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Using play to develop oral literacy

St John’s Primary Riverstone, Early Stage One (Kindergarten) teachers are utilising imaginative play as a way to engage their students in oral literacy. Read more...

Stage One Experiments

This term, Stage One have been investigating mixtures in our science unit. We have enjoyed making predictions about what will happen when we mix certain things together but our favourite part is checking our predictions and conducting experiments!

‘Game on’ says Year 6

Year Six students at St John’s Primary, Riverstone have got lunchtime fun sorted. Whether it’s Scattegories, Connect4, UNO, Dominoes or Chess, all students (and teachers!) from Kindergarten to Year 6 are sure to find a game to enjoy each Thursday at the school. Read more...

Riverstone Festival 2018

Our children, parents and staff showed that they are made of ‘stern stuff’ as they walked the Riverstone Parade in the rain.....


Stage 3 conducted an experiment on changes in states of matter.......

Catholic Schools Week Food for Thought

St John’s Primary, Riverstone and Trinity Primary School, Kemps Creek thought outside the box when it came to Catholic Schools Week this year. These celebrations were ‘food for thought’ for both of these outstanding Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta learning communities.

St Johns Open Day 2018

Today St John's Primary School hosted our Open Day as apart of Catholic Schools Week. This allowed the community to see and enquire about enrolments for 2019.......

Lenten Message 2018 - Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv

Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv reminds us that with the celebration of Ash Wednesday, we begin a season of Lent which is meant to be a journey of renewal and transformation. Read more...

Pancake Tuesday at St John's

This Tuesday, students, staff and parents from St John's celebrated Pancake Tuesday, in preperation for our Ash Wednesday celebrations, making the beginning of our lenten season.

Students design own classroom

Students played a major role in choosing the new furniture for their classroom in a special project that proved very popular. Read more...

Love of grandparents

Grandparents have a very special place in the lives of their grandchildren at St John's Primary providing day-to-day care and emotional support. In some instances grandparents are the primary-carers and use their time wisely to boost the wellbeing of their grandchildren and support them in their studies. Some even pay school fees while others pay excursion costs. The lives of children are enriched by having loving grandparents to share together life's joys, hurts and family stories and traditions. Read more...

Planning a new Riverstone

How can we as town planners create a plan and design the “New Riverstone”, so that we can meet the needs of the community and the environment? The students participated in an exciting event presented by two strategic town planners from Blacktown Council, Helen Budd and Fiona McDermott. Read more...

Cyber safety first

Senior Constable Bollard from NSW Police recently presented a talk on the hot topic of ‘cyber safety’, an issue that all parents need to deal with. The internet is easy, convenient and fun but all that easy convenience can be risky, and some of the risks can have serious, lasting outcomes. Read more...

Learning about social justice

Students recently attended the Diocesan Mission Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta and afterwards learnt the work other schools were doing on social justice issues. Students Krishan Kirpal, Jenella Mendoza, and Isabelle McIntyre said they learnt a lot from the day and were inspired to talk to others about ideas they could try at St. John’s. Read more...

2017 Anzac Day March

2017 Anzac Day March

2017 Pancake Day

2017 Pancake Day

Numeracy Curriculum Evening

Last night St John's Parents/Carers attended the Numeracy Curriculum Evening and had a fantastic time learning all about how mathematics is taught at St John's. Look in galleries for more photos.

Congratulations Charlize Tran

Wonderful ambassador for St John's Primary School Riverstone

Stage One History Excursion Monday 19th September 2016

Stage One went back in time when they visited Rouse Hill House and Farm

Father's Day Liturgy & Afternoon Tea

What a wonderful afternoon we all had for our Father's Day Liturgy and Afternoon Tea

Behind the Screen Emu Lesson

Behind the Screen Emu Lesson

Way of Mercy Cross

On Tuesday 23 August we welcomed the Way of Mercy Cross with a beautiful liturgy followed by a stalls selling hand made prayer cards, rosary beads and cakes all prepared by our students and their families.

Athletics Carnival Postponed


Athletics Carnival 2016

The sun was shining third time lucky, for St John's to successfully hold the Athletics Carnival



12 month anniversary of Pope Francis' Papal Encyclical Laudato Si

To commemorate the 12 month anniversary of Pope Francis' Papal Encyclical Laudato Si we asked our schools what they have been doing to care for the environment.

