Primary News

Wonderful news – St John’s Anglican College is now an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Following an authorisation inspection at the end of Term Three, when we were visited by two IB representatives who observed our teaching practices and inquiry approach to learning, we received notification during the holidays that confirmed our success. The feedback from the IB representatives was very positive and we were congratulated on the outstanding initiatives we have in place. We are thrilled to be able to advise families of this wonderful news and congratulate our teachers on their excellent work in developing units of inquiry, building international mindedness, enhancing the curriculum and improving learning outcomes for our students. You will now see the IB World School logo included on our website and publications.

Your children now benefit from attending an internationally recognised, world class school, with a well-balanced program of higher order thinking, problem solving and inquiry along with explicit instruction and a diverse range of learning opportunities. The next stage of the College’s development is to apply for authorisation of the Middle Years Program (MYP) currently being implemented in our secondary school. This will ensure a continuation of the world class curriculum from primary into secondary grades. It is envisaged that the College will gain authorisation for the MYP around this time next year.

We must also congratulate a team of our senior students who represented Australia in the International Schools Software Competition in Colombo during the holidays. Teams from various countries had to solve problems by programming software in innovative ways. Our students were very successful and came third in the competition. This is an amazing achievement and demonstrates the high standard of education the College provides.

It was an excellent start to the term this week, with our students returning from holidays, keen to see what exciting learning opportunities await them. The students in 1B, 1R and 1W participated in a day camp on the second day back at school. ‘Stepping back in time’ they experienced a school day from the past. They wrote on slates, played hopscotch, marbles and hoola hoops and investigated different tools and fashions that are not common today. It was a day filled with fun but I am sure our children would miss their computerised toys, modern transport and communication too much to want to step back in time permanently.

College Creations and Play Date – Sunday 8 October, 1.30pm – 4.00pm

Please come along to our art exhibition ‘College Creations’ this Sunday from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Every child from Kindergarten to Year Six will have art work on display and family and friends are most welcome to come and admire the student creations and participate in the ‘People’s Choice Awards’. Visitors to our art exhibition will be given coloured voting dots and they are asked to place the dots next to the art work of their choice. The art with the most dots at the conclusion of the exhibition will be recognised at an assembly and the artist awarded a prize.

The Parents and Friends Association will be holding a Play Date on the same afternoon as the art exhibition and families are invited to join in the fun and conversation with other families after their visit to College Creations. A barbecue will be available, along with tea, coffee and water. Families are asked to bring along a drink for their children and a small snack if they would like something other than a sausage sizzle. These family get-togethers are always a lot of fun for the children as they play in the safety of the College grounds and spend time with their friends, while parents and carers enjoy conversation with one another.

We have a beautiful, original watercolour painting that has been donated to us that will be raffled during College Creations. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. Please consider purchasing a ticket or two. You never know, you might be the lucky winner.

I look forward to seeing you all at our College Creations and Play Date on Sunday. I also invite you to visit the senior section of our College Creations on Monday 9 October from 6.00pm to 7.30pm in the Performing Arts Auditorium. This is a great opportunity to see how the students develop their skills across the year levels and to learn about the different design and innovation subjects introduced in upper grades. There will be a number of Primary art works also on display, so please take the opportunity to see the creative endeavours of a wide range of our talented students.

Walk-a-thon 2017

The Walk-a-thon held on the last day of Term Three was a huge success and I thank the staff members and parents who assisted with the organisation of this event. Sponsorship money and forms should be returned to the school no later than Friday 20 October so that the class to be awarded the class party for raising the most money per student can be determined. We sincerely thank our College community for supporting this event as funds raised will contribute to the purchase of new sports equipment and upgrading the Kindergarten playground. We will also donate funds to Anglicare.

Please refer to the updated calendar events listed in this newsletter and make a note in your diaries.

Best wishes for a fabulous Term Four.

Sandra Hawken
Head of Primary