Around the Primary

Dear Parents

It was wonderful to see so many families visiting the classrooms on Monday evening. It is hoped you enjoyed yourselves and learnt lots along the way! The children certainly seem to delight in showcasing their work and talking about the learning that is taking place in their classrooms. Thank you for making the time to come and look at our beautiful school and to see the excellence of learning that takes place within these walls. Special thanks to our dedicated staff for all your hard work and for presenting your classrooms so creatively.

Well done to our talented musicians and also the Primary Singers who performed on Open Night. They all did a magnificent job and their performances were very much valued and appreciated by us all. Thank you to all the music tutors and Mrs Allen for preparing the children for this event.

As we come to the end of Term Three, it is time to farewell Mrs Amanda Rimes (PPB), Mrs Simonette Chiappini (1G), and Mrs Catherine Young (3G). We thank these teachers for their wonderful contributions to the Primary School and for their commitment to their classes. We wish Amanda, Simonette and Catherine and their husbands, the happiest of years as they embark on this exciting new phase of parenthood.

We are pleased to advise that we will be starting a Pre-Kindy (3 year old) program in 2013. This program will operate from our new Kindy classroom on a Monday morning next year. It is also important to note that PrePrimary will become compulsory from 2013. Our current program operates in a manner that meets this Government requirement. From next year, our PrePrimary children will wear the College sports uniform or tracksuit to school each day.

Today our Junior Primary children came together in thanks and praise by participating in Mass. Our delightful Year One children reminded us through their prayers and songs about the special gift of love and how important it is to show love to all the friends we have at school and at home. Special thanks to Mrs Chiappini and Miss Joyce for preparing this beautiful liturgical celebration.

Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary

Congratulations to the First Communicants

News Report from Sloan Burton (5G)

As many students and families would have been aware, the recent London Paralympic games captured our nation's attention. Yesterday, our Year 4 and 5 classes were very fortunate to meet Paralympian, Ahmed Kelly. Ahmed was a member of the Australian Paralympic swim team. It has been the most successful swim team Australia has ever sent to the Paralympics, claiming 18 Gold medals, which positioned them 2nd on the swimming medal tally, behind the Republic of China. Ahmed's individual performance was outstanding by swimming a personal best time of 51.8 for the Men's SB3 50m breaststroke during the heats. In the finals, Ahmed gutsy performance saw him just miss out on an individual medal but he told us that he thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Our lucky classes had the opportunity to relive Ahmed's finals swim during his presentation which also included a powerpoint of his own experience of the games. His slide demonstrating the athlete's procedure to access venues was really interesting. To finish off his presentation, Ahmed showed us a Youtube Clip, "Get to Your Room" which had us all in stitches! Mrs Fry presented our own John XXIII College Sports shirt to show our appreciation. Ahmed has been staying with my family for the past week and leaves for Melbourne this evening. We wish Ahmed all the best for his future endeavours and the challenges he may face.



The Carnival will be held this Monday, 24th September (Weather permitting.) At this stage the weather forecast looks good for next Monday. Please be advised that if the weather becomes a factor during the day the order of the program may change. That is, all the individual races may be completed first and then all the team games would follow. The lunch at this stage is still scheduled for 12.40 pm.

The College appreciates your understanding and support for the postponement of the Carnival today. Hopefully a large number of spectators will be in attendance on Monday. Please note that a Barista Van will be available from about 10.30 am.

Kind regards,

John Alderman
Primary Sports Co-ordinator