Category: ELC


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

  Category: ELC

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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Australian Government 2019 Student Residential Address Collection

By Lucy Shelton,

Dear parents, The Department of Education and Training will be undertaking a student residential address and other information collection over the coming weeks and in order to comply with the Government’s requirements, we request that all parents ensure their contact information is up to date in the parent portal by Monday March 4. We are  … Read more

ELC Acquaintance Night

By Lucy Shelton,

In Week 3 the ELC will be hosting a Parent Acquaintance Night. All ELC families are invited to attend on Wednesday 13 February from 5-6pm. This evening is designed to build the foundations for a successful beginning to your child’s year and attendance is strongly encouraged.

Christmas in the ELC!

By Lucy Shelton,

Christmas Activity Mornings Parents and caregivers are invited to attend a Christmas activity morning with their child in the week of 19 November. ELC3 Christmas Activities: Monday 19 to Friday 23, 8.45am – 10:00am ELC4 Christmas Activities: Monday 19 to Friday 23, 8.30am – 9:45am    

Routines from the Rectory team…

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Welcome to Term 4 to all families of children commencing, or returning, to the Rectory Program. If you are a new family to St John’s Rectory Program this term, I know that you will love being a part of our exceptional St John’s community and that you’ll be made to feel most welcome in our  … Read more

Calm environments at St John’s Grammar ELC

By Amanda Bertschinger,

The start of each new term, semester or school year is a great time to reassess and remind ourselves about how important it is to respect and value the children’s needs of a calm and quiet environment inside. Here at the ELC, we support and encourage a calm and quiet environment, where children have the  … Read more