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Growth through sharing:  St John's Catholic Primary School encourages participation and involvement. Kindergarten students share their stories which helps enable a sense of belonging. Picture: Supplied.

Growth through sharing: St John's Catholic Primary School encourages participation and involvement. Kindergarten students share their stories which helps enable a sense of belonging. Picture: Supplied.

A message from Principal Anthony O'Leary.

St John’s Catholic Primary School (SJP) is a Kindergarten to Year 6 Catholic school and forms part of the Bathurst Diocese. Our enrolment for 2017 exceeded 430 students with over 40 full and part time staff catering for the educational needs.

Our Vision is “to change the world through our faith in Jesus who is our light and hope.’’

As part of this vision we strive to encourage and inspire creative thinking and a passion for life-long learning. We do this through authentic and reflective learning experiences, along with providing individually focused education from passionate, dedicated and highly qualified staff.

We have a culture of positive achievement in which all students are expected to do their best, and student success is celebrated. Individually or as teams, high standards are always our goal be that academically, on the sporting field or in an extensive array of curricular and co-curricular pursuits such as debating, music, eisteddfods and drama productions.

Selection of Sports: Students have a wide variety of sporting options available and can compete as part of their 'House' throughout the year. Photo: Supplied.

Selection of Sports: Students have a wide variety of sporting options available and can compete as part of their 'House' throughout the year. Photo: Supplied.

During 2017, our focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), grew with a program being implemented for all of our students. This STEM program, combined with our roll out of Chromebooks and iPads, ensures our students are ‘tech ready’ for the challenges of 21st century eLearning.

Our inclusive school community enables a sense of belonging and encourages participation, involvement and dedication. St John’s provides a quality Catholic education that develops the essential life skills, social capabilities and responsibilities, and relationships that allow our students to reach their full, individual potential.

We strive to live out the example of Mercy as set out by the Sisters of Mercy, and as a school, we proudly support a range of charities, especially Vinnie’s and Mercy Works. 

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Enhancing our class-based learning, we also offer a wide range of authentic experiences, and our supportive and nurturing pastoral care system develops the whole person, socially, emotionally and spiritually.

During the 2017 school year SJP continued its journey as a Professional Learning Community school or PLC school. The PLC culture is an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively, in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research, to achieve better results for the students they serve.

Professional learning communities operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators. At SJP there are two dedicated staff who work with teachers and students to ensure the essential learnings are understood.

St John’s Primary School is a school rich in tradition and history, and will always strive to live by the schools motto ‘Christ is my Light’. We look to the ideal example of Jesus Christ as a way to lead a truly fulfilling Christian life.