St John the Baptist Ferntree Gully Newsletter

Letter from the Principal

Tuesday March 10th 2020

Dear Families

The safety of the children is of our highest priority. As part of maintaining our safe practices it is essential that parents and guardians follow our car parking guidelines. The top carpark and parking around the church is for staff members and Parishioners attending Mass and other Parish events. It is not to be used as a drop off zone for children. The only time parents and guardians would park in the car parks where the staff park would be if your child is sick during the day or has an appointment. Parents and guardians are also free to park in the car parks behind the school hall.

Our bottom carpark has the facility for two options for school drop off and pick up:

  • Drop off and pick up zone
  • Parking in designated parking spaces and walking to drop off or collect your children.

The bottom carpark is not used for parking during the school day as it is a play area for the children.

We are very fortunate as a school to have onsite parking. It is important for the safety of the children that we follow the correct procedures. If the drop-off pick up zone is full you will need to park in the designated spots to ensure the ease of the flow of traffic. Alternatively if all the parking bays are full you will need to show patience as cars from the drop-off/pick-up space exit the carpark. Thankyou for your cooperation in moving safely in our school carpark.

Swimming Champions

Congratulations to our wonderful swim team who competed so competitively in the Division Swimming Championships. Congratulations to the following children who will be competing at a Regional Level: Angus P, Logan H, Eliane P, Samuel O, Daniel S & Lorelai C. 

School Open Day and 2021 Prep Enrolment

Our school open day will take place tomorrow Wednesday 11th March from 8.00am-5.00pm. Thankyou to all the wonderful parents who have offered to help with school tours on the day.

We already have children enrolled for Prep 2021. If you have a child who is eligible to start Prep in 2021 please make contact with the school office to complete an enrolment form. As an existing family with siblings in the school you are our first priority for enrolment. It is important that we know our incoming Prep siblings so we know how many places we can offer to new families. Offers for placements for Prep for 2021 will go out by the end of Term 1, 2020. 

School Closure Day

Our Term 1 school closure day will be on Wednesday 18th March. The staff will be involved in a Professional Development Day. There will be no school for the children on this day. 

Running Club

It's back!

It's back again......the St John the Baptist Running Club!

Come and join in on Tuesday mornings at 8.00am for a run to King's Park and back to school. It's a great way for everyone to become fit and active.

When:  Tuesday mornings

Where: Meet at the school office at 8.00am sharp and return to school by 8.30am. Students need to sign in at the office before leaving.

Who: Any students in Years 3-6 who have a signed permission form, which is attached below.  Any junior students are welcome to join in but must be accompanied by a parent and have a signed permission form.

We welcome any students and parents to join in regardless of ability! We have a strong focus on fitness and being active. We really encourage students to come along and give it a go. Our aim of the Running Club this year, in conjunction with our Physical Education classes, is to start running gradually to improve each students own performance, building up to increase fitness and stamina.

Our Running Club will continue every Tuesday morning during our school terms. In case of inclement weather, we will do fitness work and exercises in the school hall.

Any parents who would like to join us are very welcome.

Please feel free to contact Mrs Tracey Ryan with any more enquiries. Hope to see you all on Tuesday morning.

Running Club Permission Form

This permission form must be completed before students can participate.

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Orders were sent home last week. Orders need to be placed no later than this Thursday March 12th.  Please note all orders MUST BE placed online.  No cash orders.

Term 1 Diary Dates

Term 1 2020

Week 7

Wed 11thSchool Open Day
Thurs 12th Confirmation Family Night at 7.00pm
Fri 13th Regional Swimming
Sat 14th P&F SJB Winery Tour

Week 8Catholic Education Week - Theme 'The Future is Listening'

Mon 16thWhole School Assembly at 2.30pm (Focus 3/4FD)

P&F Meeting at 7.00pm
Tues 17th St Patrick's Day - Casual Dress (Touch of Green) - Gold coin donation

St Patrick's Day Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral (School Leaders)
Wed 18th Staff Professional Development Day - no school for students on this day
Sat 21stSJB Working Bee - 1.30-4.30pm

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

Do you have a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, then you may be eligible for CSEF. Please read the attached 'Information for Parents' sheet and if eligible download the form below and return to the school office.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

CSEF Application Form


Parents & Friends News

Crack the Case!

We have opened up the bidding, so you can have AS MANY GUESSES AS YOUR LIKE, WHENEVER YOU LIKE!! $1.00 per number/guess. Over 7kg of chocolate to the lucky winner!!!

Saturday March 14th - P&F SJB Winery Tour

Only 4 more sleeps - keep everything crossed that the weather is like it was this weekend just gone! PERFECT winery touring weather.  Still some spaces available - don't miss out!

It's an earlier start than normal, we will be LEAVING THE GULLY NO LATER THAN 9.10AM, so please make sure you are at the office car park no later than 9.00am.

Red Hill Estate have agreed to open their cellar door early, and we will have exclusive use.

We'll then head to T'Gallant where we will have another tasting, and lunch (Make sure you have advised us of any dietary requirements).

Barmah Park is our last Mornington stop.

We expect to be back in at the school around 4.00pm.

P&F Meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday March 16th at 7.00pm in the staffroom. ALL WELCOME!

Entertainment Digital Book PROMOTION!!!!!!

Click this link to help our school buy new play equipment for our kids

The digital book is bigger and better than ever and is updated constantly and now more than ever saves you money, keeps the kids, husbands and wives entertained.

If you have never had the Entertainment Book before, you are in for a real eye opener as to how some people go out as often as they do and still save money.


Canteen Roster - Term 1 2020

Wednesday March 11th

Michelle Freeman

Friday March 13th 

Fleur Dow

Margaret Golding

Wednesday March 18th

School Closure Day

Friday March 20th

Amanda Hobba

Anna Kristof

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