It was wonderful to see so many parents and grandparents at our Primary school assembly today. We were thoroughly entertained by the Pre-Primary students - it was a first-rate presentation of the magnificent learning that occurs in this foundation year of schooling. It was so lovely to see how proud the young children were of their performance on the stage. Congratulations to Mrs Dillon, Miss Di Biaggio, Miss Rushmere and Ms Exten for coordinating this wonderful assembly.
Well done to all the children that received a certificate - we are very proud of your efforts!
Yesterday we hosted the IPSHA Winter Lightning Carnival. This involved our Year 5 and 6 participating in soccer, netball, football and hockey games with students from Newman, All Saints College, Carmel School, Quintilian School, Loreto Primary School, Tranby College, St Andrews, John Wollaston, Frederick Irwin and South Coast Baptist College. Our sporting fields and courts filled with over five hundred students from the various schools. Our teams tried very hard and the students thoroughly enjoyed competing in this sporting experience. It was also a great opportunity for our students to excel on the sporting field.
Our appreciation is extended to Mr Alderman and all the hard-working staff and parent volunteers who assisted in the organisation and running of this event.
A big thank you to our Secondary students that umpired the various games throughout the day.
We were very proud of all the Primary students who performed in the John XXIII College Music Eisteddfod this week. Each student performed to their personal best and showed their talents on their own, or with a friend in a duet. The excitement and happiness on the performers’ faces was great to see.
We hope many parents and friends can join us at the Music Eisteddfod Winners’ Concert on Sunday afternoon. The concert begins at 5.30pm in the Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre.
Next Friday 29 June it is our annual ‘Comfy Day’ and the whole College community is invited to come to school dressed in warm comfy clothes or pyjamas. On this day we hope to raise the students’ awareness of how fortunate we are to have access to everyday privileges. All students are asked to bring along a gold coin donation for LifeLink or if you have a spare packet of tea bags or extra supply of coffee or Milo in your cupboard these donations would also be greatly appreciated by The Shopfront.
Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary
Congratulations to all the children who have recently received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation at the various Parishes. We have loved receiving some photos! Please send a copy of your child’s Sacramental certificate to school so we can update our records.
Well done to all the students who received a certificate for their fantastic achievements.
Fun Japanese Learning
Last week the Year Six classes attended an excursion to the Hyogo Government Cultural Centre which was organised by Sensei Aghdasi. It was a wonderful experience which gave the students various opportunities to practice their amazing Japanese language skills and learn more about the Japanese culture in an engaging way. We all enjoyed having delicious ‘obentoo’ for our shared lunch! Special thanks to Sensei Aghdasi, Sensei Rowson and Mrs Rowbottam who accompanied us on this excursion.
Miss Nish and Miss Graves
Year 6 Teachers
On Wednesday 13 June, Year Six Blue went on an excursion to the Hyogo Government Cultural Centre. We met three hosts who spoke Japanese very clearly and they shared with us interesting facts about Hyogo; such as, Hyogo is a prefecture (or state) in Japan, it is the sister state of Western Australia and they became sister states in 1981. We were then given a quiz full of questions about Hyogo and we had to hunt through different texts to fill in the answers. After this fun activity, we got to make an origami samurai helmet out of paper and soon after we got to play with some Japanese toys! Following on from this, we got to go into a Japanese classroom and created a Hanko (Japanese word for stamp) of our name and used special ink to write ‘Japan’ in Japanese calligraphy. Finally, we had a delicious lunch named an obentoo, consisting of; rice, crab sushi, salad and karage chicken.
Our excursion to the Hyogo Cultural centre was a fun and exciting experience. We enjoyed learning about the history of the centre and loved completing the fun activities. We played with traditional Japanese toys and used Japanese calligraphy techniques to create a stamp and symbol of Japan. We were also lucky enough to enjoy a delicious bento box for lunch!
In the Primary School this term the students have explored the second focus area of the Keeping Safe Program: ‘relationships’
They have learnt about what it means to have rights and responsibilities. Children’s rights are introduced by looking at what children need to be healthy and safe, and identifying the responsibility adults have in keeping children safe. They have explored their personal identity and the importance of respecting diversity. They have looked at the connections they have with their family and friends and explored these relationships. The concepts of bullying, fair and unfair, and power were all introduced. The students explored age-appropriate social issues to identify situations where there has been an abuse of power in a relationship and appropriate actions to take. The language of safety is an important aspect and non-blaming language is encouraged. The students developed an understanding of trust and trusted networks to consider who will listen to them and help them when they feel unsafe. They also explored a range of people who they may not know, but who may be able to help them.
Parents can support their child by helping them:
- understand that we all have rights, e.g. the right to be safe, the right to be cared for, the right to be listened to
- know the difference between things they may want such as chocolate or toys, and things they need, such as food, and a safe place to live
- understand relationships with their family, friends and others, and safe ways to interact (if consensual and trusted), e.g. hug, kiss, shake hands, wave
- recognise what bullying behaviour looks like and what to do if they or someone else is being bullied, e.g. tell the person to stop, walk away, talk to a trusted adult
- understand that personal power can be used positively and negatively, e.g. letting another child join in the game, not taking turns on the slide
- know what to do if someone tells them to do something that feels unsafe
- identify trusted people at home, in the family, at school and in the community. Include a support service, such as, Kids Helpline
- practise talking to the people on their trusted network and know how to get help if they need it.
- Useful resources: http://tiny.cc/UNCRC-Simplified | http://tiny.cc/BullyStoppers-Parents | https://kidshelpline.com.au
Information from KS:CPC | Parent and Carer Fact Sheet
If you have any queries or concerns about the Keeping Safe Program please don’t hesitate to contact
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Music Eisteddfod.
As you are aware the College is now using ‘SEQTA’ as a learning platform and parents can interact with this product via a website known as ‘SEQTA Engage’. When parents log in to this website you are able view your children’s academic reports which are generated as PDF files.
To access SEQTA Engage please use the following link as the URL in your internet browser.
https://parent.johnxxiii.edu.au Once you have logged in, the reports can be accessed under the ‘Assessment’ tab.
New families and Pre-Primary parents would have now received their login details.
If you have any difficulties accessing your child’s report at the end of the term, please send any enquiries to email@example.com
Reports will be ready to be released from 3.00pm on Friday 29 June.
Dates to Remember
Monday 25 June Year 5 Parliament House Excursion
Tuesday 26 June Yr 3-6 Cross Country Training
Thursday 28 June Yr 3-6 Cross Country Training
Friday 29 June 3G Assembly
Comfy Day for LifeLink
End of Term 2