Around the Primary

Dear Parents

Around the primary school it has been somewhat quieter this week. While the classrooms have continued to be a hub for learning, the playground has been noticeable different. With our Year Six students and our dedicated staff heading off to Canberra there has been a contrast to the usual business of the school grounds during recess and lunch. It has been wonderful receiving daily updates from our campers on day to day events, however, we are really looking forward to seeing them and listening to stories about their extraordinary time away. We really did miss them!

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It was great to see so many familiar faces at the Autumn Soirée on Sunday evening. Under the direction of Mr Kros our Primary choir, 'Wanju Voices' sang two lovely songs and confidently entertained the large crowd. Congratulations also to Mrs Jennings and the Wind Band for their fantastic performance on the big stage. We certainly are surrounded by talent at John XXIII.

Kind regards

Kylie Allen
Assistant Principal - Primary

Primary Cross Country Has Arrived!

A reminder to all students in Years 3 - 6 that the Inter-house Cross Country Carnival will be held early in Term 3 (Date to be confirmed). Cross Country training for Years 3 to 6 will commence next week on Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 May (Week 5 of Term 2) from 7.30 - 8.00 am. This training will take place every Tuesday and Thursday for the remainder of the term with the exception of Thursday 23 June (Week 9-Year 6 Winter Lightning Carnival).

  • Students need to meet in the Primary Under-cover area at 7.25 am.
  • Students will need to wear comfortable sports clothing and if it is raining they must bring a change of clothes.
  • Younger siblings may join in the morning training providing that they are supervised.
  • Students may bring money with them to purchase some breakfast from the Canteen.

It would be great if a parent or two could assist Di in the canteen with the preparation of the extra meals on those morning training sessions.

This year Year 3 and Year 4 students will all run 1500m, while Year 5 and Year 6 will run 2500m. As was the case last year, there will be a short course for some students who for various reasons are unable to run the long course. Your child is encouraged to continue a training program during the holidays. All students will compete in this event unless a medical certificate is produced. For health and safety reasons, please consider the following points:

  1. Know when and where your child is training;
  2. Your child needs to slowly increase the distance and times he/she runs;
  3. Keep in mind any important medical condition your child might have such as asthma, respiratory difficulties and take appropriate action;
  4. Watch out for dehydration;
  5. Appropriate footwear should always be worn.
  1. This might be an ideal time for the whole family to undertake a fitness
  2. Program! It was fantastic to see so many mums & dads running with their children in the mornings during last year's training sessions!
  3. The Interschool Cross Country Carnival this year will be held in week 4, Thursday, 11 August at John XXIII College. More details will follow early in Term 3.

Interschool Sports Report-Week 3

Last week John XXIII College participated in the first interschool winter fixtures against Newman. The College hosted a football game and three netball matches whilst Newman hosted two soccer games. Although scores are not kept in these games John XXIII were highly competitive, especially in soccer and netball. Our footballers are fairly inexperienced and full of enthusiasm. Mr Fromm, the coach, is excited about developing this team throughout the season to become a real threat in the "Eagles Cup" competition later in the term at this year's Winter Lightning Carnival. From all reports our students displayed very good skills and showed excellent sportsmanship in all games at both venues.

Although our hockey team did not have a game with Newman, the players participated in closely contested intra-school games against each other. There are a number of highly talented players and it is disappointing for them that they will not have as many interschool fixtures this year.

Overall, it has been a good start to the season and our next fixture is against Loreto School in Week Five.

John Alderman
Primary Sports Co-0rdinator
Mob. 0408 914 110

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