It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to St Therese’s Catholic Primary School Lakemba’s website.
At St Therese’s, we help our students to discover their innate talents and unlock their learning potential under our vision of “Growth for All”.
We are excited that the return to face to face is approaching and that we will soon be able to welcome your children at the gate and into the classroom. As you would have seen, the NSW Government has changed the timeline for school return to align with the anticipated community vaccination rates.
I appreciate that it is difficult to plan in these constantly changing circumstances and our teachers have been working very hard and professionally to amend their plans to fit with these changes. As per the government’s announcement, we will be welcoming Kindergarten and Year 1 back on the 18th October and the rest of our school Years 2-6 will return the following week on the 25th October.
As we prepare to return we ask for your support in the following areas to ensure that the health and safety of our staff, students and their families is our highest priority.
The return to school will have a number of very specific restrictions on activity on the school site. This includes a prohibition on any assemblies, large group gatherings, performances or presentations on site. Excursions, camps and field trips have also been cancelled at this stage. Choir and band are currently on hold and community events which we had planned will also be cancelled. While this is disappointing, it will limit the risk of exposure for our students and maximise our classroom learning time after a term learning from home.
When we return, all staff will be wearing masks while on the school site and our students are recommended to wear a mask while in the classroom.
The return to school will be both an exciting and challenging time for students, families, staff and the broader community. We understand that there will be hurdles to overcome and problems to solve along the way and encourage you to take each day as it comes and be confident that we can work together to make the return to school a real success.
Our responses to recent event are exemplary of our learning culture. If you want your child to receive an outstanding Christian holistic education where they will be nurtured to grow into people of purpose and passion, then consider our schools the place to be now and in the future.
As Principal of St Therese’s Catholic Primary School Lakemba, I invite you to connect with us and discover the wonderful opportunities we have to offer your child.
St Therese’s Catholic Primary school began in 1926, under the care of the Sisters of St Joseph. As a community of believers we are united by the message of Jesus and inspired by the lives and teachings of St Therese of Lisieux and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
St Therese lived each day with an unshakable confidence in God’s love. “What matters in life,” she wrote, “is not great deeds, but great love”. Therese lived and taught a spirituality of attending to everyone and everything well and with love. She believed that just as a child becomes captivated by what is before them, we should also have a childlike focus and totally attentive love. Therese’s spirituality is of doing the ordinary, with extraordinary love.
May we, like St Therese, attend to everyone and everything well and with love.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop’s legacy has gone well beyond her start at Penola. From the humble beginnings of her first school, opened in 1866, to the robust Catholic education system in operation Australia wide today, we follow in St Mary of the Cross’ footsteps embracing her simple philosophy of never seeing a need without doing something about it.
May we, like Mary, never see a need without doing something about it.