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Tuesday 3 March – Open Day

As you know word of mouth is one of the most effective forms of promotion for any school, business or organisation. We are seeking your support as brand ambassadors of St John’s to spread the word on our upcoming Open Day in March.

The first open day of the year will be held on Tuesday 3 March from 9.00am to 12.00pm. New and existing families will once again have the opportunity to explore St John’s in a ‘business as usual’ day.

During Open Day we offer both student-lead Primary tours and student-lead Secondary tours anytime between 9.00am and 12.00pm. The Principal-lead, whole College tour, will commence from the Secondary School at 9.30am and includes a tour of both the Secondary and Primary Schools.

Families are encouraged to register online –

Juanita Bennett


Welcome to the first edition of Humans of St John’s. Each month will feature a member of St John’s staff, sharing their individual journey, all in their own words. In this edition, hear from Deputy Principal, Curriculum and Innovation, Mr Andrew Landroth as he shares with us his journey to St John’s. 

I was born on the Sunshine Coast and grew up in a rural backdrop not far from Gympie. Coming from a farming family has had a huge influence on my outlook on life, particularly from the perspective of fairness, social justice, resilience and a fair go. As a child, I played most sports but found an affinity for tennis and golf. I also played the Scottish bagpipes to the extent of competing in competitions around South-east Queensland.

Upon completing High School, I moved to Brisbane to commence studying at The University of Queensland. As a lifelong learner, I have studied degrees in Science and Education, as well as a post-graduate qualification in Education and a Master of Education. I am presently enrolled as a PhD student.

Prior to becoming a teacher, I had a brief career in Scientific research, both at the University of Queensland and the CSIRO. One interesting piece of research involved dissecting thousands of fleas as part of a project looking at the possibility of developing a flea vaccine for cats and dogs.

As a teacher, my teaching areas are Science and Biology as well as Middle School Mathematics. Recently I had an opportunity to be an author and consultant for Pearson Education’s Senior Biology textbooks for the new Queensland Syllabus.

As a Level Two qualified tennis coach, I had the opportunity to live and work overseas, spending a year in Helsinki, Finland. This also gave me insight into why the Finnish education system is frequently heralded as the best in the world. I also lived for three years in Lima, Peru; my wife’s birth country as a teacher at an elite private school. During that time, Guinea Pig was often on the menu!

Apart from sports such as tennis, golf and snooker, I also enjoy watching Formula One motor racing and have not missed a race since 1996. I find it fascinating that each year the rule-makers change the rules in an effort to make the cars slower, only to find that within a few races in the new season, the engineers have been able to find ways to make the cars faster yet again.

I value reading with John Steinbeck, Somerset Maugham and Dorothy L. Sayers, to name a few of my favourite authors. Books do something a movie can never do; they allow you to create the reality alluded to in a good book. Reading a book is an active pastime; watching a movie is passive in comparison. Having said that I also love a good movie. My Fair Lady, Driving Miss Daisy and Citizen Kane being some of my all-time favourites.

From my perspective, teaching is the most important profession in the world. It is also the most enjoyable. As today’s children are the adults of the future, teachers play a very important role in providing them with the tools via which they can construct that future. The role of a teacher is multi-faceted; a teacher can be a counsellor, a guide, a sounding board and someone who a student can trust. One of the most important roles of a teacher is to assist students in being able to access new knowledge and skills in a way that no technology can. A good teacher understands their students, knows what makes them tick and can deftly connect new skills and knowledge to what a student already knows and values.

My goal for St John’s is to be part of a team which allows the college to provide a world-class learning environment where students and teachers are able to achieve more than they have ever dreamt of, and where opportunities never before considered can become a reality.

Andrew Landroth
Deputy Principal – Curriculum and Innovation


FREE Webinar for Parents – Future-Proofing your Child

Our school has a membership with Parenting Ideas, one of Australia’s most trusted sources of parenting education and support. As part of this membership, all the parents in this school community can attend some fantastic webinars in 2020 at no cost. We’re pleased to let you know about an upcoming webinar.

Future-proofing your child
This century is characterised by disruptive change that is turning our world upside down.  Jobs aren’t just changing, whole industries are ceasing to exist. The scripts for success are being rewritten on a daily basis in our families, at work and in life. In this webinar, Nikki Bush teaches parents what to expect and how to support their kids to thrive in a future world of work. 

Key learning and discussion points include:

  • Developing a client care strategy that builds and sustains long-term relationships
  • How teachers can engage parents in their child’s learning
  • Building confidence to conduct sensitive conversations with parents about their children’s learning, wellbeing and behaviour
  • Effective methods to support parents with many of their common parenting and family issues
  • Techniques to overcome parent negativity and turn adversaries into advocates for the teacher and school

Wednesday 18 March
8.00pm – 9.00pm AEDT
Click here to view the video overview
Click here for more information


We warmly invite you to the first breakfast event of 2020 – Let’s Talk About Breakfast Series

This month’s event will feature Old Collegian and now a parent of the College, Louise Curtis. Louise and her colleagues will be taking guests through a day in the life of a QLD Ambulance Services call taker and what they have had to overcome in their profession.

We encourage parents and students in all year levels to join us for a croissant and coffee and meet other families within our community as we welcome Louise and her team to the Let’s Talk About Breakfast Series!

Friday 6 March 2020
7.30am to 8.30am
Performing Arts Centre of Excellence
Secondary School
REGISTER your attendance here


Calling All Stallholders and Sponsors

With the eagerly anticipated St John’s College Carnival around the corner on Saturday 30 May 2020, we are putting a call out to our families and friends of the College, seeking Stall Holders and Sponsors.

With the Carnival growing in size and popularity every year stallholders and sponsors will have the opportunity to showcase their brand to over 10,000 attendees from the local and wider Forest Lake community.

Your generosity by supporting the 2020 College Carnival by the way of sponsorship or a stall will assist the wonderful work of the College’s Parents and Friends Association by providing valuable resources that support the wellbeing and development of our students and staff.

If you would like the opportunity to support the 2020 College Carnival or would like more information, please contact Chair of the College Carnival, Mr Greg Braithwaite via

The P&F very much look forward to hearing from you.


Principal, Mrs Maria McIvor warmly invites our College families to attend the first welcome event of 2020. Mrs McIvor looks forward to sharing exciting new plans for the future of St John’s Anglican College as well as introducing families to our world-class educators.

Hear more about our parent support groups and how you can get involved as well as getting to know other families within our College community. Enjoy refreshments in the Foyer while your children are entertained with fun activities.

Friday 28 February 2020
6.00pm start
Performing Arts Centre of Excellence 
Secondary School
RSVP via the Facebook Event

We look forward to welcoming our wonderful St John’s families on this special occasion.