Principal’s Message

St John Vianney Catholic Primary School Greenacre is situated within the Southern Region of Sydney. It is a vibrant and welcoming community that reflects positively the rich diversity of the area in which it resides. With 260 students K–6 from over 30 cultural backgrounds, St John Vianney is enlivened and enriched by the contribution of all into the life of the school.

Established in 1961 by the sisters of St Joseph, St John Vianney Catholic Primary still continues to respond to the needs of the community. United with the parish of St John Vianney and St Thomas More, families are invited to continue their faith education with the support of a community that is uniquely Catholic but welcoming of all denominations.

Our dedicated staff provide all students with contemporary, quality teaching and learning experiences that allow students to ‘Believe, Persist and Achieve’, fulfilling their full potential. It takes a village to raise a child and at St John Vianney Catholic Primary School the relationship between school and home, in partnership with a supportive community, are integral ingredients for a great school community.

I welcome all to visit and see what great opportunities St John Vianney Catholic Primary School has to offer.

Mr Justin Coupland



In 1956 the parish of St John Vianney and St Thomas More, Greenacre was established.The Sisters of St Joseph started the parish school in 1961 in the church hall which had been converted into classroom.
Then, in 1969, it was the parishioners who provided the finance and labour for building the school to accommodate the then 242 students.

Over the past 50 years, with the demographic changes in the area, St John Vianney has developed into a vibrant multicultural community. It is a place of welcome and acceptance.


Empowering and uniting students through an enriched Catholic Education that inspires a love of learning. 

At St John Vianney Catholic Primary School we ‘Believe, Persist, Achieve’ by:

  • trusting in God, ourselves and others
  • engaging in authentic learning experiences
  • supporting and caring for all members of our community
  • celebrating our cultural diversity


We aspire to educate collaborative, resilient learners with a socially just outlook on the world.


At St John Vianney Catholic Primary School Greenacre we value:

  • Faith
  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Inclusion
  • Love
  • Fairness
At St John Vianney, we ‘Believe, Persist and Achieve’ through our motto:

Ora Et Labora
‘to pray and work’

St John Vianney

Universally known as the ” Cure of Ars ” , St Jean-Baptise-Marie Vianney was born
on May 8th, 1786, at Dardilly, near Lyrons, France. St. John Vianney shows us that we
can use our strengths to mitigate our weaknesses. His life was filled with works of
charity and love.

St. John Vianney was canonized on May 31, 1925. His feast day was declared August 4.
He is the Patron saint of Priests and the Patron saint of our school.

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The school is directly involved in supporting those in need in our local community, and our families are keen to ‘give back’ to the community and work in partnership with various charities. The sacramental programs are parish based and our Religious Education program is central to the life of the school, encouraging students to develop a deeper understanding of God, self, others and their world. 

Administrator: Rev Pasquale Pizzoferro
Phone: (02) 9759 6263

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Office Hours: Tuesday–Friday 9.00am–1.00pm
Weekend Masses: Saturday Vigil 5.00pm, Sunday 7.30am, 9.30am

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Proudly Part of the Community of Sydney Catholic Schools

Our school is part of a system of 147 low-fee Catholic schools in the Sydney Archdiocese.

Sydney Catholic Schools are thriving Catholic communities that ignite a love of Christ through excellent teaching and learning to empower students to reach their full potential.