Category: From the Principal


Announcement of new Chair of the Board of Governors

By Amanda Bertschinger,

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 Amanda Bertschinger,

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 Amanda Bertschinger,

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 Amanda Bertschinger,

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

Our new leaders at St John’s Grammar

By Amanda Bertschinger,

We have recruited exceptional staff to lead our School this year. The selection criteria for new leadership roles is very straightforward, but not so easy to meet! They must show a passion for young people and their learning, and relish being involved in school life. They must have an imposing track record of service, involvement  … Read more

To our School Community

By Amanda Bertschinger,

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 Amanda Bertschinger,

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 Amanda Bertschinger,

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 Amanda Bertschinger,

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

From the Principal

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Best Wishes Next week is one to look forward to for many of our students. Our 60+ Year 4 – 7 students who are participating in the SAPSASA District Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 23 August and in the Independent Schools Swimming Meet on Thursday 24 August go with our best wishes. All of the Year  … Read more