St John the Baptist Primary School, Maitland, appreciates and values the right of all students to an authentic Catholic education. The school provides a welcoming, secure and happy environment which is conducive to learning. A strong Catholic identity and an atmosphere of care pervades the school community.
St John's parent body is supportive and parent helpers are regularly seen in classrooms and during special events which are designed to foster the already close community spirit. Every opportunity is taken to celebrate the school's heritage and to recognise the contribution made by the Dominican Sisters to the history of St John's. All members of the school's community remain firmly focused on the students, with their wellbeing always the priority.
The school focuses on a range of areas for growth and development of its students. Catholic identity is an area of which the school continually focuses, with a committment to social justice providing opportunities for authentic liturgical experiences, as well as the nurturing of staff and students in their spiritual formation. Staff are encouraged to engage in professional learning that focuses on building student learning in Literacy and Numeracy, and students are respected to their right to learn in their own unique way.
St John's works in partnership and consultation with parents and families, and respects the vital role they play in the education of their children. A range of programs are incorporated into the fabric of the school to help achieve the school's mission. The 'You Can Do It' program supports the social, emotional and academic development of students. Pastoral care guides the school's approach to discipline, with an emphasis on recognising, encouraging and rewarding children who behave appropriately. The school's orientation process for new kinder enrolments relies on participation in the Better Buddies program which encourages relationships between 'old' students and 'young' students. The senior leadership experience gives all Year 6 students the opportunity to take on leadership responsibilities throughout the school year. Stage 3 students engage in service learning that revolves around building relationships with residents of a local aged care facility.
Students are also given experiences in public speaking and debating, gifted and enrichment programs, Australasian School Competitions, sporting activities at school, regional and representative level and swimming schools. All classes participate in a variety of excursions and incursions as well as in special local, community and world-based celebrations.
The school's curriculum focus continues to be on numeracy, spelling and writing. The staff have undertaken many professional development experiences, and classroom practices have reflected this intense learning program. As professional growth is continual, this sequence of professional development will continue throughout each year.
Students of St John the Baptist Primary School, Maitland, are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St Peter's Campus, Maitland.