Principal’s Welcome

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St John’s College; we are a school within which community spirit flourishes

Principals are often asked about the things that make our schools unique and set us apart from others. It can be a tricky question to answer because there are so many things schools have in common. In fact, generally, there are more similarities than differences between schools. However, since commencing as principal at St John’s College, I have noticed that what differentiates us is our strong and vibrant community spirit.

Since the commencement of the year, we have had many events both at and outside school involvingstaff, students and families. It has been enormously rewarding to see the high level of participation in these events which include; Archbishop Makarios’ Name Day, the festivals at The Presentation of Our Lord, Coburg and St Haralambos, Templestowe, the Agiasmos Service (school blessing), the PA Family Picnic, the Junior School information morning, the Year 3 Camp, the Year 9 Explore Week, the evening information sessions for Junior and Senior parents and, over the last weekend, the Antipodes Festival. Coming up, we have the Youth Conference Day and the Greek Independence Day march.

None of these events would run as smoothly and vibrantly as they do without you, our community, providing high levels of participation and support. Therefore, I extend my gratitude to everyone for your time, assistance and enthusiasm. It has been a very busy start to the year, and I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our parents who so generously give their time for the benefit of our school. In particular, for your help preparing for the Antipodes Festival by packing the showbags and to our two super supportive mothers who arrived at 7.00am on Saturday morning to help Mrs Kathryn Drougas set up for the weekend.

Our College does not operate on a usual ‘school week’ timetable and we can only participate in these events with the commitment of our dedicated staff, whom I also thank for the hours they give of their own time. Finally, of course I thank our students who are the heart of the school and who also give so much of their own time attending events to formally represent the College as leaders, dancers, singers and musicians. We are very proud of all of you.

It truly is our love of our school and Hellenic culture, expressed in our community spirit and commitment to one another, that makes us a very special and unique learning community. I feel very proud and privileged to be your Principal and am enjoying working with all of you to build upon our strengths, so we may enjoy an even brighter future.

Anna Urban
Principal


Senior School News

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CONGRATULATIONS!

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Congratulations to Michael Chhiev (Year 12) who was selected to participate in the Leader Community News photoshoot for Tomorrow’s Leaders 2020.

Michael was one of just 26 school captains invited to represent Melbourne’s thousands of Year 12 students.

The session took place on Tuesday March 3, at Parliament House.

Well done, Michael!

A Great Start To The Year!

Thank you to all students, teachers and parents on a positive start to the year. The three-way partnership is crucial to building firm foundations for our students to feel safe, supported and encouraged, and to be able to achieve to the best of their ability.

SRC

Congratulations to the students who were elected to the SRC for 2020:

  • Year 12 Michael Chhiev, Deanna Pace, Elih Gentikoglou and Konstantinos Kouklatzis
  • Year 11 Athanasi Triantafillou, Argela Harka and Elli Constantinou
  • Year 10 Jamie Kondilis and Anthony Georgiou
  • Year 9 Tia Triantafillou and Paul Ketikidis
  • Year 8 Sarah Khoury and Pantelis Stefanidis
  • Year 7 Daniel Bridgeman and Alecos Triantafillou

It’s encouraging to see so many young leaders at the College!

Darebin 2020

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Our SRC students will be participating in the Youth Leading the World (YLTW – Darebin)) program. This is an opportunity for young people from schools around the Darebin area to come together to share their concerns and to create innovative and collaborative action plans for the future of their community.

Date: 18-20th March
Time: 9.15am to 3pm each day
Venue: Preston Shire Hall, Gower St, Preston

Uniform

The College prides itself on students being correctly attired and most of our students wear their uniform with pride. Unfortunately, we have noticed some Senior College VCE students wearing the incorrect uniform without an explanation. In order to maintain standards, we ask for your support in this matter.

Please support the College by ensuring that your child shows pride in the College by wearing the College uniform correctly. Only school issued uniform items will be acceptable. VCE students enrolled in Physical Education may wear their sports uniform only during timetabled PE lessons.

We are very proud of our school and of our students, and believe that high standards of uniform, behaviour, being properly equipped and attending classes and school regularly, give each and every one of our students the very best chance of learning and achieving to the best of their ability.

Thank you all very much, in advance, of your anticipated support and understanding.

Senior College Information Evening

Thank you to all the parents, teachers and students who attended the Senior College Information Evening on Wednesday 19 February. Parents were informed about the exciting projects and programs happening at St John’s College, the daily routine, subjects offered from Years 7 -12 and the various extracurricular activities available to our students. There was also an opportunity for parents to speak to their child’s teachers, as well as meet other parents. The partnership of students, parents and teachers is important in achieving positive outcomes and helping our students achieve their goals.

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Say No To Bullying!

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As part of our Child Safe policy, the Pastoral Care program, with its emphasis on the ‘You Can Do It’ and ‘Anti-Bullying’ philosophy, underpins the vocabulary for the classroom, the school yard and the sporting field, and is incorporated within teaching, We promote the importance of wellbeing, for all community members and support a happy and secure learning environment.

