Community Carols on the Hill

Our thanks go to the students who attended Carols on the Hill on Sunday. It was great to see a number of students perform at this event. It was a fantastic celebration of the coming together of the churches in Dorrigo. Our thanks go to Reverend Mike and his team for their organisation of the evening.

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Made in Dorrigo Market Stall

Last Saturday as you know we had a stall at the Made In Dorrigo Market, which was very successful. It was great to see so many familiar faces out and about. The sense of community was really great to experience.

The stall was made possible by the contribution of a team of people who did a great job. The Mini Vinnies and Craft Club members, alongside the staff members, devoted their lunchtimes to making Christmas ornaments and cards as well as delicious treats. Thank you to everyone who played a part in the background and on the day. We managed to raise a total of $480, $200 of which will be donated to St Vincent De Paul in Dorrigo and $280 which will be donated to Pete's Place in Coffs Harbour to purchase a backpack bed for the homeless. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Wishing all of our families a Merry Christmas and a restful holiday,

Louise Sprowles - LOSEC

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

This is our final newsletter for the year. I congratulate the students on their learning, their growth and their achievements for this year. It has been especially pleasing to view their report cards and read about their development this year. I wish you all a happy and Holy Christmas and look forward to supporting their learning in 2023. 

On Monday we held our Awards Assembly. We congratulate the following students on being our Major Award recipients for 2022:

Year 5 Writing Award - Ivy Mila

Year 6 Camp Creative, Bryce Courtney Award - Harry Colley

Sister Mary Blanch Award

Junior School - Piper Boutell

Senior School - Evelyn Beaumont

Father Jim Reilly Award

Junior School - Lakota Miller Thompson

Senior School - Abbi and Willa Maples (joint winners)

RSL Award - Dorrigo RSL Australia Remembers Award for Effort & Achievement 

Cooper Harrison

At our assembly on Monday, we drew the prizes for our raffle, which we held to raise money to build a basketball court. I am pleased to announce that we raised $1020 through this raffle. Our thanks go to the families who supported this initiative. 

The winners were:

Garmin watch - Fiona Corfe

Garmin watch - Hugh Thomas

Cool Cabanna - Menzies family

Miscellaneous prizes - Fiona Corfe, Pat Brady, Jay Driscoll, Keira Turner, Sean Pearsen, Lulu, Lindsay Guest.

Please note, school resumes on Wednesday 1st February 2023 for all students in Kindergarten to Year 6.


Nathan Trezise,


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CĀRNIVALÉ 10th Birthday Showcase Invitation

CĀRNIVALÉ Dance School is based at Coffs Harbour Showgrounds and they are celebrating their 10-year anniversary on Sunday 11th December. As part of this event, they are putting on two showcases at Sawtell RSL to help fundraise for the school. All ticket proceeds go towards reinvesting into state-of-the-art equipment, purchase costumes and help them provide perpetual financial scholarships and bursaries.

So Many Colours at 11am - Doors open at 10:15am.
You are invited to our 10th Birthday Party. Come and join in the fun games, prizes & dress up in as
many colours as you can or your favourite colour.
Let’s Just Dance at 3pm - Doors open at 2:15pm
We would love you to join us to celebrate the performing arts.
Ticket Prices
Child 2 years & Under – Free
Child 3 to 15 years - $15 per ticket
Adult 16 years + - $18 per ticket

For more information, contact 0407 879 708.

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Beach Day - Thursday 15th December

To round out the school year, we are taking MSJ students to Morgo Street Reserve in Urunga on Thursday 15th December. 

Students will travel by bus to Urunga. We will allow students to swim in the lido under the close supervision of staff. Students will also be able to play games on the beach and use the play equipment. Information for students is listed below:

Wear: free dress
Bring: swimmers, rash shirt, towel, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, recess and lunch
Bus departs school: 9.10am
Bus returns to school: 3.05pm

There is no cost for this excursion. 

There is no canteen at the Reserve, so no money is required. We usually have treats for the students such as iceblocks, cake and watermelon. 

Please complete the permission consent in the Compass app by Monday 12th December. If your child is NOT going to be at school on that day, please inform the school with a reason for the absence in the questions section. 

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Community Carols on the Hill

This year's Community Carols will be held at St Stephen's Anglican Church on Sunday 11th December. Our students will be singing a couple of carols on the night. There will be a BBQ at 6pm, followed by carols at 7pm.  All welcome!

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No canteen next week

As it is the last week of school next week, there will be no canteen next Friday.

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Christmas Giving Tree

Mt St Johns are doing their Giving Tree again this year. There is a Christmas tree in the foyer with some gift tags on it. Each tag has the age and gender of a child written on it. If you are able to help a family in need, please ask your child to choose a tag from the tree and buy a gift for a child that age. Gifts must be returned to school by Thursday 15th December. Please sticky tape your tag to the gift. Thank you!

