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Founded in 1886, St John’s Catholic Primary School enjoys a long, proud tradition as a family- and community-centred school in Clifton Hill parish. It is a school valued for its commitment to student wellbeing, its dedicated, caring staff and very positive partnerships with parents and the wider community.

Benefits of a Small School

Students at St John’s enjoy the benefits of studying in a small school. All the children know each other across year levels and develop strong bonds with classmates. The school has a firm focus on student well-being and has developed a number of programs to support a culture of acceptance, caring and inclusiveness. St John’s also has an active parent community, who add very positively to the life of the school.

A Diverse Community

In keeping with our Catholic ethos, St John’s celebrates the diversity of its small community. Fundamental to the Catholic tradition is the belief that all life is sacred. An understanding of different cultures and life situations helps us to appreciate the sacredness of each person we encounter.

Differentiated Learning Approach

The school’s learning approach is designed to be responsive to each child’s needs, and our desire is that all our students will achieve success in their learning. The school is proud of its very responsive teaching and learning program and its integrated use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the classroom through initiatives such as classroom blogs. The school also has well-established literacy and numeracy intervention programs to ensure that students are not left behind.

Student Involvement

Student voice is vital to our planning and interaction with children, who are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour. Our students show independence in and have control over their learning.

Students are also given a range of opportunities to develop interests outside the classroom and to take on meaningful leadership roles. Students become confident performers through weekly participation in school assemblies and the highly engaging Performing Arts program.

Small Class Sizes & Excellent Facilities

The school offers small class sizes, particularly at the junior primary level, and excellent facilities in a safe, well-maintained learning environment. Before- and after-school care are available on site.

You are warmly invited to tour the school, see our vision in practice and experience confident, resilient and – most importantly – happy children who take pride in their school.