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School Profile - St John's College, Darwin

Posted on 29 August 2018
School Profile - St John's College, Darwin

Above: CaSPA Director Frank Pisano [far left] with senior students from St John's College

One of the highlights of CaSPA Board Meetings is the opportunity for the Directors  to visit local schools. This was the case on August 23rd when Cameron Hughes, principal of St John's College, Darwin invited the Board to meet at his College.

St John's has a long history in Darwin where it began as two separate schools - one for boys and a girls school on an adjacent property - besides the Darwin Botanical Gardens. In time the two were merged into the one school. Today it has 3 distinct sources for its students with around a third of the population coming from each of the following:

  • International Students [largely Indonesia]
  • Indigenous students from remote communities
  • local Darwin families

This means that around 60% of its students are located in the boarding facilities provided by the College.

The College is situated in what is normally a beautiful natural environment. This however was turned around during the cyclone that hit Darwin in March 2018. Many of the beautiful trees that adorned the properly were uprooted and effectively razed much of the foliage on the site. The College is indebted to one of CaSPA's partners - CCI Insurance - for their help and support restoring the site following the cyclone.

The Directors wish to thank Principal Cameron Hughes and his staff and students for their warm welcome and generous hospitality during our August visit.

 

  

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