Ripples Edition 18 | 26 November 2020

Principal’s Message

The last newsletter of the year is always a little difficult to write. Tiredness has made its mark on the whole community. Thank you comments echo in our ears at numerous ceremonies and gathering moments. Many have received certificates and they are delighted by the recognition.

To walk this College while classes are underway is to walk through one of the best schools in this nation. The atmosphere is calm, the faces friendly and welcoming, the activity purposeful and the intent of those you meet is to be helpful. Each of these qualities translates easily into a community that welcomes all.

There are other thoughts too, those wondering about teachers for next year, whether their subject choice is really right or how they will achieve their five top goals for next year. It really can be a time of many and mixed emotions in the community. Most of the concerns are just the normal aspects that fill our lives. They are experienced by all and solved by most in our own personal manner. Again we have probably discovered that we have resolved well the challenges that have been part of our year and mostly we have contemplated what matters in order to have a meaningful life.

The weeks ahead are for us all a much needed time of rest and emphasis on other agendas. Holidays are approaching and many are looking forward to the fun of family gatherings, presents and time to indulge in relaxation. Reading becomes a real chance and indulgence during the Christmas break.

Whatever your state of mind as the year comes to a close, I thank all in the community for your contribution to another very successful College year. I see so much success and growth taking place across St John’s. This is a wonderful community, and the year deserves to be well celebrated in final community gatherings that we have been able to share in person across the year levels in recent days.

As you rest and consider the time ahead I would commend to you a moment of contemplation about how you might assist those in the world who are suffering genuine hardship at this time. Perhaps a prayer for their well-being or a practical donation through a charity might be considered.

I wish you all the greetings of the seasons. Take care and “God Bless” to all!

Mrs Maria McIvor
Principal


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 https://youngcare.rosterfy.co/register

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

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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 developmentoffice@sjac.qld.edu.au.

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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.

CONTINUE READING

Robern Hinchliffe
Deputy Principal – Pastoral Care

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Secondary News

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Program is an internationally recognised, worldwide youth award scheme conducted in over 130 countries. St John’s Anglican College is proud to act as an Award Unit, offering a wide variety of activities and opportunities for those students wishing to take part.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award covers four separate challenges that enable each participant to grow in various ways, all of which can be found within the many extra-curricular activities offered here at St John’s Anglican College:

  1. Physical Recreation – 1 hour per week of physical activity, whether it be on a sporting field, in the swimming pool or in the hundred other places designed for students to push themselves physically.
  2. Skill – 1 hour per week of students testing and developing their mental skills, whether this be learning a musical instrument, learning a new language or taking part in programs such as Chess or Debating. This one is designed to test the students’ minds.
  3. Service – 1 hour per week designed to show the students the importance of giving back to the community. Our many service opportunities cover a wide range of these activities and is a perfect way for the students to engage in a service program.
  4. Adventurous Journeys – two excursions (length dependent on Award Level) designed to test all of these activities in one.

The Award itself is optional and the main aim is for the students to source the activities themselves and the Leaders to provide ongoing support. It is a fantastic opportunity and one that is well-recognised in all forms of later life. It is recommended that any new participant join as early in the academic year as possible to utilise as many of the school activities as they can. Don’t worry though! You can join at any time.

For more information please contact me.

Danielle Jorgensen
Service Learning Coordinator
djorgensen@sjac.qld.edu.au

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St John’s International College

As the year draws to a close we would like to sincerely thank our homestay families who have provided great support for our international students who were not able to return home due to COVID-19 this year. We were particularly grateful when our students returned from overseas earlier in the year and were provided with home quarantined care by their respective homestay families.

It has been a challenging time for our international students who haven’t seen their loved ones this year and the next return date is still unknown. We are immensely proud of their courage and resilience during this difficult time.

St John’s International College is organising some exciting programs for our international students during the coming school holidays. We have organised a four-night stay at the Tangalooma Resort, led by the International College staff before Christmas, as well as some shopping and sightseeing trips after Christmas. The aim of organising these activities is to give our international students the opportunity of exploring the local attractions while spending their school holidays in Australia. We hope it would provide them with some excitement after such a long period of not being able to see their loved ones.

It is with immense pride that we have witnessed our international students achieve outstanding academic results this year. A job well done for all international students.

Shirley Sun
Head of St John’s International College


Primary News

What a wonderful term we have had! The last few weeks have been filled with a variety of special events and activities and there are more to come. On Monday 23 November the annual Year Two Chess competition was held and 2W took out the winning class trophy for earning the most points. The Chess competition is the culmination of our early years’ Chess program in which our students receive a weekly Chess lesson across an 18 month period. The lessons begin in the second semester of Year One and continue throughout Year Two. Learning how to play Chess improves the students’ strategic thinking skills and creativity and strengthens focus and memory. The Chess lessons are linked to many of the mathematical concepts taught in the early years and so they also help the children to apply mathematical concepts to different settings.

Kindergarten Graduation

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week the children in Kindergarten celebrated their year of learning at their ‘graduation event’. It was lovely to see so many family members able to join us for both occasions and to enjoy the performances of the children, who demonstrated that they are very ready for Prep next year. The Kindergarten teachers have completed Transitions Statements for all their children progressing into Prep and these will be distributed to families this month.

International Baccalaureate Units of Inquiry

There is always a lot of learning happening at St John’s. Recently the Year Four students were learning about the structure of a flower. They created a 3D model of a flower with their class teachers and then learnt how to code it to be interactive using MakeyMakey and Scratch, during their digital technology lessons with Mrs Laurie Wilson in the Library, Research and Information Centre. The background the students used was an image of the cross-section of a flower, and each ‘sprite’ or ‘character’ in Scratch explained a part of the flower. Some parts are coded to pop words up on the screen, and some are coded to play an audio recording. This is a learning experience that the students are sure to remember.

