Category: From the Principal


Thinking beyond SACE completion

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

Media reports in relation Year 12 students completing SACE has caused widespread concern. A significant and growing proportion of South Australian students are not completing their SACE has compelled the media to attack the State Government for what looks like an attempt to hide these outcomes. It is disheartening for those working at the heart  … Read more

Anniversary Assembly

By Tim Wilson,

St John’s Grammar School Anniversary Assembly 9am, Wednesday 5 September On Wednesday 5 September, all staff and students from Reception to Year 12 will come together to celebrate both the 60th Anniversary of the St John’s Grammar Junior School and the 20th Anniversary of the St John’s Grammar Secondary Campus. The whole School community is  … Read more

An Enterprising Learning Experience

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

Last week, a group of talented, enterprising Year 8 students showcased their CRTL ALT DESIGN projects to an appreciative audience in the finals of this annual design challenge. These students revealed their innovative and creative thinking and a range of newly developed skills in the development in a range of formidable products. An automated pet  … Read more

Lifelong Advocacy

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

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

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