St John’s Newtown offers a nurturing and holistic approach to education for young learners.
Students may progress to the primary school from our kindergarten or join the St John’s community at the transition pint of Prep.
Set within the urban precinct of Newtown in Geelong, it has a well established reputation within the local community since it opened in 1962. St John’s is a community with outstanding staff whose strong commitment to education ensures that each child strives to reach their potential as young, valued, world citizens. St John’s endeavours to create a community of safe, secure and happy children who love learning and are well prepared for the next steps of their educational journey.
The opportunity of a seamless pathway from Kindergarten through to Year 12 is assured for all Geelong Lutheran College students, with guaranteed entry into Year 7 at our Armstrong Creek campus for students graduating from St John’s.
Geelong Lutheran College students at St John’s Newtown have the opportunity to be part of an innovative French immersion program. Our French Early Learning specialist staff support the Kindergarten to Year 2 students in learning French through the ELLA (Early Learning Languages App) initiative. Year 3 to Year 6 students are enjoying their new French experience especially the combination of explicit language teaching, immersive experiences within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), design-thinking and in-class support from their French teacher and two native French Learning Coaches.
Providing an opportunity for students to participate in sporting activities is a priority for Geelong Lutheran College, St John’s Newtown. In addition to the PE program offered to all students, there is a diverse range of in-house as well as extra-curricular sporting events that children have the opportunity to participate in. These include:
- School events such as athletic, cross country and swimming carnivals, catering for students capable of progressing all the way through to State level competition.
- Interschool sporting competitions including football, netball, softball, basketball, cricket, swimming and soccer.
- Swimming program for students in Year 1-6.
Our St John’s Newtown campus offers a developmental classroom music program for all students from Kindergarten to Year 6. Through listening, singing, movement, playing instruments, composition and aural activities, students have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge appropriate for their level of learning. Year 2-4 students play the recorder and Year 5-6 students learn some basic chords on the ukulele.
The classroom music program includes a holistic integration of Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze methods along with other approaches to inspire, engage and teach students. Year 3-6 students are given the opportunity to join the choir which rehearses each week. Year 5-6 choir members are given the chance to be involved in the Senior Vocal Ensemble.