include Medieval art, water slides, a wildlife show, movies, Christmas arts and party and much, much more. The Educators are looking forward to seeing who comes along to join in all the fun.

End of Year Assemblies

I am looking forward to seeing families at our five special assemblies for our Prep to Year Six students. It will be lovely to celebrate the year together.

Friday  27 November
Yr 3-4 Assembly, 10.00am, Performing Arts Centre of Excellence
Yr 5-6 Assembly, 12.30pm, Performing Arts Centre of Excellence

Monday  30 November
Leadership Chapel, 9.00am, Living Faith Chapel
Yr 2 Assembly,11.30am, Living Faith Chapel
Yr 1 assembly, 1.30pm, Living Faith Chapel

Tuesday 1 December
Prep Assembly, 1.30pm, Living Faith Chapel

Sandra Hawken
Head of Primary