This year has highlighted the tremendous contribution that St Johns College teachers, support staff, college executive, principal, Kerry Morris, and the whole school community have made to the education of our students as we all strive for excellence in learning and teaching.
Our teachers have displayed professionalism, dedication, resourcefulness, flexibility and genuine care for their students' wellbeing under very challenging circumstances.
Parents are the strength of our community and their partnership in their children's education this year has been remarkable. We are grateful to you all for your care, commitment, courage and the resilience you have shown in these unprecedented times.
In a year like no other, St Johns College has flourished despite the challenges 2020 has provided. The shift to remote and online learning earlier in the year due to COVID-19 presented immense challenges for students, parents and teachers. We ensured no student would be disadvantaged during these challenging times.
This year saw the introduction of the Positive Programs at the college, involving a whole school approach to the positive wellbeing of our students. The programs allow students to assess their strengths and become a better version of themselves through the use of explicit activities and teaching. The program engages students by intentionally teaching our students how to develop the skills and competencies to grow their brain's abilities, while teaching them to acquire skills of social-emotional resilience to allow them to live a fulfilling life.
The college continues to nurture the leadership of our students involving them in a purposeful and meaningful way to extend and use their individual talents and gifts. We believe in the right of every student to develop a sense of self-worth through positive and appropriate leadership opportunities. At St Johns College a culture of leadership is encouraged from year 7 to 12 through: Student Representative Council, peer support leaders and our elected year 12 school leadership roles. Our leadership opportunities emphasise service to others, taking initiatives and developing responsibility.
This year saw the introduction of a new vision and mission statement at the college where we are dedicated to "educating students in an inclusive, Catholic, Christ-centered environment where we promote respect and encourage students to reach their potential, creating a community to which we all belong".
This month, construction of a $4.5 million multipurpose hall will commence. The new hall will include space for 1300 people to be seated, providing a focal point for the school community to gather.