St John the Baptist Ferntree Gully Newsletter

Letter from the Principal

Tuesday October 27th 2020

Dear Families

A new era for Catholic education in Melbourne with the establishment of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd. Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS) has been established to assume the governance and operation of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The change in governance arrangements will see all 293 schools owned by the Archdiocese, its parishes or associations of parishes in the Archdiocese of Melbourne transferred to MACS, which will be responsible for the governance and operation of schools from January 1st 2021. In reference to this change in governance arrangements Archbishop Peter Comensoli said, ‘Building on the significant legacy of parish priest led and governed schools, MACS will usher in a new era for Catholic education in the Archdiocese. Education is integral to the mission of the Catholic Church to proclaim the Good News, and Catholic schooling forms our young people so they may be equipped with the knowledge, skills and hope to live meaningful lives and enrich the world around them. The establishment of MACS is a necessary and constructive change to the operations for schools that not only reflects community expectations about the operations of schools, but keeps our Christ Centered mission at the heart of all we do in Catholic education.’ A Steering Committee was established in November 2019 to consider changes in governance for Melbourne Catholic schools. The Steering Committee has overseen 11 months of significant consultation and deliberation which has culminated in today’s announcement. In essence the Parish Priest will no longer be the employer of Catholic schools. The general running of our Catholic schools will look and feel the same as what we know and love. At St John the Baptist we will continue to foster and nurture our strong links to our broader Parish. Archbishop Peter has appointed Mr Gerard Dalbosco as the inaugural Chair of MACS to lead this historic new path for Catholic education in Melbourne. Further information about the transition of governance arrangements for Melbourne Catholic schools can be found at 

School Fete

As it turned out Saturday was a bit cold, wet and miserable. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that we were unable to run our school fete!

AFL Congratulations

Congratulations to all our Richmond supporters in our community.

A great Grand Final win. 

School Website

We welcomed our website designer Richard into the school again this week for further filming. The latest films are capturing staff explaining different learning processes in literacy and numeracy. The films are designed to support parents with the education of their child at home. The latest film content will be added in the next few weeks. We continually update our website to ensure that it remains current. We have had a lot of positive feedback from prospective parents saying that they find the website gives them a great insight into the vibrancy of our school community. 

School Photos

Our school photos are booked for Thursday 12th November. Thank goodness hairdressers have opened up just in time! We are hopeful that this date will go ahead as planned. School photos that are taken outside are now permitted in Metropolitan Melbourne under the current COVID roadmap. 

2021 Prep Information Night

Our Prep Information night will take place on Wednesday 11th November at 7.00pm via Zoom. We are welcoming 44 new Preps into our school community in 2021.

Term 4 Public Holidays & Staff Professional Development Days

Monday 2nd November: Report Writing (no school for students)

Tuesday 3rd November: Melbourne Cup Public Holiday (no school for students or staff)

Wednesday 18th November: Staff Professional Development Day: 2021 Planning (no school for students)

School Newsletter

Please note there will be no school newsletter next Tuesday 3rd November due to the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday. I hope all families have a great long weekend ahead.

The Leaders Challenge

Want to make a fashionable hat for Melbourne Cup?

Camps, Sports, Excursions Fund (CSEF)

The Department of Education has extended the date to be eligible to qualify for the CSEF to the first day of Term 4, October 5th 2020, with the application deadline extended to November 27th 2020.

If you hold a current Health Care Card/Concession Card, and did not apply at the beginning of the year, you may be eligible to receive the payment.

Please complete the application form attached below and forward to the school office for processing and validating.

CSEF Payments for students eligible between Wednesday April 15th and Monday October 5th will be made at 50% of the standard primary rates, being $62.50.

CSEF Application Form


SSV Virtual Cross Country

Only a few days left to take part in the Virtual Cross Country and add points for the school - closes October 30th.

Go to - Virtual Track and Field

Well Done!

Congratulations to Aiden A in Year 1/2B for participating in the Virtual Track and Field, great job!

Canteen Helpers Roster

Wednesday October 28thFriday October 30th
Ange MacKinnon

Belinda Hunt

Leanne Nugent

Wednesday November 4th 

Claire Lewis

Friday November 6th 

Nathalie Santilli

Kim Nanscawen

Prep 2021 Uniforms

Due to the high intake of Prep families for next year, we suggest current families requiring uniforms for their Prep 2021 child order via Flexischools. With the current COVID restrictions, we need to limit the number of people present in the Uniform Shop.  Orders placed via Flexischools will be filled and sent home with your current St John's student. If sizes are incorrect, they can be returned to the shop via your child and Fleur will replace with the appropriate size.

Attached is the Prep Starter Pack. This can now also be ordered via Flexischools.

Prep Starter Pack Information


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