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Our School

St John XXIII Primary School Thomastown East

St. John XXIII is a Catholic Primary school located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne providing a vibrant and comprehensive learning environment for children from Year Prep to Six. St. John XXIII Primary School was established in 1974 as a second school in the Parish of St Luke's Lalor. The school maintains a strong and valuable connection to the Parish guided by the mission of the Scalabrinian Fathers.


St. John XXIII Primary School is situated on approximately 2 hectares of landscaped property in Thomastown East and boasts safe, extensive and contemporary learning spaces. The school consists of twelve spacious classrooms equipped with Interactive Whiteboards and multiple computers with intranet and internet access; a modern Library / Discovery Centre, a refurbished Visual Art room, administration and amenity facilities, Adventure Playgrounds, Basketball / Netball Courts and an expansive oval. Recent building developments have seen the construction of a multi-function Sports & Assembly Hall and new fences and gates surrounding the property.

Amazing Learning Spaces to Learn & Play

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Our Vision

St. John XXIII Primary school is a diverse, welcoming, child centred community where:

  • All learners are encouraged to take authentic action in the wider community, following Jesus as our inspiration.

  • Jesus’ teachings allow us to develop harmonious relationships and opportunities to grow in faith.

  • Learning Dispositions are continually being developed and applied to support our students in becoming effective learners.

  • Learners are empowered to embrace all opportunities to deepen their learning and experience success on their learning journey.

Meet the Team


Frank Vetrone



Emma Canning

Deputy Principal, Learning & Teaching Leader


Fiona Maelasi

Deputy Principal, Student Wellbeing Leader


Adelina Colangelo



Suzie Dinneen


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Carmel Moleta



Ann Kuric

Religious Education Leader, Classroom Teacher


Lara Mastropasqua

Literacy Leader


Hannah Marino

Mathematics Leader, Maths Intervention, Classroom Teacher


Marita Canning

Digital Technology Leader, Classroom and Digital Technology Teacher


Tiffany Tran

Classroom Teacher


Laura Del Sureto

Classroom Teacher


Taylah Kuhar

Classroom Teacher


Helen Desmond

Classroom Teacher


Katharine Librio

Classroom Teacher


Ethan Tartaglia

Classroom Teacher


Maddy Brown

Classroom Teacher


Paul Dinneen

Classroom Teacher


Carmina Atienza

Classroom Teacher


Teresa Bonola

Classroom Teacher


Nicola Tsiambazis

Classroom Teacher

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Kahli Wilson

Classroom Teacher


Angela De Thomasis

LOTE Italian Teacher


Giuseppe Mortellaro

Physical Education Teacher


Lina Starsunn

Visual Arts Teacher


Stephanie Mascaro

Literacy Intervention

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Helen Stafford

Tutoring Program


Debbie Robinson

Education Support Staff


Lorraine Higgins

Education Support Staff


Kerry Meilak

Education Support Staff


Jacqueline Dear

Education Support Staff


Luisa Laguda

Education Support Staff

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Wilhemina Meath

Education Support Staff


Paola Osario

Education Support Staff


Viktoria Gorgievski

Education Support Staff

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Nada Hammoud

Education Support Staff


Deborah Eyre Education Support Staff

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School Tour Dates


Scalabrini Tradition

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The parish of St Lukes belongs to the congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles – Scalabrinians – is an international community of religious serving migrants and refugees of different cultures, religions and ethnicities in 32 countries and on five continents. 


The Congregation was founded on November 28, 1887, by Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini (1839-1905), bishop of Piacenza (Italy). It was the period of massive emigration from Italy and Europe toward the Americas.


It was a far-reaching phenomenon whose importance Bishop Scalabrini was able to grasp in both its social and religious dimensions.


Th Scalbrinian missionary focus for the last twenty-five years has been to be migrants with the migrants and to be in mission with people on the move along with a special priority for the poorest migrants. What has become very obvious is that as we have taken more missionary risks and made an effort to clarify our Charism we have been blessed with more and more vocations. The blessing is doubled by the fact that we are currently receiving the vocations that match our present needs.


John Baptist Scalabrini lived the drama of the exodus of migrants who, during the last decades of the nineteenth century, travelled in great numbers from Europe to the countries in the New World. He clearly saw the need for the specific pastoral care of migrants through a suitable network of spiritual assistance. In this perspective, and giving proof of keen spiritual insight and a concrete practical sense, he founded the Congregation of the Missionary Priests and the Missionary Sisters of Saint Charles. He strongly supported the need for legislative and institutional instruments for the human and juridical protection of migrants against all forms of exploitation.


Today, in different situations, the spiritual sons and daughters of Msgr. Scalabrini, who were later joined by the "Secular Institute of the Scalabrinian Missionary Women", continue to give witness to Christ's love for migrants and to offer them the Gospel. In 1998, John Paul II declared him Blessed and defined him as the "Father of Migrants".

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At the St John XXIII Primary School Canteen, students can enjoy a range of snacks and lunch orders. The Canteen opens at recess and lunchtime on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. The canteen provides the opportunity for children to build confidence by buying over the counter and learning to deal with money; being great for their maths!

Lunch Ordering

Use a paper or reusable bag with your child’s name, class, items ordered and the total cost written clearly on the front and the money inside the paper bag. Your child then takes their order to the window before school. All orders go directly to the Canteen each morning. At lunchtime, all lunches are collected from the Canteen and taken to the classrooms for distribution by the class teacher.


The Canteen is staffed by a manager and volunteers. The children really love to have their own “special helper” serving them at recess or lunchtime. It is a wonderful way of meeting other members of the school community. All volunteers require a current Working with Children Check. Please contact the school if you would like to learn more about volunteering


School Fees


Our uniform shop is located within the school hall and is run by the school