St John the Baptist Primary School
New South Wales, Australia
About St John the Baptist Primary School
St John the Baptist Primary School is a Catholic school in Maitland, New South Wales, that has 260 students in nine classes, from Kindergarten to Year 6. With the aim of increasing student’s outcomes in all Key Learning Areas, teachers and staff undergo regular professional development.
The school originally opened in 1856 and was staffed by the Dominican Sisters until 1996. Now St John the Baptist Primary’s lay teachers make-up the staff and organise extracurricular activities and events. The school also offers support for The Sacramental Program, working with families and its local Parish.
St John the Baptist Primary’s facilities include a smartboard in every classroom, a library and a computer lab with 22 computers and a laptop. The school also uses a nearby Chapel, on All Saint College’s St Mary’s Campus, for assemblies.
As a Catholic school St John the Baptist Primary has a mandatory Diocesan Religion Syllabus as well as support units.
The work towards achievement in all Key Learning Areas but have a focus on mathematics, spelling and writing. The school is currently developing the use of Information Technology to support learning in its Key Learning Areas.
The school motto is ‘truth and forgiveness’ and is rooted in the story of St John and the school’s Dominican heritage. St John the Baptist Primary also fosters open communication between school staff and teachers using an online ‘journal’ where family can access information about the day-to-day running of the school.