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Principal's Message


On behalf of our staff, I would like to extend to you and your family a very warm welcome to this great school community.

St John’s is an inclusive and proud community and we value the contribution of families to the life of the school and parish. We recognise that parents are the first and primary educators of their children and in partnership, share the collective responsibility for their learning, well-being and faith development. 

Catholic education has a long and rich history in Dapto. Today, St John’s has an enrolment of approximately 600 students and proudly boasts new, modern and contemporary learning spaces, facilities and playgrounds, following an extensive redevelopment of the school site, which was completed in 2020.

We are a faith community in the Josephite tradition and are deeply committed to giving witness to the Gospel message. Our traditions, values and beliefs are inspired by the charism of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph. We are an integral part of the Dapto Parish and are blessed to be supported by our Parish Priest, Fr Francis Tran.

Our school values of Faith, Learning, Love, Respect and Community underpin our vision and have been collaboratively discerned by students, staff and parents. They convey our deepest beliefs to which we aspire and inform all that we do within our school community. Our school values are integral to who we are as a people and a community.

I warmly invite you to visit our school community. I am sure that you will appreciate the inclusive and welcoming culture that is so much a part of our wonderful school. If you have any questions about our school, please contact the school office.

Matthew Downes
Acting Principal