Secondary Campus

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