What’s Happening at St John’s?

The beginning of the year is always a busy time with families adjusting to new school routines and various extra-curricular activities commencing. There are also a number of special activities and events to consider. Please read the information below regarding these upcoming events and activities:

P&F Welcome Event – Friday 9 February, 6.00pm, Primary Campus

Our first very special occasion this month is our Parents and Friends Welcome Event , tomorrow night, Friday 9 February, from 6.00pm to 7.30pm. This event is a fabulous opportunity for families to reconnect with one another and meet the new members of our College community. Children will be able to play while mums, dads and carers enjoy refreshments in The Meadow (the central courtyard beside the STEM Institute).

Refreshments will be provided and drinks will be available for a gold coin donation. A number of double passes to Inflatable World will be given away as lucky door prizes so come along and be in the running to win. All College families are most welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there.

Pancake Day – Tuesday 13 February

Each year we like to participate in Pancake Day because it provides a time of reflection for our students and an opportunity to raise funds to support people beyond our College community who might have significant needs. Our previous pancake supplier was not available this year and we had to source an alternative supplier.

For this reason, we are offering Dutch pancakes this year, at $2 per serve. Each serve will include six small Dutch pancakes with or without maple syrup. They are a delicious alternative to the traditional flat pancakes we have had in the past.

Please note that orders must be finalised this afternoon as an order will be placed with our supplier early Friday 9 February. Please ensure you have completed the order form and returned it with correct payment by this afternoon. All proceeds from this event will be donate to the Anglican Board of Missions.

We would greatly appreciate some assistance with preparing and distributing the pancakes on the day and ask any parents who might be available to contact Mrs Linda Pettit lpettit@sjac.qld.edu.au.

Parent Information Evening – Tuesday 13 February, 6.30pm, Living Faith Chapel

On Tuesday 13 February we will be holding an important Parent Information Session in Living Faith Chapel. The evening will begin with a Child Protection presentation at 6.30pm and all family members who wish to assist at the College in a voluntary manner, need to attend. The Child Protection session will outline the College’s policies and practices regarding the safety of our students and explain the role of volunteers.  The College holds the safety of our students as a top priority and requires all volunteers to attend a session on student protection on an annual basis. We sincerely thank the members of our community who volunteer to assist our College in so many ways and we thank them for keeping up to date with child protection matters by attending these sessions.

Immediately following the Child Protection Session at 7.00pm parents will move to classrooms to hear their children’s teachers share ideas and strategies for helping children with their learning. The teachers will outline the year level programs including the International Baccalaureate PYP units of inquiry and what parents can do at home to assist their children with such things as reading, mathematics and inquiry learning. We look forward to seeing you there.

Ash Wednesday – 14 February

Ash Wednesday is always held the day after Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday. It is a time of the year that many Christians begin preparing for Easter and focussing on the great love God has for all mankind. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, the forty days before Easter. This year we will hold two Ash Wednesday Services at the primary school.

  • 8.45am for Prep to Year Two
  • 2.00pm for Years Three to Six
  • Families are most welcome to join us at either or both services.

International Book Giving Day – beginning the week of Monday 12 February

Please click here for more information on International Book Giving Day.

International Mindedness Day – Tuesday 20 February

Our celebration of the Chinese New Year will be held on Tuesday 20 February, commencing at 9am in the Meadow. This event is a wonderful opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Chinese culture and expose our senses to the traditional Lion Dance, music and, for some year levels, noodle making.

To continue along the theme of international mindedness, there will be further opportunities for students to sample different cultures throughout the day as we aim to develop their respect and intercultural understanding. Through the Primary Years Program, teachers carefully encourage students to become more aware and appreciative of others and their cultures, and this day will strengthen this appreciation and help students develop the Learner Profile attribute of Open Mindedness.

Parents and staff from the St John’s community have volunteered their time to share parts of their culture with us and students will ‘venture’ to all corners of the world as they participate in these wonderful activities. Opportunities range from a traditional African board game called Morarabaraba, Tai Chi, envelope making and a local Aboriginal game, just to name a few. The aim of the day is to have fun, learn about other cultures, respect differences and develop a community of internationally minded learners. Parents can continue this at home by discussing with their children some of the activities from the day and encouraging action by further inquiring into a culture of their choice.

‘Be observing constantly. Stay open minded. Be eager to learn and improve.’ John Wooden

Funky Hair Day – Friday 9 March

The Shave for a Cure initiative raises significant funds each year to support the fight against cancer. Students in Years One to Six are invited have their hair sprayed with temporary bright colours, by returning the permission slip and donating $4.00. They are also able to wear their hair in ‘funky’ hair styles, with bright ribbons and bands. However, they are asked to not arrive at school with their hair already coloured. The addition of colour should only occur at the College so it supports our fundraising initiative.

Children in Kindy and Prep are able to wear brightly coloured ribbons and hair styles for the donation of a gold coin. We thank families for supporting the College in this event.

Please click here for the permission form for Funky Hair Day.

Kindy and Prep Play Date – Saturday 10 March, 2.30pm to 4.00pm in the Prep Playground

Families with children in Kindergarten and Prep are invited to a special gathering in the Prep playground area of the primary campus. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to get to know one another while their children spend time together in the Prep playground. Invitations will be sent to families in the near future, so please make a note of this date in your diaries. We look forward to seeing you there.