Our Clare's Primary School Thomastown West
St Clare’s Parish Primary School opened in 1977 with approximately 150 students under the leadership of Sister Joan Wilson RSM (1977-1981). Since then the school has grown and developed to cater for our current enrolment of 311 students from 221 families. Our facilities boast a Sports Gymnasium, a multi-purpose learning resource building, a state of the art artificially-turfed sports field and basketball court. St Clare’s is situated 15 kilometres north of Melbourne on a five-acre site.
There are 15 classrooms. An administration block is complemented by a school hall and landscaped gardens and oval. Shade covered adventure playgrounds and large sandpit are also located within the grounds. The use of technology is evident in all classrooms and all students in Grades 3 to 6 are provided with a Chromebook or laptop for their personal use in learning. The cultural background of the student enrolment reflects the cultural make-up of the area. In its early days this was predominantly European – Italian, Macedonian and Greek. Today the school retains its diversity of students.
The school has a strong commitment to supporting all students and their families. Therefore, programs and processes are in place to support this. Our commitment to Family Engagement in Learning underpins all we do. All classrooms and learning spaces are air- conditioned and heated. The school offers the following specialist programs: PE, LOTE (Italian), Visual Arts, Science and Music. All classes throughout the school have access to laptops, iPads, various digital technologies and interactive screens. We aim to aspire in all we do, always looking at how we can be better and improve the learning opportunities for our students.
Help us to be a good friend of Jesus like St Clare.
We are proud to belong to this school which follows her light.
Support us as we try to make our words and actions reflect Jesus.
Bless us as we strive to be a good learner, respectful and responsible.
Help us to be brave and strong in our faith and to keep our light shining.
Guide us as we become Light for the Way.
Our school song is 'Light for the Way'.
Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land in which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Commitment to Child Safety
God knows us. God loves us. God wants us to be safe.
St Clare’s Catholic Primary School is committed to creating an environment where the safety, wellbeing, and participation of all children within our care is paramount.
We aim to provide a child-safe and child-friendly environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. There is particular attention paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.
Every person at St Clare’s has a responsibility to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all we do and every decision we make.