Category: Junior School


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

From strength to strength in the Junior School

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

What a wonderful first term it has been in the Junior School this year. I have had the privilege of leading a dedicated team of professionals who work tirelessly to ensure every child achieves a personal best in all that they do. As a staff, we have focused on teaching and learning to ensure we  … Read more

What makes a great school?

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

I cannot believe it is Week 8 and the Term is more than half over! Time is certainly flying by and there is a genuine buzz in the Junior School, and in my mind, this is a sign of a vibrant and purposeful learning environment. I can evidence this statement by the way students in  … Read more

A great start to the year at the Junior School

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

The start of the year in the Junior School has been extremely eventful for staff and students alike.  Home group teachers hosted Acquaintance Evenings and outlined their vision for the year, expectations and strategies to support students’ social, emotional and academic development. These expectations have been reinforced during lessons to ensure every student started the  … Read more

Term 3 – that’s a wrap!

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

In the blink of an eye another term has flown past. At the end of each term, I really like to take some time to reflect on all of the highlights and this term there has been many! Excursions to Old Tailem town, the Migration Museum and State Library, Camps, Book Week, Science Week, performances,  … Read more

A teacher and parent perspective on building resilience

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

On Wednesday 30 August, ELC teachers attended a Junior School staff meeting for a presentation on the importance of building resilience in children by Madhavi Nawana Parker. Her message is such an important one and as a teacher and parent I found myself immediately inspired and committed to trying some of her suggestions and tips.  … Read more

A wonderful start to Term 3 for the Junior School!

By Liz Day-Liebelt,

What an exciting day it was for 16 of our new Receptions on Tuesday of last week! Their transition visits and comfortability with knowing each other made for a smooth and enjoyable start for them with very few tears. Five international students also began their 5-week study tour this term. They are Rikki in Year  … Read more