Principal's Welcome


St John’s Catholic Primary School is a K - 6 Primary School located in the city of Dubbo. St John’s Catholic Primary School is part of the Bathurst Diocese system of schools. The student population is 415 students. Our school Vision is ‘To change the world through our faith in Jesus who is our light and our hope.

In 2019 St John’s celebrated the 50 years of quality catholic education in Dubbo. Fifty years ago two schools came together, De La Salle Brothers and St. Patrick's girls' Convent, they merged to form St John's Primary School. New Outdoor Learning Places have been established to honour the charisms that form our school, the Mercy traditions founded by Catherine McAuley and De La Salle Brothers founded by John Baptist De La Salle. The two new learning areas have been landscaped with water saving gardens and sandstone seating.

St John’s Catholic Primary School is a Professional Learning Community. We continue to focus on providing engaging, innovative and challenging teaching and learning for every student; with a focus on the development of literacy and numeracy skills and understandings. Our teachers engage in ongoing professional learning and development and work collaboratively to develop rich learning programs and opportunities for students. Technology is a feature of the school with Chromebooks readily available. A STEAM room is also a feature of the school where each class K - 6 experiences rich tasks to engage their scientific learning.

St John’s Catholic School prides itself on providing a very rich and comprehensive curriculum, complemented by a wide range of co-curricular activities. The school balances its formal curriculum with an emphasis on creativity, performing arts and sport. Our Biennial school musical is an event that our school community enjoys.

Our school-wide positive behaviour program combined with restorative justice practices contributes strongly to the positive wellbeing of all. SPB4L is an evidence-based framework that emphasises school-wide systems of support for all students and staff. These include proactive strategies for defining, teaching and supporting appropriate student behaviours. Positive behaviour support are implemented for all students, across all school settings, by all staff, at all times. This continuum of support ensures students’ academic and social outcomes.

The school achieves its mission by having high expectations for all. Each student is made to feel welcome, safe and encouraged to do their personal best. We are blessed with a committed and generous staff, working with supportive and active parents and students who take pride in their school.

Anthony O'Leary