Our Motto

Learning to Soar

We seek to be a community where our students, parents and staff learn to soar, at school and in life.

Our community is enriched by the St John’s Spirit.

Our Vision and Mission

St John’s Grammar is an inclusive community of creative, innovative and passionate learners with the courage and confidence to soar.

We strive to empower and connect young people to a thriving and purposeful future, positively impacting on our local Hills community and beyond.

Our Values


Community is at the heart of everything we do at St John’s. Through community, we nurture a sense of belonging, meaning and purpose.


We value creative self-expression, and we champion curiosity, imagination and originality.


We develop enterprising learners, divergent thinkers and real world problem solvers who work collaboratively and practically to transform today and the future.


We are inspired to fulfil our potential. We celebrate our successes and grow from our challenges, both individually and collectively.


We are empowered to advocate and action change, with the skills, passion and empathy to live beyond ourselves and make the world a better place.

Strategic Plan: 2023 – 2027

This five-year plan focusses on sustaining the strengths of our school as well as embracing new opportunities. It is progressive by design and aims to ensure our young people are well equipped to not only be future-focused but future shaping.

Constructed using the same pillars as the previous plan, it is presented to you as a series of priorities and intended actions.

It was important that we deliver a plan that is meaningful and relevant. It was also vital that this plan was grounded out of the plethora of data and feedback from our community, collated over several years.

It has always been front and centre that this is your school and those essential core values and agreed purposes of our great school are clearly evident in any blueprint for the future.

Key goals of the plan include:

  • the quest to further personalise the schooling experience for every family
  • the need to continue to build into our programs the competencies of innovation and enterprise
  • the continued development of feedback and reporting
  • a sustained focus on wellbeing and personal development
  • the nurturing and enhancement of connection and a sense of community
  • the elevation of the customer experience for all our families and partners
  • the improved connections with our broad community including a re-engagement of Old Scholars and past parents
  • the development of a strategic and achievable road map for the development of infrastructure and grounds

From the plan, the entire staff will work to a comprehensive set of key tactics and key indicators that will drive our school onwards. There is just as much work that goes into making the plan come alive as there is in its construction.

As you will also notice, there is an exploratory component of the plan. We need to be open and accessible to new ideas, willing to investigate and test new educational thinking and be on the front foot when it comes to providing a schooling experience that gives our students an advantage that they take with them into the next stages of their lives.

Our work with this new plan is well underway and I am so very excited about our future as a leading independent school of choice.

The St John’s Spirit

St John’s Grammar was founded in 1958 by a group of risk-taking, forward thinking parents who aspired to create a school that provided the very best learning experience, nurturing a student’s free spirit and promoting tolerance and collaboration. Their bold new approach to education, inspired by the Hills environment, created the foundation for the St John’s Spirit.

The St John’s Spirit lives on today.

The St John’s Advantage

The St John’s Advantage forges unique and exciting pathways for students, and inspires a quest to live a life that shapes a world that is better for all. We are a globally focussed school, immersed in our local community. We value collaboration and cross-cultural engagement. We leverage technology and value real-world application. We advance personalised and inclusive learning and connect our graduates to a life of meaning and purpose.

Innovation: We develop enterprising learners, divergent thinkers and real world problem solvers who work collaboratively and practically to transform today and the future.