New Parent Buddy Program – are you interested in helping a new St John’s Grammar family?

By Amanda Bertschinger,

The New Parent Buddy Program is a new P&F initiative, aimed at supporting the parents of families new to the school, as they navigate their family’s preparation and first days and weeks at our School and within our community. The initiative will pair a new parent with an existing parent ‘buddy’ who will be there  … Read more

Wellbeing Framework

By Amanda Bertschinger,

There was much excitement at the ELC last week as we prepared to jump on the big bus to travel to the Secondary campus for the launch of St John’s Grammar School’s Wellbeing Framework. Entertained by students from across the campuses, acting out the six pillars, which underpin this holistic framework. The children were mesmerised  … Read more

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Riding the Transition Wave

By Amanda Bertschinger,

“Life is full of challenges and obstacles that can cause children to feel overwhelmed and frustrated. If we want our children to approach challenges and change with positivity and confidence, we must teach them to develop resilience. Building resilience comes from the development of social and emotional skills, which include coping skills. ‘By developing the  … Read more

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Language Nutrition

By Amanda Bertschinger,

“Only the child under three can construct the mechanism of language, he can speak any number of languages, if they are in the environment at birth.” – Maria Montessori Maria Montessori identified six sensitive periods, one of which is the Sensitivity to Language, beginning at birth. At the ELC we immerse each child in a language-rich  … Read more

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Swimming Carnival

By Amanda Bertschinger,

On Thursday 21 February, in a sea of red, yellow, green and blue, the whole Secondary Campus boarded a convoy of buses and headed to the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre at Oaklands Park for the annual Swimming Carnival. Our House Captains, Heads of House and Sports Department have spent the first weeks of Term  … Read more

The Importance of Sleep for our Students

By Amanda Bertschinger,

The wellbeing framework is one of the school’s newest initiatives, yet we cannot discuss wellbeing without mentioning sleep. As a subject teacher, we cover this in depth in Stage 2 Psychology, as we identify the different stages of sleep and explore its effect on our lives, and it gets serious. According to the World Health  … Read more

We Want You!

By Amanda Bertschinger,

On Friday 24 May, year 10 students will attend school for a mock job interview appointment, which they will have prepared for in their PLP classes. These interviews will have a formal tone and we would love our community to be involved. If you have any experience with conducting job interviews and are willing to  … Read more

Special Provisions in the SACE

By Amanda Bertschinger,

The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is a flexible qualification, designed to allow all students equal opportunity to access learning. In support of this, Schools who deliver the SACE are empowered to make reasonable adjustments in curriculum and assessment, to enable students eligible on the grounds of disability, to participate in programs and associated  … Read more

Nurturing Responsible Young Adults

By Amanda Bertschinger,

“With great power comes great responsibility.” These iconic words, spoken by Uncle Ben, are probably the best thing to come out of the Marvel Spiderman Series. One of the hardest things for anyone to do, but especially young adults, is to take responsibility for your own actions. This term, a strong message has be given  … Read more