Category: Wellbeing


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

Acts of Kindness

By Amanda Bertschinger,

This term in the Junior School, we have launched an “Acts of Kindness Challenge” for our students and staff, with a lofty target set of 1,000 acts of kindness by the end of Term 3. All classes have keenly accepted the challenge and students and staff are focused on sharing kindness towards each other and  … Read more

Feels Like Home

By Amanda Bertschinger,

In the Principal’s article this week, he provides a summary of some of the key elements on our wellbeing agenda and offers an understanding for the purpose of our wellbeing focus and the multiple wellbeing initiatives across our wonderful School. Richard highlights three of the crucial ways that we are addressing wellbeing as a school;  … Read more

Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of our Students in the Digital Era

By Amanda Bertschinger,

One of the biggest challenges to young people’s healthy wellbeing in today’s world is certainly the technological environment that they experience daily life in and navigating how to manage themselves and their interactions with others, online, in a safe and healthy manner. Technology isn’t going anywhere, nor should it. There are so many wonderful benefits  … Read more

Learning with and of Digital Technologies

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Our students are developing and employing contemporary skills as a core component of their education. With ICT and the students’ laptops, this provides greater scope with their learning than ever before. The devices allow students to collaborate, communicate, think critically on information and create in relevant and new ways. To support the appropriate use of  … Read more

Courage; Heart and Mind

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Recently, I was fortunate to spend some time with our Year 5 students, teaching them about mindfulness and the benefits of seeking mindful moments in their lives. They had some great thinking about what mindfulness might look like, but were challenged by the experience of a ‘mindful walk’, where they were asked to try and  … Read more

The Importance of Sleep for our Students

By Amanda Bertschinger,

The wellbeing framework is one of the school’s newest initiatives, yet we cannot discuss wellbeing without mentioning sleep. As a subject teacher, we cover this in depth in Stage 2 Psychology, as we identify the different stages of sleep and explore its effect on our lives, and it gets serious. According to the World Health  … Read more

Nurturing Responsible Young Adults

By Amanda Bertschinger,

“With great power comes great responsibility.” These iconic words, spoken by Uncle Ben, are probably the best thing to come out of the Marvel Spiderman Series. One of the hardest things for anyone to do, but especially young adults, is to take responsibility for your own actions. This term, a strong message has be given  … Read more

Parent TV

By Amanda Bertschinger,

Recently, I read the book “The Strength Switch” by Dr Lea Waters and this book focuses on children’s strengths rather than always trying to correct their weaknesses. It highlights how this approach can help children build resilience, optimism, achievement and a strong sense of self. In our brand new online resource for families, Parent TV,  … Read more