We are also collecting toiletries for the homeless. All donations are gratefully accepted.

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Get Moving Raffle

Mt St John’s School is raising funds to enable us to install a basketball court at our school. As part of the fundraising activities we have a “Get Moving” Raffle. A raffle ticket booklet was sent home last week for each family to sell if you are able to. If you need more ticket booklets, please contact the school on ph 6657 2552 or pop in to school to pick one up.

Please return all tickets and money by Monday morning to Mt St John’s School front office.

The raffle will be drawn on Monday 12th December at the Awards Ceremony.

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Christmas Events at Dorrigo Library

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Weekly Awards

Congratulations to the following students, who received learning awards this week:

Rokko B - For wonderful writing and editing of your letter to Santa!

Billie T - For your wonderful work in Maths when using counters to solve number problems!

Hunter G - For discovering a pattern to solve a problem in Mathematics.

Ryan B - For outstanding work in Mathematics.

Hayley M - For the effort she made when writing her hybrid text about goats.

Jinky W - For her exceptional narration of our Christmas play.

Eden G - For her enthusiasm when preparing for our Christmas prayer assembly.

Makayla C - For using good collaborative skills in producing an iMovie presentation about bushfires.

Jordan D - For using good collaborative skills in producing an iMovie presentation about bushfires.

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Leaving Students Access to Compass Portal

Parents of students who are leaving school at the end of year, and not continuing their education within the Diocese of Lismore, will lose access to their Compass portal on the 31st December 2022. Therefore parents should download their child’s reports in Compass prior to the 31st December.

Parents of students who are continuing their education within the Diocese of Lismore will still be
able to access their child’s reports through their Compass portal.

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Term 4 School Fees

Term 4 school fees are now due, unless you are paying by regular direct debit amounts. 
1 student - $281.50 
2 students - $492.62
3 or more students - $633.37
Payment options are:  

  1. using the Compass app - You can check your school fee balance and pay fees through the Compass app. Select more - school fees - next - and enter your credit card details. You have the option to pay in full or pay a portion of your fees. 
  2. cash or cheque at school 
  3. direct deposit to the school's bank account (see instructions below)

When using Internet banking, please use your child’s surname as a reference.
Banancoast Community Credit Union   
BSB no. 533-000
Account no. 3282 0430                 
Name: Mt St John’s Primary School
Remember, if you feel you will be unable to finalise your Term 4 school fees by this date, some financial assistance may be available from St Vincent de Paul - to make an appointment with them, call          0472 718 862. You will need to take your school fee statement with you to your appointment.

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Uniform Items

Uniform prices are as follows:

School hats - $15

Shirts - $25

Skorts - $20

Shorts - $20

Rain jackets - $50

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

I invite you to be part of our celebrations as we work towards the end of the year. Please join us in the coming days as we come together as a community of learners.

Tomorrow we are selling Christmas Craft at the Made in Dorrigo Markets. We are seeking students to join us to sell our wares. Please drop by the stall if you have time and are able to support us. The proceeds from this stall go to St Vincent de Paul.

On Sunday, we are joining the Dorrigo community for Carols on the Hill. We have been invited to sing two songs which we have been rehearsing at school. It commences at 6pm at the Dorrigo Anglican Church, 39 Kurrajong St. 

On Monday, we have our Awards Assembly. This assembly is a celebration of learning for the year. It commences at 2pm. I invite parents and supporters to attend this celebration to acknowledge the work the students have undertaken this year.

Our Year 6 Graduation Liturgy is on Wednesday at 2pm. I invite you to attend this event so that we can pray with our Year 6 students as they leave us for secondary school.

Don’t forget our beach day is on Thursday next week. Students will need to bring their swimmers, towels, hats and sunscreen. They will also need to bring their lunch; however some watermelon, ice blocks and other treats have been organised as well. We have booked a space at Morgo Street Reserve in Urunga for our beach day. Parents are welcome to drop in and be part of this day too.


Nathan Trezise,


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Enrolments Open for 2023

Enrolments are open for Kindergarten and all other grades for 2023. Please phone the school on 6657 2552 to request an enrolment pack. When you have returned your completed application form to the school, you and your child will be invited to attend an enrolment interview. 

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How to Cancel a Canteen Order

If you need to, you can cancel canteen orders before 8:30am on Friday mornings. If you know your child is going to be away you can go into Compass Canteen and select "cancel order". The money goes back into your Compass "wallet" so you can use it next time you order - when you get to the Confirm & pay screen, click on the down arrow and select Compass Credit

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Healthy Lunchbox Website

Cancer Council’s Healthy Lunch Box website is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about packing a healthy lunch box.  For recipes, information and health tips please visit the website below.

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