St John the Baptist Ferntree Gully Newsletter

Tuesday June 18th 2024

Letter from the Principal, Kelli Johnston

As we approach the end of the first semester we look forward to sharing and celebrating the growth and progress of all students.  We are enormously proud of all the work and efforts of our students throughout the semester.  Our students have thoroughly enjoyed engaging in all aspects of their learning.  It is wonderful to see their faces light up when sharing their learning and successes. Congratulations to all students on their outstanding efforts throughout the semester.

We thank the wonderful staff of St John the Baptist for their passion, dedication, teamwork and commitment to planning high quality learning and teaching with our students at the forefront.  We are most fortunate to have such a hardworking team of educators.  The staff have dedicated many hours and a great deal of work writing reports throughout the term. We hope that our families look forward to reading their child/ren’s achievements in their Semester One reports.

2025 Prep

We thank all families for submitting their enrolment forms for the 2025 school year. This is an exciting time for families as we start preparations for welcoming our new preps throughout Semester Two. 

Letters of acceptance have now been sent to all families who have enrolled their child for the 2025 school year. We ask families to return their acceptance offers by Wednesday June 26th, 2024. This will allow us to start forward planning early in Term 3.

We ask any families who have not yet submitted their enrolment forms to do so as soon as possible as places are limited.

Term 2 Conclusion

We ask families to please mark in their calendars that school will conclude at 2:00pm on Friday 28th June. 

Semester One School Reports

Please refer below to an update to families in regards to the distribution of Semester 1 School Reports.  School Report details will be sent to the email address that you have provided to the school.

The Semester 1, 2024 reports will be distributed on Friday 21st June via email.  Student reports are one of the valuable links between school and home to allow you to gain an insight of how your child is progressing with their learning at St John the Baptist.

In the event that you do not receive your child’s school report please email: 

Wayne Daniell ICT Leader -

Kelli Johnston Principal - 

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews

Parent/teacher/student interviews will be held on Tuesday 25th June and Wednesday 26th June.  We encourage all students to attend interviews with their families. The focus of interviews is to celebrate the hard work students have undertaken throughout the semester, as well as the growth they have made as a result of their hard work. Families are now able to book their interview times through SOBS using the following link:

SOBS Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews Link

Interviews will be held on: 

     Tuesday 25th June 2:30-6:00pm

     Wednesday 26th June 3:30-5:30pm

On Tuesday 25th June there is an optional early finish with interviews commencing at 2:30pm. Where possible we encourage families to collect their children early.

A friendly reminder that if you have a PSG for your child that this includes your Parent/Teacher Interview. Families who attend a PSG do not book an additional Parent/Teacher Interview. 

Working Bee News

An enormous thank you to the terrific team of families for all of your work at Friday’s Working Bee. The team of parents shared their many skills and talents to complete a wide variety of jobs at SJB. From moving the Art room, weeding, gardening, hanging pictures, numerous handy jobs across the school, clearing the shipping container and more. 

Thank you to everyone for your generous support and great sense of community.  We are incredibly fortunate at SJB to have so many families offering their time, skills and expertise. 

We thank the following families for all of their work and support:

Heywood, Dow, Mills, Gaunt, Price, Davies, Thorn, Weir

Due to all jobs being completed we will not require an additional Working Bee on Saturday 22nd June.  

We would also like to thank Andrew Davies for our Fire Extinguisher lesson today.

St John the Baptist Feast Day Celebration - Friday June 28th

As we come to the end of another busy term we have the opportunity to celebrate the Feast of St John the Baptist. The Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist is June 24th.  As a school we will celebrate the Feast of our Patron Saint on the last day of term. We have a wonderful day planned for all. 

Please see the outline of the day below:

9:00-10:30amKaboom Tabloid Sports
10:30amMorning Tea - Snack
11:00amSt John the Baptist Parish Mass
12:00pmLunch including Special Feast Day Lunch Orders (see Canteen section below)
12:50pmClass session
2:00pmTerm 2 Concludes

Families please note: Given that there is a change to timetabling for the day we ask that all students bring the morning tea for first break.  There will be a special lunch in the Canteen on the last day of term, however please be aware that students will receive their orders at 12:00pm. Further information is outlined below in the newsletter.  Lunch orders for the last day of term need to be finalised by Friday 21st June to allow for planning and catering (this is in place of normal canteen).

School Disco - Save the Date!

