Secondary Campus

Pulse Wellbeing App


In Term 4, we are trialling a new wellbeing app, ‘Pulse’, that will provide students the opportunity to ‘check in’ each week and seek support when needed. The Pulse check-in app presents a pragmatic set of questions developed by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth in collaboration with mental health and wellbeing experts. The check in experience includes a set of 6 questions that will take approximately 1-2 minutes to complete, and asks students about their wellbeing and engagement. An important feature of the app is that it also allows students to ask for help, if needed.

For the last 3 years, our school has initiated our own wellbeing check slips that allowed students to check in during the term. This has been very successful and helped build a culture of checking in with yourself and your wellbeing, looking out for others and normalising seeking help when needed. Feedback from our students indicated that they really valued this strategy but that they wanted more regular opportunities to do this within a term. Therefore we will trial Pulse for Term 4, with the potential for implementing this into our regular approaches to wellbeing from 2022.

Pulse was launched with our students at our assembly this week and Pulse will commence next Wednesday, with students receiving an email asking them to complete their first check in.

For more information about Pulse, please click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions. The privacy statement is also included here.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Leader of Student Wellbeing, Carlee Mitchell.

Write a Book in a Day – Tuesday 24 August


Could you write and illustrate a book in one day and raise money for children’s cancer research while doing so?

This is exactly the challenge that 38 talented St John’s students from Years 7 to 10 have accepted. Next Tuesday, as part of our Book Week celebrations, they will work in the TLC from 8 am to 8 pm and will produce a book that will be distributed to children’s hospitals across the country.

Students will work in six teams of 5 – 10 members to plan, write, edit and illustrate their books. They will be given a set of parameters on the day, to ensure their ideas are fresh and original – and no team is able to get a head start on the clock!

All teams are also required to raise a minimum of $240 for The Kids’ Cancer Project through fundraising and sponsorship. If you wish to make a donation to support this excellent cause, you can donate at this link You can elect to sponsor individual students or teams.

In addition, all money raised from our Book Week dress up day on Wednesday 25 August will be divided among the teams. This year the theme is Old World, New Worlds, Other Worlds. We encourage students to let their imagination run wild as they dress up as their favourite characters. Please bring a gold coin donation to support our writers and The Kids’ Cancer Project.

Write a Book in a Day brings out the very best in our students as they collaborate and create together. We can’t wait to read their stories and marvel at the wonder of what can be produced in just one day.

Cheryn Witney
Head of English

Run Against Violence Community Film Night


Run Against Violence Community Film Night – All welcome

As part of our Stage 1 Health and Wellbeing course, we will be involved in this year’s Run Against Violence campaign. Our class will take part in a community film night, led by Ms Hunt (a participant in the event – running 1300km in 19 days with her team) on Monday 30 August in the JBC. We will be contributing a range of interactive foyer displays that promote awareness for an end to family violence. The night will feature two short documentaries from the Run Against Violence organisation and a guest speaker.

It’s a free event but bookings are essential as numbers are limited due to Covid restrictions. Run Against Violence – Book Here

Event Program

6:30pm             Interactive foyer displays about family violence by Stage 1 Health and Wellbeing students

7:00pm             The Steps Together documentary (rated M)

7.30pm             Guest Speaker, Kat Herine from the Red Heart Campaign

7.50pm             Iceberg documentary (rated MA15+)

8.15pm             Finish

If current restrictions change,  we will still run the event via zoom.

We hope to see you there!

Stage 1 Health and Wellbeing Students, Carlee Mitchell and Rebecca Hunt

Year 10 and 11 Road Safety Awareness


Dear Parents,

In Week 4, students in Year 10 and Year 11 will take part in a Road Safety and Awareness Program, specific to their year level, as part of our Wednesday Wellbeing Series. These sessions are filled with important information about safety and awareness and provide a range of practical strategies to keep them safe as road users, including as pedestrians, passengers and drivers. At times, some of the content that is shared may be confronting for your child and I encourage you to have a discussion with them prior to, and following their session. We also encourage ongoing conversations with your child about keeping themselves safe on the road. If you have any concerns about your child attending their Road Safety and Awareness session, please don’t hesitate to contact me prior to Week 4.

