Assistant Principal Message

 The Ability to Bounce Back

Resilience is the quality that allows a person to cope or ‘bounce back’ reasonably well when things ‘go wrong’ or difficult situations arise. All children encounter everyday challenges such as tackling a difficult learning task, making mistakes or, falling out with a friend.As such all children require the skills and attitudes that enable them to ‘bounce back.’

The ‘bounce back’ statements below  from the Bounce Back program (written by Helen McGrath & Toni Noble) outline very clearly the skills and attitudes required to be able to ‘bounce back’. They are a fabulous guide for the teaching of resilience and a great reference for children to see how to cope when they’re struggling.

For Younger there is a simple version of the ‘bounce’ statements.

Bad feelings always go away again.

Other people can help you if you talk to them.

Unhelpful thinking makes you feel more upset. Think again.

Nobody is perfect - not you and not others.

Concentrate on the things that are still good when things go wrong.

Everybody has unhappy times sometimes, not just you.


For the older children ‘bounce back’ stands for the following skills and attitudes.


Bad times don’t last. Things always get better. Stay optimistic..

Other people can help if you talk to them. Get a reality check..

Unhelpful thinking makes you feel more upset. Think again.

Nobody is perfect - not you and not others.

Concentrate on the positives (no matter how small) and use laughter

Everybody experiences sadness, hurt, failure, rejection and setbacks sometimes, not just you. They are a normal part of life. Try not to personalise them.


Blame fairly. How much of what happened was due to you, to others and to bad luck or circumstances.

Accept what can’t be changed (but try to change what you can change first).

Catastrophising exaggerates your own worries. Don't believe the worst possible picture.

Keep things in perspective. Look at the big picture.

Naplan Practice tests

Naplan practice test will be held next Tuesday 23rd March for children in Years 3 & 5. These tests are simply run to ensure that the system works and enable the children to become familiar with the online testing platform.  Year 3 will complete an naplan omnibus, Year 5 will complete an naplan omnibus and online writing test. 

Chess Club at St John’s!  

Dear Families and Students,

Hi, our names are Louis Jones and Max Lorkin and we have decided to form a chess club at St John’s with some help from Mr Flint. We are really excited about the chess club and look forward to having lots of children enjoy playing chess here at St John’s. 

Each Friday there will be lunchtime and recess Chess Club in the Stage 2 classroom. 

We are also busy organising our first chess competition- see information below. It will be an on-line event, run by an organisation called Interschool Chess.com (please check out their website sometime).

The chess tournament is an online competition where players of all skill levels can join us to compete against each other. The games will be managed by trained chess coaches and all participants will get some coaching and feedback from the coaches after they have played. 

There will be a cost associated with the competition because we are using the services and coaching from the Interschool Chess group.

Price: It is $12 per player Kids Unlimited provides all resources and coach. 

DATE: Tuesday the 30th of March - term 1 week 8 

More information about the tournament will be coming home in a letter.