Ripples Edition 19 | 29 November 2018

Principal’s Message

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 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.

Kind regards,

Suzanne Bain

Primary News

Our Early Years students presented an outstanding evening of entertainment last Friday night at the Early Years Night of Celebration, held in the Performing Arts Centre. This annual event is a time to celebrate the achievements of the College and acknowledge each child in Years Prep to Year Two. The students in the Primary String Ensemble, Alpine Singers and Upper Primary Dance Group also performed and it was clear to see the students thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to be on the stage. We thank all the staff involved for making the evening such a success and congratulate our four Master of Ceremonies for their assistance, Grace Edmonds, Alex Zwicker, Amber Trieu and Samuel Adams.

Our end of year events continued on Monday 26 November with the Leadership Ceremony, when the current Year Six students handed the ‘light of leadership’ onto the students who will be in Year Six in 2019. On Monday evening the Year Six students and family members attended a special dinner at The Lion, Richlands to celebrate the students’ completion their Primary education. Old Collegian, Shihaab Azam was our guest speaker at the event and inspired the students with stories about all the wonderful opportunities available on the Secondary campus.

Year Two Chess Tournament
The Year Two students completed their Chess coaching program with a Tournament on Monday 26 November. Every student participated by competing in a number of Chess games. We congratulate Class 2T for winning the most games on the day and taking out the 2018 Chess Tournament Trophy.

STEM Night for Prep to Year Three
On Tuesday 27 November, the STEM Institute hosted the last STEM event for the year. Based on a Christmas theme, the students in Prep to Year Three who attended had a ball conducting experiments, entering Santa’s Wonderland through virtual reality glasses and using their engineering skills to construct items using Christmas items such as candy canes. It was a wonderful night of fun and learning.

Little Saints Christmas Party
The children in Kindergarten enjoyed a fun morning of Christmas carols and party food on Wednesday 28 November, as they celebrated the end of the school year and the imminent arrival of Christmas. We congratulate them on completing their year of Kindergarten.

Christmas Concert
Friday 30 November is the last day of school for 2018 and we will be holding our annual Christmas Concert in Living Faith Chapel at 9.00am. Students are invited to wear a Christmas shirt with their sports uniform and families are invited to join in the fun. At the conclusion of the concert families may take their children home, but there is no requirement to do so, as classes will continue for the rest of the day.

End of Semester Two Reports
Student reports for Semester Two 2018 will be available through My St John’s Parent Portal in the first week of the December holidays. If you do not remember your logon code for parent portal, please contact My St John’s Helpdesk on 

Term One 2019
It has been a real privilege working with the students at the Primary campus this year and I thank all our families for entrusting us with the education of their children. We wish everyone a joyous Christmas and a safe holiday period and look forward to welcoming you back to school in the new year.

The first day of Term One 2019, for students in Prep to Year 12 will be Wednesday 30 January. However, please note that the first day of Little Saints Kindergarten will be Tuesday 29 January.

Kind regards,

Sandra Hawken
Head of Primary

Christmas is the time to remember ‘Immanuel’ – God is with us




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:

Kelly Allgood
MYP Teacher

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.

Sharon Singh
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!

Nathan King
Innovation Coordinator

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.

Glenn Johnson
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
  • Superannuation

Students who were absent from the lesson can access information about how to apply for a tax file number at

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.

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.

Queensland School of Film and Television (QSFT)
Workshop:  Introduction to Editing, Saturday8 December 2018.  Early bird price is available before 25 November.

SAE – Creative media institute
Info night, Thursday29 November

Summer Series,3 day workshop, Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 January

Annabelle Lam
Careers Advisor

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.

Will Weeks
Coordinator of Business and VET

Robots Rescue 

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.

Chris Ralph
Teacher, Design Technology

Pastoral Care

Happy Holidays
It is important to spend quality time together as a family and celebrate the Christmas season. Each family has traditions and whatever is happening this holiday season, your family members will be looking forward to and counting on participating in family traditions. Most families probably have traditions that take place throughout the year, but the Christmas holiday traditions seem to stick in our memories. Research shows that these traditions are important in building strong family relationships between generations.

When families take part in rituals this builds trust, identity and unity. Traditions are stories, beliefs, rituals and customs that are passed from one generation to the next. Keeping traditions for the special times such as Christmas help teach children about the things their family values. These traditions help fill the individual’s need to belong. Being a part of the special things that a family does, helps us to have that sense of belonging.

