Holy Child School, Dallas

Holy Child School, Dallas

Principal:  Mr Alan Smith

E No.  E1249

Year Levels:  P to 6

Phone Number:  9309 1620

Email Website

History:

The Josephite Sisters established holy Child Primary School, Dallas, in 1965 (Parish Reg). The Josephite ethos of pastoral care and community involvement are the hallmark of the Holy Child community.

Holy Child School is part of the Dallas parish, which serves the suburbs of Coolaroo, Meadow Heights, Dallas, Upfield, Campbellfield and parts of Broadmeadows.

Early in 2015 we celebrated 50 years, our silver jubilee, marking a significant milestone in our parish history.

The buildings have been regularly upgraded and have been maintained over the years. The school has completed the construction of a new-shared parish foyer and school multi-purpose hall. Followed by the construction and renovation of a new senior classroom block, funded under Building the Education Revolution, which caters for 21st century, student-centred learning approaches.

These improvements were complemented by the installation of a new garden, play environment and junior adventure playground.


Description:

The school serves a community whose numbers are drawn predominantly from a lower socioeconomic status background (SES 82). Four years ago 77.9% of families were eligible to receive the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) but this has increased to 87.3%.

The school enrolment data reports that 60.3% of families are unemployed, an increase of 2.56%, and that 39.7% of families are employed in the unskilled sector, as machine operators and labourers, a decrease of 0.1%. While skilled employment has increased to 20.7% of our community
(enrolment data).

The school community is culturally diverse with students originating from 12 different countries. The largest ethnic family groups are from Iraq 65.1% and Vietnam 10.8%.

The school plays an important role in making its facilities available to the Chaldean Catholic Rite community and cultural-based groups. These groups (schools) focus on spiritual and/or academic development of the students (curriculum and mother tongue language maintenance).


Features:

Partnerships are very important at Holy Child Primary School. We continued to partner with four other schools in the Pentagonal Collective, working with Catholic Education Melbourne to improve Mathematics across all schools.

We also worked in partnership with The Edge an alliance between Banksia Garden’s Community Education Centre, Homestead Community and Learning Centre, Broadmeadows Valley Primary School, Good Samaritan Primary School and Holy Child. The Edge is working across sectors in an exciting partnership to transform the lives and build stronger communities by working together, empowering families and staff, and deepening social connection to improve the quality of life for local residents.

We also continued our partnership with the Australian Catholic University, hosting Pre-Service Teacher (PST) and providing both workshops and classroom experiences. These initiatives support the positive learning of our children, opportunities for staff to share their expertise and demonstrate for our families that education is life-long.

School location

Address:  227 Blair Street
Dallas VIC 3047

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Melbourne

Region:  Northern

Parish:  Holy Child