At the core of all IB Programmes is the learner profile, 10 attributes fostered in students that promote their development as responsible members of their local, national and global communities. These attributes are developed through student participation in the MYP.

In teaching our students to be knowledgeable, we emphasise and encourage them to seek and strengthen connections between what they know, what they are learning, and what is happening in the world around them. Being knowledgeable is not just about being ‘book smart’, it is about developing understanding of the bigger picture – how the concepts being explored in different subject groups and years of schooling all fits together. You can support this at home by encouraging your child to talk to you about the connections between what they are learning currently and have learned previously. Becoming and being knowledgeable can also be supported through encouragement to watch or read the news and discuss connections between what they are learning in the classroom and what is happening in the real world.

How do I find out more about the MYP program at St John’s?  Detailed information on all aspects of the MYP can be found in our MYP Guide for students and parents located on My St John’s.  The IBO also provides more information on their website:

Examination Block
Our Year 11 and 12, and for the first time our Year 10 students, are approaching the September examination block.  I wish them luck in their examinations and trust they will prepare thoroughly and be ready to demonstrate their best performance.  Examination timetables are available on Schoolbox.

QTAC evening – Tertiary Preparation Reminders
Has your Year 12 child logged on to QTAC? Do they know their LUI?  Do they still have questions about their order of preferences? A great opportunity to have all of their and your questions answered is the upcoming QTAC information evening on Wednesday 29 August from 6.30pm.

Subject Selection
A reminder that the subject selection evening for Year Eight and Nine families is on Monday 27 August.  It will provide students and their parents a great opportunity to hear about the new assessment and tertiary entrance system in Queensland and to talk to subject coordinators about the various elective offerings for 2019.

Please see information below for links to some of the scholarships available. Further detail can be found in the Careers Bulletin published by our Careers Advisor, Miss Lam.  I encourage students who meet the eligibility requirements to apply for at least one scholarship.

University of Queensland scholarships: Further information on UQ scholarships can be obtained from:
Queensland University of Technology scholarships:Further information on QUT scholarships can be obtained from: 
Griffith University scholarships: Further information on GU scholarships can be obtained from:
University of Southern Qld scholarships:Further information on USQ scholarships can be obtained from:

Glenn Johnson
Deputy Principal – Curriculum 


Year 12 Careers Education
Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC), Year 12 students have been provided with information about the process of applying for tertiary study through QTAC.

Reminders: A QTAC 2018 Year 12 Presentation is available on the college website at .

The following videos on the QTAC website will also be of assistance:

A QTAC Information Evening will be held at the college on Wednesday 29 August at 6:30pm.  This is an event for Year 12 students and their parents/guardians, students are required to be in Formal Uniform.

Griffith University
Aptitude for Engineering Assessment

  • Admission pathway to engineering
  • Successful students will receive admission into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program at either the Nathan or Gold Coast campuses or Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electronic and Computer Engineering at Nathan campus (QTAC only)
  • The assessment is a two and a half hour multiple choice test that assesses a candidate’s aptitude to think scientifically, solve quantitative problems, critically analyse information and display interpersonal understanding
  • The test will be held on 29 September 2018

Introductory courses at the Griffith Film School

  • For students interested in studying animation or screen production through the Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUESTS) program
  • The Griffith Film School (GFS) is offering introductory courses in December to Year 11 students
  • On successful completion of the course, students are eligible for an adjustment of two ranks when applying for a Griffith degree and credit transfer once they commence their related program

Further information on these pathway courses and an introduction to the Griffith Film School programs will be presented at the Experience Griffith Film School evening on 24 August from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Griffith Film School, South Bank.  Register for the Experience Griffith Film school evening by emailing .

Queensland School of Film and Television (QSFT)
Open Day, Saturday 8 September 

Workshop:  Introduction to Sound Production
Wednesday 1 September,

University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Early Round Scholarships and Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships, Applicants must be Australian Citizens or have permanent resident status and have a high level of academic achievement.  Future Community Leader Scholarships, Applicants must be Australian Citizens or have permanent resident status and be able to demonstrate community and leadership involvement and achievements.

Applications for both scholarships close on 31 August –

Aviation Two Day Experience
Thursday 27 and Friday 28 September –*

Annabelle Lam
Careers Advisor


Science Week
Although Science week at St John’s was a week earlier than National Science week due to the Ekka holiday, the fun of it certainly was not lost.

On Monday Tania from Cool Companions came to the school to show us some gorgeous Australian native wildlife. She did two lessons with many students (including the visiting study tour) being able to hold lizards, crocodiles and enjoy the playful Wombat who certainly made herself at home.

On Tuesday at lunchtime, things started to get bit chaotic with Mr Waldron demonstrating how to make Elephant’s Toothpaste which created a huge mess and Miss McHugo assisting students in launching alka selzer rockets.

All year 11 students participated in a STEM day on Wednesday where they learned about Nutrition, Sport Science, Robotics and Design learning thanks to representatives from The University of Queensland and Young Scientists of Australia. At lunch Mrs Jolliffe lead a paper airplane and parachute competition where students could win some chocolate treats.

Thursday was knowledge and challenge day where Miss Marsh challenged the students with a scientific scavenger hunt and marshmallow tower building exercise. Everyone got involved in this challenge and prizes (of marshmallows) were certainly enjoyed by all participants.

Friday was magic day where Mr Parker and Mr Nair challenged the students’ knowledge and awareness with cool science tricks. There certainly was some magnificent tricks with Mr Parker placing an egg in a bottle and Mr Nair creating the dry ice orchestra.

Old Collegian Stewart Wright also amazed students with his knowledge of space at the astronomy night on Wednesday and some classes got to experience special Scientific experiments such as dry ice ‘ice’ cream and marshmallow shooters during their regular Science classes.

Overall Science week at St John’s was a huge success with both students and staff having a lot of fun.

A huge thank must go out to the Science teachers, technicians and STEM ambassadors who helped create an egg- strarodinary week.

Sharon McHugo
Head of Science

Aurecon Bridge Building Competition 
Aurecon, a global engineering and infrastructure company, hosts a national bridge building competition to encourage young students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). This year over 80 teams from 28 schools gathered at St Laurence’s College vying for prizes across five categories.

The St John’s journey began long before testing day, with Year Nine Design and Technology students constructed prototypes of their bridge as part of an integrated unit on structures.  Students learned about bridge structures; namely arch and truss construction and saw how these are applied to real world examples. Then, working in teams, students had to create their bridges according to the specifications set out by the Aurecon competition as a trial run. These bridges are then tested at the College on an exact replica testing rig with the teams with the strongest models advancing to the State Title.

On competition day, bridges are scrutineered by a panel of engineers looking at design, workmanship and other attributes. Bridges are then tested to destruction. As noted by the judges, the standard for all the bridges has improved dramatically across all schools this year. Schools from as far as Emerald make the journey to test their might. Three teams entered this year’s final.  It is pleasing to note that team “Captain Cameron” comprising Cameron Randolph, Jack Worboys and Finn O’Grady placed third in the State in the overall strength category. Their bridge based on a hybrid arch and suspension structure withstood a load of 35kg before failure. This is impressive considering the bridge weighed around 200g, meaning it could hold 175 times its own weight.

Congratulations also to William Truong, Deagan Mundy, Harrison Sutherland, Ben Dunkley and Mitchell Lohmann for their participation on the day.

Chris Ralph
Design Technology Teacher