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We Help Each Other to Be Successful

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Our School

Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School Eltham

Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School is situated in the heart of Eltham and has consistently provided children with a high level of education since its humble beginnings in 1928. 

 

We are a dynamic learning environment where our Catholic faith underpins all we do.   

 

We are a welcoming and inclusive community where the wellbeing of all is highly valued. We encourage active partnerships with staff, students, families and community and are proud of our high quality personalised curriculum.

Our learning environments are engaging and flexible to enable learning and teaching to be designed to meet the needs of our students. 

 

Our secure, shaded outdoor spaces include Adventure Playgrounds, large open play areas, basketball, and netball areas, sandpits and a 'Passive Play' area where children can play quieter games.

 

Our Lady Help of Christians is a parish primary school where we are committed to educating the whole child - spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and creatively. We continually strive to create a Catholic learning community in which Christian values are taught, not only through formal lessons, but through our values and relationships with parents, teachers, students and family.

Our Vision

Our school community, united and inspired by the Gospel Values, strives to provide the optimum learning environment in which students are empowered to reach their learning potential.

 

Our Mission is to bring our Vision to life by…

 

  • Celebrating our Faith through Liturgy, Prayer and the Traditions of the Church

  • Being a welcoming Catholic Community

  • Reaching out and responding in Christian service

  • Promoting academic achievement

  • Basing our Learning and Teaching on best practice

  • Providing a secure and affirming environment

  • Respecting each person’s uniqueness

  • Fostering the wellbeing of individuals

  • Encouraging responsible decision making

  • Developing the ability to think clearly, independently and imaginatively

  • Developing adaptability to thrive in an ever-changing world

  • Building an awareness of the world, each person’s place in it and the need to be environmentally conscious

  • Providing opportunities for children to engage in a healthy active lifestyle

  • Nurturing creativity, appreciation, performance skills and confidence through the Arts

  • We are committed to :-

    • Elected Government

    • The rule of law

    • Equal rights for all before the law

    • Freedom of religion

    • Freedom of speech and association

    • The values of openness and tolerance

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School Prayer

O God, My Father in Heaven

I offer you today all my work and all my play. 

Mary Our Mother, help us to love Jesus today. 

Our Lady Help of Christians pray for us

Learning Spaces

The children and staff at Our Lady's enjoy modern and contemporary spaces for their learning.  We have a separate junior building for our Preps, Year 1 and Year 2 children.  Our Year 3-6 children enjoy learning in the main school building. Our recently refurbished areas are light and spacious and filled with a celebration of the children’s learning and all the great things that happen at our school.  We have a variety of learning spaces which include:

 

  • Well designed open classrooms

  • A designated Italian Room

  • Visual Art Room

    A large multi purpose community centre with an industrial kitchen that can be used for student classes

    Intervention Spaces (for both enabling and extending our learners)

  • Five separate play areas

  • Two Adventure playgrounds (age appropriate)

  • Imaginative play garden

  • Well resourced and up to date Library

  • Shared learning Space

  • A community hall

  • A school garden

  • Passive play area

  • Designated preparation spaces for Learning Support Officers

  • A healthy tuckshop three days per week

Meet the Team

Our Lady Help of Christians

Patrick Green

Principal

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Mark Pinkerton

Deputy Principal,  

 PE Specialist

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Fr Michael Sierakowski

Parish Priest

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Liz Cox

Office Administrator

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Loretta Marazzato

Office Administrator

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Anne Askew

Year 5-6 Teacher

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Katrina Smith 

Year 3-4 

Teacher

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Annie Facchinetti

Learning & Teaching Leader, Literacy Leader, Italian Leader

Barbara Cumming 

Prep Teacher

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Emily Ashworth    Teacher

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Chris Hoyne

Performing Arts Teacher

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Gloria Fischer

Learning Support Officer

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Maree Rofe

Year 1-2 Teacher

Linda Lawrence 

Year 1-2 Teacher

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Kathy Toomey

Chaplaincy

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Michelle Arvanitis

Learning Support Officer

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Olivia Tomada

Italian Support Teacher

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Lindy Chaplin-Holmes 

Learning Diversity Leader, Wellbeing Leader

Year 1-2 Teacher

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Clare Bisby 

Year 1-2 

Teacher &

Education in Faith Leader

Andréa Chesterman 

Year 5-6 Teacher & 

Italian

Teacher

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Amanda Kenny 

Year 5-6

 Teacher

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Barbara Cumming

Prep Teacher 

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Natalie Arandt

Reading Recovery Teacher

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Jayne Carroll 

Learning Support Officer

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Gabriella Compasso

Learning Support Officer

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Grace

 Mechkaroff

Learning Support Officer

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Sue Wallace

Learning Support Officer

Shellie Drysdale

Learning Support Officer

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Jose Blanco

Maintenance

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Brianna Morgan

Learning Support Officer

OSH Club Manager

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Child Safety

Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all students. Policies and procedures that have a central focus on Child Safety and practices that support the ongoing wellbeing of all children are part of our everyday life at school. These policies and procedures can be accessed on our website.

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OSHC Care

The accredited external provider, 'OSHClub', provides Out of Hours School Care for families at Our Lady's. The program operates each weekday before school from 7:00am – 8:40 am and after school from 3:30pm – 6:00 pm. The program is onsite in our community centre and provides care for children out of school hours and is an 'exciting and innovative program that builds children's capabilities to become creative thinkers, active global citizens, happy, healthy and emotionally savvy individuals.' Please contact the school for further details or OSHClub website oshclub.com.au.