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Faith: Sacrement of Confirmation

This term, our year 6 candidates will participate in their Sacrament of Confirmation, on Thursday 8 June at 5:30pm, at Our Lady’s Church in Maidstone. 


We are proud to present this year’s Confirmation candidates:

Top (left to right): Angus, Manoj, Xavier & Nikola

Bottom (left to right): Sebastian, Kayla, Bella, & Adut


We invite you to keep our candidates in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare for the sacrament.


This term, our year 5/6s have been exploring the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. To prepare our candidates, the 5/6s have engaged in dialogue around the Pentecost and the inaugural receiving of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, how this has influenced tradition and ritual over time, and where these gifts are visible within our local and global community. 


We are also excited to announce that we wil be visited by Archbishop Martin Ashe who will come and speak to the candidates on Wednesday 31 May.

Digital Safety & Wellbeing

Resources from Inform & Empower’s Raising Kids in a Digital World information session are still available to all St John’s families. The webinar replay will be available for another week so be sure to check it out if you haven’t already. The password is may2023.  The Parent Toolkit/Resources are available for the entire year. 


Marty is a leading cyber safety educator and Carley is a psychologist (and mother of 3 school-aged children) so they are an interesting and helpful combination! Inform & Empower is endorsed by the eSafety Commissioner as a Trusted eSafety Provider


The St John’s Online Safety Hub is another fantastic resource that has just been made available to us.  It is an extensive bank of resources about a variety of apps, games, websites and devices. 

‘Embrace Kids’ Screening - Sun Theatre, Yarraville

Inform & Empower is also hosting a screening of ‘Embrace Kids’ at the Sun Theatre in the next school holidays. Embrace Kids is an uplifting film by 2023 Australian of the Year, Taryn Brumfitt. It brings together a vibrant collection of stories from young people and famous friends alike, who share their experiences about body image, bullying, gender identity, advocacy, representation and more.


This film aims to improve the body image of young people across Australia and the world. Aimed at an audience of 9-14 year olds, but equally engaging for adolescents, teachers, and parents, this film inspires, educates, and advocates for a world where we are not held back by the thoughts we have about the way we look. Instead, young people are encouraged to figure out what makes them unique and special, and use that to spark change. 



Tuesday 4 July, 12pm 

The Sun Theatre, 8 Ballarat St, Yarraville


Adults: $20 

Children: $15


For more details and to purchase tickets, head to the Eventbrite page For more details about the Embrace Collective, click here.

Engaging with Place

Last week in Engaging With Place the Prep and Year 2 children harvested kale from our fabulous farm and made “kale chips” to share. The chips were such a hit with the children we would like to share our recipe with you. Please try our recipe and enjoy it with the family.

Recipe: Kale Chips


1 bunch kale

Olive oil

Sea Salt



1. Wash and pat dry kale.

2. Carefully remove the stems from the leaves and place the leaves in a bowl.

3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

4. Toss to combine.

5. Place the kale in a single layer in an air fryer, cook at 200C for 4 -5 mins or until the kale is crispy.

6. If you don’t have an air fryer, chips can be cooked in the oven for 20 mins at 275 degrees turning halfway through.

Recipe: Damper (cooked in the ashes of the fire at the farm)


450g self raising flour           

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

180ml milk

80g chilled butter



1. Combine flour, sugar and salt into a bowl.

2. Rub the butter into the flour mixture until it looks like breadcrumbs.

3. Slowly add milk to form a soft dough.

4. Place onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth.

5. Shape dough into a ball, brush with milk and cut a cross across the top of the dough.

6. Grease the tin foil with butter and flour.

7. Wrap the dough in the foil and place on a baking tray.

8. Bake at 190 degrees for 30 mins or until golden brown in color.

9. Serve with lashings of butter.

Two Hub Excursion: Footscray Community Arts Ce

Last Friday morning the Two Hub explored personal narratives at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. The excursion showcased the many histories and perspectives of the people who called Footscray Home, including First Nations and migrant community members. Children consolidated their learning through a creative workshop, where they also had the opportunity to explore their own personal narratives. We will use this knowledge and understanding to further enhance our community project - small object, big story with children reflecting on the past and sharing their own experiences. 

Highlights from the excursion included the scavenger hunt and Opal the puppeteer. Thank you to our parent volunteers, we really appreciated your help.

Kind regards 

The Two Hub Team