Community News

Volunteer Opportunity – Christmas Wrapping

The Youngcare team are conducting Christmas Wrapping at the Mt Ommaney Centre this year. The support of St John’s students, friends and family as volunteers has been requested. This is a great activity to acquire new wrapping and bow making skills or maintaining them, meeting interesting people and learning more about Youngcare’s operations in the community.

The Christmas wrapping activity will be conducted in a COVID safe environment and includes social distancing measures between volunteers and customers (1.5-meter floor decals), customer flow, sanitizing and customers will be encouraged to make contactless payments.

Registration and all available Christmas Wrapping volunteer shifts are displayed at

Various shifts are available from Friday, 11 December to and including Thursday, 24 December. Each shift is between 3 – 4 hours long. Please note volunteers under the age of 16 years are to apply with a friend/family member 16 years of age and over for the same shift.  Maybe it could be a mother/father and daughter/son activity or a staff group activity.

Danielle Jorgensen
Service Learning Coordinator


New Sports Centre Seat Naming Campaign

Following a rigorous application process, the St John’s Anglican College Foundation has successfully received a funding grant through Perpetual’s 2020 IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program to support the installation of Retractable Seating in the new Sports Centre. The additional new seats will build on the current capacity of this sports hall, enhance the spectator experience, and provide further opportunities for the community to participate and enjoy sporting fixtures in this facility.

In recent years, the St John’s Foundation has financially contributed towards major projects across the College such as the Performing Arts Centre of Excellence Auditorium (Stage 1) and the redevelopment of the Sports Centre. These facilities were completed with thanks to the kindness and generosity of our families and the wider community.

Early in 2021, the St John’s Foundation will embark on a new project offering our families the opportunity to dedicate a seat in the Sports Centre Seat Naming Campaign. With a limited number of seats available, families will be encouraged to purchase their dedication early to not miss out. This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to dedicate a seat in the name of:

  • A Family
  • A graduating student of St John’s
  • A current student
  • An Old Collegian
  • A loved one – children, grandchildren, parent or grandparent

Further details on the price per name plaque and how to make your donation will be released in 2021. However, if you would like to register your interest in supporting the Seat Naming Campaign please contact St John’s Development Office on 07 3372 0013 or email


Parenting Ideas: Bringing Student Leadership to Life

Leadership is needed in all walks of life including family, school, work, sport, and community. Each child has a capacity to lead others if the circumstances are suitable and their skills are nurtured and developed.

Frequently those students who take up leadership positions in classrooms and within schools possess qualities and personal characteristics that reflect the predominant school values. This makes sense as leaders in most fields embody the values, whether explicitly stated or not, of the people or organisation that they lead. However, this shouldn’t prevent the development of leadership capacities of students who don’t fit the traditional leadership mould or may not always embody a school’s core values.


Robern Hinchliffe
Deputy Principal – Pastoral Care


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Support St John’s to raise extra fundraising dollars this festive season with an Entertainment Membership.