St John the Evangelist Catholic High School Nowra
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Nowra NSW 2541

Phone: 02 4423 1666

SJE Newsletter 2024 Term 1 Week 3

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SJE Newsletter 2024 Term 1 Week 3



National Apology Day is commemorated annually on 13th February and encourages remembrance of - and apology to – the Stolen Generations and those whose lives have been blighted by past government policies of forced child removal and assimilation.
This commemoration differs from Sorry Day which is held annually on 26th May, to mark the original tabling of the ‘Bringing them Home’ report.

On 13th February 2008, the first sitting of the new parliamentary year, then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally acknowledged the immense suffering experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to past government policies of forced child removal and decades of mistreatment of Indigenous Australians.

The National Apology to the Stolen Generations remains a momentous turning point that demonstrates the importance of historical acceptance in paving the road to reconciliation.
On February 13th 2022, it is 14 years since this apology was offered.

National Apology Day is a day to remember and pray for the children who were taken away from their families and homes. It is a step on the path to reconciliation. It is a commitment to right the wrongs of past injustices and is about building a bridge of respect between all people.

God of Justice,
We come to seek your guidance, wisdom and compassion.
As we pray for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have been wronged in the past, may our hearts be open to receive your healing grace, so that we in turn bring healing to each other. We ask this prayer in the name of your Son Jesus Christ.


I would like to invite all parents to consider attending the P&F meetings. This group is advisory and not fund raising and aids me in understanding the needs of the school and be better able to implement initiatives and make changes. The first P&F meeting of 2024 is 6.00 – 7.00pm on Monday 18th March.


On the 13th of February, we went to John Therry, Campbelltown to participate in the launch of Caritas Project Compassion. Here we were joined by 40 other schools where we engaged in a short liturgy run by Bishop Brian before we collected our donation box. The people director of Caritas Australia was also present and shared some of the incredible stories and achievements of Caritas Australia assisting people in need, nationally and internationally. One of these stories featured Leaia, a young mother from Samoa, who has lived for years without access to clean, reliable drinking water. Through Project Compassion, Caritas Australia was able to install a water tank in their home, improving their health and living conditions. We would like to thank John Therry and everyone who contributed for making this amazing and important day possible. 

Deeya Shrestha & Isabelle Luke



The first few weeks have flown by and officially we have completed three. The first week was the Staff Day and a few school days, so the last two weeks have been full and most exciting. I have attended the SRC leadership day at Culburra SLSC and the Year 7 Camp at Tapatalee. I have also met with the P&F committee and look forward to meeting more parents.

Our recognition Assembly of our high achieving students from the 2023 HSC group was also wonderful occasion. Again, I congratulate all of those who attended and also those who could not attend as they prepare for life after St John’s. Some have already moved interstate or to their University or work place to move forward with life.


We have also celebrated Shrove (pancake) Tuesday and Ash Wednesday and commenced the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday focusses our mind and heart on repentance, prayer and alms giving and is symbolised by the ‘ashing’ of a cross on our foreheads. The Priest will say ‘turn away from sin and stay faithful to the Gospels’ or ‘ from dust we come and from dust we will return’. We reply with ‘amen’ as a sign of entering into the agreement to try to improve ourselves.


Mr Wayne Marshall



Each year the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is undertaken by students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Students will participate in tests for writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
NAPLAN 2024 will take place from Wednesday 13 March to Monday 25 March.
NAPLAN is just one part of our school learning assessment program. The tests assess literacy and numeracy skills your child is already learning at school.
In preparation for NAPLAN, our school will undertake activities to help students become familiar with the format and functionality of the online tests. These activities are not an assessment of student ability and will not be marked. Excessive preparation for NAPLAN is not required nor recommended.
The public demonstration site ( is available to see the types of questions, tools and functions used in the NAPLAN tests.
Further information about NAPLAN is available on the NESA website

If you have any questions about NAPLAN, please contact Mr Mark Malady (Learning Technologies Coordinator).


This year all Year 9 will be doing a Short Course - Critical Thinking.

Critical thinking is a form of purposeful thinking that emphasises evidence and reasoning. In today’s world, where information is readily available, critical thinking is becoming more important than remembering and recalling facts. Society values critical thinking because it is an interdisciplinary and transferable skill. It means that no matter what path or profession is pursued, critical thinking skills will always be relevant and useful.

Critical thinking skills include the ability to deconstruct, analyse, synthesise and reconstruct ideas while emphasising evidence and reasoning. Those skills are part of every toolkit for success in educational and professional arenas.

