St John Vianney Primary, Morisset is situated in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and is located in a semi rural setting in the heart of the township of Morisset, gateway to the south western side of Lake Macquarie. In 2012, St John Vianney celebrated 50 years as a Catholic community.
St John Vianney is a Catholic community where everyone shows respect, forgives others, values honesty and grows through learning as we strive everyday to do our best. The school achieve its mission by encouraging all to show respect for each other, forgive one another, be honest in all our communication and always encourage and challenge the children to do their best in all areas of learning.
These core values form the basis of the Positive Behaviours Support Program, which has had a significant impact on the culture of the school. A particular value is 'promoted' within the school each fortnight, through posters, lessons and a reward system. Student welfare is seen as the responsibility of the whole school community and we strive to promote self discipline, desirable behaviours and Christian attitudes at St John Vianney, within a caring and pastoral environment.
One of the unique features of the school is that they are very much a family orientated school, so all children know and care for each other. Kindergarten children are buddied by the Year 5 students, so they have their support for the initial two years. Our playgroup each week provides an opportunity for younger siblings and potential students to play together while parents build community.
The school plays an important role in the wider community, by supporting the Parish Sacramental Program and having a representative on the Parish Coordinating Team. As the church is adjacent to the school, we have regular class and whole school Masses and Liturgies. The Mini Vinnies group organises fun days to raise money for our local community, as well as those in the mission fields overseas. The school participate in competitions held by the wider community, support programs at the public library and visit the elderly.
St John Vianney has a strong environmental focus. Along with the recycling programs and vegetable gardens in which the children are very much involved, the school community has a strong focus on protecting the waterways of Lake Macquarie. We are involved in Water testing programs and regularly test our local creek as well as building a swale in our school playground to help control and monitor the water running through our playground. In 2012 we were successful in becoming the winning school in the Lake Macquarie Environmental awards.
While the school provides innovative educational programs, there is an emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy. These significant areas of learning have been further supported, by a focus on ICT. With Smartboards and computers in all classrooms and a bank of computers in the new library, children are able to access the reading program Lexia and the maths programs Smartkiddies and Mathletics. These programs cater for every student. While the school has a strong sporting culture, Creative Arts has been promoted significantly, with the introduction of a specialist music teacher in Term 3.
St John Vianney is a small, happy, peaceful school with a real community spirit.
Students of Saint John Vianney Morisset are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St Paul's Catholic College, Booragul.