Creating the ‘edge’ for our students
We strongly believe that in order to find and develop the potential of each one of our students, opportunities to be involved in the school and wider community must be provided. Experience tells us that young children learn how to be great citizens when they participate enthusiastically in community life. In the last week two such opportunities have presented themselves and our students have taken them up.
Dragon Boat Races are part of the rich Chinese cultural heritage and are held all over the world in Chinese communities. This year’s festival hosted by the Hakka Association of Queensland and supported by the Brisbane City Council saw St John’s students enthusiastically join a race team on Forest Lake. This was a first for St John’s students who joined Hakka team members in their race. Congratulations to our team members who are already planning for an even larger team and more preparation next year.
Another such opportunity provided by St John’s comes with hosting the Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge in our Performing Arts Centre of Excellence. Hundreds of families have visited our College as their children showcased their talent in all forms of dance and musical theatre. St John’s students are involved of course and we look forward to mutually beneficial collaboration with BPAC in the future. At St John’s we make every effort to bring in industry professionals for our students and the ability to showcase our excellent facilities is an opportunity not to be missed.
Our annual community celebration of Mother’s Day brought many Mums, Grandmothers and Carers for our annual Mother’s Day High Tea. Guest Speaker at the High Tea this year was Celebrity Chef and TV Personality Alastair McLeod, who entertained us with stories about his travels and adventures with food. The Mother’s Day High Tea is also a practical assessment piece for our Year 11 and 12 Hospitality students who are involved in the planning, preparation and service of food and beverage catering for around 160 guests.
Involvement in community events and partnerships like these gives St John’s students “the edge” in finding and developing their potential and their resume!
Our next Open Day is Saturday, 8 August from 9am to 2pm. This day provides a great opportunity for your family to visit and experience the wonderful work of our students and teachers.