The Critical thinking course emphasises the fundamental attributes of critical thinkers and gives students a wide range of opportunities to transfer these skills across multiple disciplines. The course structure encourages students to think about thinking.


Year 10 and Year 11 Information Evening Wednesday 21 February 2024. It is very important that all students and parents/carers attend this meeting as it will cover the rules and regulations around assessment in relation to the ROSA and HSC as well as other important information.

Year 11 Change of Course:  Any change of course in Year 11 must be finalised by Tuesday 20 February 2024 (Beginning of Week 4).



Mrs Lisa Murphy
Curriculum Coordinator

TERM 1 2024


Monday 19 February - Pupil Free Day/Staff Development Day

Wednesday 21 February - Year 11 Information Evening 

Wednesday 21 February - Year 10 ROSA Information Evening  

Friday 23 February - Swimming Carnival (whole school)


Tuesday 5 March - Year 10 Immunisations 

Thursday 7 March - 2024 Open Night


Tuesday 12 March - Year 8 Reflection Day

Wednesday 13 March - NAPLAN commences(Year 7 & Year 9) 


St John's  2024 Open Night will be held on Thursday 7 March 2024.

There will be 2 Tour Sessions: 4pm & 5:45pm, please book a session time using the link below:





A number of students on Tuesday 13 February participated in a Palm Burning Liturgy. The palms were collected from Mass centres across the Shoalhaven last year and were burnt today to provide ashes for the Ash Wednesday Liturgy. Fr Joseph presided at the liturgy and blessed the ashes.



Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent.
Ash Wednesday focusses our mind and heart on repentance, prayer and almsgiving and is symbolised by the ‘ashing’ of a cross on our foreheads. St John's Students and Staff attended liturgies on Wednesday 14 February and received their Ashes.



As an integral part of the first Religious Education topic, “Being Catholic,” and as part of the Year 7 orientation, last Friday all students experienced a Catholic Culture Immersion during periods 4, 5 & 6. During this immersion, students explored Catholic and school traditions associated with; Jesus, Saint John the Evangelist, Pax Christi, prayer and rituals. Activities included; small group discussions with our Year 11 Youth Ministry Leaders, learning and singing our school song, analysis of our school prayer and explanation of the history of our school Chapel and Catholic practices to be experienced throughout the year. 


A brief note to inform parents/guardians and students about the Sacramental Program
running this year at St John’s.
Any students that would like to be baptised into the Catholic faith or receive the Sacraments
of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion or Confirmation, are invited to participate in the
Sacramental program that will be running during the year and in school time.
Please see the attached letter that accompanies this newsletter for further information.
Mark Fuller
Sacramental Program Facilitator






I hope everyone has returned from the break feeling recharged and ready to tackle the challenges of the new year in 2024. The Careers space has become a bustling hub for students eager to discuss and set early learning goals to pave their career pathways. I'm excited to collaborate with SJE students, parents, and guardians, providing support and guidance as they strive to achieve their career aspirations.

Marcia Arenas

Transition and Pathways Specialist 

To make an appointment email:


UOW Discovery Day 2024


Once again, Year 12 students seized the opportunity to attend the Discovery Day hosted by the University of Wollongong. Throughout the day, students actively engaged in a diverse array of activities geared towards enhancing their understanding of available courses, exploring pathways to achieve their career aspirations, and discovering the wide spectrum of employment opportunities stemming from their educational accomplishments.

Furthermore, students had the chance to interact with current university students, gaining valuable insights into the day to day life as a UOW student. This firsthand experience allowed them to forge a stronger connection with the university, including its beautiful green spaces, state of the art facilities, and fooderies! These interactions not only boosted their confidence and knowledge, but also built their connection with UOW, paving the way for a very positive transition into university life, should they choose to do so. 


Navy Aviation Prospect Scheme (NAPS)


2023 NAPS Participants

Prospects Scheme (NAPS) offers high school students (Year 10) aged 15-18 an insight into Navy Aviation careers. The program is broken into three sections; Quicklook, NextStep and Longlook.

The program is designed to provide each Student with a continual insight into FAA and Defence careers with an overarching intent of; Raising the profile of the FAA within the community; Generating prospective applicants by encouraging Students to consider a career in the FAA; providing a service to the community through team building and leadership training; Fostering civic virtue.

The number of places is limited and to be considered for the program the Expression of Interest posted on the Careers Classroom must be filled out by Thursday, February 29.

