It has been wonderful to walk and talk with students and teachers, hearing about range of fantastic teaching and learning opportunities that have occurred at St John’s. Indeed, much care, enthusiasm and thought occurs within all classroom and outdoor programs across the School. These include the amazing programs that our Specialist Teachers provide our students. Extra-curricular activities such as chess lessons, choir rehearsals and performances, additional competitions such as the ‘Tournament of Minds’, sporting opportunities as well as Interschool Debating, each add another dimension to cater for our student interests and talents.

On Tuesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending our Kindergarten Open Afternoon where prospective Kinder parents had the opportunity to meet with our amazing Kindergarten staff and learn about, as well as view, the fantastic programs that are on offer. We currently have spaces for the 4 Year-old program in 2018. Should you know of anybody currently searching for a kinder place for 2018, please encourage them to make an appointment to view what we have to offer!

On Tuesday of this week, St John’s were represented by a wonderful group of students at the ‘District Athletics’ event held at Landy Field. Each student should be extremely proud of the way they represented the School and lived up to our expectation of showing amazing sportsmanship, encouragement as well as showcasing their talents. Several of these students progressed to the next level of competition. Well done to each of you!

After six years of sensational teamwork in a local netball competition, we are saddened to say goodbye to our wonderful St John’s ‘Swift’ netball group. The boys and girls who have participated in this team demonstrated their commitment to representing themselves and St John’s Lutheran School with fantastic sportsmanship, courage, determination and positive attitude. Congratulations to you all and we wish you every success in your upcoming finals.

It was fantastic to have Pastor David Spike from Geelong Lutheran College visit our school last Wednesday to lead us in worship. His message about the abundance of the gifts that God provides us was not only interesting and relevant to our lives, but engaged the students and provided them prompts to think and reflect about the ‘gifts’ surrounding them in their own lives. I would like to thank our wonderful and talented musicians who play for us on a weekly basis as well as the Year 5 and 6 students who assist us each week with running our School worship sessions.

Finally, a positive and enthusiastic vibe is evident at St John’s as the students and teachers work hard on preparing for, and finalising, their concert items. I have had the opportunity and pleasure of witnessing several of the rehearsals and have been very proud of what I witnessed. The smiles, patience and effort that the student displayed were sensational. I am confident that those in attendance at the concert will be amazed and proud of our students!

I hope each of you have a wonderful fortnight leading into a restful holiday period. God bless you all!

Yours in Christ

Steven Tkaczuk
Acting Campus Principal