St Mary’s Parish School has been named in honour of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary was chosen because of her faith, unique life and strength of character. St Mary’s Parish School strives to deepen the understanding of living out each student’s vocation. As Mary’s life unfolded through the challenges that she faced, we too encourage students to embrace life’s challenges with the same strength of character Mary displayed.
Beliefs St Mary’s Parish School exists to introduce children to the life of Jesus Christ through a balance of:
Knowledge of self and respect for others
Intellectual and physical growth
St Mary’s Parish School promotes a shared commitment to provide a safe, happy and inclusive environment. It requires a shared commitment by all concerned - the individual student, the family, the church and society.
Our Mission St Mary’s Parish School serves the wider community in furthering the Church’s mission. This mission centres around a joyful embracing of gospel values in our sphere of influence.
St Mary’s provides a place of educational excellence in the life long search for wisdom. A passion for teaching and learning nurtures the uniqueness in everyone. The releasing of Spirit brings forth future leaders.
St Mary’s is defined by the following qualities:
Unified with the mission of the Parish in Christ
Generous in its spirit of community service
Encouraging of an inclusiveness that strives for pastoral care for all
Transparent in shared ownership and responsibilities
Authentic in its search for truth
Setting its sights on noble goals and not being content with mediocrity
The culture of the school elicits a positive spirit that encourages shared leadership.
Our Vision We aim to rise above, by developing education which can transform lives and communities. Inspired by our faith in Christ and together with our families, church and community, we aim for each person to reach his/her full potential in body, mind, heart and spirit.
Everyone in our school community deserves to be cared for unconditionally and valued equally as a unique creation, made in the image and likeness of Christ. In our learning, in our work, in our relationship and the ways in which we organise our community, we acknowledge that;
Taking time to pray together
Respecting of ourselves and each other
Understanding, accepting and valuing differences Trusting and being trustworthy
Helping those in need
We believe in:
Children as a gift
Being welcoming and accepting
The joy in all things
School as a place of spiritual culture that uplifts our community
Being true to oneself – guiding to find Jesus within