Shoalhaven Food Network

The Shoalhaven Food Network (SFN) 2024 Gaining Through Training programme is once more providing fantastic opportunities for passionate and curious year 10 students interested in a hospitality career pathway.

The first of a series of opportunities will be an industry tour on Tuesday 27th February for targeted students in year 10 who are considering a career in hospitality and those currently enrolled in VET Hospitality.

The tour will provide students with an experiential day out at some of the Shoalhaven’s premier eateries where they will participate in hands-on activities, hear from guest speakers, and apprentices and enjoy lunch at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. 

Stage 2 which will involve TAFE masterclass sessions the week of the 8th of April followed by working alongside industry professionals at select events during the festival in May & June. 

Students are to fill in an expression of interest through the Careers Google Classroom no later than February 10.

Property and Civil Construction - JohnStaff Shoalhaven Hospital

RIEP & EPP are seeking expressions of interest from Year 10 & 11 students who would like to explore the careers on offer via a STEM pathway in the Property & the Civil Construction industries.  This opportunity is only available for high school students in the Shoalhaven and offers a unique experience to see a piece of major infrastructure unfold over the next 12 months as work begins on the upgrade to Shoalhaven Hospital.

The program will be devised and led by the expert project management team at Johnstaff and students will hear from industry experts including Architects, Engineers, Project Managers and more! 

Students will participate in workshops and site visits on the Monday of the last week of each term throughout 2024. Transport can be arranged upon request.

Fill out the EOI posted on Google Classroom if you would like to participate in this exciting project. 


UOW Year 12 Future Me Program

Applications close February, 18

Prepare for important decision-making ahead, explore your post-high school opportunities and improve your HSC study skills with our Year 12 Future Me program. This program allows you to experience a taste of UOW student life, connects you with UOW student mentors currently studying at UOW and helps you navigate UOW's Early Admission process.

Head to: Future Me

UOW Year 11 Parent and Carer Webinar

On Monday 26 February at 7pm-8pm, UOW is holding a free webinar for parents and carers of students who have recently commenced Year 11 in 2024, the webinar will provide all the key information

 required ahead to set up for a successful HSC journey covering topics such as why is year 11 important? What is UOW Early Admission and how does it work? What do you need to know about assumed and recommended HSC subjects for UOW degrees? Advice on supporting young people with career decisions, and more.  This will be a fantastic opportunity to get the information you need to know now, to then make the HSC journey ahead an informed and positive one! 

Head to: UOW Year 11 Parent & Carer Webinar Registration  

Meet the University of Sydney - Nowra


14 March 

Join us for an information evening to find out all you need to know about the University of Sydney! Learn about our Regional and Remote Entry Scheme and MySydney Scheme. 

The session will also cover information about courses, admission requirements, entry schemes/pathways, fees, and scholarships, as well as the type of support available on campus. Uni students and alumni from Regional NSW will share stories, tips on moving away from home and advice about their journey to university and beyond. You’ll also get the chance to speak with staff and students and have all your questions about the University of Sydney answered.

Year 10, 11 and 12 Students are encouraged to participate in the information sessions at SJE. See Google Classroom for details.

NEW! Tertiary Health Study Subsidies

The Tertiary Health Study Subsidy Program will support 12,000 students from 2024. The subsidies incentivise students to enter the NSW Health workforce by reducing financial barriers to study.

The payments can assist students with fees, technology, travel, or other associated personal costs.

What subsidies are available?

NSW Health offers two subsidies:

  1. $12,000 subsidy paid over three years to students commencing study, and intending to work for NSW Health upon completion.
  2. $8,000 one-off subsidy paid to students graduating study with employment in NSW Health.

Each subsidy will see 2,000 students awarded annually for the next three years.

Find out more:

Health Subsidies Link


Medical radiation science pathway program

(Nuclear Medicine, Radiography and Radiation therapy)

Charles Sturt University is offering a pathway program for Year 12 students dreaming of a career in the diverse and progressive field of medical radiation science. 

You can start your undergraduate journey early by studying Charles Sturt’s Fundamentals of Nuclear Science and Safety micro-credential for free.

The program allows you to:

  • Start your studies early
  • Fractional load (25%), which would allow managing Year 12 studies concurrently for most students
  • Reduce overall HECS debt (FREE program for domestic students)
  • Get uni credit (16 pts) for two first-year physics subjects
  • Study online and with flexibility

The program runs from 26 February – 25 October 2024 for those planning on commencing their degree in 2025.

Applications close 23 February 2024.

