St John the Baptist Ferntree Gully Newsletter

Letter from the Principal

Tuesday September 8th 2020

Dear Families

Wasn’t last Sunday a big day with Father’s Day and also the press conference from Daniel Andrews giving us our roadmap out of Stage 4 restrictions? As you would have read from my communication on Sunday the following information is from a school perspective (at this stage):

Schools in metropolitan Melbourne from 5 October - all children from Prep-6 will continue remote learning with the exception of children of permitted workers or vulnerable students.

Schools in metropolitan Melbourne from 12 October – return to onsite learning

Students in Prep to Grade 2 return to full-time onsite schooling. The existing remote learning program will not continue for these year levels.

Remote and flexible learning will continue for all students in Grade 3 to Year 10, other than for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students.

Dates to be confirmed, subject to health advice

All students from Grade 3 to Year 10 in metropolitan Melbourne will continue with remote and flexible learning. A date for the return of these year levels to face-to-face learning will be subject to further health advice.

During the staged return, outside school hours care will be available to students attending for on-site supervision and progressively for the relevant year levels returning to on-site learning.

This next stage of school operations both contributes to the continuing efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and maximises the learning of our students. It requires again the flexibility, adaptability and resilience that have been demonstrated so well by our school.

I hope all the fathers, grandfathers and special men in our community all had a day being spoilt by their children. If you haven’t had time to view our Father's Day Virtual Assembly, it is well worth a look. Who would have known what fabulous dancers the men in our community would be?


We have been published on the Catholic Education Melbourne website thanks to the learning that has taken place over the Term. The Digital Content Producer, Communications & Marketing person for Catholic Education Melbourne heard about the great work that our school was doing in the area of sustainability. He reached out to Deborah Butler, our sustainability leader and asked if he could publish us on our systems website. Please click on the link below to access the article and great photos of our learning.

Congratulations and thanks to Mrs Butler, our teachers, students and parents. It is great to see we have reached a wider audience to promote our message of caring for God’s creation. 

Staff Antics

With not many children at school I think the staff are starting to channel their inner child. We are having a dress up theme each day for the staff to keep us entertained. Thursday was ‘onesie’ day!

Luckily some children will be returning next term. Imagine what we would get up to if we were left without children much longer?

Leaders Challenge

Sam's Kindness Colouring Sheet


Welcome to the SSV Virtual Track and Field

All Victorian students are welcome to take part in this great opportunity. There are several ways you can be involved. SSV is not looking for the best performance, we are looking for students to give it a try.

By taking part in this great event, you will not only score points for your school, but you will also be improving yourself every time you try. There is nothing better than self-improvement and personal bests.

Please visit Schools Sport Victoria Website, Virtual Track and Field 

OR click on this link: Virtual Track and Field

Tracey Ryan, Sports Leader

P&F Sponsors

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