A message from Emily

Principal – St John's Footscray

Dear parents and carers,


Today, we observe R U OK? Day, a day that reminds us of the profound impact a simple question can have on someone's life. It's a day to emphasise the importance of genuine connection, empathy, and support. R U OK? is not just a question; it's an invitation to open up, to share, and to let others know that they are not alone in their struggles. In a world where everyone faces challenges, big or small, this question can be a lifeline.

Today, I encourage you to take a moment to reach out to friends, family, colleagues, or anyone you care about. Ask them how they're feeling, and, more importantly, listen actively without judgment. Sometimes, a heartfelt conversation can make all the difference in someone's life. 

Remember that it's okay not to be okay. It's okay to ask for help or support when you need it. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and seeking assistance is a sign of strength, not weakness. 

Let's use this day as a reminder to foster a culture of kindness and empathy year-round. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those around us and create a more compassionate world. If you're struggling, please remember that there are people who care about you and want to help. Reach out to a friend, family member or a mental health professional. You are not alone on this journey.

So, on this R U OK? Day, let's come together, ask the important questions, and let those around us know that we're here to support, listen and care.



Tomorrow is our STEPtember Walkathon. We look forward to celebrating this special day with all the children and families are welcome to join in on the fun at Johnson Reserve.


Thank you to Abbey and Shelly who have led this initiative and encouraged staff, children and families to be involved. It's not too late to take part or to donate.


We will continue to support each other with achieving our goals over the school holidays and look forward to sharing how much we have raised for this very important organisation.



Last week we had a group of St John's children participate in the Maribyrnong Division Athletics day. They competed across 200m, 800m, hurdles, long jump, high jump and shot put. We had two children qualify for the Western Metro Regional Finals on 17 October. Thank you to the wonderful parents who supported these amazing children and made this opportunity possible. Please check out the Learning and Teaching page for more information.

Over the last two weeks, the children in 4 and 5/6 Hubs have participated in an intensive swimming program at MAC. The children finished this today with a fun day involving inflatable play equipment in the pool. On their return they were very excited about this experience. Next term the Prep - Three Hubs will attend their swimming lessons every Friday. We are exploring different options to minimise the impact on learning while also ensuring children have access to vital water safety skills. Next year we will run a water awareness program and the following year with intensive swimming program at a local pool. 


TOMORROW is the last day of Term 3 and we finish at 1pm.

First Day of Term 4 is Monday 2 October.

  • MACSSIS Survey closes tomorrow, so don't forget to complete your survey. So far we have only had 16 families respond.
  • You should have received an email today asking you to submit your intentions for your child or children returning to St John's for 2024 (also see our Office page)

Excitement is in the air as we approach the upcoming school holiday break! It's a well-deserved opportunity for all of us to rejuvenate, relax, and recharge for all the fun planned for Term 4. Holidays can also be busy times for families with a change in routine but I encourage staff, children and parents to take a deep breath and enjoy the freedom that comes with two weeks of no school. It's a chance to sleep in, forget about work, and savour the simple pleasures of life. Use this time to explore your interests and hobbies. Whether it's painting, reading, sports or music, dive into activities that bring you joy and fulfilment. Reconnect with family and friends. Share stories, laughter, and create lasting memories together. If you're traveling, make the most of it by immersing yourself in new cultures, trying new foods and making unforgettable memories. Take a moment to reflect on your achievements, both big and small, so far this year. Consider setting new goals and aspirations for the upcoming term. Get enough sleep, eat well, exercise and make time for relaxation. 

Whether you're planning a grand adventure or opting for some well-deserved rest at home, I hope it is a memorable and joy-filled experience.

I look forward to hearing your stories and seeing your smiling faces when we return. Until then, enjoy every moment of this two-week break!


Wishing you joy, relaxation and fulfilment,