St John the Baptist Ferntree Gully Newsletter

Letter from the Principal

Tuesday September 1st 2020

Dear Families

Today is the first day of Spring. It is also a day of celebration for Mrs Stoica and Mrs Ryan as they celebrate their birthdays. Spring gives us a sense of hope as we start to see the blossom on the trees, spring flowers blooming in our gardens and trees that were bare over winter coming to life with green leaves. It almost happens overnight with bare branches that were dormant suddenly bursting with life. My prayer for all in our community is that we can take the time to smell the spring air (even through our masks!) & find joy in the birdsong that wakes us each day. As people of hope let us  spread love and joy to others.

Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful men in our community for this coming Sunday. Keep an eye out for our virtual assembly on Friday which is a tribute to you all. Wishing you a day where you are honoured by your loving families. 

Horizons of Hope

The Horizons of Hope documents are an education framework for the Archdiocese of Melbourne which support our Catholic school community to engage in dialogue about the distinctive nature of learning and teaching, leading learning, and enhancing Catholic identity in our schools. The framework is a living document that is continually being added to  with examples of practice from schools, as well as additional strategy statements in the areas of Leadership, Wellbeing, Diversity, and Religious Education.

The latest edition to this framework is the Foundation Statement titled, ‘Families as Partners in Catholic school communities. The publication of this document in July of this year is very timely given the rich partnerships we have embraced this year during remote learning. We always promote and recognise parents as the first educators of their children and place high value on strong partnerships between home and school.

The first question in this document is - What is the role of families in Catholic school communities? We recognise that the three major contexts in which children learn are the family, the school and the community. This has looked different this year with children spending more time within their family and less time on the site of the school and less time within the broader community. What a wonderful job our families have done taking the lead role as educators. It is now our turn as a school to guide and direct and facilitate learning from a distance as parents become involved in their child’s learning more than ever. If we were to issue a report card to our families this year (something you certainly all deserve!) it would definitely rate every family teaching their children at well above the expected standard. Thanks for the rich partnership. Thanks for your exemplary teaching practices. Thanks for taking on the very challenging role as teacher as well as Mum, Dad, Grandparent, Carer. We think you are amazing!

Speaking of amazing one of our former students Maddison L had a piece of her artwork chosen to be in this latest Horizons of Hope Document. Well done Maddison you are a published artist. 

Spring is Here

Acrylic paint creates a background showing careful blending and shading. Black fine liner marks the trunk and branches of the trees and buttons have been used to represent the blooms. (Maddison when she was in Year 5 in 2018).

School Fees

School fee statements were issued last week. We would appreciate families paying their fees. If families are facing financial hardship please contact me via phone (03) 97581013  or email to discuss if you may be eligible for fee concessions. We understand that this is an extraordinary year and we are happy to support families where possible. It is important that we have the conversation. 

I have met with our Business Manager Hannah and we have made a decision that there will be no increase to school fees in 2021. 

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

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