Welcome to our new families!

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Welcome to Term 3 to all families of children commencing, or returning, to the Rectory Program! This Term, Mrs Kerr will continue teaching 4 days in our program, and Mrs Cullen everyday. Mrs Edmondson and Mrs Illingworth will continue to be the teachers on Wednesday and Friday, working with the children when we have planning  … Read more

Relationships and Routines

By Amanda Bertschinger,

The commencement of Term 3 found St John’s Grammar staff attending Flinders University for professional development sessions with Tim Dansie. These sessions focused on developing effective programming and strategies that support individualised learning. A key tenet of the day connected the building of responsive and trusting relationships as central to supporting children’s development and learning.  … Read more

The Journey to Vietnam

By Amanda Bertschinger,

It is with pride in our school’s community that I report on the recent Y9 Journey to Vietnam. I believe in all young people, and when you have the privilege of getting to know them more, they always affirm that belief. This is what I’ve found to be true in my work and this group  … Read more

Welcome back from the Middle School

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Welcome to the second half of the 2018 Middle School year. As always, I trust that your family have been able to be together over the break and that your child has been able to rest and explore other interests as well as reenergise in preparation for what lies ahead. Again, last semester would have  … Read more


By Amanda Bertschinger,

I was asked the other day ‘why do you do it?’ in relation to my role as Chairperson of the Parents and Friends Association at St John’s Grammar, and if I’m honest, I get asked this quite often. As our AGM approaches, I thought it was timely to try and explain… For a start, volunteering  … Read more

Careers Information

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Over the next two weeks, Year 10 and 11 students will complete MyCareerMatch, a career advisory tool provided by UniSA to inspire and motivate students about possible future career pathways. UniSA will then follow this up with a presentation to the year 10s and year 11s separately on Wednesday 15 August (week 4). This information  … Read more

Understanding the Impact of Mindset on Adolescents

By Leonie Harwood,

As students and teachers return from their holiday we are quick to encourage goal setting and then discuss strategies about how to best enable the achievement of the goals. As we all understand; a goal without a plan, strategies and steps, is just a dream. Teachers spent Monday in Professional Development, refining and developing strategies  … Read more

Lifelong Advocacy

By Amanda Bertschinger,

I was blessed to be part of the recent APY Lands expedition superbly orchestrated and piloted by our reconciliation champion Brian Wicks. Accompanying Brian and I were Sue Cullen from our ELC and Meg Hansen (former school parent and acclaimed photographer) and ten students from Year 10. The students were wonderful ambassadors of our school,  … Read more

FYI Education Program

By Sandie Bray,

This term as part of the Health Program in Week 8 all Junior School students will be participating in the FYI Education program. Each Year level will have a different focus and attend a lesson in an inflatable classroom! Some of the topics covered will include information on diet, bullying, drug and alcohol awareness cyber  … Read more