Year began and ends with ‘bang’
ST JOHN’S SCHOOL, ROMA:
WE SAY 2018 began with a bang: Primary school families arrived through a new gateway, beginning the school year by walking down the yellow brick road and sitting under the shade area on seats positioned on plush. green grass.
The exterior of the other buildings had been upgraded and painted, so new and old blended together seamlessly.
At this stage, our new kindergarten was not ready, much to the disappointment of children, parents and staff. Work and planning continued and, as if by magic, the day came where all the pieces arrived.
Within days, they were assembled and a state-of-the-art St John’s kindy was a reality. Staff were appointed and under the guidance of Ela Dale and with the support of Belinda Dart, kindy began and has never looked back.
Our students receive a government-approved program run by Centacare based in Brisbane.
While the kindy is run independently, it is very much a part of the St John’s family.
Throughout the year, we have taken part in a multitude of activities and programs ensuring our students receive a quality education in an environment of support, guidance and challenge.
Our open morning on September 9 showcased our school to parents and the wider community. The success of this morning and the positive feedback will ensure this event continues into the future.
IN April, we performed Annie Jnr
the Musical, to wide acclaim. The quality of the acting, singing, dancing, production and costumes was excellent and I commend all involved.
We performed exceptionally well in the Roma Eisteddfod, led by Mrs Carmel Treasure, with the support of teachers, parents and students alike.
TTHOUGHOUT the year, our school excelled across many academic fields.
Our new phonological awareness and reading intervention program has seen all students improve, some to the extent of two years growth in six months.
This was reflected in our improved school-wide NAPLAN results; these will continue to improve as we roll out this program for the secondary school.
Our Year 12 students from 2017 received outstanding results with students following their own particular pathway on their educational journey.
Further afield, we shone with the Maths Team Challenge and achieved excellent results at the Opti-MINDS state final hosted by the University of Queensland where our open science engineering team was awarded first place.
THERE are few places where students have such access to a variety of sports and are provided with the opportunity to be part of so much. From equestrian, tennis, football, basketball to individual the sports of athletics and swimming, we have competed and shown the stuff of which we are made. Well done everyone.
WE are a Catholic school formed in the ethos of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy.
Under the guidance and direction of Mrs Trish Parker, we have seen the school religious life flourish in 2018, culminating with an emphasis on the value of excellence in fourth term.
The Spirit of St John’shas been manifested and embedded in the past 12 months.
Community and outreach
WHAT brings this all together is the wonderful team of people who support our school, students and the endeavours we undertake.
Our board, P&F, parish, parents, teachers and so many other people work to ensure St John’s is a great place where we strive for the best and look after each other.
This is perhaps one of the areas that fills me with pride, as we take part in school and community events and celebrate who and what we are.
I receive many comments about this as we support the wider community and enjoy ourselves at such events as our own race day and the Moonlight Fair.
The year has been a whirlwind with so much happening however it has been one of which we can be immensely proud.
There are so many people who I could thank and so much that I could talk about. To be able to do these things we need great support.
To Fr Jamie, my leadership team, the school deans and the staff – thank you. To the parents and wider community, we acknowledge your support and trust. To our God who smiles on us every day but is there to support us when things do not go to plan, I say we are blessed. May we all have a restful and joyous Christmas and continue to work together in 2019.
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Congratulations to the graduating class of 2018.
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