St John the Baptist Ferntree Gully Newsletter

Tuesday August 22nd 2023

Letter from the Deputy Principal, Ursula DeCorrado


Dear Families,

It was great to see the creativity and sense of fun amongst staff and students as everyone dressed up for this year’s Book Week celebration. 

Book Week is a great opportunity for us to immerse ourselves further in rich literature, as well as celebrate our favourite stories, characters, authors and illustrators.

Congratulations to everyone who joined in and celebrated a love of reading and books.

Year 5/6 students reading to their Buddies

Book Week Fun

Father's Day Stall - Tuesday August 29th

Dad’s the secret!! Our P & F team is busy preparing this year’s Father’s Day Stall for Tuesday 29th August.  Students are able to purchase tokens in preparation for the Father’s Day Stall. We thank the P & F team for their work behind the scenes in preparing some great gifts for our fathers.

Father's Day Breakfast

We would like to celebrate the special men in our children’s lives.  On Thursday 31st August we invite our special men to join their child/ren for breakfast in our school hall.  Breakfast will be available from 8am and then classrooms will be open for you to join in for our morning prayer and activity.   

Please RSVP to the invitation sent via Operoo ASAP.

District Athletics

Exciting times ahead as our Year 3-6 students prepare to participate in the District Athletics Carnival at Knox Athletics Track, Bunjil Way, Knoxfield on Thursday 31st August. Families are requested to respond to the Operoo form to assist with confirmation of numbers on the day.

A number of additional practice sessions have been scheduled by Mr Mitchell.  Students wishing to attend these are most welcome. We ask that you confirm your attendance through Operoo.

We look forward to a fun day of athletics competition. We know that our students will represent themselves and SJB school in an exemplary manner.  Good luck everyone!!


MACSSIS surveys will be emailed home this week to 70 randomly selected families.  We ask that you look out for an email from ORIMA research which will contain the link to access the survey.  Your login details will be sent in a separate email from our school.

Our community’s opinions are critical to understanding how our school is performing – MACSSIS is a key data source so please take the time to complete the survey so that the thoughts and opinions of our whole school community can be used in guiding the ongoing work to improve our school.

If you would like more information, please contact the school.

Prep 2024 Enrolments Overdue

Enrolments for Prep 2024 are now overdue. Any families still wishing to enrol for next year are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. 

Finalising Prep numbers is an important aspect of our forward planning.

Community Help - Seeking Sign Installation Expertise

With the installation of new gates, along with recognition that the school site has numerous entry points we have purchased a number of new signs. These signs provide clarity for the community and service providers as to which entry point to use when entering the school.

We are seeking the expertise of any parents who would be able to install the signs at various points across the school.  If you are able to assist please contact Ursula De Corrado via email at:

Year 5 students in 2024 commencing Year 7 in 2026

Key enrolment dates for students in Year 5 in 2024 who will be commencing Year 7 in 2026 have been released.  Families are asked to place the following dates in their calendars.

  • Monday 29th January 2024 - Applications open for students starting Year 7 in 2026

  • Friday 16th August 2024 - Applications close

  • Friday 18th October 2024 - Offers will be posted to prospective Year 7 students

  • Friday 8th November 2024 - Final date for families to accept offers made by a school

Families are recommended to make at least two applications to colleges to ensure that a place can be found for all students.

St John the Baptist Art Show

The Biennial St John the Baptist Art Show will be held in the school hall this year on Tuesday 5th September and Wednesday 6th September.  This is a great community event that celebrates all our students' creativity through their artwork.   

Mrs Renee Armstrong continues to work tirelessly with all students in preparation for the Art Show. We are most excited and looking forward to celebrating our students amazing efforts.

Further information from our P & F team regarding food and drink options on the evening can be found under P&F News later in this newsletter.

Year 3/4 Camp

This September our Year 3/4 students will attend an overnight camp at Camp Briars through Belgravia Outdoor Education. The camp will be held in the final week of the term with the students departing on Monday 11th September and returning on Tuesday 12th September.

We thank the following staff for their support and efforts in attending camp this year; Mrs Shari Correlje, Mr Wayne Daniell, Mrs Lisa Giuliano, Mrs Angela Cavarra and Mrs Tina Harper.

