Facilities and Spaces
Although we are considered a small school we have excellent facilities including smart televisions in every classroom, a 1-1 device policy where each student is given access to either an iPad (Foundation to Grade 3) or a laptop (Grades 4-7), We also utilise Apple TV’s in our Junior Primary classrooms and each classroom has a sound field system installed for optimal learning to occur.
Our school grounds are well maintained including two ovals, double courts, shaded playground and sandpit play areas. Also installed in our school is a sensory room for students with identified sensory needs. Our hall is a multipurpose area for students to access, which can include learning opportunities through cooking in the full kitchen area as well as taking part in yearly concerts and end of year performances on the stage area.
Currently, our P and F are looking at developing our outdoor spaces into a ‘Nature Play’ area.
Flexible Learning Spaces
As a progressive educational learning site, we value student’s voice and engage with them in the development of their learning spaces. Students are always a strong voice in the decision making of how learning takes place both inside and outside the classrooms.
Nature Play Area
Students being responsible, creative and critical learners is always at the forefront of our school community focus. Students have worked closely with staff to open up all areas of our outside learning spaces including our scrub area, vegetable garden, trees and garden areas resulting in only three rules being upheld:
- be safe
- be respectful
- be prepared
Students have access to these outdoor areas and can freely play in this space.
Pedal Prix School
Although a small school, community support has always been strong resulting in us recently celebrating 25 years involvement in Pedal Prix.
The Australian HPV Super Series is an annual championship held in South Australia and Western Australia featuring velomobiles racing around enclosed circuits for a period between 6 and 24 hours. The largest event of its kind anywhere in the world, it attracts teams from all around Australia, and even overseas. As of 2018, the championship consists of six races taking place at Mount Gambier, Loxton, Adelaide twice, Busselton, and Murray Bridge
St John’s has a comprehensive Special Education Program with early intervention to assist children with learning difficulties a priority. In addition, St John’s offers Oral Language Intervention to students targeted to be ‘at risk’ of achieving their full Literacy potential.
Other interventions and support programmes include Multilit and Hickey Multi-Sensory training. Students with high intellectual potential are given the opportunity to extend their level of thinking through the development of tasks and activities which challenge them both within and outside of the classroom teaching programme. St John’s is also an accredited Dyslexia Aware School, one of only 4 accredited schools in South Australia. We also have a fully functional sensory room for students with identified learning and sensory needs.
IB PYP School
St John’s is an IB (International Baccalaureate) school where a PYP (Primary Years Programme) is thoroughly implemented. As a Christian school, our philosophy is about developing the whole child and as such our Christ–centred approach, underpinned by our school values, inclusive of a broad curriculum has resulted in us being authorised as an IB school.