Our School

A Message from the School Principal

Dear Families,

Stella Maris was officially opened in 1956, with two classes 32 children and one teacher. It now has 330 students, two grades in each year level. We have a long and proud history and a progressive vision for our students growing up in the 21st Century.

Stella Maris (Latin for Star of the Sea) Catholic Primary School is part of the Nazareth Parish of Rickett’s Point and is the sister school of St Joseph’s Black Rock. Inspired by our strong Catholic Vision and Mission statements, and values we model and encourage Catholic Traditions and Gospel Values, which are central to all we believe, value and teach.

Our school is located in the community of Beaumaris, a south eastern suburb of Melbourne. Our location, close to Rickett’s Point Marine Sanctuary positions us to take up our responsibility to embed sustainability and Aboriginal perspectives into our curriculum.

Our school motto ‘courage always’ inspires each child, parent and staff member to take action in supporting social justice initiatives, inquiring about school based issues, wider community and global issues.

We have a unique relationship with Terra Santa School in Nazareth, Israel and some of our staff and students have opportunities to visit the Holy Land through the Parish Nazareth Project. We strive to embed Asian perspectives into our curriculum and our language is Japanese.

Inspired by our strong Catholic Vision and Mission statements, we will continue to model Catholic Traditions and Gospel Values, which are central to all we believe, value and teach. We support and promote the principles and practice of Australian Democracy such as, elected government, the rule of law, equal rights for all before the law, freedom of religion, speech and association.

At Stella Maris we teach the seven capabilities the Australian Curriculum. These are; English and mathematics, I.C.T, critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical understanding and intercultural understanding. Our curriculum is differentiated in order to enable personalised learning. We value student voice and choice and all students to set, reflect upon and review individual goals and participate in Family Conferences, with their parents and teachers, at mid-year. We expect all students and staff to develop and show leadership and place a strong emphasis on developing leadership skills.

We know each individual within our school community and commit ourselves to assist and challenge them to realise their spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth for ALL children. This is supported by the work of the student support staff and a collaborative approach of the teaching staff at all levels.

Stella Maris develops life-long learners and holds high expectations. We strive to contribute to the development of students’ sense of self-worth, enthusiasm for learning and optimism for the 21st century.

I look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Courage Always

Rob Horwood

Vision Statement

Potential, Learning, Energy, Faith, Courage

At the heart of Stella Maris is the desire to develop the infinite potential of every person.

Learning is a journey of endless possibilities where we are energised to seek and explore questions about the world around us.

Nourished by a strong sense of belonging is the foundation upon which our community can flourish.

Through Jesus Christ, learning enlivens our Catholic Faith, so that we can live, learn and grow with ‘courage always’.

School Values

Faith

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and
certain of what we do not see.”
(Hebrews 11:1)

Respect

Love your neighbour as yourself.’
There is no commandment greater than these.”
(Mark 12:31)

Empathy

“Have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love,
a tender heart and a humble mind.”
(1 Peter 3:8)

Trust

For nothing will be impossible with God.
Then Mary said ‘Here am I the servant of the Lord.”
(Luke 1:37-38)

Honesty

“And you will know truth, and the truth will make you free.”
(John 8:32)

Service

“In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
(Acts 20:35)

Justice

“Here is my servant, the one I have chosen.
He is the one I love, and I am very pleased with him.
I will fill him with my Spirit, and he will bring justice to the nations”
(Matthew 12:18)

Courage Always

“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths,
but only what is useful for building up, as there is need,
so that your words may give grace to those who hear”
(Ephesians 4:29)

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