Principals Message

Dear Families,

Our 25th Birthday Celebrations are in full swing this term with several important events.

At Monday’s Foundation Assembly we were pleased to welcome The Most Reverend Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane who set the scene with his story about Nelson Mandela who was an excellent role model for all of us, through his dignity and resilience in the face of many trials during his lifetime. All students have received a 25th Anniversary Pin to be worn on their blazers on official occasions, and among their “treasures” on their ties on other occasions.

We also heard the first performance of a new song written for this 25th Celebrations titled “Where we Belong”.  This work was commissioned for St John’s and written especially for our 25th year. It will be launched publicly at our fantastic James Morrison Concert this Thursday evening at 7.30pm. If you have not yet booked to hear this world-renowned performer, tickets can be purchased from ticket box on the night!

The lyrics were written by Mr Russell Morgan and focus on the community spirit of St John’s. The music was composed by Mr Sean O’Boyle, one of Australia’s leading composers, who wrote a piece of music that is uplifting and features all the senior music ensembles at St John’s: the Wind Symphony, Chorale, Academy Strings and the Drum Line.

Our College history is closely tied to the development of Forest Lake by Delfin Lend Lease who won multiple awards for their innovative design of a master planned community. Their innovative ideas included clever road design, open plan areas to retain existing bush or build parks, and gardens, many innovative designs for housing being inclusive of all ages, their environmental focus on keeping the existing trees and planting even more unique species. Their well-known advertising was tagged Forest Lake – the Living Forest.

The Delfin design created different villages within the master plan to create a family-oriented feeling of home-coming for residents of all ages. The Village living concept was designed to create a feeling of belonging. Villages were connected by recreation areas, open spaces and around 40 km of walking tracks, pathways and bikeways. It was, in fact, a small town with the industrial estate, Richlands close by for businesses and employment opportunities.

Celebrations are a way of upholding what is important to our community. It says we value what people have done to build the school and our community. We value all the opportunities we have in this school and we want to take the time to say thank you to our Founders for their visionary approach in establishing this school.

Just as Delfin knew the best way to build a beautiful urban community, our Founders knew that the best way to educate children is in an inclusive community, a community of one mind, with shared Gospel values; where everyone, everyday models those values, talks about them, tells stories about them, and celebrates the achievement of them when they are recognised. As Delfin knew, constructing the buildings is only some of the task – our main responsibility is to build a community. The other educational benefits stem from our success in this first responsibility.

If you take the idea of community building a little further, leaders in a community such as this, in whatever way they give service, must do so with their Hearts, Heads and Hands.  Their vision and passion for educating children, by bringing to the task all of their training and knowledge, by modelling who they are in our community through their actions every day and their words in all they do, build a strong community.

As a new College, staff quickly set about creating a place of belonging, a place of safety, a place to develop faith, a place where people were loved and cared for, a place of learning. That’s pretty unique in schools, then and today.

St John’s Award Nominations
Nominations for the St John’s Award are now open.  The St John’s Award is given annually to a male and female Year 12 student who demonstrate excellence in the key attributes valued by the College community.  Students may be nominated by a member of the community before proceeding to an interview with members of the College Council and Senior Leadership Team before the end of term.  The key selection criteria and nomination form can be found here.

Nominations close on 24 August 2018.  Please contact Mrs Hinchliffe on 3372 0111 or rhinchliffe@sjac.qld.edu.au if you have any questions regarding the St John’s Award.

Suzanne Bain
Principal