St Therese's Catholic Primary School
New South Wales, Australia
About St Therese's Catholic Primary School
St Therese's Catholic Primary School is an independent, co-educational learning institution situated in the Newcastle suburb of New Lambton, approximately 6 kilometres west of the city's CBD. The Catholic school caters to children from Kindergarten to Year 6 and has a current enrolment of around 600 students and over 35 teaching staff.
The school was established in 1925 by the Sisters of Mercy, and operated from one simple building that had a dual purpose of learning facility and parish church. St Therese's has two school mottos, 'Mercy' and 'Be True'.
Facilities at St Therese's include community vegetable garden, school assembly hall/parish school chapel, undercover play areas, well-sourced library with access to projectors, laptops and iPads, specialised music rooms, large green playing fields and a healthy canteen.
The school has an academic curriculum based on the NSW Board of Studies syllabus. It involves various literacy, numeracy, technology and sporting programs. Special needs programs lead by specialist teachers are also in place for students who need it. As a Catholic school, faith development is paramount to St Therese's, with children participating in class liturgies, masses and special community days. Students are also encouraged to take part in a range of extra-curricular activities such as the school band, school choir, debating club and drama classes.
St Therese's aims to provide a welcoming and nurturing learning environment that fosters "the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical development of the individual."