Fruit of the Spirit
The school is implementing the Fruit of the Spirit program. When we are baptised we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. By listening to and being guided by the Holy Spirit, the Fruit of the Spirit may grow within us and in our dealings with others. The Fruit of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:21-22).
Alice Nannup Cultural Walk Trail
St John’s School has been involved in a Natural Resource Management Project on the natural bushlands adjacent to the Church oval. The project involves children from the school, initially the Year Four Class, working with the Northern Agricultural Catchment Council (NACC) Indigenous Natural Resource Management Project Manager, the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous community members, to develop the Alice Nannup Walk Trail. The area recognises the cultural significance of the native bush land area and the traditional ecological knowledge of Aboriginal Australians, e.g. the use of bush foods. Alice Nannup planted a tree on the site in the late 1940s. This area was originally an Aboriginal reserve and is now home to a large stand of Quondongs Trees which is still used today for collecting bush food for making jam and pies. Students will be involved in the planting of native seedings to stabilise the soil, photographing and monitoring of the site’s development and in a biodiversity conservation Art class project related to the site.
City of Geraldton Indigenous Art Project
As part of our involvement with the Alice Nannup Cultural Area Project the city of Geraldton funded a local artist to work with the Year Four Class to produce two murals. One has been kept in the school and one will be erected in the Alice Nannup Cultural Walk trail.
Closing the Gap Focus School
St John’s School was selected as a focus school for implementing the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Education Plan. As part of the project we received extra funding to work with the families and children within the school.
The school implements the use of the Mathletics program, both within the Mathematics timetables and with it being available for use at home.
Screening of Communication Skills (SOCS) Screening – Kindy and Pre Primary
The Kindy and Pre Primary students have participated in an assessment program titled Screening of Communication Skills (SOCS). The aim of the SOCS Screening is to provide classroom teachers with valuable information in regards to the students’ speech and language development. The classroom teacher sits down with each individual student and completes a series of activities in a one on one situation. The screening/activities takes approximately forty minutes for each individual student. The data that is collected is then analysed and provides the classroom teachers with information about where the students are currently at and what can be done to assist student progress in the future.
Aussie of the Month
Each month, the Aussie of the Month awards recognises the achievement and citizenship shown by a Junior and a Senior Student.
Year One and Year Six Buddies
Year One and Year Six students form a close bond through their Buddies Program in which they share learning activities and sit together during School Masses.
Quality Catholic Schools
The goal of the Quality Catholic Schools (QCS) Tool Review process is to create a whole-school planning and improvement framework used by schools for self-review and improvement. Each year schools will review important components of Catholic schools. There are 14 components to the framework in the areas of Catholic Identity (Discipleship), Community (Learning), Education (Learning) and Stewardship (Accountability), which will be reviewed over a five-year period.