Go to: Apply

Western University Webinars

View and register for 2024 webinars. Watch our webinars covering a range of individual study areas.Want to know more about careers and degrees in the fields of most interest to you? Not sure what subjects to select for your senior years? Let us support you to make informed decisions and discover more about why you should study at Western. 

Head to: Link or the Careers Classroom for more information


Supporting You Every Step of the Way with TAFE NSW

Get the help you need to succeed

The TAFE NSW Counselling and Career Development Service is free and confidential* and is designed to help you succeed in your studies at TAFE NSW, as well as in your chosen career.

Prospective TAFE NSW students are able to access the service to assist with course choice decisions and career planning.

Students enrolled with TAFE NSW are able to access a range of services to assist in career development and personal support.

I Am Finishing School This Year Info Page

Whatever you're interested in, TAFE NSW has a pathway to get you there.

With hundreds of courses to choose from, including degrees, we can help you find your passion.

TAFE NSW Degrees and Undergrad Certificates

You don't need an ATAR to study a degree with TAFE NSW, but you will graduate with a qualification that will change your future.

Study a Bachelor degree, post graduate or higher education qualification with TAFE NSW, and graduate with strong theoretical knowledge, practical experience and industry connections that will give you a head start on your career.

TAFE-delivered Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses help students build practical skills and industry-specific knowledge, and count toward school outcomes, with some courses contributing towards an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

TAFE NSW TVET Guide 2024

NSW Police Force - Eligibility Quiz

Take the quiz to see if you may be eligible to commence an application to the NSW Police Force. ‘Aquatic Rescue Sequence’ certification: Applicants are required to provide certification of successful completion of the Aquatic Rescue Sequence. First Aid certification: Applicants are required to supply certification of completion of an approved ‘Apply First Aid’ course with at least 12 months currency remaining on certification. Typing certificate. Applicants are required to supply a recognized certificate of typing proficiency equivalent or greater than 25 words per minute at 98 percent accuracy.


Expression of Interest for Electrical Apprenticeships

The apprenticeship lasts for a total of 4 years. For the first three years, you will be required to work four days on site to gather on-the-job experience, and one day undertaking technical studies. The fourth year will consist of only on-the-job training.

Link here

Job Hunting Tips

Finding an Apprenticeship Searching and applying for an Australian Apprenticeship is very much like hunting for any job. An employer has to create a vacancy and decide to use Australian Apprenticeships as a way to employ and train their staff. The following steps will explain the process to get an Australian Apprenticeship from the preparation stage, to the time you begin your training

Automotive Apprenticeships - Vacancies

The automotive industry has changed substantially through the last decade to become a respected and financially secure career path. Any student that enjoys problem solving and working with their hands will thrive in automotive and has the opportunity to be a part of transformative change we haven't seen since vehicles replaced the horse and cart.

Link here

Do you aspire to be a builder?

Register your interest for the course starting 27 November Want to be a carpenter? This is your best first step. Master Builders will help prepare you to become the best 1st-year carpentry apprentice.  This 3-week entry level training program provides an introduction into both the industry and a carpentry trade prior to commencing an apprenticeship.

Pre-apprenticeship Builder

Do you aspire to become a brickie?

Offer you the opportunity to study and earn an income while undertaking a qualification. It gives you the chance to learn new skills while getting paid. It can be done full-time or while you are at school through a School Based Apprenticeship. You can use your qualification to work anywhere in Australia and around the world. 

Brickies Apprenticeships

Transport for NSW Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Transport for NSW currently have a number of Apprenticeship and Traineeships open for 2024 in both metro and regional areas. Currently on offer are:

  •       Business Traineeships
  •       Bridge Construction Apprenticeship
  •       Heavy Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeship
  •       Project Management Traineeships
  •       Electrical Apprenticeship
  •       Civil Construction Apprenticeship
  •       Painting and Blasting Traineeship

A number of trainee roles are also available

Handy link for a range of job opportunities: Jobs Transport NSW



Casual garden/mowing for retiree

Please contact Ms Arenas if you would like to find out more about this casual position.

Tourism Local Navigator Pilot

If you are interested in a paid work trial or casual work in the hospitality and tourism sector, please send a resume, a short spiel about yourself and their disability and any wage subsidy information. Once the applicants have been collated and reviewed by the tourism business, you will be contacted regarding a time and date for the participant meet and greet. 

Please send any questions / concerns to:  Isabelle Gadaleta 


Council Jobs!