Significant features of our ‘Anti-Bullying’ program include:

TYPES OF BULLYING

There are four kinds of bullying.

Physical bullying

Physical bullying includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property.

Verbal bullying

Verbal bullying includes name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse.

Covert or hidden bullying

This sort of bullying is often harder to recognise and can be carried out behind the bullied person’s back. It is designed to harm someone’s social reputation and/or cause humiliation. Covert bullying includes:

  • lying and spreading rumours
  • negative facial or physical gestures, menacing or contemptuous looks
  • playing nasty jokes to embarrass and humiliate
  • mimicking unkindly
  • encouraging others to socially exclude someone
  • Damaging someone’s social reputation or social acceptance

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying can be overt or covert bullying behaviours using digital technologies, including hardware such as computers and smartphones and software such as social media, instant messaging, texts, websites and other.

Cyberbullying can happen at any time. It can be in public or in private, and sometimes only known to the target and the person bullying. It includes:

  • Abusive or hurtful texts emails or posts, images or videos
  • Deliberately excluding others online
  • Nasty gossip or rumours
  • Imitating others online or using their log-in
  • Creating fake accounts.

WHAT CAN I DO IF I’M BEING BULLIED?

Here are some things you can do:

  • Tell someone, even if you don’t think it will help. Just talking about a situation can help put it in perspective. You could talk to a friend; a parent; or a trusted teacher who you know will take what you’re saying seriously
  • Keep a record of incidents
  • Call the Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800)

Bullies win when you’re upset, so here are some things you can practice:

  • Act unimpressed: pretend not to notice if you’re excluded or if the bullying is verbal, say something like, ‘yeah, whatever’ or ‘Oh, OK’
  • Walk away
  • Pretend to agree ‘yep, that’s what I’m like alright’ ‘Yeah, I’ve got red hair. Tried dyeing it but decided it was better red than green’…
  • Look around for other friendship groups in or out of school
  • Get involved in clubs or activities at school where you’ll be safe.

If you are being cyberbullied, you can:

  • Block senders
  • Keep messages by sending them to someone else. Don’t look at them yourself
  • Change passwords
  • Don’t retaliate
  • Talk to a friend, parent or teacher
  • If there are threats or calls to harm yourself, report abuse to the police and also the ISP or website.

WHAT CAN I DO IF A FRIEND IS BEING BULLIED?

Bullying is bad for everybody – not just the person being bullied. It can make places like school or your sporting club seem unsafe and make you feel as though you don’t want to go there. If a friend, or someone you know is being bullied you can do something about it. Even if you don’t feel as though you can step in and stop the situation yourself, there are still things you can do, like:

  • Don’t stay and watch or encourage bullying. Walk away.
  • Don’t get involved in harassment, teasing or spreading gossip about others off or online.
  • Don’t forward or respond to offensive or upsetting messages or photos.
  • Support the person who is being bullied to ask for help. For example, you could go with them to a place they can get help or provide them with information about where to go for help.
  • Tell a trusted adult who might be able to help.

Student Resilience And Dependence

One issue that we need to have a greater understanding of is student resilience and dependence. We are constantly being informed by parents about situations where students are unhappy about certain issues relating to school matters i.e. school rules. Parents wishing to make their children happy, may take on the responsibility to try to solve their child’s problem. This denies the child the opportunity to learn how to resolve issues and take responsibility for their own actions and learning. Your child will not learn resilience or independence if you step in constantly to try to solve their problems. Life presents challenges and everyone must learn to overcome those challenges independently. It is vital for students to find their voice and express concerns, as this will help them grow and develop into assertive individuals who take responsibility for their own actions.

Mr J Savopoulos
Director of Students, Years 7-12


Careers

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Interested In Hosting A Work Experience Student?

Year 10 students have been actively searching for Work Experience placements. If you or someone you know may be interested in hosting a student during the week of Monday 22nd – Friday 26th June, please contact Mrs Sarigianoglou on 9480 5300 or Franziska.Sarigianoglou@stjohnspreton.vic.edu.au

St John’s College Careers Website

New in 2020, our College now has a ‘School Careers Website’. You can find it linked on the College website or visit directly at https://www.stjohnscollegecareers.com.au/ It’s a “One Stop Shop” for your child’s needs with their career planning, post school options, job guide information and much more. It is recommended that parents, guardians and students sign up to receive the monthly Careers Newsletter, which can be found under “Important Info”.

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The site is designed with you, the parent/caregiver in mind, to provide you with all the information you need about your child’s Career Planning and post school options, as the information is constantly changing in these areas.