Bishop Vincent Long installed as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta

Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains warmly welcomed Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta on the evening of Thursday 16 June 2016 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.

Schools launch Cyberwise campaign

Launched on 15 June, Cyberwise is a learning and teaching resource for students, teachers and parents to encourage cybersafety in schools.





Cyberwise awareness for Primary students

Cyberwise awareness for Primary students.

Cyberwise - The making of

Four students from St Mark's Catholic College, Stanhope Gardens​ share their experiences in making the Cyberwise video.

Heart of Cans Ceremony

Heart of Cans Ceremony

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta​ welcomes Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen

On 5 May 2016 His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv DD, as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta.

CAPTIVATE Showcase tickets on sale

The annual CAPTIVATE Showcase Season runs from 16-27 June. Tickets are on sale now.

2016 Federal Election message

2016 Federal Election message from the Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby.

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta​ welcomes Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta​ welcomes Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen.

Bookworms get Busy for Premier's Reading Challenge

The 2016 Premier's Reading Challenge has commenced

Beginning teachers share their experiences

Beginning teachers share their classroom experiences at the recent Beginning Teachers Orientation Day.

Catholic Schools Week at St John's Primary School

We had lots of fun during Catholic Schools Week 2016. One of our many activities was rug reading. We got to go outdoors in small groups with our teachers and parents/carers in our beautiful surroundings and read lots of books. We love reading at St John's!

Back to school snapshot

From Wednesday 27 February, students from within the Diocese of Parramatta embarked on Term 1 of the 2016 school year.

Record year for Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge

Thank you for your support of the 2016 Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge. ​The results were terrific with 3582 texts read by 796 students.

Are you the leader of our next generation school?

St Luke’s Catholic College* will be opening at Marsden Park in 2017 and we are looking for a dynamic Principal leader to establish a high performing Catholic learning community from pre to post school.

Catholic Schools Week 2016

I belong. You belong. We belong.

Everything’s Connected at 2016 System Leadership Day

Over 450 school and education office leaders in the Diocese of Parramatta gathered at Rosehill Gardens on Thursday 21 January 2016 for the annual system leadership day, prior to the commencement of the new school year.

Teacher Accreditation and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST)

The teacher accreditation landscape is changing as the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) continues to work on implementing the Teacher Accreditation Act.

More Reading Recovery teachers for our students

On Thursday 3 December 2015, the Reading Recovery Graduation ceremony was held at St Francis of Assisi Primary, Glendenning.

Enjoyable Term 4 Swimming Carnival

Our Infants and Primary Swimming Carnival was held on 10 October and was an enjoyable day

St John’s 2015 NAPLAN Literacy Achievements

St John’s 2015 NAPLAN Literacy Achievement

Selfie for World Teachers’ Day

In the lead up to World Teachers’ Day on 30 October 2015, students thanked their teachers by sending in selfies with their teachers accompanied by 25 words or less what inspired them about their teacher.

Reading Challenges prove to be Rewarding learning experiences

Reading Challenge Awards will be presented on 7 December to our avid readers who participated in our challenges

Book Fair - Week 8

St John's Book Fair has a very special visitor - the VERY CRANKY BEAR!

2015 NAPLAN Numeracy Update and Some Maths Tips

Our students are showing keen interest in Numeracy. This is shown in their Naplan results and application of their skills in their learning, including Addition and Subtraction strategies which are explained

Our 2015 Stage 3 Yarramundi Camp Stories

Stage 3 students attended the annual camp and share their experience through some beautiful creative writing

Literacy-a-thon 2015 was enjoyed by all

Our Literacy-a-thon included many fun literacy activities

Principals share their tips for 'Leading for Success'

Principals share their tips for 'Leading for Success'.

Leading for Success at Principals’ Masterclass

The annual Principals’ Masterclass was held on 8 and 9 October 2015, at Rooty Hill RSL, giving school leaders a valuable opportunity to come together to share ideas and participate in professional learning.

A Winning Smile from a Gold Medal Winner

Congratulations again to our supreme athlete- Charlize Tran, placing first in discus at the Mackillop Trials

Reading Recovery teachers focus on improving students’ oral language

Reading Recovery teachers recently took part in a professional learning day.

