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This is Us

St John the Baptist School Ferntree Gully

St John the Baptist School is nestled in the foothills of the Dandenongs. Our backdrop and natural surroundings provide a wonderful environment to learn, thrive and grow. We warmly welcome you to experience our amazing school and community in action.


St John the Baptist Parish Primary School was established in 1936 by the Parish of St John the Baptist, and the education and care of students was entrusted to the Presentation Sisters (Victorian Province), at the invitation of the then Parish Priest, Fr T. McCarthy. Since its humble beginnings, our Parish school has consistently endeavoured to deliver to the children of our Parish, an inclusive education within the Catholic tradition.


At the heart of St John the Baptist School is the full flourishing of each student in their religious, physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. 


This includes our commitment to:


The promotion of a journey that is enlightened by faith, animated by love and leading to hope. (Horizons of Hope Vision and Context Framework)

  • Honouring the sacred dignity of each person

  • Searching for truth

  • Embracing difference and diversity

  • Building a culture of learning together

  • Engaging with the deep questions of life

  • Honouring equitable access and opportunity for all

  • Commiting to the highest standards possible

  • Making a difference in the world inspired by the Gospel


Our Vision

Reflecting on the PAST

Embracing the PRESENT

Growing towards the FUTURE

Living in the SPIRIT

Responding to GOD in all

Our Vision

Our Mission

I have come that you may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10

We will be Christ centered, where all are valued since we are made in the image and likeness of God.

We will have a focus on Whole person formation, where each young person will be a person of competence, conscience and compassion.

We will develop Relationships, where we recognised that the strength of our community is in collaboration and service with and for each other and our wider community.


We are one body of many parts. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27



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