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Principal's Message

Thank you for considering St Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School.  We are a close knit community with around 150 students generously staffed with seven classrooms.  This year our class groupings range from 20 students in Kindergarten with up to 24 students in other year levels. 

Our parish school is located in the rural township of Milton.  We provide a Catholic Education for children from Jervis Bay in the north to Kioloa in the south.

Our single stream school offers a close knit environment where each individual matters and staff know all of our students by name.  Our spacious and secure school grounds overlook the beautiful beach at Mollymook to the east and the dairy cattle at pasture to the west.

Our staff live and work in this community and many of them either have their own children at the school or will have their children in the school.  This personal experience deepens our staff’s commitment to the school and gives each one of us a unique insight into the school’s strengths as well as direction in areas that could be further developed.

A National Partnerships School, St Mary’s has seen significant funds provided for staff to receive intensive training in teaching reading and comprehension to children as well as ensuring the school is exceptionally well resourced in the area of literacy. The Focus on Reading program aims to improve outcomes for students and will continue to guide teaching and learning for a number of years to come.

With an emphasis on student behaviours for learning, staff at St Mary’s communicate regularly with parents when students need extra support in managing their behaviour. There is also regular communication with parents to celebrate when students are behaving and learning well.

A stroll around the school will find many classroom doors open to parents who are reading, drawing and interacting with students.  Parents and the wider community are encouraged to share their interests and expertise with students for the benefit of all.  

We are blessed with a number of retired teachers who work with students to meet their needs and engage them in areas of special interest.

Small groups of students working on computers and engaged in hands-on activities to reinforce learning, can been seen buzzing about the visual or aural text they have just explored.

Bright, colourful, open-style classrooms with modern equipment are welcoming spaces which allow children to work in various arrangements. 

Volunteers are found preparing snacks and lunches in the canteen using the eggs laid by our school yard hens. 

Our open spaces, close relationships, individualised learning plans and family values set us apart from the other schools in the district.

I would extend a welcome to you to visit St Mary's and speak with us about the needs your child has and the hopes and dreams you have for them as a parent.

Help One Another, 

Nicole Van Ingen