Welcome to St John's Catholic College, Darwin! We hope as you navigate our website you gain an understanding of what an amazing school we are. St John's is unlike any other school in Australia -we care for students from an array of Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities across the Top End and beyond. We also have students from West Papua, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Sub Continent as well as many students from the greater Darwin area. This mix includes students from our Darwin community as well as a number of Defence Force families, who contribute to the most welcoming and accepting feeling of our College.
St John's Catholic College is nestled beside Darwin Botanical Gardens and is only a five minute drive from Darwin City. Secured public transport is available directly outside the front of the College. St John's College is surrounded by beautiful lush foliage which can be appreciated while crossing the unique bridge that connects the Middle School (Chevalier Campus - years 7-9) and the Senior School (Hartzer Campus years 10-12). This walk way is set above one of the Botanical Gardens gullies.
St John's Catholic College is founded on the charism of Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. Their dedication and example call us and inspires us towards the vision of the Gospels. Our mission and commitment is to challenge young people to develop strength in the areas of FAITH, EDUCATION, COMMUNITY and TRADITION. We are committed to understanding the social and emotional needs of each student in striving to educate the 'whole person', as it is when students feel safe and valued that they are able to contribute to our community and realise their full potential.
Our history and traditions require that we engage the whole person as we provide opportunities for our students to succeed at the College and prepare to make a positive contribution in the world. Our students are caring, compassionate, confident and repeatedly demonstrate their strength of leadership in the 'five Rs':
Respect - giving and gaining
Responsibility - for their actions
Reliability - trusted to do the right thing
Risk taking - facing up to challenges and finding creative solutions to problems.
We are blest to have highly qualified and dedicated staff and a beautiful setting and facilities. We invite you to explore our website and speak with us in person as you consider St John's as the school for your young people and your family.
I look forward to working with you in negotiating the wonderful opportunities and natural challenges of supporting your young people into the world beyond secondary education.
Lindsay Luck, Principal
Lindsay Luck was appointed Principal of St John's Catholic College at the beginning of Semester Two 2015 following a career comprising of a range of senior leadership and teaching experiences in Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools in Queensland and the Northern Territory. He holds a number of Postgraduate Qualifications in Educational Leadership, Religious Education as well as Human Resources and Organisational Development. Lindsay is committed to providing a quality Catholic Education it is more than just traditional academic development. While strong academic achievement is the core business of any school, Catholic Education is concerned with the academic, spiritual, religious, physical, intellectual and aesthetic development of young people in an integrated way. This must occur in a supportive environment that encourages accountability and forgiveness.