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 and supports the uniqueness of each individual child.
A strong Catholic identity and an atmosphere of care pervades the school community, providing a meaningful and inclusive learning program that focuses on the students wellbeing and caters for the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical dimensions of all students.
St John’s has developed frameworks that address the myriad of needs of students and encourages all children to become lifelong learners. With the school’s high student learning achievements recognised by ACARA, the curriculum focuses on numeracy, spelling and writing and the school’s unique learning agenda reflects a commitment to growing, developing and responding to the needs of all students. Teachers are involved in intensive professional staff development to stay well informed on current educational trends.
St John's respects the vital role parents and families play in the education of their children and works in partnership and consultation with them to support the growth and development of students. A range of programs are incorporated into the fabric of the school to help achieve the school's mission and encourage personal development. The 'You Can Do It' program supports the social, emotional and academic development of students and 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.
The school places a high level of importance on community and serving others and students take pride in their active involvement with the Maitland community, where they share a very special relationship with the residents of the local aged care facility. The school’s annual Rainbow Day enables students to wear colourful outfits to show support and raise funds for many worthy charities and the Mini Vinnies group raises awareness and funds for causes that impact the wider community, particularly on a global scale. Students also have the opportunity to support local community initiatives such as Tocal Field Days, Anzac services and local government functions.
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.
Students of St John the Baptist Primary School, Maitland are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending All Saints' College, St Peter's Campus, Maitland.