Thanks!

As I come to the last of everything as a Chaplain at St John’s Grammar – last Chapel, last newsletter, last assembly, last….the overwhelming feelings are of gratitude and hope. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity I have been given by the school to speak something of the life of God into the life… 

Taking Stock

As we storm to the finish line next week, I wonder how many of us take stock of what 2017 has thrown at us – and what we have achieved. It has been a massive year personally, so much happening in my own world and lots to celebrate with my family and friends. There has… 

Secondary Campus Staffing News for 2018

Stephen Daughtry (Father Steve) commenced as our Secondary Campus Chaplain 5 years ago, in 2013. When he became the Rector of The Church of Holy Innocents, it was necessary for Father Steve to reduce his time as Chaplain, and Paula Thorpe joined us to assist in this role. Due to work commitments in 2018, both… 

My last newsletter for the Junior School

Last Newsletter! The end of each year (which seem to be coming quicker and quicker!) gives us the opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the children, staff and school in general. I am able to reflect on this year and the last ten in fact with great pride. Due to the vision and confidence… 

ELC at the Blackwood Christmas Pageant

Although the rain threatened all evening the St John’s community was well represented at the Blackwood Pageant. The Early Learning Centre teachers interpreted the theme of Aussie Christmas by utilising the heart warming Christmas story of Wombat Divine by Mem Fox. Friday afternoon the children helped to paint cardboard cut outs of the Australian animals… 

Celebration

As this newsletter goes live the Year Nine’s will be making final preparations for their Casual – an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company, have some fun and celebrate their Middle School journey. Our unofficial Middle School values have continued to be reinforced and, in time, lived out by our students throughout the year –… 

Signing off from the P&F for 2017!

We have had our final Parents and Friends meeting for 2017, and are beginning to lock in plans for next year. It is at this time of year that we take the opportunity to review our funds, in light of our fundraising efforts during the year, and determine how much we have a surplus to… 

Sharing our amazing ELC garden

This year, the children at St John’s Early Learning Centre have fully enjoyed experiences in the ELC garden space. With such a range of activities and areas to explore, we have watched and supported as children engaged with peers while digging, damming creeks before allowing the creek to flow again, potion making, planting and harvesting… 

Golden Eagle Awards

Awards Night is approaching and this special evening gives the School a chance to salute the amazing efforts and talents of our students. Academic Excellence and Endeavour Awards for each year level are presented. These awards are based on grade point averages on Semester 1 and 2 reports. Typically, the threshold is that a student… 

P&F Update

We are nearing the end of the School year, and P&F are busy making preparations for 2018.  The biggest change for us is involving relocating our storage and Secondhand Uniform shop to a new location in the Junior School.  We are very excited about the possibility of having  a ‘proper’ room with a window that…