At St John the Apostle we embrace a collaborative learning environment where we strive to know our students, understand their diverse learning needs and create rich opportunities for deep learning. This requires a professional teaching team who continuously seek to develop their expertise and excellent assessment practices that help us support and/or extend student learning.

Our Curriculum is based on the solid foundation provided by both the Archdiocesan Religious Education Curriculum and the Australian Curriculum:

You can read more about the Australian Curriculum in the Parents Guide to the Australian Curriculum.

We teaching using an inquiry-based approach that includes planned and targeted explicit teaching; stretching students to be independent, critical and creative thinkers who can collaborate effectively, communicate their learning and actively serve their community.

Religious Education

At Saint John's we use Shared Christian Praxis as the framework for teaching and learning in Religious Education. Units of work are based on the Treasures New and Old Unit Outlines and are developed at a school level, written using the praxis approach. When programming units of RE, teachers commence the unit with a focusing activity that introduces, orientates and motivates students to the study of the unit. Teachers draw upon students' current experiences and knowledge to assist them to make connections with spirituality and faith. It is inclusive and invitational. 



At Saint John's students participate in a shared Parish and home-based sacramental program. The Parish provides an excellent short formation series for parents of students receiving each sacrament for the first time.  Students also learn about the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation at school. The typical year levels for these units of work are:

Year 3: Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Year 3: Sacrament of Eucharist.

Year 6: Sacrament of Confirmation.

Some Specific Programmes

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Every class participates in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program during a particular term of the year. The aim is to provide pleasurable food education where students learn aspects of nutrition, stewardship of the living world, the science and pleasure of cooking and the social connections we have around sharing food together.

Phonics and Spelling

Our school implements the Sounds-Write program as part of a balanced Literacy Program. Sounds-Write involves daily explicit teaching and practice in phonological awareness and phonic knowledge skills and understandings. Beginning in Kindergarten and then extended in Years 1 and 2, students are supported to use this knowledge to support their reading and writing development. Years 2 to 6 further develop their phonological, visual, etymological and morphemic spelling knowledge through weekly explicit teaching and practice of increasingly complex words using the Sound Waves program.


Second Step

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We implement the Second Step Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Program, giving students the tools to excel in and out of the classroom. As a result, we see our students progress in emotion management, situational awareness, and academic achievement.