We warmly welcome you to our website. We hope that you find your browsing experience to be both informative and engaging. Our aim is to provide visitors with a reliable insight into what we, at St. Mary’s, value and believe about contemporary education and nurturing children through their primary school years.
In a nutshell, we hope that you will see that we believe all children are entitled to a world-class education that prepares them for a world yet to be imagined. With access to the latest educational research and armed with the most powerful learning tools ever invented, our dedicated teachers passionately and lovingly cultivate a learning environment that feeds and grows the hearts, minds and souls of every student in our care.
It is a privilege to be part of this community and as Principal, each day I witness the love, commitment and hopes that each parent carries for their child. Parents are the first educators of their children and it is they who are the consistent influence in their lives. We, as teachers, journey with you in supporting your child’s development by providing a safe learning environment.
We aim to work in partnership with you, in nurturing their development, by taking a genuine interest in their well-being to guide, support and assist their holistic development. The teachers at St Mary’s School are professional, dedicated and resolute in ensuring that each child attains their full potential. Co-operation, respect and shared responsibility are values fostered throughout our school.
Our learning and teaching is based on contemporary learning styles and resources. Teachers work collaboratively to plan an engaging and differentiated curriculum, in a supportive and caring environment, that is centered on the individual needs, learning styles and interests of the students.
We are blessed to have a dedicated staff, supportive parents, a welcoming school and parish community, with an engaging Parish Priest and friendly and co-operative students, who are interested in learning.
As a Catholic school, we are committed to an education that is centered on the Gospel message of Christ. We work in unison with our parish leaders and parents, in promoting values and ideas that are central to our Christian beliefs.
Yours in partnership
St Mary’s Vision
At St Mary’s, we believe;
- That staff and children continually work and grow together to deepen their relationship with God and one another.
- We try to provide for one another, an atmosphere where we feel, we belong, are cared for, respected for our giftedness, and are challenged to work to our fullest potential.
- That parents are the first educators of their children, and we recognise our responsibility for the development of the child as a whole person.
- We must empower children to reach their full potential spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally and creatively.
- There is a need for open communication between parents and teachers in regard to programs and the welfare of the children.
As a result of the above, we hope that the children will become well-adjusted, secure and happy members of the Catholic Church and society.
We will fulfil our Vision by:
- Staff working as a team and being open to new thinking.
- Presenting programs that are interesting, part of the child’s experience, challenging and informative.
- Being familiar with the school’s policies and being prepared to implement and revise them.
- Being committed to the implementation and support of Australian Democratic Values and Principles.
The vision for Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne is to ensure that:
“Our Vision is for an outstanding Catholic education that equips our young people with the knowledge, skills, hope and optimism to live meaningful lives and shape and enrich the world around them.” (Catholic Education Office Melbourne 2015-2019)
FAITH AND IDENTITY
Our goal is to enhance our Catholic identity, so that all may recognise God’s presence. We do this by strengthening the integration of faith into everyday life, inviting students to discover God’s presence in their daily lives and engaging them in a dialogue between their life experiences and Catholic teaching. In this way they may grow in understanding themselves and their world in light of the Gospel.
Further, our goal is to build a community of faith and hope, where we are all inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ and imbued with the Holy Spirit, and work together for the benefit of each member of the school community.
We believe that each person is created in the image of God and called to communion with God. We believe this understanding of the human person is at the heart of the values that underpin Catholic education.
Compassion: We are inspired by Christian love and compassion in all our relationships with students, staff parents and the community.
Equity and Justice: We seek to provide equitable access and opportunity for all with a preferential option for the poor and marginalised.
Excellence: We continually strive for excellence in learning, teaching and all we do.
Hope: We share a spirit of optimism and joy sustained by faith.
Inclusion: We foster a sense of community and belonging for all and are committed to welcome, partnership and service. We strive to develop the potential of each individual.
Respect: We respect the dignity, diversity and contribution of each person.
Stewardship: We are stewards of creation, treasuring, developing and conserving the gifts and resources that have been entrusted to us.
Where the child is at the heart of education
Catholic Education Office Melbourne 2011-2015
The Parish of St. Francis Xavier’s Mansfield was defined in 1864. The intention of the first Parish Priest Rev. Kavanagh was to establish a school within the Parish of St. Francis Xavier’s School was opened in 1869, however it closed within a short time due to a shortage of funds and the lack of suitable trained teachers.
The school reopened as St. Mary’s in 1876. In 1891 the Sisters of Mercy came to Mansfield. On their arrival they took over the administration of St. Mary’s school. In that year Sacred Heart College Mansfield was opened to cater for both day and boarding students. This college closed in 1972 leaving St. Mary’s Primary School as the only Catholic Educational Institution within the Parish. Our Year Six students choose between travelling to the Catholic Secondary College at Benalla (FCJ) or the local Government Secondary College (Mansfield Secondary College) to further their education.
St. Mary’s School is situated in the rural Victorian town of Mansfield which is two hundred kilometres north east of Melbourne. The local economy is based on tourism and primary production. Our environment has Mount Buller and Lake Eildon as its main assets.
Meet Our Staff
Meet Our Mascot
Meet Maggie, our very friendly school Mascot. Maggie is a 2 year old Labradoodle who welcomes the students every morning with a friendly wag of the tail before heading off around the yard to inspect that all is safe, and enjoying any cuddles and belly rubs that come her way during lunch and recess time.
Our School Council Committee meets at least 8 times per year to discuss, improve and implement important issues that keep the best interests of our students at the forefront of our schools morals, dreams and growth.
Our current committee representatives are;
- Trish E.
- Jane P
- Michael B.
- Sandra O.
- Athina. H
- Courtney H.
- Laura R.
- Jo O’B
- Father George