So, what does it mean to be in an Anglican School!
It is important to guide students in their thinking about what it means to have the extraordinary privilege of being
educated in an Anglican School. In order to fully embrace the opportunities
provided it is useful to have a framework to help students to understand how being Anglican makes a difference in the life of our school. Excerpts from my message to students at a recent assembly follow –
Firstly – Anglican Schools are interested in growing students as a whole person, but not only that, helping them to grow into the best they can be by following the Christian values of faith, hope, love, courage, community and justice. Growing the whole person happens in our curriculum taught in classrooms and our extracurricular program in sport, performing arts and service programs. This whole person focus provides the opportunities for students to broaden their learning, to explore who they are and develop their God given talents.
Secondly – Anglican Schools are interested in intellectual development, in being interested in learning for learning’s sake, (not just for NAPLAN or OP results). It means being interested in debating about topics of interest and sharing opinions. We want students to be fully aware of what is going on in the world; in Science and Maths, in the Humanities and the Arts and all the other fascinating areas of knowledge studied. Having a growth mindset about learning is essential.
Thirdly – Anglican Schools are inclusive; welcoming others, respecting everyone, learning about different ways of thinking and being human. This provides opportunities to develop the skills and values to live in peace and harmony with others, seeking justice for all with a priority for the poor, the powerless, persecuted and marginalised.
Lastly – Anglican Schools are intentional about sticking to the liturgical traditions of their history; promoting faith and worshiping together as a community. St John’s students are being shaped by a community that loves
and cares for them and their personal and spiritual growth which is indeed a precious thing. Let us show you the exceptional work of our teachers as they provide an extraordinary environment in which our students grow
into outstanding young men and women.