Local Government NSW offers hundreds of jobs and diverse career paths. Across professional, administrative, trade and outdoor roles. Learn more about the type of work, qualifications required and the jobs available now in over 100 councils across NSW & others interstate


At Woolworths Group, we create better experiences together for a better tomorrow. Our diverse group of retail businesses are some of Australia's most recognised and trusted brands, and our team are at the heart of everything we do.

Apply here


It's been an exciting start to the year, and I'm thrilled to report that our Year 7 students have settled into school life with remarkable ease and enthusiasm.

In these initial weeks, our focus has been on fostering a supportive and inclusive environment where each student feels valued and empowered to thrive. We've embarked on various activities and programs to ensure a smooth transition into secondary school.

Our Respectful Relationships program has been instrumental in promoting positive interactions among peers, teaching invaluable skills for effective communication and conflict resolution. The engagement and participation from our Year 7 cohort have been truly commendable.

Additionally, our recent Laptop Bootcamp equipped students with the necessary digital skills and knowledge to utilise technology effectively for their academic pursuits. The Catholic Culture afternoon provided an enriching experience, fostering spiritual growth and strengthening our sense of community.

Amidst these specialised programs, we've also conducted PAT testing to gauge students' academic progress and identify areas for growth. Alongside these activities, we've embraced the rhythm of everyday school life, engaging in lessons, extracurricular activities, and forming lasting friendships. In addition, we've been fortunate to have Transition Specialists in each Year 7 class, dedicated to ensuring every student feels comfortable and supported in their new school environment. Their keen observations, combined with the valuable data gathered from PAT Testing, have played a crucial role in finalising official class lists from Week 4 onwards. Students can expect to receive their updated timetables on Tuesday of Week 4.


I extend my thanks to all of you, the parents and carers, for your cooperation and guidance of your children throughout these initial weeks. Your support has been instrumental in ensuring a smooth transition for our Year 7 students, and I, along with the entire Yr 7 PALS Team, am immensely grateful for your partnership in their journey.

As we progress further into the term, it's crucial to address the issue of online safety. We've observed some challenges arising from the use of certain social media platforms, particularly Snapchat. Ensuring our students' safety online is paramount, and I urge you to have open discussions with your children about responsible digital citizenship and the potential risks associated with social media use. As a school, we encourage you to stay informed about your children's online activities, establish clear guidelines for online behaviour, and monitor their usage to promote a safe and positive online experience. We will also be exploring positive and safe online behaviours in an upcoming Pastoral Focus Lesson.

On Wednesday as we left for Year 7 Camp the students were very excited, a recap and report of this amazing event will be had in the coming weeks!

Thank you once again for your continued support, and here's to a fantastic term ahead!

'With Jesus, we can reach the highest of heights’

Mrs Abbey Simis

Year 7 Coordinator


It brings me immense joy to resume my role as the Year Coordinator for Year 8 in 2024. The year has commenced on a highly positive note, with students displaying enthusiastic attitudes and a genuine readiness to embrace the learning journey ahead. As we navigate the beginning of the school year, I encourage our students to embody the spirit of our year group motto, 'Let your light shine.'






Our Year 8 students have actively explored the diverse extracurricular opportunities available at St John’s, providing them with valuable avenues to excel and contribute to the collective success of their peers. In our PALS (Pastoral and Learning Support) sessions, we have dedicated time to goal setting for Semester 1, empowering students to identify areas for improvement in their learning journeys. These sessions also serve as a platform for students to forge positive connections with each other and their PALS teachers, fostering a supportive and inclusive school environment.

Our Year 8 students have actively explored the diverse extracurricular opportunities available at St John’s, providing them with valuable avenues to excel and contribute to the collective success of their peers. In our PALS (Pastoral and Learning Support) sessions, we have dedicated time to goal setting for Semester 1, empowering students to identify areas for improvement in their learning journeys. These sessions also serve as a platform for students to forge positive connections with each other and their PALS teachers, fostering a supportive and inclusive school environment.




To make each school day a breeze, we're encouraging our students to get into the habit of packing their bags every night. This includes laptops charged, student diary, hats in bags and all the books and gear needed for the next day sorted. Your support at home is key, so if you can chat with your child about making this a nightly routine, that would be amazing. Maybe even find a spot at home where they can keep everything organised and in check.

Students should have already identified, in collaboration with their PDHPE teachers, the designated days for sports and normal uniform attire. I encourage students to display this information somewhere visible at home for easy reference.


In Terms 1 & 2, Year 8 will actively participate in all three sports carnivals (Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics). It is imperative that parents/carers provide consent for these events through Compass, as the deadlines are now due. Your support in this matter is highly appreciated.




