Nurturing a Love of Learning

Our School

St John's Catholic Parish Primary School

Welcome to St John’s Primary School – a school with a long and proud tradition with an excellent reputation in the community.


At St John’s, students benefit academically from programs based on sound educational principles and practices. The curriculum is shaped by the Victorian Curriculum and Horizons of Hope. Our Religious Education program is based on the To Know Worship & Love texts for students.The learning experience is also enhanced through a comprehensive Literacy program, additional needs program, Mathematics extension groups, Reading Recovery, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program (SAKGP), Inquiry based excursions and incursions, Inter-school sport, visits from the Life Education Unit, community involvement, a Playgroup for preschoolers and a Before and Aftercare program. In addition, we provide opportunities for individual and group musical instrument tuition, out-of-school-hours tennis coaching and Kelly Sports program.


Parent engagement is an important part of our school and parents are invited and encouraged to participate in the life of the school through the School Advisory Council, the PIC (Partners in Community) program, the Parish Pastoral Council, Student Led Conferences, Parent/Teacher Interviews and Parent Engagement in the Learning opportunities.


We welcome the opportunity to partner with parents in the responsibility and privilege of developing their children spiritually, academically, physically and emotionally.

Meet the Team

St John's Catholic Parish Primary School

Maureen Stella

School Principal

Elizabeth Whiting

Deputy Principal/

Wellbeing Leader/

Learning & Teaching Leader

Fr Joel Peart

Parish Priest

Leanne Bradley

Office Administration

Melanie Sharples

Office Administration

Connie Bandiera

Education in Faith Leader & Classroom Teacher

Belinda Collison

Classroom Teacher

Erin Buhagiar

Classroom Teacher

Joanne Campbell

Performing Arts Teacher

Christine Caripis

Learning Support Officer

Nicole Costin

Classroom Teacher

Helen Pini

Learning Support Officer

Brooke Davis

Classroom Teacher

Catherine Carrick

Classroom Teacher

Judy Doupe

Learning Diversity Leader & Library Support

Simone Egan

Classroom Teacher

Linda Floros

Language - Italian Teacher

Rebecca Georgiou

Classroom Teacher

Virginia Halse

Learning Support Officer

Liza Hyland

Learning Support Officer

Tracey James

Classroom Teacher

Sue Lew-Kee

Classroom Teacher

Elise Mears

Classroom Teacher

Lana Brockenshire

Classroom Teacher / Sports Coordinator

Wayne Daniell

Mathematics Leader & Classroom Teacher

Marguerite Ryan

Reading Recovery Teacher

Stephanie Doutre

Classroom Teacher

Grace Totino

Classroom Teacher

Robert Orme

Classroom Teacher

Marisa Veronese

Classroom Teacher

Marnie Power

eLearning Leader/  STEM & Digital Technologies Teacher

Chantelle Wegner

Classroom Teacher

Lisa Wenhrynowycz Classroom Teacher

Samantha Galea 

Learning Support Officer

Simone Porthouse

 Classroom Teacher

School History

St John's Catholic Parish Primary School

Our History

St John's Catholic Parish Primary School

St John’s Catholic Primary School, Heidelberg is situated in the North-Eastern corridor of Melbourne. It is approximately 13 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD and lies within the municipality of the City Of Banyule. Our children are mainly Anglo Saxon and of second generation European backgrounds. The area is primarily residential.

Historical Perspective

St John's Catholic Parish Primary School

In 1836, Joseph Tice Gellibrand and a party of men from the Port Phillip Association became the first Europeans to explore the area. In the following year, government surveyor Robert Hoddle surveyed the area and created three Parishes. He named the central Parish, which now covers Ivanhoe, Heidelberg and Watsonia, the Parish of Keelbundora, an Aboriginal word for "round, brackish swamp". This was later renamed " Heidelberg " by Richard Browne because it reminded him of his "ever-remembered, ever-regretted" Heidelberg in Germany .


St John’s Church and then the school were established to cater for the farming communities in the area. Heidelberg village soon grew, complete with hotels, post offices, general stores and police stations. It supported a range of small industries and in time, miners, labourers, trades people and small farmers settled into the village. The discovery of gold in the early 1850s brought a huge influx of hopefuls to the area. However, compared to the rich fields at Ballarat and Bendigo, finds were scant and scattered and soon petered out.


The estimated population in the school area in 1856 was approximately 555.

In July, 1871 a new school building was built – the current Library.

1910 was an important year in the history of St John’s school. It was in this year that the Sisters of Mercy first arrived. Their mission was to set up the district’s first Catholic Secondary School (Our Lady of Mercy College) and the sisters’ other role was to manage and conduct the primary school.

The area also has a significant European cultural heritage.


The painters of the Australian impressionist, such as Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, and Walter Withers (names of our House teams) as well as architects and urban landscapers including Walter Burley Griffin , are associated with the area.


The area also has close links with the birth of the Australian Art Movement and groundbreaking artists such as Albert Tucker and Sydney Nolan who lived and painted in the area during the 1940’s and 50’s. Sydney Nolan's first art exhibition was held nearby in Burgundy Street.

St John's Catholic Parish Primary School

55 Cape Street

Heidelberg, 3084

Victoria, Australia 

Phone: (03) 9459 2963

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