Year be­gan and ends with ‘bang’

Western Times - - ALL SCHOOL NEWS 2018 - Donaugh Shirley Prin­ci­pal, St John’s School

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.

The arts

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.

Academia

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.

Sport

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.

Re­li­gious Life

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.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG GRINS: St John’s stu­dents have had a big year

Bal­ance is key for St John’s.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the grad­u­at­ing class of 2018.

St John’s stu­dents have shone dur­ing the year.

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