School Profile

St John’s is a Catholic School situated in Baradine. We are in the Parish of St Lawrence’s, Coonabarabran and administered by the Diocese of Bathurst.

All schools are directly responsible to the Bishop. Our School Manager is the Parish Priest based in Coonabarabran. The Diocesan Catholic Education Office is situated in Bathurst with a subsidiary office in Dubbo.

Baradine is situated geographically in North Western NSW with a population of approx. 600. The town relies on the rural and service industries to sustain its economy.

Children attending St John’s come from rural and town families. These children travel on one of the 3 buses, walk, ride bikes or are driven to school by parents. Being a small community, families are known by everyone and associate a lot together.

Classrooms, Tutor area and a Storage/Photocopy room are situated in the main school building. A Canteen and Creative Arts room are located to the north of the main school building. The Secretary and Principal’s Office, Staff -Room, Library and Music Room situated in "The Convent" building.

There are three educational streams at St John’s - Early Stage 1 and Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3.

The Parent Community is very supportive of the school. Parents are comprised of some semi-professional workers. There are a large percentage of single income families. A small number rely on government support.

For information about the school and diocesan sport, the CEDB Sport Community website link is:


St John’s Catholic Primary School, Baradine:

  • Is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making. Authority given on students enrolment form will be adhered to at all times.
  • Has zero tolerance for child abuse. 
  • Is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability. 
  • Every person involved in at St John’s Catholic Primary School, Baradine has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role they plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
  • The Media/Communications Permission form signed on enrolment by the parent/guardians will be adhered to. This authority relates to the use of photographs, video or sound recordings or a students work in all forms of media.


Parish Priest: Fr Francis
Principal/Learning Support/REC: Margaret McKinnon
Primary Teacher 5/6: Kim Tym
Primary Teacher 3/4: Joanna Wallace
Infants Teacher: Theresa Draper
Release: Louise Deans
State Action Plan: Carmel Munns
Music Program: Margaret McKinnon
Teacher Assistant: Judith Hayman
Kindergarten Assistant: Melissa Johnston
Secretary: Raeleen Mason
Cleaner: Kay Crawley