Around the Primary

Dear Parents,

On Monday our PrePrimary children celebrated their 100th day of school and it was the perfect opportunity to have fun with the number 100. It was a day of great excitement for the children, marked with a visit from 'Zero the Hero' and a variety of special activities, such as, making necklaces with 100 cereal treats, building the tallest tower with 100 plastic cups, counting 100 cup-cakes and then enjoying the yummy cakes for morning tea, plus many more fun games and activities.

It was an important day for the children and staff because it marked 100 days of learning and accomplishments and also provided an abundance of valuable teaching opportunities.

Special thanks to all the PrePrimary staff for all their hard work in preparation for this day.

On Tuesday our Primary Singers sang two songs at the Liturgical singing section of the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. The students sang magnificently, lead of course, by Mrs Allen and accompanied by Mr Johnson. Well done to the Primary Singers on their wonderful performance.

Please take the time to read the fantastic report from the adjudicator - we are so proud of their achievements!

Please click on this link for the Performing Arts.

Congratulations to our Interschool Team members for 2014. It was great to see all our students participating with such enthusiasm and determination.

Well done to the following students on their great results:

As the carnival progressed, a number of points became clear to me, firstly, the attitude and behaviour of our John XXIII students was absolutely amazing. Secondly, the support our team gave one another was outstanding; the pats on the back, the compliments they shared and the smiles on their faces after completing a race were the best at the Carnival. Thirdly, the vast number of parents supporting our team was terrific. A special thank you to Mrs Menzies for organising Cross Country training over the last number of weeks and for great organisational skills on the day.

We began our John XXIII celebrations today with a whole school Mass that aptly coincided with the Feast of the Assumption. It was lovely liturgy that captured the essence of our very own Saint Pope John XXIII. The children then went on to enjoy their mini fete, team games, a shared lunch and a disco. On Monday each student will receive their John XXIII badge to commemorate the Canonisation of Good Pope John. We hope the children will wear the badge with pride on their school uniform. Thanks to our dedicated staff for their superb organisation (and energy levels) today and to Years 5 and 6 for organising super stalls!

We celebrate as a Community!!

Next week is Book Week and everyone is very excited about the dress up parade next Friday. Parents are welcome to come and join in the fun of the parade at 9am in the gym.

Kind Regards,

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary

As part of our celebrations for Book Week 2014 we are hosting a Book Week parade in the gym next Friday 22nd August at 9am.

The theme this year is 'Connect to Reading'.

We would like the children to come dressed on the day as a book character they have connected with or a favourite character from a book. They also need to bring the book to school on the day (if possible).

Parents are very welcome to come along and enjoy the parade too!

The costumes help to promote a lot of discussion about books and story throughout the day. Students have been brainstorming some possible book characters which would be suitable. Here are some suggestions to get you thinking.



  • Monday 1st September 2014
  • Tuesday 2nd September 2014


Wednesday 20 August

  • 'World's Apart' - Book Week Production

Friday 22 August

  • Book Week Parade in Gym - 9 am
  • Year 4 Musical Rehearsal

Interschool Cross Country

Yesterday our year 3-6 interschool cross country team had a chance to test their endurance against ten other schools. Our year 3-4 students ran 1.5km and our year 5-6 students ran 2.5km with both courses including a steep set of stairs to test the runners.

As usual many parents from John XXIII were on hand to help with various jobs at the carnival. Thank you to those who assisted and also to those parents who made it along to cheer on our team.

All our runners are to be commended on their commitment to training and congratulated on their performances yesterday. Special congratulations must go to the following students who placed in the top 10 runners in their events.

Thank you to all the staff and parents who have attended our morning training sessions, we are lucky to have such a strong support team. I'm sure all the runners would agree we would all like to extend our thanks to the canteen staff for providing us with breakfast after each training session. Pancakes seemed to be quite a motivating factor in getting our runners to training!

Bec Menzies
Primary Physical Education