As principal of St Therese Catholic Primary School Sadleir Miller, I am delighted to welcome you to our school website, and describe our vision of providing an outstanding Catholic education for students from Preschool to Year 6.
I love this school and, even on the days when I am marooned in the office under a pile of paperwork, my spirits are constantly lifted by the passing parade of children, who are always ready to greet me with a smile and a wave. I don’t think I would find this level of warmth anywhere else.
Our teaching and support staff are highly skilled, passionate professionals, and are committed to ensuring that every student receives the best possible opportunities. Here you will find that our vision for education is very clear in our commitment to enable all students to “live the gospel, learn for life and meet the challenge”. At St Therese’s this means a focus on delivering a rigorous curriculum and personalised learning to challenge and meet the needs of each student.
Our school has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School. This accolade recognises St Therese as a global leader in education, specifically through the integration of technology into our students’ learning. The school has established a “culture of leadership and learning through reflective professional practice, international connections and direct research into the impact of learning on student outcomes,” acknowledged Apple. St Therese is one of a small group of educational institutions globally that has received this accreditation.
Our teaching methods and practices reflect the needs of our students and the world in which they live, and our community lives out the motto of ‘Simplex Caritas’ – Simple Love. Students at St Therese will develop strong working relationships with friends and staff members.
As educators, we acknowledge that we share the responsibility of education with parents. Learning is a partnership, and we will warmly welcome your participation and support.
Our school policies and procedures, our approach to pastoral care and the way we relate to each other as members of a learning community reflects the Catholic values we hold. We are blessed to be supported by our Parish Priest, Fr. Tui Paulino Kolio Tu’.
Our website will, I hope, reflect the dynamic nature of our special St Therese community and I welcome you to follow our unfolding story via this site.
St Therese Catholic Primary School Sadleir is built on the rich heritage and legacy of our school and parish’s early pioneers. Our beloved Father Muldoon and a team of very passionate Sacred Heart nuns worked hard to provide a parish primary school in the growing suburb of Sadleir Miller.
Opening in January 1967, Sister Betty McMahon – inspired by the work of St Therese of Lisieux and the Sacred Heart nuns– became the first principal. The pioneers were very strong Catholics who demonstrated our school motto-Simplex Caritas-Simple Love in all that they did. They have provided us with a deep community spirit which we celebrate today.
Learning and teaching is our core work at St Therese, and our mission and vision statements reflect this commitment.
Live the Gospel, Learn for Life, Meet the Challenge.
St Therese is a Catholic community inspired by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Our students are nurtured and empowered to become confident and resilient learners. Each individual is valued and care is taken to respect the dignity of all. Students are encouraged to take risks and strive for excellence in our innovative learning environments.
Family Masses, Feast Day celebrations and whole school events are opportunities for the school and parish to come together to share our faith and build our friendships.
Our beautiful statues become a wonderful place of prayer to St Therese. The school and parish have a great devotion to St Therese and we celebrate each year with a vibrant Mass and in the school grounds.
Our Parish Priest, Father Fr Paulino Tui, was appointed to St Therese in 2011.