Family members learn that regardless of the changes that life brings, traditions will be a constant. Research shows us that routines and traditions are part of healthy families. Traditions give security to young people, providing a sense of continuity and routine that they can depend on year after year. Such activities help promote healthy relationships between the generations where they are enjoyed and anticipated by everyone.

Sometimes, as our families change, our traditions change with us, and that is to be expected. The important thing is that you get together as a family to share memories and pass on the family traditions and values. Traditions help to bind us together as a family. Our College Rite Journey parenting plan suggests that parents include their children in family traditions that will provide them with a sense of belonging and build memories for their future. To reinforce the value of traditions, take the time to talk about the special things your family does and why it is important to you.

I would like to wish all of the College families a happy and safe holiday. Enjoy this wonderful time with your loved ones. I look forward to welcoming you all back to the College in 2019.

Robern Hinchliffe
Deputy Principal – Pastoral Care

Lake Side Reflection

It is that time of year where we finish school and prepare for the season of Christmas. This year we had a Christmas/Transition Prayer Space for our Primary students. In one of the stations, there was a Christmas tree with gifts around it. In this station, the students were encouraged to think about, “What gift would they give?” We had some very special conversations about those less fortunate than themselves. Some children talked about giving gifts and food; others talked about giving their love. Or as one very young student said, “ I wish a kid who don’t get a gift for Christmas get a puppy.” Every year I am delighted by the way the St John’s families give so generously with the Christmas Giving Tree and Operation Christmas Child, THANKYOU!

Families if you are looking at ways to encourage your children to think about the meaning of Christmas there is a link below which has some great activities for Advent and Christmas. Last year I made the succulent Advent Wreath including little angels for my front door-something you could do as a family. The links have lovely stories and ideas to share.

You will also see below Christmas service times for Anglican Churches in the local area which everybody is welcome.  As we come to the end of another school year, remember, Jesus was born to bring light to the world, a light that reveals God’s great love for us. May you have a blessed, holy and restful Christmas.

Anglican Christmas Services

St Hugh’s Anglican Church Inala: 105 Poinsettia St Inala
Christmas Eve – Monday 24 December: 5.00pm for drinks and cake and 5.30pm for Family Eucharist
Christmas Day – Tuesday 25 December: 9.00am Family Eucharist

St Andrew’s Anglican Church Springfield: 2 Steve Croft Circuit, Springfield
Christmas Eve – Monday 24 December: 7.00pm to 8.30pm Carol Concert and Nativity
Christmas Day – Tuesday 25 December: 9.00am to 10.15am Christmas Service

Anglican Primary Ichthus 2019 from 16 to 19 January
Primary Ichthus is an awesome summer holiday experience that is going to be full of adventure! Register at to book your child’s spot as registrations will close on Thursday 20 December.   $199 for Grades Four to Seven, starting in 2019

Reverend Susan Crothers-Robertson
College Chaplain 



The Performing Arts Centre of Excellence staff want to thank all students and their families for their involvement and support of the many facets of the Arts you have been involved in this year. From Dance troupes to Bands to Choirs to Ensembles it has been wonderful to see and hear so many involved in the Performing Arts this year.

Early Year’s Night of Celebration
Congratulations to all the Primary Performing Arts performers who presented their items for the Early Year’s Night of Celebration. You all performed with such joy and it was a very enjoyable night for all.


Thanks to all the amazing Friends of The Arts (FOTA) parents who have assisted the performing arts at various events this year. We truly appreciate all you have done and it has been wonderful to have had your assistance this year. If you can assist us next year please come to the FOTA meetings and join in the fun. We would love to see some new faces to join this wonderful team.

Forest Lake Community Carols
We have one final performance this year at the Forest Lake Community Carols on our Secondary College oval on Sunday 2 December from 6.00pm. Here the combined Alpine Singers, College Chorale and Jazz Orchestra will perform three Christmas carols as part of the festivities.

On behalf of all the Performing Arts staff I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a relaxing, refreshing holiday and a very happy 2019. We look forward to working with you all next year in all of the ensembles, bands, choirs, and of course with the musical. Once again, thank you for the fun times, great performances and wonderful experiences.