Literacy-a-thon to be held on 12 October

Exciting opportunity for all students to enjoy an activity filled day of literacy

Avid Reader at St John's helps a Great Cause

Page Williams at St John's enjoys reading and feels priviliged with raising money for multiple sclerosis at the same time

Thanks for Celebrating Book Week and Education Week with us

St John's celebrated book week with a fantastic display of creativity in the book parade and support from the community

Achievements from the Diocese Athletics Carnival

Well done to our representatives who achieved great results

Voice of Youth

Congratulations to all students who participated and good luck to our finalist

Naplan Results 2015 and Maths Tips

Great Growth in 2015 results and some maths terms simplified for every day use

Cyber Safety Key Messages

Sr. Constable Bollard from Quakers Hill police shares Cyber Safety tips

St John's Primary celebrates the Feast of St Anne and St Joachim

Friday 24 July, St John's Primary, Riverstone students and grandparents celebrated the Feast of St Anne and St Joachim with a special liturgy and morning tea.

St John's Riverstone celebrates 100 days of Kindergarten

Friday 17 July marked 100 days of Kindergarten for students at St John's Primary, Riverstone.

Diocese of Parramatta hosts Notre Dame Folk Choir 2015 Australian Tour

Friday 29 May, the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta hosted the renowned Notre Dame Folk Choir on their 2015 Australian Tour. Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta students and teachers gathered together at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta to exchange experiences with the choir through music and workshops.

St John's Riverstone get a taste of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

St John's Primary, Riverstone welcomed healthy eating with a difference with Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day on Friday 15 May.

St John's Primary Riverstone student wins writing competition

St John’s Primary, Riverstone was very proud of senior student Jessica Couzins who was the recent winner of the Junior Division Anzac Writing Competition.

Jessica Couzins - Winner Junior Division ANZAC Writing Competition

Stage 3 student - Jessica Couzins was announced winner of the Junior Division for a ANZAC writing competition.

Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge - winners announced!

The Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge has had another successful year with over 620 students reading 10,000 books over the school holidays – that’s a new competition record!

Catholic schools called to renew and adapt at annual System Leadership Day

Over 450 school and education office leaders in the Diocese of Parramatta gathered at Rosehill Gardens on Thursday 22 January for the annual system leadership day prior to the commencement of the new school year.

Students top the state in HSC courses

The HSC results has seen three students from our Catholic schools achieve first in the state for their subjects.

Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge is back!

Every year, the Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby, invites students all over the Diocese of Parramatta to participate in the Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Best practice focus leads to improved Naplan results

For the seventh consecutive year, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (Naplan) in May. Results released in September identified many areas of improvement for students in the Diocese of Parramatta

Farewell with faith, hope and love

The Mass of Thanksgiving to God on the Occasion of the Farewell of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop-elect of Sydney and Administrator of the Diocese of Parramatta, was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta on Wednesday 5 November.

World Teachers Day Selfie Competition Winner!

Hundreds of students across the Diocese of Parramatta have honoured their teachers in celebration of World Teachers Day by taking a selfie with their favourite teacher.

Going Deeper at Principals Masterclass

The annual Prinicipals Masterclass was held on 13 and 14 August at the Rooty Hill RSL Club, giving school leaders a valuable opportunity to come together to share ideas and participate in professional learning.

Literacy Lessons improving student learning outcomes

Students are receiving more one-to-one instruction in literacy and comprehension thanks to a new Literacy Lessons (L2) program being trialled in 8 primary schools across the diocese.

Fundraising for Cerebral Palsy

4 teachers at St John's are raising money and awareness for the Cerebal Palsy Alliance.

School staff encouraged to have a cuppa for students in need

In Term 3, school staff are invited to have a cuppa and donate to the Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund appeal.

Mary MacKillop Feast Day celebrations

Events were held across the diocese of Parramatta on Friday 8 August in honour of the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

Captivate showcases talented students

Hundreds of students from 35 primary and secondary Catholic schools from across the Diocese showcased their creative talents in a series of music, dance and strings performances throughout June, culminating in the ‘Best Of’ performance on 23 June.

RE Review: Faith in the future of Catholic schooling

The findings and recommendations of the Review of Religious Education for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta were presented to a forum of over 200 parish priests, principals and Religious Education coordinators on 5 June at Rosehill Gardens.