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Extra & Co-curricular Activities


The students at St John Vianney’s are given many opportunities to enrich their learning and to participate in broader community events.

NSW Primary School Junior Chess League

Throughout May to August interested students from all chess abilities are invited to participate in this Friday afternoon competition. Students are graded according to their chess ability and compete against students from a variety of schools in the local area on a home and away basis.

International competitions

Many students take the opportunity to participate in international competitions that are conducted by the University of New South Wales, in the area of Mathematics, English, Spelling, Writing, Science, and Digital Technologies.


The students have the opportunity to participate in school, zone, diocesan and inter-diocesan representative sport squads.

See also Sport.

Voice of Youth

Voice of Youth is a diocesan public speaking competition for Year 6 students. All Year 6 students participate in class to qualify for a school final. The school winner progresses to a school cluster final, with the opportunity to qualify for the diocesan final.


Interested Year 5 students are taught the skills of debating in preparation for an inter-school debating competition when they are in Year 6. Students compete in a round-robin competition with the leading schools progressing to a final series. Trophies are awarded for successful debating teams.

Creative Arts Festival

Every three years St John Vianney’s joins with other Catholic schools from the Blacktown area to showcase students’ talent at the Creative Arts Festival. As many as 130 students participate in this exciting extravaganza which provides students with firsthand experience in the areas of song, dance and drama.


Students from Years 3 – 6 are invited to join the junior or senior choir which is conducted by our specialist music teacher. Both choirs compete annually in the Penrith Eisteddfod with great success, and the senior choir competes in the Sydney Performing Arts Challenge. The junior choir has had the opportunity to compete alongside the Beijing New Moon Student’s Choir.

Keyboard lessons

Students have the opportunity to learn keyboard on site through ‘Kids on Keyboard’.

Book club

Once a term we distribute Scholastic Book Club’s specially compiled list of reasonably priced books to the students. Details on how to purchase the books are included on the forms. This is an entirely voluntary purchase.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Every year the students are encouraged to participate in this state wide reading initiative. Students read a selection of books from a set list, and for those who complete the challenge a certificate is awarded at the end of the school year.


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You can contact St John Vianney’s Primary, Doonside by email or phone 8869 6300 weekdays between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.

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