Year 10 student session (Wednesday 11 August) + Year Senior School parent session via zoom (Thursday 19 August, 6pm – 7.30pm)

• Year 10 students will participate in a Road Safety Awareness program by Save A Life Australia on Wednesday 11 August. This session also places and emphasis on students developing the skills and knowledge to build a base of competence and experience to enhance young driver safety. Students will have the opportunity to see or experience driving through a simulated experiences in a real car.
• Accompanying this is a session for all Year 10 parents – an important opportunity to understand how you can best support your child in learning to drive and develop effective road safety awareness. This session is filled with practical tips to help you feel confident in helping your child become a safe and responsible driver and passenger. Please note, Year 11 and Year 12 parents are most welcome to attend, particularly if you have not attended this important session in previous years.

Parent Session details are as follows:

Thursday 19 August, 6pm – 7.30pm

The webinar link is:

Meeting ID: 872 6892 9050
Passcode: 3REr7z

Year 11 – Wednesday 11 August

The Road Awareness Program has been cancelled for 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Year 11 students will participate in an adapted Road Safety session, provided by school pastoral staff, and will include elements from the  Road Awareness Program. We encourage all Senior School families to discuss road safety with your child, so that we can all work together to ensure our community are safe road users, whether they are L or P plate drivers, passengers or pedestrians.

If you have any questions about the above, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Carlee Mitchell
Leader of Student Wellbeing
8278 0278

Friends of the Performing Arts


Term 1 Update

Last Friday, members of the Friends of the Performing Arts including Leony Carlsson, Melissa Miegel, Lou Rising, Tracey Bryans, Sue Mitchell and Linda Kennedy worked tirelessly organising, sorting and cleaning the Drama Storage Room and Drama Teaching Classroom in the JBC, and Costume Department in Retreat House. Their contribution has made a huge difference, systematically arranging and categorising Drama items and clothing, for ease of locating. Thank you to these wonderful volunteers for giving up their time, we greatly appreciate it.

We are also very grateful to the Friends who have volunteered to work at events this Semester, such as working behind the bar at the Band Bonanza on Wednesday 31 March. We look forward to working with many more of the Friends at upcoming Term 2 Music and Drama events.

If you are interested in being involved, please contact Julie Mullner at or on 8278 0212.

Patrick Penfold
Head of Performing Arts


Year 11 Explore and Extend Week


The Explore and Extend program will be held in Week 11 (6 – 9 April) for the Year 11 students. After consultation with students, we have developed a range of experiences that the students have chosen from and represent some of the activities/events that the pandemic has impacted for them.

These include:

Global Adventures:
Over 4 days we will travel the globe starting with a visit to the Nan Hai Pu Tuo Buddhist Temple at Sellicks Hill. Then students will experience an Asian cuisine cooking class at Sticky Rice Cooking School Stirling. We will visit Hahndorf for a traditional German lunch and cultural immersion and finish with an Amazing Race in the city visiting cultural locations and experiencing a traditional Japanese lunch.
Travelling the world requires student to try new foods, find their way around, catch public transport, make the most of new experiences, meet new people and understand different cultures. We want students to have an opportunity to try all of this here in Adelaide.
Students will stay 2 nights at Woodhouse Activity Centre on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 April returning to school on Thursday the 8 April for a 3:25 pick up. On Friday, students will meet at school and spend the day in the city on an ‘Amazing Race’ style activity, returning to school by 3pm.
Cost: $550

Surf, Sun and Sea:
Beyond the Classroom offers a brilliant surf camp based out of the York Peninsula. Students will stay 3 nights in tents at Corny Point. All instructors are experienced surfers; hold senior first aid, Level 1 surf coach certificates, surf rescue certificates and working with children police clearance certificates.
Students will participate in Surfing, snorkelling and beach activities around Berry Bay. All accommodation, travel and activities are included in this camp. Most food will be provided.
Cost: $850

Work and the City:
Experience a range of workplaces, exploring potential career pathways. Students will visit the Universities, attend workshops and a range of work places. This is not an overnight camp. Students meet each day in the city and are dismissed from the city. They provide their own lunch. The cost of workshops are included in the cost.
Cost: $100

APY Lands:
Students attending the APY trip will have returned to school by Week 11. They are able to use this week to catch up on work missed while away on APY. They can study from home or be supervised at school in TLC.  Cost: Already paid

Work Experience:
A number of students are using this week to complete their own work experience after it was cancelled in 2020. This must be booked through Ms Castine – Work Experience Coordinator.