Beleza Uniforms School Holiday Opening Times

Please be advised that all Beleza Retail Stores will be closed for the first week of the Term 2 school holidays. Stores will close at 2pm on Friday 28th of June and will resume standard trading hours from Monday 8th of July.

The Pirates of the Curry Bean Update

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I hope you’re enjoying hearing snippets of the production songs being played over the PA at school. You might even have started joining in with some of the lyrics, if your child has been entertaining you with their class item at home!

If you have any questions about your child’s costume, please contact me via email or drop into the Hall for a quick chat at drop off or pick up time on Tues-Thurs.

Tickets for our performance on Friday 23rd August will be available online through for family members and  friends early next term. 

With a seating capacity of almost 900 in the George Wood Theatre, we anticipate a limit of about 8 tickets per family, so please start working out who you’d like to include in your ticket allocation so you’re ready when the tickets go on sale.

 Further details will follow on a separate update at the beginning of next term, along with details about how to pre-order your personal DVD, or digital download if preferred, as a memento of the evening.

Full details about make-up, and arrival times etc for the evening will also be sent out next term.

If you are not familiar with the area, it might be worth a drive over to the venue one weekend, or during the holidays, to ensure you’re aware of where you are heading to on the night. There’s building taking place at the moment, but you should be able to drive through or at least around the school’s block to get an idea of the theatre’s location.

George Wood Performing Arts Centre

84-90 Kalinda Road, Ringwood, VIC 3134

Thanks, in advance, for your support for such an exciting event in our school. 

Sue Cahill

Australian Maths Competition

Dear Parents,

St John the Baptist will be participating in the Australian Maths Competition again this year. This year it is being held on Tuesday August 6th - Thursday August 8th.

The AMC is an engaging 30-problem competition that demonstrates the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives; it is open to students in years 3 to 12. Australia’s leading educators and academics, with a deep understanding of our national curriculum standards, actively design the unique AMC problems each year. If you are interested to find out more please visit -  where they have included some sample questions.

If your child is interested please send in payment of $8.50 in a sealed envelope marked AMC with your child's name by close of business Friday 5th July.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Miss Bulmer. 

Wishing everyone a great week ahead.

Kelli Johnston

Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and St John the Baptist Primary is excited to be participating. 

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 6 September 2024.

Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

The Premiers Reading Challenge platform which parents use to record the books their child/ren have read offers a range of exciting features including:

  • access to a library catalogue (including book images and blurbs)

  • a modern user-friendly interface

  • rewarding students with badges as challenge milestones are achieved

  • the option for students to mark books as a favourite, give them a star rating or complete a book review

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklist and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: 

If you would like your child/ren to take part in the Premier’s Reading challenge please let Ursula know via email and I will register them and forward you your login details.

Once you receive your login details you will be able to enter the books your child has read on the portal.

Please contact me if you have any questions or wonderings.

Ursula DeCorrado

Term 2 Dates


21st - Reports emailed to families

21st - Assembly Year 5/6D

25th - Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews - 2.30-6.00pm

26th - Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews - 3.30-5.30pm

28th - St John the Baptist Feast Day celebrations

28th - Term 2 concludes @ 2.00pm


15th - Term 3 commences

17th - Emmaus School Production - Year 4 & 5 students

24th - Confirmation Family Evening

26th - School Assembly - 1/2D

27th - Confirmation Commitment Masses

28th - Confirmation Commitment Masses

31st - School Advisory Council - 2:00pm


1st - Year 5/6 Level Mass

1st - Mater Christi & St Joseph's Production

Second Hand Uniforms

The 2nd Hand Uniform Shop will be closed on Tuesday 25th June, due to the early school finish for Parent Teacher Interviews.

Canteen News

Open on Wednesdays & Fridays

Canteen orders can be placed via

Orders must be placed no later than 7.30am on the Wednesday or Friday.

Canteen Lunch Special!

The last day of this term, Friday 28th June will be a special canteen lunch for St John the Baptist Feast Day. Students may choose one of the available hot food options, plus a cookie, plus a choice of drink. Total cost $7.00.

This special is available now to order on Flexischools (link above) with the cut-off date to get your order in by Friday 21st June. 

Tracey Walker

Canteen Manager

Canteen Roster Term 2, 2024

Friday June 21st

Lauren Wearne

Adriana Ambler

Shamindiri Aponso

Friday June 28th

Melinda Price

Katrina Horne

Carrie Canton

Parish News

Community News

Chess News


Chess Club at St John's - Term 3

Soccer at St John's

Enrolment Form - Knox Gymnastics


Flyers available from the school office

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