Community News

Turning of the Soil Ceremony

The commencement of St John’s Anglican College Sports Centre Redevelopment was marked on Friday 11 October with a Turning of the Soil Ceremony at the Secondary campus. Members of St John’s community gathered to celebrate this special milestone in the history of the College with State Member for the Jordan, Ms Charis Mullen offering the official welcome on behalf of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

As a vibrant and responsive learning community, St John’s is continually seeking opportunities to contribute to the growth and development of its students, College and the Forest Lake community. The Sports Centre Redevelopment represents a significant milestone in this journey. We are continually striving to provide facilities that will stand the test of time and take our students into the future. The design of this precinct has kept student collegiality and unity at the forefront. It is an exciting and vibrant environment to encourage excellence through participation and effort. It is our community spirit that grounds our students, gives them self-confidence, fosters tolerance, and prepares them to actively contribute to the society of the future.

The new building located at the Secondary campus will be constructed in and around the current sporting dome. It has been architecturally designed to harmonise with the local natural environment, to complement existing structures and will feature colours and textures that enhance its natural surroundings. The Sports Centre is more than just a building, it is a modern facility that will provide opportunities for the wider Forest Lake community and sporting organisations.

All of this is made possible by the generous St John’s community members and the wider business community who have and continue to support efforts to finance this spectacular Sports Centre. Their commitment to raise funds to support this project through to fruition is outstanding. Recent fundraising efforts included the major prize of a brand-new Hyundai Accent Sport Hatch which was recently drawn at the annual St John’s Foundation Community Dinner and was won by local community member Mr Braidon Malloch.

The St John’s Sport’s Centre Redevelopment Appeal is a wonderful opportunity for the Forest Lake Community to become part of the legacy of St John’s. No matter what you choose to donate, your support is deeply appreciated. For more information on the St John’s Sports Centre and how you can be involved, visit the St John’s website:

Marketing and Development Office

Foundation Business Breakfast

When you try to imagine your future career, what can you see? Is there a clear, inspiring image in front of you, or an intimidating blank page?…

Thinking about changing careers? Learn about how to change jobs, change careers, change fields, or change industries at our  Foundation Business Breakfast on Wednesday 23 October from career mentors NIKKI TAYLOR and RICHARD TAYLOR!

The St John’s Foundation Business Breakfast Series are an initiative of the Foundation Board and provide an opportunity to connect with other business professionals within our local community and beyond. Tickets to this event are still available, click here to get yours now –

We look forward to welcoming you to the final Foundation Business Breakfast for 2019!

Samantha Jackson
Development Officer

Old Collegian Reunion

We are delighted to be hosting the upcoming Old Collegian Reunion on Saturday 19 October for classes 2018, 2014 and 2009 to celebrate their One, Five and Ten Year Reunions. This is a great opportunity for alumni, past and current staff to catch up and see what everyone has been up to over drinks and canapes.

This years event will be held at the iconic Regatta Hotel. If you have missed out on tickets please contact Samantha Jackson, Development Officer

We look forward to welcoming our Old Collegians to another great event.

Samantha Jackson
Development Officer

St John’s Innovation Challenge 2019

We are delighted to welcome College families to the annual St John’s Innovation Challenge on Tuesday 29 October. The Innovation Challenge offers a unique opportunity for students in Years 4 to 9 who have spent the year designing and developing innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems and have done so across four categories: Aerospace and Aviation, Cyber-Technology and Security, Energy and Environment and Health and Nutrition.

Come along to the Innovation Fair at the Performing Arts Centre of Excellence, Secondary campus, from 11.00am to hear our outstanding students pitch their innovative ideas!

Australian Conrad Challenge

Now in its third year, St John’s is once again delighted to be hosting the annual Australian Conrad Challenge Summit on Thursday 31 October.

We will be welcoming schools from across the country with students in Years 9 to 12 who have spent the year designing and developing innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems and have done so across four categories: Aerospace and Aviation, Cyber-Technology and Security, Energy and Environment and Health and Nutrition.

Come along to the Innovation Fair from 9.30am and let our teams give you a summary of their product and an inventive solution designed to attract potential investors. We look forward to welcoming our teams for another fierce competition.

Casual Work Opportunities

Pillow Talk currently have casual positions available and are looking for senior students who are available for some afternoon shifts in Term Four and to work over the Christmas break. You can view more information regarding the positions on offer here.

If interested, please email a copy of your up-to-date resume to

Getting to Know Our Staff

We would like to announce the following new staff member and ask that you join us in welcoming them into our College Community.

Sirini Jayasooriya will take up the role of Learning Enhancement and Support Teacher Aide working with Karen Abell at the Secondary campus.  Sirini has a passion for Science, Education and assisting young people to achieve their goals.

Congratulations to St John’s eLearning and Innovation Teacher, Sharon Singh who has been announced as a finalist for the ICT Educator of the Year Award as part of the ACS Digital Disruptors Awards 2019.

The ICT Educator of the Year is a person who has demonstrated creativity and innovation in coming up with a solution to a problem. They have taken the time to study, validate and implement this solution demonstrating high levels of stakeholder, risk and change management skills. Their solution shows innovation and has a high positive impact on the target audience.

We wish Sharon the best of luck. These national awards will be presented at the gala dinner following the Reimagination Thought Leaders’ Summit 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

Elizabeth Seagrott
Manager Human Resources & Compliance