Around the Primary

Dear Parents

The sunshine has made a glorious start and seems to have given vitality to us all! Our students (and many with smart new haircuts) are arriving each day looking happy and enthusiastic for the learning adventure ahead. It always astounds me how much we manage to achieve in a week at John XXIII, for instance, this week the Years 2 and 5 participated in 'hands-on' Science workshops, the Years 5 and 6 learnt all about puberty in their Growth and Development sessions and our Junior classes enjoyed some shared reading time with the Year 7's.


It was wonderful to see so many parents arriving this morning to celebrate Mass with their children. Special thanks to Ms O'Connor and Year 4B for preparing this lovely liturgy in honour of all the Saints.

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The partnership between parents and teachers is very important as together we support children through the many activities and experiences at school as well as at home. As we are now heading towards the busy time of the year, I hope the following tips are useful in this important partnership ensuring happy students at school and at home:

  • Start each day smoothly and peacefully with kind words, smiles and a hug. A child leaving a happy home starts the day in a happy frame of mind, the best pre-condition for good learning.
  • Set aside time every day after school to spend with your children, hearing about their day, listening to what they are saying and paying them your full attention with no interruptions.
  • Send your children to school with a nutritious breakfast. Also, pack nutritious, healthy and tasty food in their lunchbox so that they eat it all.
  • Make sure they get plenty of sleep every night so their brains and bodies can grow.
  • Children learn by example how to deal effectively with others. Place a high value on good manners and respect for others and their property.
  • Model and teach time management and organisational skills. Ensure children arrive at school on time each day.
  • Show your love of learning by going with them to the library, to concerts and art galleries. Fill your home with books.
  • Talk with respect about teachers. Deal with any issues in private, not in front of your child.
  • Encourage them to take responsibility for their own learning.

Most importantly. let your children know every day how much you love and value them.

Kind regards,

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Summer is coming - enrol now for swimming lessons!

Enrolments for December/January lessons are now open. It is important for every child to learn to swim and develop essential water safety skills. VacSwim's school holiday swimming lessons are conducted by qualified instructors who teach children the skills to be confident swimmers and safe in the water. For further information and online enrolment visit

Student's Absences

Please be reminded if your child is late to school or has an appointment you are required to sign your child in and out accordingly, at the front office.

  • If your child is late you only need to sign the "late" book.
  • If your child has an appointment you will be required to fill out "appointment" file as well as a slip for the teacher to indicate if the child is returning to school or leaving for the day.
  • If the appointment is recurring, you are still required to sign your child in and out in the "recurring absence" file.

Lost Property

Has your child lost a pair of reading glasses? Two pairs of glasses are waiting in the front office to be collected.
We also have a pair of ladies sunglasses found at the JP Sports Carnival.