Around the Primary

Dear Parents,

The Primary school was a hive of excitement this week with Primary Open Night on Monday evening and the IPSHA Co-Educational Interschool Athletics Carnival on Tuesday.

Parents received a real treat on Monday evening when they toured through the classrooms on a learning journey with their children. The students were enthusiastic and excited in being able to explain to their parents the learning that took place behind the activities that were displayed. The displays in the classrooms were outstanding and definitely reflected all of the wonderful learning that is taking place in the Primary School. Musical talents were also displayed - Year 4/5 Guitar Ensemble, Year 6 Guitar Ensemble, String Orchestra, Mini Minors, Primary Singers, Wanju Voices, Primary Drumming and the Year Five and Six Band. Thank you to the music tutors who supported the students in their presentation. We also thank all families for their attendance throughout the evening and for their fabulous feedback. We received a few lovely emails from parents that we would like to share:

"I couldn't let Open Night go past without letting you know how "blown away" Paul and I were with the Year 4B classroom, it was spectacular! The displays were systematic but creative and the children clearly had so much pride in their work. We feel very fortunate to have such a dedicated and motivating teacher supporting Amelia this year."
"This is just a short note to thank you and all the teachers who put so much effort into preparing the class rooms for the primary open night last night. My children were very excited to show off their work and to have a look at the things being done by students in the year ahead of them and to find out what things will be like for them next year. It was particularly lovely to have an opportunity to see the computing lab and to see just what thee pre-primary kids have already learned to do and to listen to the singers and the music ensembles throughout the evening. All of the children, while excited, were very well behaved. Thanks again for all the effort."

We congratulate the Primary Staff on all the fantastic work they are doing with the students.

IPSHA CO-ED Interschool Athletics Carnival

Following their successes at the Interhouse athletics carnival, sixty of our Year 3-6 students were selected to be part of the John XXIII primary athletics team. These athletes represented the College at the IPSHA Co-Ed Interschool Carnival on Tuesday 23 September.

After receiving well wishes and words of encouragement from Olympic record holder Emma George at our final training session on Monday afternoon the students were raring to head off to All Saints College to test themselves against the other schools.

Our athletes conducted themselves well at the event and demonstrated good sportsmanship and a commitment to achieving their best results in competition conditions. They did us proud and came home with a bounty of ribbons to show for their efforts. Most importantly it was great to see the team spirit alive and well amongst our primary students as they cheered each other on and shared success as a team.

It was great to see so many parents and family members come along to support our College. There were many people on board to help out with organising the team and in marshalling our allocated event. A special mention must go to Annie Woodland who has been a long time helper at both the interhouse and interschool athletics carnivals whilst Oliver has been in primary school. Thank you Annie, your dedication to primary sport is greatly appreciated!

Thank you to our athletics coaches Dan Davis (a former John XXIII student) and Keely Waters for their general fitness training and specialised athletics coaching throughout Term Three. Your fun approach to training was enjoyed by many.

IPSHA Track and Field Results 2014

We wish Maggie Crowley all the best in her up and coming role as a first time mum and thank her for her wonderful work as classroom teacher in 2B. Alison Dillon is warmly welcomed as Maggie's replacement for Term Four. In the Mary Ward Centre we look forward to having Claire Peirce continuing her role as coordinator. We thank Bec Menzies for all her efforts as PE teacher, she has had a successful term organising athletics carnivals and before and after school training. John Alderman will return from Long Service Leave next term. Congratulations go to our Notre Dame Student teachers on their successful completion of their long term prac, we wish them all the best for the future.

We wish Mrs Gardner, Miss Joyce and Mr Izzard safe travels as they embark on a very rewarding experience, joining Secondary staff and Year 11 students on Pilgrims to East Timor, Alice Springs, Vietnam and India. We pray for all staff and student Pilgrims and celebrate their willingness to support communities far away from our own.

We would like to thank the staff, parents and students for their hard work, good will and enthusiasm. We thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to a rewarding Term Four ahead.

Please note primary children start on Monday 13th October and secondary children on Tuesday 14th October.

Term 4 commences Monday 13th October till Friday 12th December

Please note some upcoming dates in Weeks 1 & 2.

Monday 13th October: Primary children begin
Friday 17th October: Grandparents Picnic Lunch
Thursday 23rd October: Kindy 2015 parent information evening 6:45 in the Kindy classroom.
Friday 24th October: Primary assembly presented by 2G

All other important dates can be found on the Term 4 primary calendar.

Kylie Allen & Liz Gardner
Assistant Deputy Principals