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From the Student Leadership and Wellbeing Coordinator

Sustainable Practices

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” – Native American Proverb

Keylock DanielOver the last year and a half, at the St John’s Campus we have been embarking on a sustainability journey, looking at what our roles and responsibilities are in regards to sustainable practices.  

Whilst most of this work has been going on in the background, we are pleased to have implemented the first step, which is to change our approach to waste disposal by using a new bin system. Working with Carole-Lee Gordon from Bin Shift, we have revamped our bin system to help educate our community on the importance of sorting waste and thereby reducing the amount of waste that we are sending to landfill each week. This whole process would not be possible without the enthusiasm and support of a wonderful group of students, who are volunteering their time to ensure that this system is successful. It has been encouraging to note the high level of student engagement in this initiative!

Improving our recycling system is the first step in a long journey, but it will be a very significant one for our community. We are hoping that as we progress as a campus, we will not just be recycling waste but we will seek ways to reuse, reduce and avoid waste in the future. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Bin Shift and how this system works, then you may like to attend the upcoming Business Breakfast on Thursday, 26 March and hear directly from Carole-Lee Gordon herself.

Daniel Keylock
Student Leadership and Wellbeing Coordinator

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Off to a Great Start!

For the first few weeks of the school year, the St John’s Campus students and teachers have been engaging in a variety of activities and tasks as a way to provide a positive platform for the beginning of the year. The start of the term is focussed primarily on establishing positive relationships between the students as well as between teachers and students. 

Students have taken part in collaborative and team building activities that highlight the importance of collaboration, communication and problem-solving skills. Playing games and interacting with each other allowed students and teachers to create personal connections, while supporting the development of the attributes of the IB Learner Profile.

Time spent getting to know one another will form lasting relationships that we believe that will allow students to feel safe, secure and accepted in their learning environment, and in turn this will progress academic learning to its highest potential. (Forbes, H)

Students have also been involved in designing their learning environments and discussing what conditions promote learning for them as individuals as well as a class community. Flexible learning environments have been ideal in allowing students to create optimal learning spaces. Setting up the classroom culture for the year ahead through establishing ‘Essential Agreements’ gives the students a chance to have input into and ownership over the ways that they choose to learn and interact with one another.

A worthwhile, fun and engaging start to the year!

Rachel Muldoon
Director of Student Learning - St John's Campus

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Parent/Teacher Interviews - Year 1 to Year 5

Parent/Teacher Interviews for Year 1 to Year 5 will be held on Thursday, 27 February and Tuesday, 3 March.

Assessment data will be shared at this time and staff from the Inclusive Learning team will be present as necessary.

In preparation for these Parent/Teacher Interviews, you may consider reflecting on these questions to guide your conversations:

  • What is some information that you want to share with your child's teacher about your child’s strengths and areas of growth?
  • What do you see as a learning focus for your child this year?
  • What do see as a social/emotional focus/goal for your child for this year?
  • What do want your child to achieve throughout this year?
  • Is there any other useful information that you want to share?

We look forward to seeing you on at the Parent/Teacher Interviews and pray that this valuable time allows for the successful partnership of home and school to be formed for the benefit of your child.

Information about how to book a Parent/Teacher Interview was distributed via the School Star app on Friday, 14 February. If you have any questions during the booking process, please contact the School Office via email or phone 8271 4299.

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Student Achievement

Year 5 student William (5S) was recently fortunate enough to win a golf competition to meet Australian professional golfer and world #8 MinJee Lee. William also had an opportunity to try out the Royal Adelaide Golf Course. A wonderful experience!

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