From the Principal

Welcome back to our first ‘Pathways’ for the new term. The students seemed to have enjoyed holidays full of interesting and varied activities. From what parents have said, the break from the usual pressures of school routines was also appreciated! Semester 2 will present many wonderful opportunities for our students to strive for their personal best in a variety of pursuits. We thank you for your continued support as we work together in the education and encouragement of our children.

It’s ok not to be ok

With the busyness of life and the constantly changing guidelines and restrictions in the current climate of Covid we need to ensure that we are thinking about self-care to manage our mental health and wellbeing. This current pandemic means that we all find ourselves consistently challenged in ways we have never experienced before, and it is easy to feel drained. The thing to remember is that “It’s ok not to be ok”.

It’s a natural human response to say to someone who is going through tough times, “I understand”. We recognise that for many of us who are either in heightened physical distancing or supporting our people in that situation, that right now we empathise with you. We are genuinely cheering and supporting you through these challenges. We’re here for you and will stand beside and with you.

Other self-help strategies that can be implemented during this time, as students build momentum for the term ahead.

Get enough sleep:

Chronic sleep deprivation can have a dramatic effect on a child’s life including affecting their mental wellbeing and reducing their academic performance at school. Sleep research suggests that 8 and 10 hours of sleep every night is appropriate. Smart phones and other devices used around bedtime reduce sleep time as do stimulant drinks in the evening.

Get enough sunlight:

During the day, it is important to make time to see the sun. It improves mood, concentration.

Get active:

Do not just try something once and declare it a failure; try again. Look at activities that you can do in and around the home (gardening and walking with a friend). Teaching the mind new tricks gives confidence and helps to maintain mental health.

Find an activity:

Do something that you like, that is fun and enjoyable.

Perhaps with 2021 being a quiet year, use the time to fine-tune a skill (like a language, instrument, or creative pursuit) that makes you smile.

Connect, connect, and connect:

Being sociable (in a COVID safe way) helps to reduce worries, stressors, and challenges.

Help someone:

Help someone else with either a skill that you have or with your physical strength.

Ask for help:

Help can be provided by a friend, parent, teacher or online through Kidshelp line. It is really important to seek help when you are not feeling ok and to develop strategies that work for you.

Information cited in and amended from AccessEAP newsletter


A strong person works out every day to keep her body in shape.
A person of strength kneels in prayer every day to keep her soul in shape.

A strong person isn’t afraid of anything,
A person of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear.

A strong person won’t let anyone get the best of her,
A person of strength gives the best of herself to everyone.

A strong person walks sure footedly,
A person of strength knows God will catch her if she falls.

A strong person wears the look of confidence on her face,
A person of strength wears grace.

A strong person has faith that she is strong enough for the journey,
A person of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become STRONG.

This resonates with our common message to our students again this term – Start Strong, Finish Strong, Together. Also, I commend our students for maintaining their focus on our 6 Rs:

Relationships, Respect, Responsibility, Rigour, Resilience and Random Acts of Kindness.

How fortunate we are

Let us never underestimate the value of positive attitude and belief in ourselves and each other. Our world is truly great – even though we are often bombarded with portrayals of violence and despair. Dennis the Menace (of all people) once said, “People wait for opportunity to come along……yet it is there every morning.” Each morning that we come to St John’s we can be thankful that we do indeed come to a terrific school community where people matter. You matter. Your children matter.

Parent communication and information – The Essential Ingredient at St John’s Lutheran Primary School

St John’s encourages an environment that allows parents to feel included, valued, fully informed and knowledgeable about the school and the progress of their children. As such, I encourage you to continue to speak with your child’s teachers about their academic and social development. Schooling is and should be about the development of the ‘whole’ child – mind, body, spirit. Thank you for continuing to work in partnership with us as we shape and mould our children today, into the adults and civic leaders of tomorrow.

 School Routines

Please be reminded that school commences at 8.30am sharp. As official roll marking commences at this time we would appreciate your support in ensuring students arrive promptly ready for classes. Students are permitted to be on campus from 8.00am. Drop-off and pick-up routines were issued to families at the beginning of the semester.

 Term 3 Key Dates

23-27 August        Book Week

3 September        Student Free Day (Staff Professional Development)

15 September       School Musical Rehearsal Day

16 September      School Musical ‘When I Grow Up’ – One Night Only

School Musical – One Night Only

Limited Tickets – Ticketing Restrictions Apply

(More information to come)

Thank you for working in partnership with us. Grace and Peace.

Chris Mallett