School Funding

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

There are so many myths about the funding of Independent Schools that many people do not know what the truth is. As we move towards elections these myths will be promulgated again, so I would like to pre-arm you with the facts so that you will be able to spot the inaccuracies. All Independent schools  … Read more

Sharing our amazing ELC garden

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

This year, the children at St John’s Early Learning Centre have fully enjoyed experiences in the ELC garden space. With such a range of activities and areas to explore, we have watched and supported as children engaged with peers while digging, damming creeks before allowing the creek to flow again, potion making, planting and harvesting  … Read more

Golden Eagle Awards

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

Awards Night is approaching and this special evening gives the School a chance to salute the amazing efforts and talents of our students. Academic Excellence and Endeavour Awards for each year level are presented. These awards are based on grade point averages on Semester 1 and 2 reports. Typically, the threshold is that a student  … Read more

P&F Update

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

We are nearing the end of the School year, and P&F are busy making preparations for 2018.  The biggest change for us is involving relocating our storage and Secondhand Uniform shop to a new location in the Junior School.  We are very excited about the possibility of having  a ‘proper’ room with a window that  … Read more

Congratulations to Stuart Henshall

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

The Student Citizenship Award was presented to Stuart Henshall in Senior School Assembly yesterday by the Order of Australia Association. Amongst its objectives are; to foster love of and pride in Australian Citizenship, and to promote good citizenship, by example, by encouragement and by awards to individuals and other groups to alleviate poverty, promote harmony,  … Read more

Swimming in a sea of expectation

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

So most Year 12s are embarking on a sense of short-term freedom, with exams finishing  and results approaching. One Year 12 said to me, “Just time to chill, sleep and watch Netflix,” But no matter what, expectations still are looming. As the School Counsellor, I have often met with Year 12 students not going as  … Read more

Looking back and moving forward

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

I had the privilege of having morning tea with Dorothy Pargeter, our former Principal who led the expansion of St John’s Junior School to become an E-12 school. I have known her for some time but it was great to reminisce on her early days here and the changes that she made. She was very  … Read more

Welcome to the Middle School!

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

Our 2018 Year 7 cohort Middle School has always had a head start at St John’s Grammar, commencing with Year 7, rather than Year 8. Earlier this month, the students who are to excitedly start Year 7 next year, spent the day familiarising themselves with the Secondary Campus. Current Year 6s from both St John’s  … Read more

Relay for life

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

What is my purpose and what do I have to give? These two questions are explored during the final term of Rite Journey and on Saturday, a team of approximately 40 Year 9 students and their Rite Journey teachers arrived at Belair National Park filled with anticipation to give their all, to find great purpose  … Read more

From the Junior School

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

We have almost hit the half way point of Term 4 and there has been a lot happening in the Junior School. ICAS Assessments ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment program developed by the University of New South Wales. This Year we had 21 Year 5 and 6 students participate in the ICAS Assessments. These  … Read more