Let us collectively make this academic year a one of success and personal growth for our Year 8 students. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and involvement in our shared educational journey.

'Let your light shine'

Mrs Kate Jennings

Year 8 Coordinator

As we move into Term 3 we will continue to be a focus on developing core skills, with a particular focus on reading. To that end, I remind all students and parents about the importance of home reading. Students engaged in sustained individual reading develop critical thinking skills and a depth of understanding in relation to the construction of texts. There is no mystery to becoming a strong English student. Students that read regularly and widely open up a wide world of words and situations that stimulate the mind and expand their knowledge. There is a wide selection of texts available in the library for students to borrow and I encourage them to make the most of this resource. I also encourage students to let our school librarian know if there is a particular author or text they'd like the school to purchase.


Year 12 moves into a demanding part of their high school experience.  In the coming weeks I encourage students to revise class notes, access 2021 and 2022 HSC markers comments and the syllabus rubric on the NESA site. If time permits, reading texts again will also enable students to look at the texts through a sharpened lens. As we do revision in class in the lead up to the Trial HSC, I encourage all Year 12 students to seek and take on feedback and direction given by the English teachers.

To students in Year 7-11, I encourage you to set goals for your study of English this semester and these should be set using feedback from the Semester One report and in consultation with the class teacher. This goal should ideally involve reading on a night basis as there is no better way to improve reading and writing than to read well written texts.

Ms Michelle Selmes

English Coordinator

Welcome to what is set to be an action packed term of Representative Sport.

St John’s has a strong sporting culture and provides many representative sporting opportunities for students.

The Representative Sport Google Classroom is a platform where students can access information on Representative Sport. This digital notice board provides important information such as the registration to trial, trial dates, important dates and expectations.

Students must be a member of the Representative Sport Google Classroom to access the google forms.


Any questions please email Sports Coordinator

Mrs E Gray


On Wednesday 7th February the St John’s tennis team made the trek to Lumeah Tennis Centre for the Diocesan Tennis Championships. This was a new venue for the team and the players enjoyed the new venue.
The boys were led by the experienced Billy Broadhurst and Jacob Ey and well supported by our first-timers Viktor Creighton and Toby Royston. The combination of experience and fresh talent obviously worked with the boys winning the Consolation final (going one better than last year!) Billy’s experience and focused play was an asset for the team with Billy winning his single match convincingly 6-1. In the final, Jacob and Billy combined to win their doubles match 6-1. Toby was the surprise packet of the team winning his first ever tennis singles match! Viktor, in his doubles match with Toby, was really getting into the swing of things smashing down aces and powerful forehands to wipe the opposition off the court.
The girls had an experienced team led by Hannah Phillips with Ava Groves, Amelia O’Neill and Gianna Gonzaga. The team started strongly, and it was so good to see the growth in the confidence of the girls which was reflected in their first match win, with all girls winning a set. The second round saw the girls come up against their archrivals St Marys. Hannah put on a masterful exhibition of tennis in her singles match. In fact, it was heard in the crowd that the standard of play was so good that they didn’t need to go to the Australian Open next year – they can just watch Hannah play! Ava rallied well in all her games, fighting for every point. Amelia was more confident this year and it showed in her play, she was really enjoying herself! Gianna has also improved since last year and chased every ball down and didn’t make it easy for the opposition.
As always, the sportsmanship demonstrated by the students was excellent and they represented St Johns with pride. Thank you for a great day out and to all the teachers who covered my classes back at school.

Mrs Isemonger


The St John’s Agriculture Show Team were presented with their International Dairy Week ‘Cows Create Careers’ school challenge prize money, 2nd place sash and certificates at our school Assembly. In January, 4 students were selected to compete in 3 events in Tatura Victoria. Keira, Ben, Ben, Charlie and Ms Hall travelled south for a fun filled 3 day excursion for this fantastic opportunity with a well deserved 2nd  place on the day.

Hard work and commitment to Agriculture at SJE continues to see our students participate in these merry making events.

Ms Kristy Hall

Agriculture Teacher / TAS Faculty



Reminder that students are invited to attend our Homework Hub held on Wednesday afternoons from 3pm - 4.30pm.
Support is available for class work, assessment tasks and study. Many teachers pop in to volunteer their time to support the students. Encourage your child to come along, bring a friend and give it a go. It is a casual learning environment. Afternoon Tea is provided and everyone is welcome.

Hi, my name is Mrs Lawrence. I am the new Defence School Mentor.

