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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.


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

Therese Stewart 

Acting Principal

Mark Pinkerton

Deputy Principal, Classroom Teacher, PE Specialist

Fr Michael Sierakowski

Parish Priest

Liz Cox

Office Adminisrator

Amanda Kenny 

Year 1-2 Teacher

Andréa Chesterman 

Year 5-6 Teacher

Angela Vines

Library/ICT Support

Anne Askew

Year 5-6 Teacher

Katrina Smith 

Year 1-2 Teacher

Annie Facchinetti

Learning & Teaching Leader, Literacy Leader, Italian Teacher

Barbara Cumming 

Year 3-4 Teacher

Gloria Fischer

Learning Support Officer

Yvette Egonidis 

Year 3-4 Teacher

Chris Hoyne

Performing Arts Teacher

Emily Ashworth 

Prep Teacher

Gabriella Compasso

Learning Support Officer

Julie Novak 

Learning Support Officer



Learning Support Officer

Jayne Carroll 

Learning Support Officer

Clare Bisby 

Year 5-6 Teacher

Kathy Toomey

Education in Faith Leader

Linda Lawrence 

Year 1-2 Teacher

Lindy Chaplin-Holmes 

Learning Diversity Leader, Wellbeing Leader

 Mary Bedford

Library/ICT Teacher

Michelle Arvanitis

Learning Support Officer

Natalie Arandt

Reading Recovery Teacher

Olivia Tomada

Italian Support Teacher

Denise Derrick


 Rosalie Silvers

Year 3-4 Teacher

Jose Blanco


Shellie Drysdale

Learning Support Officer

Sue Wallace

Learning Support Officer

Trudy Hammond 

Learning Support Officer

Loretta Marazzato

Office Administrator


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.



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.