Welcome to the 2020 School Year. I am very excited to be here, as the new Principal at St John's. I feel humbled and blessed to have been chosen to serve St John's primary school community and I look forward to working in partnership with you, as together we support your children's learning and growth. I am looking forward to getting to know all of our students and their families over the next few weeks. It is certainly a very vibrant and welcoming community and I feel a great sense of belonging already.
I have been teaching for many years at various schools around Melbourne. Most recently I have been at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Deepdene, as the Deputy Principal. I am passionate about education and have always enjoyed being a leader in Learning and Teaching, Social Justice and Religious Education.
I would like to thank Jacqui Marshall for her great leadership and her focus on supporting the students to achieve their best in all aspects of school life, which has helped the community greatly. I thank Jacqui too for her generous support and guidance during my transition and induction into Principalship.
Thank-you all, for the wonderful start to the new school year. It is always such a lovely time for our students and staff, as they return refreshed and energised from the summer holidays.
My door is always open, so please come in and say hello!
Thank-you to the families who were able to join us for our first assembly on Monday. The Host class was 3/4KC, who shared their learning about School Wide Positive Behaviour Expectations, their class charter and their 'I Can Do It' motto.
Founders Day Mass and Celebrations
Please join us for the celebrations on Founders Day. It will commence with Mass at 11.15am and will be followed by refreshments in the Narthex.
Our school photos will be on Monday 10 January. Please ensure that your child has their full summer uniform on this day.
Prep Welcome Dinner Tuesday 18 February
We look forward to celebrating the beginning of your child's school journey at the Prep Dinner. More details to follow.
The St John's School Sports will be held on Monday 2 March at the Bill Sewart Reserve, Burwood Highway, East Burwood.
Parent Meet and Greet
The Parent Meet and Greet sessions will take place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 February. Please complete the form that comes home today and return to your students teacher prior to the meeting.
You may book in your meeting time on trybooking.
Staffing for 2020:
Verona Gridley Principal
Monica O’Shannassy Deputy Principal, RE Leader
Jenny Macleod Administration
Naomi Ryan Prep R
Shannon Kearns Prep K
Emma Pattison (Buis) Year 1/2 EP / Student Wellbeing Leader
Carmel Barro Year 1/2 CB
Kellie Cumming Year 3/4 KC / Maths Coach
Tom Jackson Year 3/4 TJ / E-Learning Leader
Kristina Reid Year 5/6 KR
Marisa Box Year 5/6 KR
Andrew Brown Year 5/6 AB
Sue Walmsley Library support
Ange Crowe Learning Diversity Leader/Reading Coach
Chinese Teacher Tutor 5/6
Louise Devoy Performing Arts Teacher
Deirdre Cosgrave Visual Arts Teacher
Rosetta De Amicis Italian Teacher Prep - 4
Kim Wilson-Hartrick Learning Support Officer
Connie Pearse Learning Support Officer
Kate Hetherington Learning Support Officer
Julie Carroll Learning Support Officer
Melinda Kerwin Learning Support Officer
Cheryl Apostolopoulos Learning Support Officer