They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We shall remember them.

Around the Primary

Dear Parents

Today the 11 November, Remembrance Day, the Primary students participated in an Assembly or Prayer Service to remember the lives lost to war. Over the course of the day the teachers shared some important information with their class about 'Remembrance Day,' which was originally called 'Armistice Day.' The students learnt that on this day of remembrance we give thanks and honour for the lives of those who have helped make our beautiful country a place of freedom and peace. Let us all strive to be people of peace in our thoughts, words and actions as Jesus has shown us.

As the sun rises and as it sets. We remember them.
When we enjoy our life and our freedom. We remember them.
When we witness courage and strength. We remember them.
When we feel protected and supported. We remember them.

The IPSHA Touch Rugby was held at the College this week. The visiting teachers, parents and competitors were in awe at the magnificent grounds we have at the school. This is a wonderful reflection of the work of our Grounds & Maintenance Staff. Our students did the College proud with their fantastic rugby skills, team work and their behaviour and sportsmanship. A big thank you to Mr Alderman for coordinating this event and also to all the parents who supported our competitors on the day.

The Advent Season is fast approaching and during this period we want to support those who will be finding it tough over the Christmas period. John XXIII College is once again supporting the St Vinnie's Christmas Appeal. Our aim is to donate food hampers to help individuals and families in need to experience the joys of Christmas. Donations can be left in the classroom or front office.

As we are fast approaching the end of the year, it is time to thank all the parent volunteers who have who have assisted in so many ways around the Primary School. We hope to see you at the Parents' Volunteer Thank You Evening on Thursday 17 November at the Claremont Yacht Club at . Special thanks to Nancy Petsos for sharing her time and talents with us at Primary Convenor over the last two years - Nancy has done an amazing job and it has a delight to work with her. On behalf of us all, thank you Nancy for a job well done! Congratulations and thank you to Elizabeth Blaxell for volunteering to take up this role for the new year.

We welcome everyone to come along to our final Assembly next Friday, 18 November at 9am. The students from 4B are working very hard behind the scenes to prepare this Assembly.

Kind Regards,

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Ms Allen kindly organised a special Remembrance Day Service for our younger students. The 3G students shared some beautiful prayers and everyone proudly sang the National Anthem. The students were all very respectful at this important event.




Helping Our Children Feel Safe

With the media reporting the results of the American election with headlines like, 'End of the World as we know it', it is a timely reminder to be aware of young children's exposure to the media and current news. Children can be very aware to the fears and anxieties of the significant adults in their lives and they often hear much more of adult conversations than parents realise. Take the opportunity to talk to your children about what they are worried or fearful of. It is important to validate their feelings but help them to understand that change is a part of life and reassure them that they are safe. The attached article by Maggie Dent is certainly worth reading.