A great start to the year in the Middle School

Welcome all families to our Middle School year for 2018!

As I said at the Middle School Parent Information Night this week, it’s an early call, but this has been the strongest start to a school year by the students and staff that I have observed during my time at St John’s Grammar! New students have drawn on their skills and knowledge well in transitioning to their new school, using their Core, Home Group and subject teachers well. Buddies have stepped up and been active in this important role and it appears some authentic friendships are developing between students. Our new teachers and leaders have made a significantly positive impact and really contributed to the quality of the overall team.

During this beginning time of the school year, Middle School students will be asked to look for ways to make the most of, as well as indeed create opportunities – to contribute to what ‘school life’ can be. Living beyond themselves, acting with integrity, embracing the thank you culture and respecting themselves – these are traits of our Middle School culture that students will be asked to build on. Students know about the need to respect others in relation to school activities but the idea here is on the importance of respecting themselves with their approach to learning. This can manifest itself in practices such as striving to be organised with the effective use of diaries/devices, bringing required materials to class, asking questions of their teachers and peers when requiring clarification, and speaking up when work tasks are too challenging or insufficiently so. The teachers here are the strength of the School and aim to personalise the learning as much as possible but need the students to also play their part in better realising this by communicating – by respecting themselves with regard to their learning.

If you were unable to make the MS Parent Information Night this week, the emphasis was on the well-being care provided to each student through our various structures and programs. Further to this, ongoing communication between home and School was strongly encouraged. Look out for upcoming information on Canvas, sports carnivals, the Year 7 Camp and the Year 8 Cre-8 week this term and please continue to talk with your child about how school is for them and keep your child’s Head of House informed of any relevant updates – both positive as well as any queries. Thank you for your ongoing support of your child’s learning and the work we do here in the Middle School.

Ben Clark
Head of Middle School