On behalf of the staff and community of St John the Evangelist Primary School, I extend to you a very warm welcome. St John the Evangelist Primary School is a Catholic school situated in the village of Lambton, on land first inhabited by the Awabakal people. St John’s caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6 and operates under the governance of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
St John's School was established in 1883 by the Sisters of Mercy. Sometime before this, a need for the provision of Catholic education to the families and children of the miners and those from the surrounding area, brought the Mercy sisters to Lambton. The nuns began teaching in the old wooden church, with the convent and school being constructed in the early 1900s. The sisters began the tradition of school and parish working together to address the needs of families. The Sisters of Mercy continued their mission of providing a Catholic education to the children of St John’s until 1985, when the first lay principal was appointed. St John’s School Lambton is proud of its Mercy heritage and encourages students and families to incorporate these values and ideals into daily life.
The Mercy tradition underpins St John’s Vision. “In the tradition of Mercy, Inspiring minds, Growing in Christ”, reflecting the past, present and future direction of a school that is committed to learning, working and praying together. St John’s is a community that welcomes and reaches out, striving to bring God’s kingdom of compassion and justice into the hearts and lives of all. As a Catholic school, the teachings and doctrines of the Catholic tradition are central to our actions and interactions. Parents are recognised as being the first educators of their children, working in close partnership with staff.
St John’s Lambton has classes from Kindergarten to Year 6. St John’s strives to meet the needs of the children, providing a quality academic curriculum as well as a quality Religious Education program. The school is focused on providing for the learning needs of all students, using online diagnostic testing and a variety of data to better inform teaching and learning experiences. Students are encouraged to strive for excellence in all that they do. St John’s is committed to ensuring quality literacy and numeracy programs and works to meet all learning needs. St John’s is also a Gifted Education Lead School and has a designated Gifted Education Mentor. A whole school focus on Wellbeing is supported with class, school and community programs and activities. The school community works to in identify and support social justice issues. St John’s is well resourced with the provision of multiple learning platforms, a wide variety of technologies, and excellent learning environments, for both staff and students.
All classrooms encompass modern facilities, the latest print and digital teaching resources, quality learning spaces and are air-conditioned. The school playground includes a grassed area, an artificial grass sports playground, play equipment and a specially developed creative play area. The education offered at St John’s is comprehensive. The formalised curriculum, under the guidance of the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA), is divided into six Key Learning Areas (KLAs) and with the addition of Religious Education, form the basis of all learning and, teaching at St John’s. Students participate in the total life of the school, being involved in many activities including leadership programs, and the Kindergarten Buddy program, as well as incursions and excursions. St John’s follows the Successful Foundations Early Learning Policy, providing a positive play-based transition for early learners to school, helping to establish collaborative relationships between children, families, teachers and the community.
St John’s encourages both individual and team participation in sporting, cultural and academic endeavours. We are extremely proud of the achievements of the students and staff and the way we respond to the call to build a strong community of learning and support. St John’s is a school that fosters inclusion, innovation and excellence.