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Find out about OSHCLub beginning in 2021!
OSHClub are our new providers for Out of Hours School Care from 2021. We're thrilled to be partnering with them into the future!
The following link provides you with a flyer about OSHClub and the services they will provide at St John the Apostle, including how to contact them to book your child in for the holiday program and before and after school care from Term 1. Please download the flyer here:
To help with a smooth transition for families OSHClub are also holding a Parent Information Session to find out all about the program. Please register for the session at the details below.
We look forward to a new partnership and exciting future for our students and families.
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New Out of Hours School Care Provider 2021!
Following a rigorous selection process, a new Out of School Hours Care provider has been identified for St John the Apostle Primary School beginning Term 1, 2021. The new provider is OSHClub, an experienced OSHC provider nationally and in the Canberra region. OSHClub’s tender proposal was exceptional, particularly in key areas such as activities conducted, nutrition, competitive fees for parents, family and community support and returns to the school.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the current provider, Camp Australia, for their partnership and care of our students and their families over the past four years. Camp Australia will continue to operate our OSHC program until the end of this year.
I am currently working with both providers to ensure a smooth transition. More information will be provided next week about the program and booking process for OSHClub.
Please feel free to contact me should there be any questions or concerns. I look forward to our partnership with OSHClub next year and beyond.
Semester 2 Report & Interviews
Dear St John the Apostle families,
Earlier this year our Semester 1 student reports were modified to reflect a period of remote learning. We weren't able to provide complete reports and used a combination of written report and parent-teacher interviews to share student progress.
The feedback was positive from both staff and parents. Staff appreciated the opportunity to give more specific and personalised feedback about student achievement. They appreciated the opportunity to speak with clarity, use examples and ensure there was a shared understanding of where to go next for each child. With the opportunity to Zoom for their child's Parent-Teacher Meeting we had a much higher take up by parents.
With this feedback in mind we will continue to build upon this successful experience for Semester 2. Our Semester 2 reporting process will be both written and verbal:
These will include the general school report with indications of student achievement in each curriculum area as well as indications of student engagement in their learning. There will be no general comment by the teacher. The students who have a Personal Plan will also receive the personal plan report describing their achievement against their current goals.
Following the written report being distributed teachers will hold Parent-Teacher Interviews with every family to discuss the reports sent home, provide examples of student achievement and talk about goals for next year. These Parent-Teacher Interviews will be via Zoom. If parents do not have the capacity to use Zoom they can contact their teacher to organise a phone conversation or alternative contact. Teachers have provided longer sessions than those in Semester 1 to ensure there is time to discuss your child's needs.
The important times are:
- Wednesday 25 November (Week 7) - Written reports sent home.
- Monday 30 November to Friday 11 December (Weeks 8 and 9) - Parent-Teacher Interviews.
The discussion held at the Parent-Teacher Interviews will become part of the 'handover conversation' that teachers have at the end of the year when the current teacher speaks with students' 2021 teachers about their learning needs.
What do I need to do?
From today you can go online and book your Parent-Teacher Interview times in Session Keeper. To make your booking please go to the following link:
A guide for making your booking can be found at
At the end of next week the link needed to connect to the Zoom Parent-Teacher Interview will be sent out via schoolzine and email. If you are unable to attend any of the allocated time slots please contact your child's teacher to organise a suitable opportunity to discuss their report.
Relationships between home and classroom are fundamental to children's success at school. We hope that this opportunity to talk about the report with your child's teacher will continue to build this important relationship.
Sue Ferguson Arts Scholarship
Dear Parents and Carers,
Sue Ferguson was a teacher at St John the Apostle Primary School from 1990 until her passing in 2014. Sue loved music, singing and the Arts; her love of music will live on in the memories of future generations of children attending St John’s through the awarding of an annual scholarship. The scholarship is donated annually by her husband Doug Ferguson. The scholarship can be used to pay for an instrument, singing lessons, or an interest in other areas of the Arts. The successful applicant will be chosen from a committee and awarded this scholarship for 2020.
If your child is a current Year 2 student and would like to apply for this, please fill in the application form and send it to me via email. I also sent home a hard copy of this form last Friday.
Applications are due by Friday 27th of November 2020 (Week 7). The successful recipient will be awarded the Sue Ferguson Arts Scholarship at a date later in the Term. This date will be confirmed in the next couple of weeks.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
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