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Why choose St John’s?

At St John’s Catholic Primary School Auburn we celebrate diversity as we develop children into confident, resilient learners. Working in close partnership with parents, committed teachers use our stimulating learning environment to challenge each student to be their best.

Student leadership is encouraged through the many co-curricular opportunities provided and through the positive behavioural standards we set in our safe, respectful and inclusive community. When coupled with the strong Catholic values that underpin all that we do, St John’s is an excellent education choice for every child.

Principal’s Message

As an educator for over 30 years and as a mother of grown-up children, I know that when a school partners with parents and carers, we can inspire our children to be kind, confident and motivated to learn and achieve.

St John’s Catholic Primary School Auburn is a culturally diverse community and our children respect all cultures and beliefs. We proudly combine our Catholic values and traditions with current research, to create a vibrant culture of future-focused learners. We explicitly teach our children positive learning dispositions such as persistence, metacognition (thinking about thinking), problem-solving, flexibility as well as character strengths such as courage, kindness, tolerance and compassion.

High expectations is a particularly important feature of our school. We believe that all children can grow in their learning in a calm, safe and positive environment where they are challenged appropriately. We know that students progress at different rates and we place a major emphasis on addressing the learning needs of all our students, including our high achieving learners. Our staff members are highly motivated and work together to measure the growth of our students, working in partnership with parents and carers to respond to their changing needs.

At St John’s, we stimulate our children’s learning by offering a variety of quality programs for all our children including music, sport, art and leadership so that every child can thrive.

I am very proud of the St John’s School community and I invite you to experience it for yourself. If you have any questions about our school, please contact the school office.

Yours in partnership,

Louise Maguire

Our History and CharismIn 1892 St Joseph’s Hospital was opened in Auburn and was staffed by the Sisters of Charity who had come from Ireland to work in Australia. The Irish railway workers approached the Sisters to teach their children religion and they began teaching the children in the hospital grounds. In 1893, a Catholic Church was constructed in Queen Street Auburn, functioning as a church on Sundays and a school during the week.

St John’s Catholic Primary School Auburn ensures that our rich history and this example of strong women of faith in action live on. Colour houses and classes are named after the Sisters of Charity who are models of faith, service and resilience.

The charism of the Sisters of Charity inspires our students to develop their abilities and talents for the good of the world.

If the rest of the world goes wrong, we should still persevere in trying to serve our God with faith and fervour.
Mary Aikenhead, 7 November 1834

Children at prayerMission
Building relationships with God, self and others to grow and achieve

Nurturing future-focused learners in a Catholic school community

Ora et Labora  – To Work is to Pray
We are strengthened through prayer to promote and establish future focused learners.
We seek courage to challenge injustice and ensure dignity and respect for all learners.


  • Compassion
  • Creativity
  • Commitment
  • Courage
  • Collaboration
  • Empathy
  • Curiosity
  • Excellence
  • Truth

St John’s Catholic Primary School Auburn works closely with the St John of God Parish Auburn.

Mass times

Day Time
Monday, Thursday & Friday 8.00am
Saturday 8.00am, 5.00pm
Sunday 8.00am, 10.00am
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Proudly Part of the Community of Sydney Catholic Schools

Our school is part of a system of 147 low-fee Catholic schools in the Sydney Archdiocese.

Sydney Catholic Schools are thriving Catholic communities that ignite a love of Christ through excellent teaching and learning to empower students to reach their full potential.