About Us

Principal’s Message

 

WELCOME TO ST MARY’S SCHOOL

I welcome you to our school website and trust you will enjoy viewing our school, its curriculum and facilities.

Our Catholic School offers our families the opportunity to grow in their understanding of themselves and our faith. Being part of a Catholic School enables our children to develop their talents and share their gifts in a faith environment where each and every person is valued and respected.

We are able to offer rich and deep learning experiences that enable our families to work collaboratively within a supportive environment. Together we achieve many great things.

We strive to integrate our environment into our learning so that our students come to know, respect and love the wonders that surround them.

Our staff provide our children with the best possible learning experiences and have high expectations for the children in their learning and in their relationships with one another.

As a Catholic School we place great importance on the welfare of our families and the school community.

I invite you to view our school and I look forward to perhaps one day taking you on a tour of our school.

Mr Adrian Cheer
Principal

School Profile

OUR VISION

“Called to be caring and confident, our learning journey is guided by the gospel of Jesus.”

St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Alexandra, offers the richness of Catholic Education and tradition to the growing child in an environment where its example is the centre of all learning.

We hope that members of our St. Mary’s School Community experience and promote the gospel values of love, empathy, trust, respect, honesty and fairness. Our aim is to develop the whole child spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Whilst Religious Education lessons are held throughout the week, the person of Jesus and gospel values – fairness, honesty, care and compassion – are promoted and modelled across all aspects of school life.

At St. Mary’s, our principles for learning design are:

  • learning through meaningful partnerships, encompassing the local and wider communities
  • learning is ongoing, personalised, innovative and reflective; fiving all stakeholders voice and choice
  • we value a contemporary learning environment that is rich and engaging, personalised, safe and inclusive
  • wellbeing is integral to learning and student motivation and success
  • assessment is pivotal in the journey of learning and is evidence based, driven by data and a strong knowledge of pedagogy to support student outcomes

HISTORY OF ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL

It was in 1953 that the older part of our present school was completed and blessed by Archbishop Simonds. Sisters Leo, Clement and Bernadette opened the school with an enrolment of 85 children. Eventually, school numbers climbed to 150 from Prep to Form 4. After Form 1 – 4 were discontinued, numbers were steady for awhile until 1981, when the numbers were 69. Since then, there has been a steady increase, with enrolments now between 130 to 160 most years.

As we develop and grow, our goals remain the same. St. Mary’s Catholic School:

  • will integrate Christian faith and life
  • will be a school where everyone is passionate and motivated about learning
  • will be a school where students feel valued and safe
  • will work together as an effective team for the benefit of the whole school community
  • will work together as a community in positive partnership

These goals can only be achieved with the support and encouragement of the whole community – the parents, children, teachers, the Parents’ Auxiliary, the School Advisory Board, the Catholic Church and the community of Alexandra.

Our Team – Staff and Student Leaders

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Principal
Adrian Cheer

Parish Priest
Fr. Longinus Onyechesi

Deputy Principal / Learning and Teaching Leader
Karen Power

Student Wellbeing / Religious Education Leader
Maureen Cowan

Learning and Teaching Leader / Reading Recovery
Kerry Losa

Learning and Teaching Leader / Community Engagement and Physical Education
Christina Irwin

Learning and Teaching Leader / Digital Technologies
Sarah Irving

 

TEACHING STAFF

Foundation Team
Karen Power and Christina Irwin

Year 1/2 Team
Megan Dalton, Shannon Carnes, Kate Trotter and Liz Cain

Year 3/4 Team
Stacey Elliott, Sarah Irving and Amy Hedger

Year 5/6 Team
Kim Williams and Michael Heyes

 

SPECIALIST TEACHING STAFF

Physical Education
Andrew Lorimer-Derham and Lauren Briggs

Art
Jan Penny, Amy Hedger and Kerry Losa

Performing Arts
Tanya Sleeman

Music / Choir / School Band
Jack Mithen

Japanese
Anthony Mitrow

 

ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Colleen Thorneycroft

 

LEARNING SUPPORT OFFICERS

Emily Thorneycroft
Jan Halligan
Cate Cleary
Molly Dean

 

STUDENT SCHOOL LEADERS

School Captains
Mia and Tom

House Captains
Kaleb, Lachlan and Louise

Student Representative Committee
Zachary

Enrolments

We encourage prospective families to call and book a tour of St Mary’s with our principal, Mr Adrian Cheer.  We will also be offering scheduled school tours for prospective families throughout May – July 2017. Dates will be posted here on our website and advertised in the local paper, the Alexandra Standard. Alternatively, please call the school on 03 5772 1500 for further information regarding tour dates and times.

Annual Report and School Policies

Our 2014 Annual Report and our school policies are available for our school community to access here. Our policies are regularly reviewed in consultation with staff and the School Advisory Board.

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