Safety for Children

There are many ways in which we can be proactive in ensuring the safety of all the members of our College community, but particularly our children. Here are just a few important areas to remember:

Student Protection

We believe that there is nothing more important than child safety and we work daily to ensure that children are educated in a safe environment. Key to this effort is for students to know that they can talk with staff, parents or other trusted adults if they have any concerns about themselves or their friends. There are four Student Protection Officers at St John’s that students can talk to; Mrs Robern Hinchliffe and Mr Wayne Pascoe on the secondary campus and Mrs Sandra Hawken and Mr Martin Brownlow on the primary campus. Students can also talk to other trusted adults if they have seen or expereinced anything they are worried about.

The College has sound policies and practices in place regarding child protection and these are available for families to access via the College website. To further assist parents in developing a thorough understanding of the student protection practices we have in place at St John’s we are holding an information session in Living Faith Chapel on Tuesday 21 February, at 6.00pm. It is important that all family members and friends wishing to volunteer to help in the classroom, on excursions, with sport or other extra-curricular activities, attend this important session so they are aware of their responsibilities and those of other members of our College community.

Sun Safety

Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world and we should not become complacent about time spent in the sun. At St John’s the bucket hat is a compulsory part of the uniform during morning tea, lunch and sport and the broad brimmed hat is to be worn to and from school, on special occasions and whenever the formal uniform is worn.

Families are asked to make sure their children are wearing hats before they leave home. They should also apply sunscreen and provide a tube of sunscreen so that children can reapply later in the day. Establishing the practice of never leaving home without a hat and sunscreen helps children to develop good habits that they can take with them into adulthood.

Indications are that the very hot weather we have been experiencing this year will reoccur in future summer seasons and we should all be proactive in encouraging sun safety practices to protect our children from the harmful UV rays of the sun.

Cyber Safety

It was ‘Safer Internet Day’ around the world on Tuesday this week and a timely reminder for us to keep well informed about safe and appropriate online behaviour. Teaching units in all year levels provide students with strategies and guidance in using the internet and special guests and presentations throughout the year reinforce these special messages.

Teachers and parents can access resources on line for further information and attend the information sessions provided by the College each year. This year the Cyber safety information session will be held on Monday 13 February, in the College Auditorium, commencing at 6.30pm.

The Independent Schools Digital Collaboration Network (ISDCN) is a source of information and online presentations and webinars. The website contains past webinar recordings and dates of future Parent Webinars such as the ones listed below.

Parent Webinar 9 – The Importance of Play – Feb 22nd
Parent Webinar 10 – Social and Legal Responsibilities Online – Not so Virtual – May 3rd

I encourage you to take the time to explore this website, found at and review the tips it provides parents to help their children grow and develop in a safe and happy environment.