We are a single stream, co-educational Catholic school community from Pre Kindergarten to Year Six. Founded on the traditions of the Dominican Sisters, our School is a community that places Jesus at its centre and we endeavour to follow in Jesus’ footsteps every day.
We strive to build an exciting and dynamic curriculum and learning experiences, enabling our students to flourish in all aspects of their lives as we focus on educating the whole person.
Our staff are enthusiastic, highly dedicated and committed to nurturing the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical and social needs of our children. It is of great importance to us that our children are happy, feel safe and secure and experience success and confidence.
Our learning environment is built upon a foundation where children belong and are valued and respected and where there is a focus on nurturing our children to become active, faith filled and responsible people.
Our students are blessed with many diverse learning opportunities both in specialist classes of Music, Physical Education, Art, Library and Italian, as well as learning opportunities through our Enrichment/extension program, Student Leadership, Instrumental programs, swimming and netball and athletics opportunities, tennis, Year 6 Camp and sustainability projects. Students with learning needs are very well supported through a range of programs implemented within classes and assisted by a dedicated Learning Support teacher.
Innovation and digital technology play a significant part in the learning and life of our School. We encourage curiosity for learning and individual, hands-on discovery through inquiry-based experiences which is supported by 21st Century learning spaces and technology including iPads, computers and smartboards.
Our committed staff are supported by a vibrant and active school community involved in many aspects of School life. Strong parent-teacher partnerships are valued, and we support the important role that parents play in developing their child’s potential for learning. This partnership is founded on a spirit of mutual respect, cooperation, communication and involvement. Families are welcomed into the school any time and their contributions are highly valued.
We are very proud of our school, our excellent facilities and the quality of our learning programs. In exploring this site, we hope you gain a sense of this and we encourage you to contact us for further information or to arrange a tour so you can get a feel for what St John’s is all about – living our motto of ‘Veritas’ and our core values – Truth, Achievement and Respect.
Mary Bizzaca Principal
Meet our Leadership Team
Mary has been principal of St John’s Primary School for the past six years. She has been a principal of two other Catholic, single stream primary schools, prior to her appointment here, preferring the more personal, pastoral care aspects of smaller schools.
In addition to her 30 years plus teaching experience and 21 years as a principal Mary has also worked at CEWA as a curriculum consultant and presenter in both Literacy and Early Childhood.
A previous student of St John’s, Mary has revelled in the opportunity to guide further development of the school facilities and in following her passion for challenging teacher growth for greater student learning.
Year 2 Teacher | Assistant Principal
Katherine is originally from Ireland but has been living in Australia for sixteen years.
Married to Andrew they have two daughters Ciara (Year 7) and Mollie (Year 3). A flat coat retriever named Lexie completes the family. In their spare time early morning trips to the beach are a regular feature along with following footy, rugby and cricket.
Katherine has been teaching for over 20 years. She has taught mainly in Western Australia but also, Ireland, France and Spain. Katherine has taught all grades from Kindy- Year 12 as a classroom teacher and Phys. Ed. specialist. Katherine was Acting Assistant Principal at St. Benedict’s School in Applecross for 18 months.
As a lifelong learner Katherine has completed two Masters’ degrees at the University of Notre Dame in Religious Education along with Leadership & Management. She is also the recipient of the Catherine McCauley Leadership award.
Year 4 Teacher | Assistant Principal
Vladimir Alonzo joined the St John’s school community in 2019. He was born in the Philippines and grew up in Canada where he completed his teaching degree. He began his teaching career in Taiwan, spending two years there as an ESL educator. He has been working in Catholic Education for five years and is currently working toward completing a Masters in Religious Education. In 2018, Vladimir was sent to Jerusalem by CEWA to participate in the ‘Tantur Easter Encounter’ program, a faith and educational experience following in the footsteps of Christ. He is a firm believer in ‘whole child’ education, seeing the vocation of teaching as a unique opportunity to guide young people towards the path God calls them to follow.
St John’s School, as part of the Catholic faith community, strives to provide a caring, compassionate and supportive environment, where each person is valued and encouraged to develop to his/her full potential.