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203 Woodlawn Road
via Lismore
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PO Box
Box 6, Lismore NSW 2480

+61 2 click to reveal 6626 2600

+61 2 6626 2626

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Catholic College Lismore
Coeducational College Woodlawn


Acting Principal: Mrs Cathie Byrnes

Catholic day school for boys and girls from Year 7 to Year 12 with 785 students.

St John's College, Woodlawn is a Christian community which respects and values the dignity of each member and is dedicated to the provision of quality education for young people. We do this within a welcoming and friendly environment characterised by care and compassion.

We strive to achieve excellence in our every endeavor so that our students

  • love coming to school
  • get involved in the myriad of offerings available
  • are possessive of a generative attitude
  • have the requisite skills and attitudes to make a difference in society

Since its foundation in 1931, the College has promoted a balanced education underpinned by high learning expectations.

The ‘family spirit’ and the small school atmosphere reinforce the students’ sense of belonging to a community.  The students take pride in their College and display strong school spirit.

Religious Education

Religious Education is compulsory for all students at the school.  The Religious Education Program includes Study of Scripture, Catholic Beliefs and Practices, Social Justice, Moral Issues and related topics.  The College is privileged to have its own Chapel in a central location on campus.  We gather as a school community to celebrate a number of significant liturgical events in each school year. 


Leadership is about taking people on a 'journey'.  The community at Woodlawn boasts a breadth of leadership that impresses in its energy and flexibility.  The members of our Student Representative Council are highly skilled and motivated young people with a desire to make a difference.  All Year 12 students are considered part of the leadership team and use their leadership capacity in the everyday.  Other leadership opportunities exist in the sporting and cultural areas where teamwork and talents are fostered.  Students also have the opportunity of further developing their skills by participating in various leadership camps and forums.Through a ‘community of leaders’ model, we endeavor to assist all in our community to achieve their full potential


Students at Woodlawn are given many opportunities to achieve outside of the classroom and follow interests and pursuits in all areas of the curriculum.

Public speaking is represented through Lions Youth of the Year Public Speaking Awards, Debating Competitions, Mock Trials, the State Constitutional Convention and MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) as well as student assemblies.  Students also compete in the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year Award and the Northern Star Newspaper Group Writing Competitions.

Tournament of Minds is an Australasian problem solving competition that challenges Years 7-10 students to develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration and time management. There are four disciplines: Applied Technology, Language Literature, Maths Engineering and Social Science. Catholic, private and state schools compete at regional, State and the Australasian finals. Woodlawn has a commendable history in this competition having been represented in each discipline at state level in 2013. The Language Literature team gained Meritorious Achievement while the Social Science team not only won the State Competition but went on to compete in and win the Australasian Final. 

A large number of students also took the opportunity to sit the Australian Schools Competition in Mathematics, English, LOTE, Science, Computers, Geography and History - all gaining pleasing results with some exceptional achievements.


Other opportunities include the Northern Rivers Science and Engineering Challenge, Sunsprint Solar Car Challenge, Young Scientist of the Year Competition, Gifted and Talented activities and HSC Study Days.  Gifted students at the College are catered for through differentiated programs, accelerated opportunities and onsite Gifted and Talented days and camps.   

Open Sports Teams compete in National Marist Carnivals in Basketball, Cricket and Netball.  Students from all years have the opportunity to compete for the College each year at diocesan and/or state level in the above sports as well as swimming, rugby union, rugby league, hockey and soccer.

The College also offers an opportunity for students to experience friendship, understanding, encouragement and growth through special activities and a varied curriculum including but not limited to: St John’s Day; Night of the Notables; Reflection Days; lunch time concerts in the Quad; twilight concerts; vibrant liturgies; Annual Art, Music, Drama and Dance Exhibitions and Performances; Maths Olympics; and Maths/Science Enrichment Days.

Excellent Facilities

The College can boast some of the finest facilities in the region.  We have extensive buildings offering a wide range of teaching and learning opportunities across a broad range of subjects to suit individual needs. As well as core curriculum offerings the College boasts the Woodlawn Trade Training Centre which opened in 2013 offering Furniture Making and Hospitality Operations and a new Performing Arts Centre.

As part of our complex we have expansive ovals, our own swimming pool and a magnificent indoor sports centre, which includes indoor soccer/cricket and a gymnasium.