Category: ELC


Transitioning in the ELC

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Change can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be….. Throughout the last few weeks, many of our students have begun an important transition of change. Next term, some of our students will be moving from the ELC to the Junior School into the mid-year Reception class. Another group will be moving from the 3  … Read more

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Belonging

By Amanda Bertschinger,

The Early Years Learning Framework is built around three basic concepts that represent life and living. They are Belonging, Being and Becoming. They refer to how a child – even before birth – is linked to family, community, culture and place. Through these relationships, a child’s development and learning takes place as they begin to  … Read more

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Early Years Learning Framework

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Teaching and Learning at St John’s Grammar School ELC is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the Montessori Early Years Learning Program. Early Childhood in Australia is directed by the premise that the best outcomes for children occur when educators and family members work together: ‘Children thrive when families and educators work  … Read more

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Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of our Students in the Digital Era

By Amanda Bertschinger,

One of the biggest challenges to young people’s healthy wellbeing in today’s world is certainly the technological environment that they experience daily life in and navigating how to manage themselves and their interactions with others, online, in a safe and healthy manner. Technology isn’t going anywhere, nor should it. There are so many wonderful benefits  … Read more

Rectory News

By Amanda Bertschinger,

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

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Celebrating Bees at the ELC

By Amanda Bertschinger,

World Bee Day is celebrated to spread awareness of the significance of bees and other pollinators for human survival. Here at the ELC, we invited the Bee Babies Show, featuring ‘Bumbles’ and ‘Buzzy’ to learn more about bees and their role in our environment. This interactive and informative incursion introduced the children to the varying  … Read more

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Health and Wellbeing at the ELC

By Amanda Bertschinger,

With the recent headlines of influenza afflicting the community, I would like to share some brief messages regarding children’s health while they are at the ELC, remembering that we aim to provide a healthy and safe environment for children’s learning where the children can be safe and secure. Parents with sick children are asked not  … Read more

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From the Principal

By Amanda Bertschinger,

There are a number of exciting initiatives happening across the school this term. Counselling on the Secondary Campus We have decided to transition into a counselling system that meets our Secondary School needs in a more potent manner. Leading our Counselling service into this new model is Michael Sharp. Michael is an Occupational Therapist, who  … Read more

Let Them Talk

By Amanda Bertschinger,

By age two, your child was probably using around 50 words. Between ages two and three, they experienced an enormous surge in language development and could use around 200 words. They could string three or four words together in simple sentences and they could understand a whole lot more. Communicating with our children is one  … Read more

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Term 1 in the Four Year Old Program

By Amanda Bertschinger,

We enjoyed a very engaging and busy start to our year in the Four Year Old Program. The first few weeks were spent getting to know each other, building new relationships and reconnecting with old friends. We have also enjoyed welcoming many new families to the St John’s School community. We worked closely with Gabby  … Read more

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