Category: From the Principal


The St John’s Grammar Report Card

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

Ensuring schools are receptive to feedback is a must. Schools are in the business of serving up a first class educational product but it’s not up to us to decide if we make the grade, it iss the students and parents who need to make that judgement call. If our report card is not glowing  … Read more

Announcement of new Chair of the Board of Governors

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

At last Monday’s AGM of the St John’s Grammar School Board of Governors, Arndrae Luks formally ‘retired’ as Chair and Jodie Benveniste was elected to the role. Arndrae was our longest serving Chair, having held that role for the past 11 years. Arndrae’s involvement in the school extended back to 1991, when he joined the  … Read more

Welcome back!

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

Term 2 starts in typical fashion at this marvellous school with a flurry of action. Our Choirs and Big Bands head to Mt Gambier at the end of this week for the Generations in Jazz festival, our Open Sports teams are preparing for next week’s Anglican Cup with the intention of retaining our Champions title!  … Read more

Getting beat up about Bullying

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

We have read this week about our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reflecting on his experiences as a young boy at boarding school dealing with physical harassment. His revelations come as ground-breaking research shows school bullies cost victims, their families and the Australian taxpayers $2.4 billion in lost productivity and health expenses across the life of  … Read more

Principal’s Dedication

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

The Most Reverend Archbishop Geoffery Smith and Fr Steve Daughtry, past Principals Dorothy Pargeter, Stephen Matthew and Cheryl Bauer, members of our hardworking Board, my talented colleagues on the staff team, special guests and friends, our wonderful parents and our superstar students – thank you for all being here. My commissioning has messed everyone’s morning  … Read more

To our School Community

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

I’m excited about the year ahead, I’m honoured to be given this new role and the enormity of the responsibility is not lost on me, or might I add, on the rest of the leadership team. I would not want to be anywhere else. This is a great place to work, we are very people  … Read more

School Funding

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

There are so many myths about the funding of Independent Schools that many people do not know what the truth is. As we move towards elections these myths will be promulgated again, so I would like to pre-arm you with the facts so that you will be able to spot the inaccuracies. All Independent schools  … Read more

Congratulations to Stuart Henshall

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

The Student Citizenship Award was presented to Stuart Henshall in Senior School Assembly yesterday by the Order of Australia Association. Amongst its objectives are; to foster love of and pride in Australian Citizenship, and to promote good citizenship, by example, by encouragement and by awards to individuals and other groups to alleviate poverty, promote harmony,  … Read more

What’s happening in Education?

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

Our politicians already appear to be in election mode and are making statements about many areas of education. I think that it is important that parents and caregivers have a background to some (if not all!) of the big issues so that we can decide which are most important for the future of our children  … Read more