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Welcome to St John's Catholic College, Darwin! I hope as you explore our website you gain an understanding of what an amazing school this is. St John's College 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. This mix includes students from our Darwin community as well as a number of Defence Force families, who contribute a great deal to the College.
The St John's College community is richer for the experiences that all these students bring. We welcome diversity as it drives our academic programme in a way that demands engagement of the learning process regardless of cultural background. The mission statement of the College seeks to challenge students 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 stipulate that we engage the whole person as we provide opportunities for our students to succeed at the College and prepare for making a difference in the World of Work. Our students are caring, compassionate, confident and repeatedly demonstrate their strength of leadership in the 'five Rs':
- Relationship building
- 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 have excellent staff, a beautiful setting, and facilities that continue to expand as our community grows. I invite you to consider St John's as the school for those you value and love.
I look forward to facing the exciting opportunities and challenges of 2012 with our St John's community!
David Johns, Principal
David Johns joined St John's Catholic College in 2012, as Principal. He taught for a number of years in a variety of schools across NSW, Victoria, NT, and in the United Kingdom. He brings with him valuable experiences in Welfare, Curriculum development, Classroom management and pedagogy. David is a Science/Biology teacher and more recently has published educational resources in the area of comparative religions with a focus on Islam. David has qualifications in Educational Administration, Gifted Education and Adolescent Health and Welfare. He is strongly focused on providing an educational environment that is sensitive to the social and emotional needs of students and staff. David feels that if staff and students feel safe and valued, they are able to contribute to the school community making the classroom a source for realizing significant potential.