I started at St John the Evangelist High School in 2010 as a School Support Officer. In 2020, I transferred to St Michael’s and enjoyed my time back in kindergarten. I am currently working between both schools. I have been a Defence spouse and travelled around Australia with my husband for thirty-three years. I have experienced the challenges that relocating interstate with a family can bring.

I aim to connect the Defence families to be more involved in the community and am currently busy settling in our new Year 7 Defence students and our Kindergarten students. I am also presently liaising with Kookaburra Kids and Open Arms to see how we can connect to the services they provide to Defence families. 

In 2005, our family moved back to Nowra after moving five times in five years to five different states. My children attended Cambewarra Public School and then completed high school at St John the Evangelist Catholic High School. My husband was a Rear Admiral in the Navy and was the Head Navy Engineer for six years. He was based in Canberra and commuted for nine years while my two teenage boys and I lived at Culburra Beach. I know the impact mobility and service-related parental absence can have on a family. I am very well known in the Shoalhaven. Due to my experience in different schools in the Shoalhaven, I have come to know many students, but I have always gone out of my way to make Defence students feel welcome.

My passions are AFL and Surf Life Saving. Our family have been a part of Bomaderry Tigers Australian Football Club and Nowra Culburra Surf Life Saving Club since 2005. My husband is the President of the Surf Club and he also coaches the Bomaderry Tigers Senior Women’s AFL team.   

I am very passionate about all aspects of a Defence lifestyle. My oldest son has joined the Royal Australian Navy as a pilot and has finished a degree in the Australian Defence Force Academy. My youngest son is a helicopter technician with Sikorsky Australia working at HMAS Albatross. They are now both in their sixth year. I am very happy to assist any students who might be looking for similar career opportunities. 

I look forward to meeting you all in 2024. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Julie Lawrence

Hi there! I am thrilled to meet all of the new Defence families this year! Mrs Lawrence is available on Wednesdays and Fridays at St Michael's and on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at St John's High School 

I'm  Looking forward to getting to know everyone in 2024!


 Address: 124 Wallace St, Nowra NSW 2541

Phone: (02) 4428 5777


I am in contact weekly with the Nowra WellBeing Centre. 

They are incredibly supportive of all Defence families. I also have lots of support brochures if needed at school.






Shoalhaven ADF members and families are invited to join us at Penwood Railway. Come along for a fun-filled day, riding miniature steam trains and enjoying picnic facilities. The Penwood committee will be holding a BBQ.

Please bring along a picnic rug.

The day is an excellent opportunity to meet your local DMFS team and connect with other ADF members. A range of community groups and organisations will be present during the day to provide information on services, supports, and activities within the region.

Please review additional information regarding the event and safety requirements on Eventbrite.

When: Saturday 9 March 24

Time: 10am – 2pm 

Where: Penwood Railway
            215A Princes Hwy, Jaspers Brush 2535  

To register to attend the Welcome to Shoalhaven event, please register for tickets through Eventbrite via the following link

Tickets are available until 1 March 24 or until booked out.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Kookaburra Kids has many exciting programs coming up in 2024 for Defence Kids in both Sydney and Shoalhaven!

2nd March – Nowra Treetops Adventure & Shoalhaven Zoo

15th-17th March – Camping Adventure at Port Hacking 

23rd March – Wattle Grove One Wall Mural & Skate Workshop

Online Connect sessions running Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday

Australian Kookaburra Kids Families 


RSL LifeCare 

RSL LifeCare Veteran Services




We've got some exciting news! Get ready to strike a pose because Yoga with Invictus Australia is back! Starting this Thursday, 1st February, join instructor Diane every week from 5:30 to 6:30 pm for an invigorating yoga session. What's even better? It's a FREE program for the Defence Community. The Bomaderry RSL sub-branch proudly sponsors this incredible program. A big shout-out to them for their support! 
Where: Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre Address: 124 Wallace Street, Nowra. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to enhance your wellbeing and find your zen. Secure your spot now by booking in advance! Let's come together, breathe, and stretch towards a healthier and happier you



17th February 2024

To enter call Ian 0408216467


Mrs Julie Lawrence

Defence School Mentor


Spots are available for drums, guitar, piano and singing tuition! One on one, 30 minute lessons held once a week during school hours right here in our music rooms! Taught by an external professional. Forms available from the student foyer or see Mrs Simis or Miss Christie.
Mrs Abbey Simis/Mr Michael Christie

We are excited to announce that we are about to relaunch the Dogs Connect program at St John's. We are excited to begin working with a wellbeing dog with small groups, this term. Our school wellbeing dog, 'Riot, will become a much loved and important member of our community.