In Year Two the students are learning about sustainability and the water cycle. They established a new garden this term and their crops are thriving.  Hands-on activities such as these can improve learning and deepen understanding. They also make learning lots of fun.

Online Booking Form for Vacation Care

We are pleased to advise that we now have an online booking form for Vacation Care. The Christmas holiday program will begin for Prep to Year Six students on Friday 4 December and families wishing to use the ACBB and Early Years ABCC Vacation Care services are asked to access the program and link to the online booking form via the College website. Activities include Medieval art, water slides, a wildlife show, movies, Christmas arts and party and much, much more. The Educators are looking forward to seeing who comes along to join in all the fun.

End of Year Assemblies

I am looking forward to seeing families at our five special assemblies for our Prep to Year Six students. It will be lovely to celebrate the year together.

Friday  27 November
Yr 3-4 Assembly, 10.00am, Performing Arts Centre of Excellence
Yr 5-6 Assembly, 12.30pm, Performing Arts Centre of Excellence

Monday  30 November
Leadership Chapel, 9.00am, Living Faith Chapel
Yr 2 Assembly,11.30am, Living Faith Chapel
Yr 1 assembly, 1.30pm, Living Faith Chapel

Tuesday 1 December
Prep Assembly, 1.30pm, Living Faith Chapel

Sandra Hawken
Head of Primary


Sport

Secondary Sports Day Camps

In preparation for Term One Sport in 2021, St John’s will host a number of Sports Day Camps over the school holidays for the beneficial skill development, team cohesion and organisation of Term One fixtures. The camps will be run on the following dates and students currently in Year 6 to 11 are invited to sign-up and attend.

BOYS CRICKET

Thursday 10 December | 8:30am – 2:30pm
National Cricket Centre
$45 – includes transport, morning tea and lunch

Thursday 21 January | 8:30am – 2:30pm
St John’s Secondary Oval
$20 – includes morning tea
This camp will include final team selections

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Friday 11 December | 8:30am – 2:30pm
St John’s Sports Centre
$20 – includes morning tea

Friday 22 January | 8:30am – 2:30pm
St John’s Sports Centre
$20 – includes morning tea
This camp will include final team selections

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Thursday 10 December | 8:30am – 2:30pm
St John’s Sports Centre
$20 – includes morning tea

Thursday 21 January | 8:30am – 2:30pm
St John’s Sports Centre
$20 – includes morning tea
This camp will include final team selections

GIRLS TENNIS

Friday 11 December | 8:30am – 2:30pm
St John’s Secondary Tennis Courts
$20 – includes morning tea

Friday 22 January | 8:30am – 2:30pm
St John’s Secondary Tennis Courts
$20 – includes morning tea
This camp will include final team selections

GIRLS FOOTBALL

Friday 11 December | 8:30am – 2:30pm
St John’s Secondary Oval
$20 – includes morning tea

Friday 22 January | 8:30am – 2:30pm
St John’s Secondary Oval
$20 – includes morning tea
This camp will include final team selections

Each of these camps will be facilitated by accredited coaches and may include skill acquisition, game play, team cohesion and strategies, rules of the sport, video analysis and team selections.

How to Sign-Up:
*Parents of Year 6 students will need to sign up and pay for these camps through My St John’s.
*Students in Years 7 to 11 will need to sign up through Student Café for the relevant camp/s. Parents will then need to approve and pay for these camps through My St John’s.

Sign-Ups Closes on Monday 30 November

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Football Academy Program

Aim
The Academy aims to cater for both boys and girls.  Providing realistic opportunities for students to grow their Football Skills and to achieve academically.  The Academy is available to both Primary and Secondary students.  The Primary Years program will focus on development of Football Skills.  The Secondary Years program provides support in preparation of the TAS Football season.

Entry Requirements
To participate in the Football Academy, Senior and Middle School students will go through a grading process and be allocated into groups based primarily on ability. The structure of a Development, Academy or Excellence Group. The Academy is open to all students in Years 7 to 12.

Cost
The cost for the 2021 program is $225 for new students which includes all coaching, use of quality equipment and training strip.

How to Sign-Up:
*Parents of Year 6 students will need to sign up and pay for these camps through My St John’s.
*Students in Years 7 to 11 will need to sign up through Student Café for the relevant camp/s. Parents will then need to approve and pay for these camps through My St John’s.

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Hockey Academy Program

The Hockey Academy Program is on offer for female students currently in Years 6 to 11. The program will commence in Week One of Term One 2021 and run throughout the year with two training sessions per week.

Aim
Aligning with the College strategic direction of Enterprise through Social: cultivating an engaged community; Personal learning and success: empowering life-long learners; Wisdom: developing people of good character through their participation in sport. Students learn to play with style and strive for excellence in everything they do on the field. Hockey Academy Program will train twice a week.

Expectations
It is expected that participants commit to a minimum of one training session per week.

Cost
The cost of the 2021 program is $100 per student. The cost will cover the use of specialist coaches and a training shirt.

How to Sign-Up:
*Parents of Year 6 students will need to sign up and pay for these camps through My St John’s.
*Students in Years 7 to 11 will need to sign up through Student Café for the relevant camp/s. Parents will then need to approve and pay for these camps through My St John’s.

Sign-Up Closes on Monday 30 November 2020