All students can create their own account and take advantage of the resources it provides. Year 10 students will have an active focus on pathways planning during Pastoral Care, with students working through some of the following areas:

  • Online interests test
  • Skills and abilities audit
  • Work values activity
  • Resume writing templates
  • Cover letter templates
  • Online mock job application
  • Comprehensive career plan
  • Career Action Planner based on career interests
  • Digital portfolio of skills and achievements

Explore Week

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Over the week of February 24th-28th, Year 9 students had their ‘Explore Week’ experience. The program is designed to engage student learning outside the normal classroom environment and consists of a week of excursions that provide them with an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities required for lifelong learning and informed citizenship. Students should be commended on their participation and enthusiasm.

I believe that Explore Week was a great way for the Year 9s to learn outside of the classroom. The experience at La Trobe allowed us to gain an understanding of what life after school is like. We were also introduced to the many different courses available and what each of them includes, as well as exploring the campus. The City Explore was a great experience that allowed us to learn more about the city of Melbourne and its history, and provided a bonding opportunity with classmates.
Helene Petrou – Year 9 Student


Junior School Leadership News

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Congratulations to the following students for receiving the following leadership positions in the Junior School:

  • School Captains: Anabelle Fardis and Alexander Nastos
  • School Vice Captains: Arianna Athanasiadis and Alexander Ioannou
  • House Captains:
    • Plato: Tayla O’Neill and Aathan Karamzalis
    • Pythagoras: Emanuella Katakis and Anastasia Kyriakoudis
    • Olympia: Liv Alcover and Daniel Drougas
    • Aesop: Nikolas Anastassopoulos
  • Environmental Captains: Archer Kozaris and Jamie Trevorrow
  • Visual and Performing Arts Captains: Magdalini Simou, Pavlina Charalambous and Sebastian A. Baxevanis

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Coming Events

Youth Leading the World

The School Captains, Vice Captains and Environmental Captains will be attending a 3 day “Youth Leading the World” conference, from 18th-20th of March at the Preston Shire Hall. It is an opportunity to learn and work together with other students and to share environmental concerns. We hope to improve our leadership skills and learn different ways in order to make our community environment more sustainable.

Chess Star Competition

Wishing Daniel Drougas (Yr 6), Nikolas Anastassopoulos (Yr 6), Archer Kozaris (Yr 6) and Andrew Cartledge (Yr 4) all the BEST in representing our school at the “Northern Star Chess” competition on Tuesday the 24th of March.

Anabelle Fardis
School Captain Year 6 Orthodoxy


Antipodes – Lonsdale Street Greek Festival

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St John’s College staff and School Captains had a lovely time sharing the love and passion for our College at the Antipodes Greek Festival over the weekend. It was also lovely meeting so many people who have attended the College over the past 40 years. Our Senior Dancing Group and Dio Patrides Band (with past and present SJC students) also performed. Well done to all the students involved. You have made us all very proud.

A big thank you to our amazing PA team for all their assistance in preparing 300 show bags for the Antipodes Greek Festival on Friday! In particular, thank you to Vicki and Fotini for helping transport everything and for their assistance in setting up our College stall in the city at 7am. Your support and efforts are greatly appreciated.

Mrs K Drougas
Executive Administrative Officer


Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) 2020

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Applications for the 2020 Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) are now open and will close on 26th June 2020

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the cost of school excursions, camps and other educational sporting activities.

The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families.

Further information, or to download an application form, go to: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/Pages/csef.aspx

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Parents are only required to submit a CSEF application form to the school in the following circumstances:

  • You are applying for CSEF for the first time – i.e an application form was not lodged with the school the previous year OR
  • Changed family circumstances – e.g change of custody, change of name or CRN, or a new sibling(s) commencing at the school.

If you wish to apply, please complete the CSEF application form and return it to the Junior School Office.


School Photo Day 2020

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Annual school photos will be taken on 16 March, 2020. Sibling photos will also be taken by request.

IMPORTANT – To ensure a sibling photo is taken on photo day, please complete your request online, before midday, on the day before photo day.
  1. Grab your phone and go to arphotos.typeform.com/to/oPG0CY
  2. Enter the name and class of the eldest child to be in the photo
  3. Enter the names of all other children to be included in the photo

There is no need to return any forms or payment to school for photos before photo day. However, if you do not have internet access you may contact the school for an order form.

School photo ordering details will be issued closer to photo day.


Diary Dates

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March

Week 7

Monday 9th Labour Day – Public Holiday School Closed
Saturday 14th Youth Conference Day at St John’s College

Week 8

Monday 16th College Photos, F-12. Full Summer Uniform Including Blazer
Friday 20th Greek Independence Day, Whole School Assembly, Sports and Arts Centre
Sunday 23rd Greek National Day March To The Shrine, F-12. Full Summer Uniform Including Blazer

Week 9

Wednesday 25th Greek National Independence Day

April

Week 10

Thursday 2nd St John’s College Athletics Day, Coburg Athletics Track
Friday 3rd Casual Day – Gold Coin Donation
Term 1 Concludes F-12