It is with great excitement that we welcome new and continuing families to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School. St Mary's School is part of the St Mary of the Angels' Parish, Geelong. The school is one of the oldest in Geelong, beginning in 1842 in a temporary wooden chapel, where the Basilica now stands. St Mary’s School is now set on a one hectare site, adjacent to St Mary’s Basilica and situated in the central business district of the City of Greater Geelong.
The school’s central location provides opportunities for our students to use many of the outstanding facilities that the City of Greater Geelong has to offer, including the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Eastern Beach and Gardens, Geelong Gallery and National Wool Museum to name a few.
St Mary’s School provides an inclusive co-education from Foundation (Prep) to Year 6 with enrolments in 2020 totalling 245 students. Classes operate under a multi-age structure (Foundation, 1/2, 3/4, 5/6) and students are taught a comprehensive curriculum based on the VicCurriculum, as well as Religious Education in the Catholic Faith as set by the Archdiocese of Melbourne. St Mary’s School provides a safe and welcoming environment for students to learn.
In partnership with our Parish Priest, Fr. James Clarke, the staff, parents and other members of the community, our school provides students, with a high quality education that equips them with the necessary knowledge, skills, attributes and behaviours that they will use throughout their lifetime.
The school buildings incorporate many modern features to support contemporary learning and teaching approaches. There are currently twelve class groupings in spaces that are flexible in design allowing for differentiated learning. The school site has been carefully landscaped to provide two adventure playgrounds, grassed playing areas, an asphalt playing area, attractive gardens and seating areas. Our students use our outside areas for both learning and recreation.
St Mary’s School remains diligent in working to achieve the goals and targets identified in the School Improvement Plan across the five spheres of Education in Faith, Learning and Teaching, Student Wellbeing, School Community and Leadership and Management.
St Mary’s School values the strong and supportive relationship we enjoy with our parent community. The quality partnerships between home and school benefit the students’ learning and wellbeing. Many opportunities for parents to be involved in our school and their child(ren)’s learning, are offered. Our supportive Parents’ and Friends’ Association, are strong contributors both in community building and financially and remain dedicated to maintaining a strong, supportive school environment. The School Advisory Board meets regularly to provide an effective voice of the parent community.
The strong spirit of partnership between our parents, teachers, students, parish and the wider community remains a most satisfying aspect of our school. As a Catholic school we strive to demonstrate our commitment to our faith and provide living examples of God’s loving care for all people.
About the Principal - Mrs Annice Lappin
Annice grew up in Geelong and has always been an active member of the St Mary’s Parish community. After graduating with a Diploma of Teaching from Australian Catholic University in 1992, Annice began her teaching career at Nazareth School in Grovedale, where she worked for fourteen years. She then completed a Bachelor of Education in 1998. In 2007, Annice moved to St Robert’s School in Newtown and worked there for nine years, while also completing a Master of Religious Education/Theology and beginning a Master of Business.
Both at Nazareth and St Robert’s, Annice was a classroom teacher and has taught across all year levels. At both schools, she held various positions and roles of leadership, including Religious Education Leader, Learning and Teaching Leader and ICT Specialist Teacher and Leader, among others. Annice was Deputy Principal at St Robert’s, before being appointed as Principal of St Mary’s School from 2016. In her first two years at St Mary’s, Annice completed a Master of Business (Executive).
Annice is very grateful to have enjoyed the opportunity to work in Catholic Education in Geelong for the past twenty-five years. She considers it a privilege to have worked in three great schools and with many fantastic teachers, learning support officers, students and families.
Annice is thoroughly enjoying her role as principal at St Mary’s School. St Mary’s School has great students and families and together a vibrant and inclusive learning community is being created. Annice is committed to working in partnership with all school families to provide the best education possible, for all students.
Annice’s office door is always open and she welcomes the opportunity to meet with parents, students and staff.