School Development

Welcome to the 2023 school year at St John the Apostle Primary School.

After such an exciting year in teaching and learning as part of the Catalyst professional learning program last year we’re really looking forward helping our students to achieve their very best in 2023! We’re also looking forward to the completion of most of our Outdoor Learning Masterplan. Students will enjoy great opportunities for learning in our vast open spaces.

Luke 24: 13-35

The risen Lord walked together with the disciples on the road to Emmaus, drawing them from anxiety to hope, from confusion to joy. 

Throughout 2023 we will join Archbishop Prowse in the exploration of ‘Walking Together’. In this scripture verse we are reminded that we experience Jesus, lived and shared in our community and Parish. God is revealed to us when we walk together, open minded and seek God’s presence. We will often find God’s presence in those around us.


Our Strategic Plan 2021-2023 identifies three main teaching & learning focus areas for development over the coming year. Our goals are:


Every student achieves their potential

We know our students

Students have expert teachers

Every student is engaged in the most appropriate learning environments and opportunities to achieve their potential.

Assessment, data and analysis processes are robust, identify student achievement and need, aligned with the curriculum and inform everyday teaching.

Staff collaborate to develop a shared understanding of the curriculum, strong content knowledge and the skills to implement high impact teaching practices that improve student learning.

Two of the programs we are continuing this year are Spelling Mastery (3-6) and Rocket Maths (2-6). Spelling Mastery involves the daily explicit teaching and practise of spelling knowledge and skills while Rocket Maths provides students with daily opportunities to practise automatic recall of number facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We look forward to building on our success over recent years in lifting student achievement across the school.

To ensure our students receive the best possible learning opportunities we are building a knowledge-rich scope & sequence for learning in all Curriculum areas. Protective_Behaviours.jpg

This will also involve a greater focus on a program called Protective Behaviours. This program will provide students with the necessary knowledge, values and skills to help them recognise the people, places and situations where they are safe and also what action they can take when they experience not feeling safe.

We have a great year ahead and we look forward to working in partnership with all of our families.

Outdoor Learning Environment Masterplan

Below is the Concept Design for our Outdoor Learning Environment Masterplan. Please take a moment to view it and provide some feedback for the final planning phase.

Open PDF Version here.

Outdoor Learning Environment Concept Plan

Ongoing School Development

St John the Apostle Primary School is always striving to provide the best possible educational outcomes for its students and families. 

To do this our staff and parent community, represented by the Community Council, undertake the annual cycle of improvement and review undertaken by all Catholic systemic schools to develop a clear vision and path to achieve our aspirations. Our strategic work and intentions are reflected in our Strategic Plans, Annual Improvement Plans and Annual Reports.