Parents will be sent the relevant Consent2Go for the experience their child has selected. Parents are required to pay for this camp. We have endeavoured to keep costs to a minimum with these camps but understand that this expense may be difficult for some families. If you are not able make the payment, please let us know ASAP so that your child can participate in an alternative activity.

2021 Wellbeing and Engagement Collection


Dear Parents and Caregivers

Wellbeing and Engagement Collection

Students in Year 4-12 have been invited to take part in a survey being conducted in Term 1 2021.  This is a survey that our school participates in each year and provides us with important wellbeing data. This article provides key information about the survey.

Purpose of the collection

Young people’s sense of wellbeing is an important part of how they learn at school. The purpose of the survey is to seek students’ views about their wellbeing and their engagement with school.  Students in year levels 4 to 12 across South Australia will be invited to participate in the Wellbeing and Engagement Collection. The information collected will help the education system and broader community to support young people’s health and wellbeing.

What is the survey about?

The survey asks students about their social and emotional wellbeing; school relationships and engagement and learning in school; and physical health and wellbeing and after school activities. Students’ answers will be kept confidential – no one (including school staff) will use the results to identify individual students.

What is involved in project participation?

Teachers will arrange for students to undertake the survey during class time. Students will be asked if they would like to participate and will be free to withdraw at any time. If you do not want your child to participate, please contact Carlee Mitchell, Leader of Student Wellbeing by Wednesday 24 March.

 Will students’ information be kept confidential?

The Department takes measures to ensure students’ personal information and their identities remain anonymous when participating in the survey.

Participating schools with fewer than 5 students undertaking the survey will not receive a school report in order to protect the confidentiality of students.

What will happen if a student is distressed during or after the survey?

Whilst the survey questions are not expected to distress students, the survey includes questions that ask about topics such as students’ happiness and experiences of being bullied. Teachers will inform students that:

  • If they find the survey uncomfortable or distressing, they should leave the survey screen immediately
  • It is not compulsory to take part in the survey as a whole, and
  • Students may skip individual survey questions if they wish.

Students who may want to speak to an adult about concerns or issues and will be supported to do so.

Where can I get more information?

Further information on the Wellbeing and Engagement Collection can be found at (search:wec) or can be collected from the school. For questions or concerns, or to view the questions, please email

Likewise, I am your school contact and I am happy to discuss any queries you may have.  Please contact me via email: or phone: 82780278.


Carlee Mitchell
Leader of Student Wellbeing

2021 Pedal Prix Season


St John’s Grammar is gearing up for the 2021 The Pedal Prix Season.

Every year a fabulous team of parents provide support and encouragement to keep our team travelling, and we could not be successful without the support of this Parent Support Group.

There are a variety of ways to be involved, from attending official and training events and cheering on our cars, to more specific roles in:

  • Cooking
  • Marshalling
  • Bike maintenance and building

We launch on Sunday 14 March with a ‘Come and Try’ morning at 10:30am at the Secondary Campus.  Everyone is welcome, you might even get a spin in a car!

Key 2021 Dates

Come and Try                    Sunday 14 March, 10:30am – St John’s Grammar Secondary Campus

Training Day                       Sunday 16 May, 10am – Victoria Park

Race Day 6hr Event          Sunday 20 June – Victoria Park


Training Day                        August TBA

Race 2x6hr Event               11-12 September – Murray Bridge

Bike Mechanics Group     First Thursday of every month, 6pm – Pedal Prix Shed


Student gym sessions are held every Wednesday lunch in the EFM gym, Secondary Campus.


We would love to hear from you.  For more information, and to register your interest in joining the Parent Support Group, please email

Yours sincerely,

Suzy Baldry

Secondary Campus Sport in 2021


Dear Parents,

A reminder that all Term 1 Summer sport trainings have started, please see below for the training schedule. Games schedules and teams are still being finalised, when we receive these from the sporting associations they will be communicated via Canvas and the school website. If your child is not on the Sport Canvas page they must visit the PE Office and let Mr Travis or Mrs Watson know.

Included below is the Secondary School Sport Policy, Summer Season Training/Game Schedule and Uniform Outline. Canvas is our main form of communication so please ensure your child has ‘accepted’ the invitation to the course.

Secondary School Sport Policy
Summer Season Training/Game Schedule
Summer Sport Uniform

If you have any questions or issues please contact us on the emails listed below.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Travis and Brooke Watson
Heads of Sport