Russell Morgan
Director of Performing Arts Centre of Excellence 



TAS Training Preparation Day
On Tuesday 29 January St John’s will be hosting a TAS training preparation day.  The training day will consist of a two-hour training session for each team and sport. During this training session each team will sharpen their skills and fine tune their team strategy for round one away fixture, against Canterbury College. This is a great way to start the term, catch up with peers ahead of the official start date on Wednesday 30 January. Information regarding start times will arrive to your inbox during the break.

2019 Inter-house Swimming Carnival
For the 2019 Inter-house Swimming Carnival, St John’s will be trialing a new online nomination form.  The form has been developed by Sports Administrator, Miss Catherine Birch. It is a new system designed to enable students to sign up online at a time which is most convenient.  Keep an eye out for the online nominations arriving to your inbox soon!

The Inter-house Swimming Carnival will again feature the house relay. Each house will have the opportunity to select two songs and complete as many laps as possible during this time.  Each lap completed will accrue one point towards your house’s overall points.  This is a great way to contribute points towards your house tally even if you are not a confident or regular swimmer.  This activity is about spirit, cooperation and the willingness to step outside your comfort zone to support your team. There is no need to nominate for this activity, make sure you pack your swimmers and towel on carnival day.

After receiving great feedback from this year’s change in swimming venue, St John’s will be returning to the Valley Pool for the Annual 2019 Inter-house Swimming Carnival.  The carnival will be held on Tuesday, 5 February. To prepare yourself for the big event head to the Uniform Shop to purchase your St John’s swimmers and house swim caps.

The event schedule will feature 50m races for all traditional strokes and 4 x 50m relay teams. An event schedule will be posted on Facebook early in Term One.

Congratulations to the students who have been awarded pockets for their participation in the TAS Sports Program for 2018.  The Sports Department takes pride in rewarding students for their outstanding commitment to the team by consistently attending TAS training and games.  Prior to your child submitting their blazer for embroidery, please ask your child to view their Pocket Award Level (Gold, Silver or Bronze) on the Sports Noticeboard.  For any queries concerning award level, please directed these to Melanie Gramenz, Head of Sport

The Pocket Criteria is as follows:
GOLD POCKET: Embroidered in gold on the bottom left pocket, e.g. “Basketball 2018”.  Students who are awarded with this pocket must:

  • Be a member of the squad/team for an entire season (including attendance to trials)
  • Attend training all of the time
  • Participate in all of competitions/games

SILVER POCKET: Embroidered in silver on the bottom left pocket, e.g. “Basketball 2018”.  Students who are awarded with this pocket must:

  • Be a member of the squad/team for an entire season (including attendance to trials)
  • Miss one training session without a valid reason (attendance to club activities is not a valid reason)
    • It is the responsibility of the Parent to notify the teacher in charge of the sport if a student is absent from training or games
  • Participate in all competitions/games

BRONZE POCKET: Embroidered in bronze on the bottom left pocket, e.g. “Basketball 2018”.  Students who are awarded with this pocket must:

  • Be a member of the squad/team for an entire season (including attendance to trials)
  • Miss three training session without a valid reason (attendance to club activities is not a valid reason)
    • It is the responsibility of the Parent to notify the teacher in charge of the sport if a student is absent from training or games
  • Miss one fixture without a valid reason.

PREMIERSHIP POCKET: Embroidered in gold, with a gold star on the pocket, e.g. “Year 10 Volleyball 2018”. Students or teams to be awarded with this pocket must win a TAS competition during Trimester One, Two or Three.

NB: Students who cannot attend a training session or competition/game due to other legitimate College related commitments, e.g. music lessons, can count that time towards their pocket eligibility.  Injury and legitimate illness, supported by a note from parents or a Doctors certificate, will be taken into consideration.  This must be communicated to their team manager.

For all the latest sporting news, photos and updated don’t forget to ‘like’ the St John’s Anglican College Sport Facebook page.

Merry Christmas
On behalf of the Sports Department I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Melanie Gramez
Head of Sport 


We have come to the end of Term Four Sport as well as another busy year. Thank you to everyone involved in the sports department in 2018 from the coaches, parents, staff and all the students. We look forward to starting it all again in a few weeks’ time, and 2019 looks like an exciting year of sport for the Primary Campus.

Many thanks must go to everyone involved in the short Term Four season. We welcomed Ms Gramenz and Mr Pascoe from the Secondary Campus bringing their expertise to help coach our Touch teams. Thank you.

