Principal's Welcome

On behalf of the staff of St John the Baptist Primary School, I extend to you a very warm welcome to our school community. St John the Baptist Primary School is a Catholic school situated in the historic town of Maitland and caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. The school operates under the governance of the Catholic Schools Office in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

St John the Baptist Primary School is prominent in the local community and offers a sound Catholic education for the 315 students who are enrolled. We have a strong Catholic identity and an atmosphere of warmth and care pervades our school community. Our parent body is an enthusiastic and vibrant group that work together in many class and whole school endeavours to assist in the education of their children and foster community spirit.

St John’s staff is deeply committed to helping students achieve their goals, with a strong focus on Catholic identity and the development of the whole person within a structured and nurturing community. We celebrate our Dominican heritage and recognise the contribution made by the Sisters to the history of St John’s since 1856. We were the first Domincan School established in Australia and therefore  the oldest Domincan School in Australia. Catholic identity in the form of Gospel values forms the basis upon which our educational perspective is shaped. The Catholic identity of St John the Baptist Primary School is clear and apparent to all, from the prayer at the beginning of each school day to the final words spoken to the students before they go home. Indeed, the many signs and symbols, the visible traditions of the founding Dominican Sisters and the many prayerful celebrations serve as constant witness to the Catholic ethos of the school.

Providing a meaningful and inclusive learning program, St John the Baptist caters for the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical dimensions of all students. Strong programs in each Key Learning Area are delivered to all students. A highly structured combination of professional development opportunities, access to quality teaching resources and experiences, as well as an increased emphasis on student wellbeing and parent engagement has been developed to increase student readiness for and engagement in learning. Curriculum differentiation ensures that the learning is tailored to meet the needs of all students.

St John the Baptist has high expectations of its students, hence application to academic outcomes, attention to wellbeing, care of our school environment, the wearing of school uniform with pride and the manner in which we relate to others at school and in the wider community are pivotal to the formation of well-rounded and spiritually centred young people.

Students, parents and staff are immensely proud of their school and all our achievements.

Margaret McCartney (acting)