Category: Wellbeing


“Let’s Get Physical”

By Amanda Bertschinger,

When we reflect on the significant things we can do to keep our mind and body feeling good and functioning well, one of those most valuable things is ‘being active’ and unfortunately, it is often the most common thing we let slide as we get older. By adolescence, we often will see an increase in  … Read more

“Let’s Get Physical”

By Amanda Bertschinger,

As we approach the final quarter for our Year 12 students, it is important to reflect on the significant things we can do to keep our mind and body feeling good and functioning well. One of those most valuable things is ‘being active’ and unfortunately, it is often the most common thing we let slide,  … 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

’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

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