Congratulations to Tamika Gee, Andrew Byrne, Acacia Wohlsen and Isabella Rossotti on qualifying at Regional Little Athletics for Qld State Relay Championships in December.

Thank you to everyone involved in sport in Term 4 and throughout the year.
JTAS Touch – Ms Gramenz and Mr Pascoe, Secondary students Benjamin Lythall, Tahni Smith and Ainsley Sherrington, and Mr Geoff Hassall.  Primary Staff managers – Mrs Abeyewardene, Miss C and Miss Pulsford.
JTAS AFL – Mr Allen, Mr Murray and Mr Butchard. Secondary students Brandon Weidenbohm and Calsey Robinson. Thank you too to the SOS committee, especially Kerrie Nissen and her helpers who ran the Kiosk at the AFL matches.
JTAS Tennis – Mr Murray, Mrs Corry, Miss Ruiz and coaches Bryan Hoang and Secondary student Ainsley Sherrington.
Prep, Year One and Two Running Club– Mr Murray and Mrs Hall
Year Three to Six Running Club – Mr Murray, Mrs Abeyewardene, Mrs E Wilson, Mrs Hurley and Mrs Boudjema
Swimming Training – Mr Murray, Mrs Ryan, coach Grayson
Year Two and Three Sporting Activities – Mr Murray and APC students Ryan Waalder, Keer Jok and Benjamin White

Final Sports Assembly
Please join us on Thursday 29 November for the Term Four Sport Assembly at 12noon

Kevin Murray
Primary Sports Coordinator 


Dates for the Diary

December 2018 and January 2019

DayDate Event
Friday November 30, 2018Term Four Concludes
Sunday December 2, 2018Forest Lake Community Christmas Carols, Secondary Campus, 6pm
Thursday January 24, 2018Kindy Play/Parent Info Session, 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Prep Play/Parent Info Session, 2.30pm - 3.15pm
Year One to Six, Meet the Teacher, 5.00pm - 6.15pm
Year Seven to Nine Induction Evening, 6.30pm - 7.00pm
MYP Parent Info Session 7.00pm
Monday January 28, 2018Australia Day Public Holiday
Tuesday January 29, 2018Little Saints Kindergarten Commences
Wednesday January 30, 2018Term One Commences

Important Information

Get your Copies Now!

To celebrate the conclusion of 2018, we are offering our College families the opportunity to purchase some wonderful St John’s keepsake’s this festive season.  25 Year History Book ONLY $19.95 saving $20.00 and the Silver Anniversary Cook Book ONLY $10.00 saving $15.00!!!!

Get your copies from Primary or Secondary Receptions by Thursday 20 December! Merry Christmas!

Stay Connected – Get ready for 2019

St John’s Anglican College 
St John’s Anglican College Sport Page 
St John’s Anglican College PACE Page 
St John’s Second Hand Uniforms Page
St John’s Second Hand Books Page 
St John’s Anglican College APP 
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Linked in 
St John’s Anglican College 

Uniform Shop

Christmas Holiday Trading Hours
Please click here for trading hours – Please note there has been a slight change from the previous Ripples.

Blazer Embroidery 
We will have our final collection of blazers tomorrow, Friday 30 November 2018.  Please remember that certificates are no longer given and the Uniform Shop will have a complete list of all pockets that have been issued for the year.  Students will need to check the list of pocket awards with the relevant department to make sure that what they have been allocated is correct before dropping their blazer in.  If for some reason your name is not on the list supplied to us then it is the students responsibility to follow up with their teacher/coach and this will not be able to be done until the new school year.  Due to the large quantity of blazers received at the end of year, current Year 11 students must inform us if they require their blazers to be embroidered with “Senior 2019”.

It is not compulsory for students to have embroidery done on their blazer and if you are not familiar with the pocket system please contact the Uniform Shop for more information.

The cost of embroidery is below for your reference and please note that dry cleaning is included in these costs.  If gold buttons are missing off any blazer these will automatically be sewn on and the cost added to the invoice as per below.

