A busy fortnight in the Junior School!

On Wednesday August 30 we had Madhavi Nawana Parker speak to our Junior School staff and some of our parent community about Raising Resilient Children. Madhavi is a Behaviour Analyst and published author of Social Emotional Literacy programs. Madhavi believes that healthy relationships are at the core of a person’s well-being and good social emotional literacy provides the platform for academic and lifelong achievement.

The workshop was very useful and helped teachers and parents to develop simple and practical ways to support young people to be more resilient and socially-emotionally skilled. Some of the key messages that were presented included;

-The importance of giving students the opportunity to problem solve for themselves.

-The importance of showing empathy and naming feelings when children are upset. Sometimes they just need to recognise how they are feeling.

-Happiness is a by-product of resilience and is achieved through well being. Ensure parents and children take time to look after their well-being.

– Get children involved in doing chores and things for themselves, as if they have everything done for them they start to feel entitled and don’t cope well when things don’t go their way.

Book Week

Books are such an important part of literacy development and Book week reminds us all of the roll books play in our lives. There were many exciting activities that occurred throughout the week across the year levels. These included; Buddy book-sharing, craft activities related to some of the Children’s book week council award winning books, a colouring competition, a Triorama design, a Poetry competition, a Photography competition as well as origami making. Thank you to Mrs Alexander, Mrs Mobbs and Mrs Dobie for helping to organise such a diverse range of activities for our students to engage in.

Oliphant Science Awards

A part of our very successful Science week celebrations in week 4 was the Oliphant Science Awards, a South Australian Science Competition. This year we had 17 entries from the Junior School. Children created entries in categories including;  posters, photography, games, multimedia, science writing, models and inventions, crystal investigations etc.

We had two extremely successful children in the Junior School with Blake Counsell (Year 2) being a prize winner for his Multimedia entry on Steam. Zara Headon (the only winner from last year in the JS) placing a highly commended for her multimedia entry ‘Where on earth is all the water?’.

Congratulations to all involved in this years awards and I am looking forward to the Oliphant Science Awards growing in numbers again next year.

Thank you Nicole Bannister for co-ordinating this fantastic learning opportunity for our students.

SAPSASA Athletics and Swimming Results

Last Wednesday, a large team of St John’s students represented the school at Santos Stadium in the SAPSASA district athletics days.  On the Thursday, we had students compete in the Independent Schools swimming competition. Congratulations to all of those students that competed. Below is a summary of some of our results;


Under 10s

  • Zac Clayton 1st Shot Put
  • Cooper Ratcliffe-Miller 1st Shot Put, 3rd High Jump
  • Emma Robinson – 4th High Jump, 3rd Long Jump

Under 11s

  • Sean Wood 2nd High Jump
  • Jack Ellershaw 3rd Long Jump
  • Ella Behrndt 3rd High Jump, 4th Discus

Under 12s

  • Hugh Johnston 1st 100m, 1st Long Jump
  • Josh Payne 3rd Discus
  • Sienna Manser 3rd 800m
  • James O’Toole 2nd Long Jump, 3rd 200m

Under 13s

  • Marni Porter-Wright 4th 200m
  • Phoebe Coombes 1st High Jump
  • Joseph Wilkinson 4th 100m, 2nd 200m
  • Jack King 3rd High Jump, 4th Discus


Under 13s

  • Luke Wilkins 1st 50m butterfly, 3rd 100m Freestyle.

Nicholas Smith

Deputy Head of Junior School