The theme for Catholic Education Week this year is, Catholic Schools – Places of Encounter. ‘Let the Words You Speak Always Be Full of Grace,’ based on the Bible Scripture, Colossians 4:6.

The Director of Catholic Education, Paul Velten says;

“This message reflects our commitment to promoting kindness, respect, and compassion in our schools and communities. Catholic schools are more than just buildings where students come to learn. They are Places of Encounter where students can grow academically, spiritually and personally.”

“The ‘Speak with Grace‘ theme aims to encourage students and school communities to use their words to build up others, to speak out against injustice, and to spread love and hope in the world.“

At St John’s our students were encouraged to consider what makes our school such a special place and to write prayerful petitions to present at Mass this weekend. Our whole school gathered for a Liturgy which celebrated our Catholic School community and demonstrated the work of Carritas in other communities.

Our Grade 3/4 students visited the Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Center and sang, as part of their centenary celebrations and our senior classes took part in activities at St Francis Xavier College this week, continuing our relationship in providing a rich Catholic Education for students and involvement in our local community.

Following our successful House Cross County recently, 40 students qualified to compete in the District Cross Country Event at Cardinia Recreational Reserve today, 16th May.

Our students are to be commended on the determination and sportsmanship shown while competing and representing our school. Our congratulations go to the six students who have qualified to go on to the Regional Cross Country Event on Wednesday 31st May.

We were so pleased with the number of mothers and special women in our students’ lives that were able to join us on Friday morning for our Mothers’ Day breakfast and Liturgy.

Our staff are to be congratulated for their generosity of time for the preparations in advance and their early start to the day, in order to provide this wonderful experience for our families.

We hope all our families all had the opportunity to celebrate Mother’s day with loved ones at the weekend.

Families and Parishioners are invited to attend our Easter Passion Play preformed by our Grade 6 students,  9.30am Thursday 6th April, in the Church.

Details of further Holy Week ceremonies in the Parish are listed for all those able to join us.

Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7.30pm Thurs. –  St John’s Church, Koo Wee Rup

Echumenical Stations of the Cross – 11am Good Friday – St John’s Church, Koo Wee Rup

Solemn Liturgy – 3pm Good Friday – St John’s Church, Koo Wee Rup

Easter Vigil Mass – 7.30pm Sat. – St Joseph’s Church, Iona

Easter Sunday Mass – 9.30am Sun. – St John’s Church, Koo Wee Rup ( 8am Holy Family Church, Maryknoll & 10.45am St James Church, Nar Nar Goon)

St John’s school community acknowledged Harmony Week during age appropriate class discussions and various activities throughout the week. Library classes resulted in a wonderful display of hands colored to represent numerous nationalities.

On Friday, Harmony Day, staff and students were encouraged to wear orange or national dress which reinforced our awareness of diversity and acceptance within our community.

During cross-aged activities, students completed a variety of art and crafts which have been displayed around the school.