Prior to commencement, we ask you to provide any information that may be relevant to your child and our program through completion of a short survey. We are aware of the range of considerations that we need to make so that our work is inclusive and successful. Within the survey is a list of common considerations we would like to be aware of.

We ask parents to please complete the Dogs Connect Survey for your child by clicking here

At this stage we encourage anyone who would like to know more about this program to look through the website link at

We would also like to assure the community that this program will not involve anyone who does not wish to be involved. We know that this work will have a really positive impact on many people in our community, and we acknowledge and respect that connection with our wellbeing dog will be offered on a great variety of levels.

Ms Jane Denny

Learning Support Coordinator

The P&F would like to welcome returning students, new students, staff, and other members of our school community for the 2024 school year. 

The first meeting of the P&F will occur with the AGM being held on Monday 18 March at 6pm, the AGM will also provide an ideal opportunity to meet other parents and discuss events happening at St Johns. If you are thinking of being involved with the P&F and would like to know more on the roles of the committee there is a video on the St John’s P&F at the following link 

If the P&F can help in any way please don’t hesitate to contact us through the school email address ( and we will try to assist wherever we can.



The St John’s P&F AGM will be held on Monday 18 March commencing at 6:00 pm, at which time all positions will be declared vacant and available for nomination.

P&F Executive Committee positions available for nomination in 2024 include;

President - The P&F President presides at all meetings and provides leadership and direction for the Association by working cooperatively and collaboratively with the Principal and Parish Priest.

Vice-President - assists the President and fulfils the duties of the President when the President is unavailable.
Assistant Vice-President - understudies and shares the Vice-President’s workload; observes the roles and duties of the committee with a view to volunteering for any role at some point in the future.
Treasurer - is responsible for ensuring that all the financial dealings of the Association are carried out in accordance with the constitution. 

Secretary - manages the day-to-day communications and records of the Association; organises meetings, records accurate draft minutes.
Assistant Secretary - understudies and shares the Secretary’s workload; observes the roles and duties of the committee with a view to volunteering for any role at some point in the future.

Parent Liaison Officer - keeps the parent body informed through the school newsletter and website of all P&F events and functions. They contact parent volunteers for various school events such as sporting carnivals, exam supervision and general helpers.

Mrs. Jacinta Davis

P&F Parent Liaison & Publicity Officer


Students in Year 7 & Year 10 will be having their vaccines on the following dates:




If you do not wish for your child to have their vaccination please email the school: or call the school office: 4423 1666. 





Dear Parents and Carers,

We are inviting parents/carers to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.

We would like to invite you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at St John the Evangelist Catholic High School.

The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please use the link below to access the survey: 



St John's


Dear Parents and Carers,

Attached is information regarding 2024 School Fee's.

For information regarding school fees, please access the Diocesan School Fee Management
Policy and Frequently Asked Questions which is available on our school’s website under School Fees in the Parent Info section.

If you need any further information contact the school on 44 231 666.


St John's




Our school canteen is run by a full time Supervisor and a part time assistant. They always need volunteers to help. At least two volunteers are needed every day to man the canteen. 


We are currently organising our canteen volunteer roster for Term 1, if you are able to assist on any days that have spaces on the roster please contact the school office on 4423 1666 or email the school on

Alternatively fill in the form on the school website under canteen in the Parent Info section.




Men and women (13 years and older) are invited to join the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia for a retreat day. This day will help you grow in your love for and devotion to the gift of the Holy Eucharist.  In addition to talks, a personal testimony, and discussion, the day will include time for silence and prayer during a Holy Hour. An opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available.  Morning tea and lunch are provided. Retreat Fee: $20. Financial assistance is available. For questions, please contact the Sisters.  Pleaase register beforehand. If you’d like to pay on the day please contact St Michaels Parish Centre on 44231712 or email and register your name and bring $20 on the day. There will also be a mass at 8am at St Michael’s before the retreat with the sisters for those interested in attending. For more information call Shannon on 0414 521 404.



Soccer registrations are NOW OPEN for the 2024 winter season
To find your local club go to 





‘Come Try Hockey’ sessions being run for Under 6’s to Under 18’s on Tuesday afternoons in February 2024.



The Shoalhaven Giants Junior AFL Club is seeking U9 to U15 players for the upcoming season. They are offering free registration this year to encourage kids into the sport.