St John's Girls' School to celebrate 100 years

St John's Girls' School deputy principal Nathan Hughes holding an old school photo taken in front of Gilmour House. The ...
John Hawkins

St John's Girls' School deputy principal Nathan Hughes holding an old school photo taken in front of Gilmour House. The school is celebrating its 100th this year.

Past students, staff and parents of St John's Girls' School will celebrate reaching the school's 100-year milestone in 2017.

A three-day celebration will be held in October.

Deputy principal Nathan Hughes said everyone involved in the school during the past 100 years was welcome back.

People in their 80s and 90s would share stories of the school with the present students who are 8 and 9 years old, Hughes said.

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Students would also learn a lot about the history of the school during the year.

"We'll talk a lot about people, values and traditions that have been happening in the past 100 years," he said. "The girls will enjoy that a lot."

An assembly, an evening with drinks and nibbles, a school fair, dinner and entertainment and a church service would be held during the three days.

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"It's really exciting, it's wonderful to celebrate so much tradition," Hughes said.

The school was founded in 1917 by the St John's Anglican Church on Tay St.

Hughes said the school had since evolved into an interdenominational school but was still based on its Christian values.

The biggest changes the school had experienced during the century were the advances in technology and recent renovations.

Hughes said every student at the school had an iPad to help them engage and share knowledge.

The school was evolving with education trends and in the past three years had renovated three of its blocks, he said.

From the outside the school looked like an old park but inside was modern and open planned, he said.

Classrooms were no longer set up in rows of desks facing a blackboard - now students shared learning on a mat with their iPads.

The school had also grown from 60 students in two classrooms, to a roll of about 130 students, 14 of whom could live in the boarding home on weekdays.

It was important the school had low class numbers and that remained a priority through the years, Hughes said.

Fewer students meant a warmer, friendlier environment, he said.

 - Stuff

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