This is an exciting time for our students as they prepare for their first school camp.

Footy Day - Friday September 15th - last day of Term 3

To celebrate the end of another terrific term of learning and work we have scheduled Friday 15th September as Footy Day. The children will be able to wear their footy colours to school as part of the day of celebration. The students can come in their footy colours for the day and we look forward to a fun day of activities, as well as a special Footy Day lunch.  Further information will be shared in the near future.

Wishing everyone a fabulous week ahead.

Ursula DeCorrado

Parents & Friends News

Parents Social Event

Save the date and book the babysitter! Barefoot Bowls on Friday October 20th. We have the bowling greens booked at Upwey-Tecoma Bowls Club.  We have partnered with the club to support them post flood recovery. Details will follow shortly.  It should be a fun relaxing night of bowls, music and food.

Father's/Special Person Day Stall

Our gift stall is on first thing next Tuesday morning. We are so pleased with the token sales take up which will make it so smooth for teachers, kids and volunteers next week.  We have so far sold nearly 200 tokens! Tokens will be available for sale on Thursday for the last chance.  You are still also able to send cash in a clearly marked envelope with surname, childs name, sibling and classes to the office. Siblings will shop together and we have some cute gifts this year.
If you are able to help out at the stall next Tuesday from 8.45 please email


Cake Stall

We are so excited for our cakestall on Saturday 2nd September.  Please return your baking forms asap to the office or email to  

If you are able to help on the day or the day before, please use the Signup link below to book a slot.

Goods can be delivered to the Parish Hall Kitchen (behind the Office building) by 9am on Friday 1st September.

Sign Up Link

Cake Stall Form


Art Show

Our clever and talented children have been creating some masterpieces for our Art show, which has 2 showings Tuesday 5th September 6-7.30pm and Wednesday 6th from 2.30-4pm. We have dinner sorted for the Tuesday evening session. The P&F will be selling delicious large pizzas (8 slices) in partnership with Benny Boys in Ferntree Gully. $2 of each pizza sold will go directly to our school.  You can pre-purchase your dinner via the link in the attachment below, orders must be in by 4pm Friday 1st September. Pizzas and drinks can be collected from the 1/2 area in 2 time slots  Keep the night simple and enjoy the Art Show knowing your dinner is sorted.

At the Wednesday afternoon viewing we will be selling a Devonshire tea option that can be purchased on the day via cash or eftpos.


Pre-Order your Art Show Dinner


Term 3 Dates for the Diary


28th     School Assembly 1/2JM presenting

29th     Father's Day Stall

31st     District Athletics

31st    8.00am Father's Day Breakfast


1st    Year 5/6 Chamber Orchestra excursion

3rd    Father's Day

5th     Art Show - 6.00-7.30pm

6th     Art Show - 2.30-4.00pm

6th     School Advisory Council Meeting

11th    Assembly 1/2B

11th    Year 3/4 Camp - The Briars

12th    Year 3/4 Campers return

15th    R U OK? Prayer Service Prep at 9.00am

15th     Footy Day Celebration / Footy Lunch

15th     Term 3 concludes at 2.00pm

Canteen News

Canteen orders can be placed via

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

Footy Day in the Canteen

Footy Lunch in the Canteen is on Friday September 15th.  Please note - this is instead of normal canteen.

Forms coming home tomorrow.  Please return them no later than Friday September 8th.

Canteen Roster

Wednesday August 23rd  Friday August 25th  
Belinda Hunt

Amanda Hobba

Caroline Walsh

Anna Kristoff

Wednesday August 30th Friday September 1st
Jessica Bagnoux

Carolyn Lonsing

Katrina Horne

Carrie Canton

Uniform Shop News

Community News

Australian Girls Choir

Basketballers Wanted!

Ferntree Gully Falcons are looking for kids aged 5 and over who are wanting to play basketball. Come along to our registration day this Saturday the 19th of August 2023 at Knox Basketball Stadium, 7 Park Crescent Boronia between 8am and 1pm, or register via the link below:For general enquiries, contact us via email at

Click this link for further information -

St John the Baptist Ferntree Gully