Around the Primary

Dear Parents

With the IPSHA Co-Educational Interschool Athletics Carnival coming up next Tuesday 23rd September the students have been hard at work training. The Interschool Athletics team will have a final training session this Monday 22nd September from 3:30-4:30pm. This is a team building session for all Year 3-6 Interschool team members.

Special guest Emma George (Olympic Pole vaulter) will be joining this team session and we congratulate all team members on their outstanding performances for the season so far. Mrs Menzies would like to see all team members there!

For further information about the Primary Interschool Athletics team please see attachment.

Congratulations to Julian O'Rourke who was one of the three State finalists in the Year 6 Section of the recent Science Teachers Association of Western Australia's Science Talent Search. Julian competed in the 'Invention' Category which encouraged entrants to use an original application for technology to solve a problem. Julian's contribution was 'The Fog Away Glasses'. Concerned with fogging of glasses, Julian created a hat with inbuilt fans that could be deployed to 'De Fog' glasses. His entry has been selected to go forward to the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards. Congratulations Julian!

Congratulations also to all the our GATE students for their excellent investigations, they were certainly interesting and their scientific rigour was of a very high standard.

This week our Year 5 students visited Parliament House, our Year 1 students enjoyed an incursion with some furry and slimy Australian creatures and our PrePrimary enjoyed their first excursion to Floreat Forum. Subsequently, I received two lovely emails from Pre Primary parents this week which I am proud to share with our community.

'I was lucky enough to be a parent helper for the day and it was gorgeous to see how excited the kids were not only on the day but also in the lead up in learning about their community. The teachers did a great job in preparing the children and building the excitement for their first excursion. The kids were all so well behaved and really represented the school well - they should be very proud of themselves!'

'This morning was an absolute delight! I was very impressed with the organisation shown by Miss Monastra and Miss Di Biaggio. Not only were proceedings planned down to the minute, but the teachers dealt beautifully with last minute changes, made sure the volunteers were all up to speed. They are gorgeous role models for the children. It was clear that Miss Monastra and Miss Di Biaggio had briefed the children in such a way that they were very aware of their expectation but also were prompted to get the most out of their experience. The children responded beautifully and did you proud!

It was enjoyable and valuable experience for all.'

During the school holidays Mrs Gardner, Miss Joyce and Mr Izzard along with Secondary staff will be accompanying our Year 11 Pilgrims as they undertake their journeys to East Timor, Alice Springs, Vietnam and India. Please pray for all staff and students Pilgrims for their safe travel. We also thank them for their willingness to support communities far away from our own.

As the term comes to a close, I would like to thank the Primary community - staff, parents and students for their hard work, good will and enthusiasm. On Sunday I will also be joining a group Pilgrimage with staff from Jesuit schools around Australia, to follow the footsteps of St Ignatius through Paris, Spain and Rome. I feel very privileged to represent John XXIII College on this Pilgrimage and to be taking part in such an enriching experience.

I look forward to sharing photos and stories from this sacred journey as I discover more about one of our wonderful founders, St Ignatius of Loyola.

I hope you enjoy Primary Open Night on Monday - the classrooms look fabulous and are filled with the children's work.

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary