Dear College families,
This week our Year Six students are experiencing their first taste of Secondary school as they undertake their daily routine on the Secondary campus. It’s a great way to familiarise themselves with the campus and the classrooms and to get to know their teachers. In our experience, the transition from Primary to Secondary school, for most students, is really not a worry. Of course, they will have the advantage of being able to support the many incoming Year Seven students into the “St John’s way” early next year as a result of their time with us this week.
The year has been very exciting for St John’s as we celebrated our history and made plans for our future. We are currently planning for the construction of the Sports Centre which will be constructed shortly. We hope to be in a position to advise the start time when you return to school after the Christmas break. Simultaneously we are planning the next classroom block to be located nearby the Performing Arts Centre. Families, we do need your support to construct school facilities. Tax deductable donations, made to support the school’s growth and development, are a strong feature in the history of Australian independent schools. All independent schools have tax deductable status for facilities and libraries. School fees pay for tuition, immediate resources and long-term debt reduction. Parents and sponsors of these schools usually make up the shortfall in building educational facilities.
A recent example of this philanthropic mindset in action at St John’s can be seen when our families and business supporters raised $300,000 over five years toward the $1million cost of the Performing Arts Centre seating. I sometimes sense a reluctance in our families to get on board with “giving” to the Foundation to provide facilities for now and the future generations who will enjoy the benefits of a St John’s education as your children are currently. At a recent fund-raising raffle in aid of the Sports Centre, Foundation representatives sold tickets to families on a Saturday morning Home Game, which most donations came from families of the visiting school!
I encourage all of our families to donate to the very worthy cause of educating the next generation of leaders in their field, by adopting the philanthropic mindset starting with contributing generously to the Sport’s Centre project through the recently launched Foundation Board’s Annual Giving Program. You have received a letter and donation form in the mail from our Development office asking for your support. This form can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted back to the Primary or Secondary Campus. Every small and regular donation builds on the last and can be claimed on your annual tax return.
It’s hard to come to terms with the fact that this is my last edition of Ripples. Thank you for your support of my leadership of Forest Lake College and St John’s Anglican College over the past 13 years. I’ve loved working with your children and seeing them enter our school and graduate as fine young men and women at the end of Year 12. It’s an even greater joy when I speak to them on their return as Old Collegians and witness the amazing contribution they are making to the world, their workplaces and their families. They really are influencing the world for good, just by showing their character, resilience and courage, and the spirit of St John’s in all that they undertake in the wider community.
I’ve loved the opportunity to enable the career growth and development of such a motivated, dedicated and professional teaching staff. Enabling others to learn new skills, and become better teachers and leaders is one of the greatest career rewards.
It’s also a great joy to see the growth and development of our College facilities and I look forward to seeing the College complete it’s Secondary facilities in the next five years. Then the business of refurbishment of the older buildings will begin!
Best wishes to you and your families for a Happy and Holy Christmas Season.