Office News


Families are reminded that students should not be attending school if there are any symptoms of illness. At the first sign of COVID or flu like symptoms please get tested and remain isolated until results are received. If your child comes to school exhibiting symptoms of illness, you will be called and asked to pick them up.

Enrolment Intentions 2024

As part of our enrolment and census information, we need to confirm ongoing enrolments for the forthcoming year and find out if any families are intending to leave our school.


For all children at St John's from Prep to Year 5, would you please indicate on the linked Intentions Form if your child/ren will be returning in 2024. [If you do not complete the form, we will assume your family is returning.]


Please complete this form by Wednesday 4 October 2023. Year 6 students (who are leaving) do not need to complete this form.

2023 School Fees & Levies

Final fee statements for 2023 will be issued at the start of Term 4.  The final instalment of $460 (or statement balances) will be due by Friday 27 October 2023. 


Please see information below if you would like to discuss a payment plan. 


Payment Plans

We understand large payment outlays can be difficult and prefer that our families manage fees due through regular payments. These can be made via: 

  • payment to the school bank account (details below)
  • direct debit payment set up using our bank direct debit service
  • CentrePay
Bank:     NAB
BSB:    083 347
Account No:  495 166 642
Account Name: St John’s PS Footscray
Reference:Please include the 4 digit Account Code at the top of your statement with your Surname

If you would like to speak to us about your fee payment plan, please see our bursar, Melinda or our principal, Emily.





A history of fees and ongoing payments may be accessed via the ICON Parent Portal, Finance tab . If you do not have your username or password please contact


Thank you

Melinda McNaught




Absences and Family Holidays

Please be aware that parents need to contact the school to give a reason for any type of absence or we will have to mark your child unapproved.   Please refer to the Office News page for ways to communicate absences with the school.


Parents are required to ensure their child attends school and to provide an explanation for their child's absence from school, and the principal must record in writing the reason (if any) given by the parent. The principal must be able to determine from the records if the excuse given was reasonable in terms of the parent meeting their legal obligations.

Parents should promptly inform the school of the reason for their child's absence so that the school can:

  • determine if the child's absence needs to be excused by the principal, in line with school policy and these guidelines
  • determine the appropriate follow up to ensure the child's education and wellbeing is supported
  • record if the parent has a reasonable excuse for not meeting their obligation to ensure their child attends school each day

Where possible, parents should inform the school in advance of upcoming absences to ensure a child's education and wellbeing are supported, parents are encouraged to communicate openly with the school where a child has an ongoing medical condition that may result in extended absences or medical appointments during school hours.

 Family holidays will be approved if notification in writing to the Principal has been received in advance.



Parents are requested to log their child's reason for absence using either:

Please remember to detail your child's absence: "unwell" can mean a range of illnesses; please advise us of any particular symptoms ailments

Medications Reminder

If your child/ren requires medication at school, please complete the attached Administration of Medication Guidelines document providing us with written permission to administer any medication ie: Eye drops, Antihistamine, Ventolin, Epipen etc.



We also require an up to date Action Plan every year from your doctor to accompany the medication if it is in relation to Asthma, Allergies, Anaphylaxis and Epilepsy.


Please provide the school with the item/s required as soon as possible at the start of the year, as it is of primary importance that we have up to date Action Plans/Medication in case of an emergency.


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Leonie in the office on 9687 3150 or


Thank you for your assistance.


Parent Contact Details

Have your contact details changed? 

If so, please log into the Community Portal and update your details or email the office via so we can update our records. This includes changes to emergency contacts, additional numbers to call if needed and any changes to employment details.


Thank you

Melinda and Leonie