Removal of Each Pocket/s and stitch back on blazer Cost is per pocket $25.00
College Captain Pocket Top Left Pocket $35.00
Prefect Pocket (Includes Activity Prefect) Top Left Pocket $30.00
Senior Top Left Pocket $25.00
Activity Captain Bottom Left/Right Pocket $25.00
House Captain, House Vice-Captain, Chapel Captain Top Left Pocket $25.00
Middle School Council Rep Bottom Left/Right Pocket $20.00
Year 7/8/9 Class Leader Bottom Left/Right Pocket $20.00
Premiership Pocket Bottom Left/Right Pocket $30.00
Participation Pocket (Gold, Silver, Bronze) Bottom Left/Right Pocket $20.00
Addition of Year Only for Participation Pocket Bottom Left/Right Pocket $14.00
Purchase of Blank Top Right Pocket   $15.00
Gold Button   $1.00
Sewing on of Button   $4.00
Restitch  Bottom Blazer Pocket   $15.00
Dry Cleaning Only   $15.00

Hat Cleaning and Repairs
Formal Hats can be dropped in to the Uniform Shop on the last day of term for cleaning and/or repairs. Primary students can leave their hat at Reception to have it sent down to the Secondary Campus.  Forms can be collected from either the Uniform Shop or Primary Reception.

Mandy Willemse
Uniform Shop Manager

St John’s Foundation

The date for the 2019 St John’s Foundation Fundraising Dinner has just been announced and will this year be held at the beautiful Hillstone, St Lucia Golf Links! Proceeds from the evening will support the development of the new St John’s Sports Centre at the Secondary campus. The St John’s Foundation looks forward to welcoming families, friends, Old Collegians, staff and the wider business community to this event.


St John’s Foundation Fundraising Dinner 2019
Friday 13 September 2019
Hillstone St Lucia
From 7pm

Details on tickets and inclusions will be released early in 2019.

Elaine MacRae 
Development Coordinator 

Old Collegians’ News

Old Collegians’ Association
As the year draws to a close, the Old Collegians’ Association would like to thank all Old Collegians who have given their time throughout the year to support events as guest speakers, mentors, attendees or to cook a BBQ Breakfast for all the Year 12 students! The Association would also like to thank Old Collegians who have coached St John’s sporting teams and tutored current students to assist them in exam preparation.

2018 was a milestone year for the College celebrating 25 years and it has been wonderful to have been able to share this with the Old Collegian community who form a very part of the history of the school.

It is important to stay connected to each other and the College and as we welcome the Class of 2018 to the Old Collegians’ Association we encourage all graduates to continue to share their stories as they become People of Influence in the community.

The Old Collegians’ Association wishes all Old Collegians and their families a very happy and safe Christmas.

Stay Connected with St John’s

P&F Association

The SoS Committee would like to thank all of the volunteers who have helped during 2018 to make it the great success that it has been.  We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.  We look forward to another busy year in 2019 and this will start with our first meeting which will be our AGM on Wednesday 13 February at 6pm.

The supporters of Sport are a sub-committee of the P&F.  We are a small group of parents committed to supporting our children, the sports department and the College in their sporting ventures.  Money we raise enables us to support both campuses with coaching clinics, student sponsorship, team uniforms and sporting equipment and facilities.

Our main source of fundraising is from the home game Kiosks.  The Kiosk is open at all Secondary home games and some Primary home games.  We are always in need of volunteers to man the Kiosk  – from serving at the counter, preparing food or cooking on the BBQ, there’s a job suited for everyone.  The Supporters of Sport Committee meet twice a term so please come along to our meetings and see how you can help.  Meetings are held at the Secondary Campus in the Sports Classroom and from 6pm.

If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact a SoS Committee Member.
Chairperson – Robert Stansfield –
Vice Chairperson – Gareth Thomas –
Treasurer – Clayton Stewart –
Secretary – Naomi Sherrington –
Kiosk Convenor – Kerrie Nissen –

Student Protection

You have the right to feel safe at all times including when you are a student at this school and until you graduate from the College. Protection for children and young people is of paramount importance in Anglican Church schools. St John’s Anglican College has policies and procedures which assist us to provide a safe environment for all students and members of our school community. The College has nominated the following staff members as Student Protection Officers:

Mrs Hawken
Mr Brownlow

Mrs Hinchliffe
Mr Pascoe

We encourage you to talk to a trusted adult, one of our Student Protection Officers or to Mrs Bain about any concerns that you may have for your safety or the safety of another student.

For more information regarding the St John’s policies and procedures surrounding student protection, please visit the College website.