Welcome to the first edition of Ripples for Term Two.  I hope each student had a restful break and has returned ready for the challenges and opportunities provided by this new Term.

Staffing Update
Mrs Spicer is on long service leave this term and her replacement is Mrs Stephanie Marsh.  We welcome Mrs Marsh to St John’s.

Academic Goal Setting
All students were involved in a process of setting academic goals for this semester and it is now time for them to review their progress.   Students were guided through the use of a template in Learning Analytics to firstly analyse their performance and then set a number of SMART goals for this Semester.

National Testing – NAPLAN 
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) program continues in 2018 with all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 being assessed using common national tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy.  Our students receive focussed preparation lessons in their English and Mathematics classes as part of the programs for these subjects. When will the tests be held? The tests are scheduled for the mornings of Tuesday 9 May to Thursday 11 May. All schools across Australia complete the tests on the same days. The times shown on the timetable are student working times. Extra time is given for teacher instruction.

Years Seven and Nine 

Tuesday 15 May
Language Conventions – 45 Minutes
Writing – 40 Minutes
Wednesday 16 May 
Reading – 65 Minutes
Thursday 17 May 
Numeracy – 60 Minutes (calculator: 50 Minutes and Non Calculator: 10 Minutes)

QCS Master Class 2
The second QCS Master Class will be held on this term on Wednesday 23 May.  This Master Class will focus on the Short Response paper and will cover tested strategies that will improve student results in this paper.

Glenn Johnson
Deputy Principal – Curriculum


Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo excursion
Students will be attending the Free Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo on Friday 11 May.  It is an excellent opportunity to gain information about careers and post-school pathways and a showcase of education, industry, government and corporate organisations.  Further information is available at .  Details will be on Parent Online through My St John’s on the college website.  Further information about the event will be available soon at .

Future Focus
This is the college’s annual career event that will held on campus on Wednesday 20 June.  Year 10 students have elected the seminars they wish to attend (two education providers and two industries/career areas).  During lesson three, guest speakers will be from various education providers – CQUniversity, Griffith University, TAFE, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), The University of Queensland (UQ) and University of Southern Queensland (USQ).  During lesson four, speakers will be from the following industries/career areas:  apprenticeships and traineeships, creative media (animation, audio engineering and sound production, contemporary music and performance, digital design, entertainment business management, film and television production, game development, songwriting), criminology, hospitality, entrepreneurship and real estate.

Students from all year levels are welcome to visit the career expo which will be held on campus at lunchtime.  The expo will feature all education providers that are mentioned above and Australian Defence Force will also have a display.

Griffith University
Parent and Student Advice Night, for students in Year 9, 10 and 11 –
Tuesday 22 May, Nathan campus
Thursday 24 May, Gold Coast campus

Pathways to Medicine Information Evenings
Monday 14 May, Gold Coast campus
Tuesday 15 May, South Bank campus

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Parent Information Seminar
Tuesday, 15 May

Annabelle Lam
Careers Advisor