I trust that all of our families have enjoyed a summer break and our young stars have had time to recharge, set some new plans and start 2019 with optimism and excitement.
We most certainly have. There has been a ton of work done at all of the campuses over the holiday period. Improvements have been made to some classrooms, the play areas and grounds and sensible renovations have re-shaped the reception area of the Junior School and the library precinct on the Secondary Campus.
The Junior School learning program introduces three new specialist areas (Science and Enterprise, Wellbeing and Digital Technology) supported by a new staffing model. A new Mathematics Enrichment program, the roll out of Ipads and laptops combined with some strategic changes to the timetable that optimise learning time with literacy and numeracy are also new features. In Secondary initiatives we have introduced a new Learning Area of Enterprise and Futures, upgraded our technology resources and associated rooms, and a revamped Learning Commons will allow more personalised approaches to learning that will impact on more students than ever before.
The school has a comprehensive organisational Improvement Plan that guides our plans and actions. Emanating from the plan are three foci for the year and every person in our community will, among the many things they need to do, plan to promote.
First Class Service: St John’s is a people-focussed organisation. Our students and our families are our number one priority and everything we do must capture that spirit of quality of service to the point that every family in our school knows they really matter.
Using Evidence to drive even better results: St John’s is introducing more data and evidence into daily life to help garner a true and rich portrayal of how we are going as a school and how our students are progressing as learners. Less guesswork and anecdotal summations, replaced with more data and evidence and more feedback has to make a difference.
Front and Centre Wellbeing: We have kick-started the year with our new Wellbeing Framework, we have piloted a new staff wellbeing education program and have improved wellbeing courses for students including the new Wings program. Our parents will benefit from new school-based wellbeing on-line initiatives that support our families as well.
There are plenty of early opportunities for parents to learn about the terrific learning programs for their children and about the new plans and projects ready to be launched in the immediate future. I encourage you to attend the Orientation and Information evenings and I look forward to meeting all our new families.
Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead!