St John’s is a Catholic primary school founded on our faith beliefs and values. We are a close knit community and work together to support and nurture our families. We endeavour to develop the whole child, encouraging children to find their own talents and we provide a varied and vibrant educational program for our children. We have been extending these opportunities to students for over 70 years.
Over this time, St John’s has seen many changes, but one thing remains constant and that is the school’s excellent reputation and commitment to educating Catholic children in the Scarborough area. It is important that our students feel happy, challenged and valued. The school’s well planned teaching and learning program ensures that these goals are met.
In the last four years St John’s has incorporated a 3/4 Year Old Program into our Early Childhood Centre and this has proven to be a very successful experience for the school community. Our staff aim to be innovative and proactive in developing a quality early learning centre.
Combined with an excellent overall educational program, our students are encouraged to become independent learners and this is enhanced by provision of rich and varied learning experiences.
Meet our Leadership Team
Ex officio member
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.