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 Ferntree Gully, Victoria Australia



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About Our Parish Primary School

St John the Baptist is a Catholic Primary School catering for students from Prep to Year 6. It is nestled in the suburb of Ferntree Gully, Victoria and enjoys a positive partnership with St John the Baptist Parish. Our school strives to build a vibrant, creative and faith filled Catholic school community with a strong emphasis on pastoral care.

Our current community enjoys a well resourced and progressive learning environment  and dedicated and committed staff who work and walk alongside our students and their families in the true spirit of Catholic education. We remain respectful and appreciative of the legacy of the founding religious sisters who forged the foundations for which the school stands today.

With a commitment to educational excellence, St John the Baptist facilitates student learning through the employment of excellent teaching and learning practices coupled with the use of technologies which both engage and motivate enquiring minds.

Here at St John the Baptist we seek to create a respectful environment that enhances learning, nurtures our young and empowers our whole school community to authentically live out the faith that we proclaim.

To find out more about our community, we invite you to browse our website or contact the school for a personal tour.

Mrs Cathy Mason



School History

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.

Our programs and teaching are delivered in a manner that support and promote the whole child.

This includes our commitment to:

Education in Faith: which includes providing children with the opportunity to contextualise their prayer in, and their belonging to, the faith community;

Developing a child who is a contributor to our world;

The promotion of reverence and respect for all;

A focus from staff on promoting and developing the best teaching and learning practices available at the time in order to support the individual learning needs of the students of our school.

The development of the broader sense of belonging to our Parish community.

Mater Christi PDF Print E-mail


The Catholic Order of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan was founded in Sydney in 1857 following a decision of Australia's first Catholic Archbishop, John Bede Polding, to establish a new congregation of religious women, the first to be founded on Australian soil.   From the very beginning, commitment to women and the education of young people – girls in particular – has been at the heart of the congregation's mission.   They opened their first school in 1861 and today own and operate ten schools in Australia and one school in Japan. 

Throughout their history, the contemporary challenges and needs of the church and society have determined the activities of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan.   Mater Christi College was established in its present location overlooking Belgrave in 1963.   The College is situated in a green mountain landscape in the Dandenong Ranges, its superb location a catalyst for environmental education projects and for developing students' awareness of the beauty of creation and the need for all to treasure the earth's resources. 

Though originally conceived as a small school, rapid population growth in Melbourne's eastern suburbs and its reputation for excellence has seen Mater Christi grow far beyond that envisioned by its founders.   Today the College enrolment exceeds 900 students and includes students for several Asia-Pacific countries. 


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St Josephs College Ferntree Gully PDF Print E-mail

 School History:
St. Joseph’s College was established in 1965 to serve the Catholic parishes of Bayswater, Belgrave, Boronia, Ferntree Gully and Scoresby. It was built on a piece of land called Brennock Park, previously donated to the Ferntree Gully parish by Michael Brennock. The Salesians of Don Bosco accepted an invitation to staff the school, and they have remained a vital part of the College ever since. As a Catholic school, the College aims to foster Christian values in all aspects of College life and to provide students with a variety of learning experiences. Since foundation, the school has developed, formed and educated thousands of young men.

School Description:
Committed to Community: The College offers a range of innovative programs to include the various members of our school, parish and civic communities.
Comprehensively Catholic: Regular Eucharistic celebrations, varied R.E. curriculum, as well as retreat and sacramental programs.
Salesian Spirituality: A radical method of teaching and being present for our students. Parent Friendly: Extensive opportunities for involvement, excellent communication structures, and easy access to all staff.
Professional and caring Staff: A team of well-qualified, up-to-date, concerned and committed teachers.
Excellent facilities: Physical facilities second to none in computers, science, technology, the arts and sport.
Specialists in Boys’ Education: a range of academic, social, leadership, outdoor education and sporting programs designed to bring out each student’s best.
Broad Curriculum: An extensive array of subjects, employing a variety of teaching methods, with strong backup services and a commitment to education for every boy.  

Special Features:
The School is situated at the foot of the Dandenongs, and provides for an eclectic mix of suburban, semi-rural and international students. The School features extensive sporting fields, spacious pottery, art and graphics rooms, extensive use of laboratory, faculty and reference computer systems, and a range of specialist science and technology facilities. 

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