The weather has been warming up and there seems to be a real bounce in the air.

It has been great having Sue Ellis, our new Campus Principal in 2018, roving through the classrooms and playground whilst learning more about our students and School. It has not only provided the students with the opportunity to meet Sue and have a conversation with her, but has also provided Sue with an insight into our School Community. She is very excited about joining our School Community next year which she describes as being very warm, inviting and blessed! Sue will certainly inject her wealth of knowledge and passion when she arrives in 2018!

The Years 3 & 4 students were excited to depart for their camp on Tuesday morning. They eagerly met at the Marshall Station ready to board a train bound for Warnambool and a bus which would eventually deliver them to Port Fairy. Their three-day camp was designed to complement and extend their learning around their current Integrated topic focusing on Explorers and Colonisation. From all reports to date, the camp has been exciting and a lot of fun! We look forward to hearing more about the camp upon their return.

It was wonderful to hear the positive comments from our students, parents and whole School Community as they reflected and spoke about the wonderful student performances at our ‘St John’s has Talent’ School Concert last Term. The choir sung beautifully and the class items were dazzling! It was amazing to witness the teamwork and dedication shown by staff, students, parents and our community who all contributed in making the evening the success it was. I would again like to take the opportunity to thank everybody who contributed to this event, in particular Debbie Howard and Debbie Fraser who both combined to organise the background work and dances.

Our J1 – J3  classes travelled to Melbourne at the end of last week to visit the Melbourne Museum and Imax theatre to extend their understanding of Minibeasts. The reviews were mixed – all students loved the excursion, but the movie about bugs and spiders on the big screen in 3D was “…scary”! The Preps have been busily engaged in their learning and are now preparing themselves to be the bigger ‘Year 1’ students at the School, along with our Kindergarten children getting ready for School transition.   The Years 5 & 6 students have immersed themselves in the ‘Earn and Learn’ program which enables them to create a ‘mini town’ in their classroom inclusive of businesses, government positions as well as learning how to appropriately budget.

With Christian Blessings

Steven Tkaczuk
Acting Campus Principal