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 reflective, we encourage them to think about their own experiences, in addition to the experiences of others. The end of the school year is a good time to reflect on the experiences we have had, how our strengths shone through, and even how our weaknesses were perhaps identified or highlighted. Rather than leaving it for the new school year, now is also a good time to set goals for 2019 – academically, personally, and relating to Sport or Performing Arts. The holiday season is also the perfect opportunity to reflect on the richness of our lives, and how we can spread light and joy in the world.
You can support being reflective at home by encouraging your child to spend the time thinking about their year, and how they might build on it in 2019. Challenge them to set goals now, find ways to maximise their strengths, and turn their ‘weaknesses’ into opportunities. Ask not only “What have you learned this year?” but also “What have you learned about yourself?” Reflect on your own year and share your stories of personal growth and achievement with your child.
How do I find out more about the MYP 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 the My St John’s, Parent Portal. The IBO also provides more information on their website: https://www.ibo.org/information-for-parents/myp-for-parents/
Year Seven and Eight Digital Technology Incursion
For this week’s Year Seven Digital Technologies incursion students used their BBC micro:bits to learn the basics of Python programming. Students progressed through the Grok Learning Course virtually then tried the code on their micro:bits. It was fantastic to see the smiles, the “Oh yes, it works’’, and excitement of moving on to the next activity. Activities included programming, displaying images and text, making decisions with buttons, playing music and setting pixels, moving pixels with buttons, musical notes, temperature, and time, using lists and writing songs.
The Year Eight Digital Technologies Arduino incursion this week had the students beginning with one LED blink challenge to multiple LEDs then the traffic light systems. Thank you to Dr Karsten Schulz from Sydney University who worked with the students. They used their Arduino kits, the Arduino programming language (based on Wiring), and the Arduino Software (IDE), based on processing to complete the challenges.
College eLearning Coordinator
Secondary IT Coordinator
Conrad Innovation of Challenge Update
I’m proud to announce that this year, St John’s has 10 teams and 42 students who have made the first stage in their Conrad Challenge submissions. The Conrad Challenge takes place over the Easter holidays at the Kennedy Space Centre in the United States with schools from around the world taking part.
Students have been developing their innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges for a year now and coming off of the heels of the Australian Conrad Challenge, are keen to take on the rest of the world. Students have committed to working on their projects over their summer breaks and are in the process of pursuing corporate patronage to help get their prototypes off the ground. I’d like to thank those students for taking up the monumental challenge and wish them all the best moving into the next round of the Challenge!
ACER PAT Tests
In the past fortnight all students in Years Seven to Ten have undertaken the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Progressive Achievement Tests (PATs). ACER’s Progressive Achievement approach is used in thousands of schools in Australia and around the world. The approach focuses on assessing and monitoring student growth over time and is underpinned by an understanding that students of the same age and in the same year of school can be at very different points in their learning and development. St John’s has been using the Progressive Achievement Tests for a few years and the data collected is incorporated into our Learning Analytics allowing us to better tailor teaching to the needs of the individual learner to advance the progress of every student, regardless of their starting point.
My 19 Years at St John’s is coming to an end. I wish to thank the St John’s community for the privilege of serving this wonderful community. It has truly been an honour and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for the wonderful gifts and kind words of farewell.
Wishing you all a very happy and holy Christmas.
Deputy Principal – Curriculum
Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
During Enhanced Studies classes, Mr Josh Barber from the ATO spoke to Year 10 and Year 11 students about
- Applying for a Tax File Number (TFN)
- Why you need a TFN
- Why we pay tax and what it is used for
- Identity crime and scams
- Starting work
- Lodging your tax return
Students who were absent from the lesson can access information about how to apply for a tax file number at www.ato.gov.au/getTFN
Studying at university as a high school student
Christian Heritage College (CHC) LAUNCH Program, Applications are open for current Year 10 and 11 students to study at CHC in Semester One, 2019. https://www.chc.edu.au/future-students/launch-program/
University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Head Start, Applications close on 18 February for current Year Nine, 10 and 11 students who would like to study at USQ in Semester One, 2019. https://www.usq.edu.au/headstart
Queensland School of Film and Television (QSFT)
Workshop: Introduction to Editing, Saturday8 December 2018. Early bird price is available before 25 November. http://www.qsft.qld.edu.au/assets/files/2018/Flyer_QSFT%20WS_EDIT%20IT_2018_v1_WEB.pdf
SAE – Creative media institute
Info night, Thursday29 November https://sae.edu.au/news-and-events/events/info-night-brisbane-campus-november-29-2018/?date=2018-11-29&id=1030
Summer Series,3 day workshop, Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 January https://sae.edu.au/news-and-events/events/summer-series-brisbane-january-23-25-2019/?date=2019-01-23&id=988
VET and Business
Business and Legal Studies Department
All Year Eleven Business Management and Accounting students enjoyed an informative excursion this term. Students spent the day being immersed in different aspects of business to gain a valuable real-life perspective. Students were treated to a tour of the Port of Brisbane facility to view a massive operation in full swing. From there, we then travelled to Southbank for a discussion on the importance of tourism to the Queensland economy, this included a ride on the famous Brisbane Wheel. Finally, the students enjoyed a tour into the inner sanctums of Suncorp Stadium where they were briefed on aspects of marketing which the venue implements. The students came away from the day with a new understanding of what business opportunities exist in the greater Brisbane area.
Year 10 students have just finished working on introductory courses for both Business and Accounting in readiness for the new senior system to be implemented from 2019. They are very well-prepared for what is ahead!
Year Nine students had their Mini-Market Day on Tuesday 27 November. Students had the opportunity to run their very own businesses for the day and learn what it feels like to make a profit! All proceeds from these ventures will be going to the 2019 Antipodean trip.
The Business Department has linked with the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. This initiative will enable students of St John’s to become the inaugural members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce to commence in early 2019. This is an exciting opportunity for our students to work on the committee of the new chamber and develop links with businesses and other like-minded business students. More information will follow in 2019.
Vocational Education and Training
Congratulations goes to all those students who completed certificate courses again this year. It was great to see students completing Certificate III and Certificate IV level courses and using these as entry enablers for further study. Also, congratulations to all our school-based trainees, I continue to receive such positive feedback about our students who are working in industry.
Coordinator of Business and VET
Fresh off the news of the first marine rescue involving drones earlier this year, Year 10 Design Technology students have been coding robots to simulate the delivery of antivenom to a stranded farmer bitten by a brown snake.
The brief was simple; program an Edison robot to follow a set of coordinates to deliver the antivenom. However, the design process and coding logic which followed would take most students working in groups about six weeks to solve. Students had to first become familiar with the workings of the Edison robot. Then the groups had to learn a suitable coding language and then how to get their laptops to communicate to the robot. Students quickly learned that variables such as friction of the travelling surface and battery life played a major part in the accuracy of their mission. Of course as well as the technical aspects, students were exposed to the skills of communication, collaboration and critical and creative thinking. Placing students in real-world simulations also assists in fostering empathy and global conscience; soft skills, which are equally as important as their technical counterparts.
Teacher, Design Technology