Celebrating Achievements in Foundation Week
Everyone likes a birthday celebration and it has been no exception at St John’s 22nd birthday held last week. Birthdays give us time to reflect on our achievements during the year and to be inspired to reach our goals in the year ahead.
There are many achievements in a busy school such as ours however in particular we acknowledged the achievement of our students in reaching the semifinals in the Conrad Challenge and going to the Kennedy Space Centre and NASA, Florida, USA for the Innovation Summit. We hosted atSTEM Conference Day with QUT and were inspired by Guest Speaker Mr Peter Nikoloff, Executive Director of Nova Systems on working in the mechanical and aeronautical engineering industry; we hosted the Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge (BPAC) for hundreds of students from local dance schools; our global education focus was enhanced by the arrival of Ms Wendy Du a teacher from the Confucius Institute UQ who assists with our Chinese Language program, we joined in the Annual Dragon Boats Race on Forest Lake, 29 students participated in the Antipodean Trip to Borneo for community service activities building a church in remote a village and we are the only Anglican School in Australia embracing new ways to approach prayer with our nationally recognized Prayer Spaces for both primary and secondary students.
At the Foundation Day Assembly, inspiration came from Old Collegian Sarah Timmerman, founder of the online fashion business Beginning Boutique. Sarah has been nationally recognised for her skills, her insight, and her courage in taking her small business venture to a multimillion dollar on line business in just a few years. In her address she told the students that it was at Market Day in Year Ten that she knew she wanted to own a business. Having won the 2014 Brisbane Business New Young Entrepreneur Award for Retail, this week Sarah’s business won the Telstra Qld Business of the Year. Sarah says ‘it’s about community and team.’ People want to be connected, to belong and Sarah’s business model has created an online community of followers. Excellent!
St John’s students are surrounded by inspirational people and challenged to grow personally every day through our balanced program. Our goal is for them to be exceptional young people with the confidence and the drive to succeed in all that they do.