Category: Middle School


Subs in Schools 2019

By Amanda Bertschinger,

The first week of September saw our young team of Year 8 Frequent Flyers participate in the 2019 REA Subs in Schools competition, having spent the majority of Terms 1 – 3 in preparation for this event. The competition requires teams of three to five students to design, build and operate a Remotely Operated Vehicle  … Read more

School Camp: Courage and Adventure Magnified

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Our Middle School camp experiences at St John’s provide unique outdoor education experiences, which give our students a chance to connect with nature, while also learning new skills. We have purposely created a sequence of outdoor education experiences that progressively add more physical, mental and emotional challenge, as they advance through the Middle School. Our  … Read more

Middle School Captains Shaping Culture

By Amanda Bertschinger,

I believe that a positive school culture paves the way for learning. Essentially, the culture of a school has a profound impact on student performance (and that of the teachers!). Walk into and through any school for the first time (as a student, parent, staff member or other visitor) – how would you want to  … Read more

’13 Reasons Why’ – Digital content

By Tracey Wilson,

  In the past two years, our school has provided information for both parent and student consideration, in regards to the viewing of particular digital content, specifically, the “13 Reasons Why” series. With the recent launch of Season 3 of  “13 Reasons Why”, we believe it is important that we again write to families to  … Read more

Sleep Research Study Survey

By Tracey Wilson,

  St John’s students are participating in a sleep research study from Flinders University, the survey will be held on Thursday 29 August, 8.30am to 9am. This will involve students in Year 7 – 11 and will occur in the Sports Centre during Home Group, the researchers need to be in attendance. Students will just  … Read more

Future Education 2030 – Professional Learning Day

By Amanda Bertschinger,

On Monday 22 July, all teaching staff on the Secondary Campus engaged in Professional Learning around the theme of ‘Future Education 2030 – Ignite the Spark’. Our partnership with Flinders University allowed us to host the Professional Learning at Flinders University, Tonsley Campus. Staff were asked to engage in research around future education skills through  … Read more

Vietnam Trip 2019

By Amanda Bertschinger,

An excited group of Year 9 St John’s students arrived in Ho Chi Minh on a hot, humid Saturday night and immediately took to the crowded bustling streets, in search of a perfect bowl of Pho. Our intrepid guide, Mr Hai led us to a suitable café and we began our adventure in Vietnam. The  … Read more

Middle School Enterprise!

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Year 8 is the year of Build and this week, our wonderful JBC Theatre played host to a fantastic celebration of student agency, creativity, innovation, individual passions, living beyond self, problem identification and budding entrepreneurship; it was finals night for the Year 8 Innov8 project! Run like a New Inventors style show, each finalist presented  … Read more

A Culture of Care

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Recently, I was asked about the St John’s difference and this made me reflect deeply on what makes me love working at St John’s and as a parent, why I choose to send my children to our great school. For me, our culture of care is like no other place. The care that is extended  … Read more