Christ the Priest Catholic Primary School, Caroline Springs

Christ the Priest Catholic Primary School, Caroline Springs

Principal:  Mrs Adele Vesty

E No.  E1375

Year Levels:  P to 6

Phone Number:  9361 8600

Email Website

History:

Christ the Priest Catholic Primary School, Caroline Springs, was established in July 1999 by the Parish of St Peter Chanel, Deer Park, under the leadership of the Parish Priest, Fr Karmel Borg. Mr Anthony McCluskey was appointed the foundational Principal. The school was commissioned to serve the rapidly growing ‘green-field’ suburbs of Caroline Springs, Burnside, and surrounding areas.

The school boundaries extend within the parish boundaries from the western side of Westwood Drive, Burnside, to Hopkins Rd, Rockback. North–south boundaries extend from Kororoit Creek, Caroline Springs, through to Boundary Rd, Derrimut.

The school was opened in 2000 on the Brookside Learning Centre in Caroline Springs, which is a unique site in that it comprises three schools: Caroline Springs College (State Government), Mowbray College (Independent) and Christ the Priest Primary School (Catholic).

The original concept at Brookside was for a sharing of facilities between sectors, but Christ the Priest was established as a separate entity with its own facilities and management structure. However, some informal curriculum partnerships do exist and the concept of three schools on the same site continues to demonstrate a partnership between sectors.

The Catholic identity of Christ the Priest is an absolutely essential aspect of our existence and culture. Gospel values are very much the cornerstone of all interactions and processes. This fact becomes very explicit (and is noted by the community) as we share a site with two other schools from differing sectors. As a community we are definite about ‘being different’, standing proud as a Catholic school.


Description:

• Happy, enthusiastic, positive and committed teachers. This high morale translates into a wonderful learning environment for your child.
• A sacramental program for families who choose for their child to receive the sacraments.
• Structured and formal welfare support programs for children and families.
• Counselling and psychological services with a resident psychologist.
• Pastoral structures that promote self-discipline to ensure children learn in a safe and gentle environment.
• Student Services which support children of all abilities and needs.
• Tremendous parent support and participation – a real sense of community.
• Opportunities to be trained to assist in the classroom.
• A warm, inviting building, conducive to learning (being built in stages), with classrooms having direct access to an Information Learning Centre (Library) and their own unique exterior decking and secure ‘backyards’.
• A safe, fenced school environment, with a wide variety of facilities.
• Before and After School Care Program.
• Wide Access to Information Technology, providing opportunities for children to learn skills that will support them now and in their life of learning.
• A high quality Physical Education program with a Phys. Ed specialist and an interschool sports program.
• Keyboard lessons.


Features:

The development of the school grounds has been a major focus. The aim is to create a shady, green site on which the community can learn, play and relax. In 2003 Christ the Priest School was given the award for the Keep Australia Beautiful, Victoria’s Proud Primary School. The school was also
runner-up to this Award in 2004. The student and parent population have been instrumental in developing our school grounds, with many students devoting their recesses to caring for and developing various areas of the school grounds. Christ the Priest was also officially recognised as a SunSmart School in 2005.

The facilities on the school grounds include:
• Two adventure playgrounds covered with shade sails; a fitness track with a granitic sand running surface; a soccer pitch; two basketball courts (one of them a multi-purpose court); two cricket nets; backyards to classrooms; three sandpits; courts marked for simple ball games; an urban mini-forest; seating for children; outdoor table settings. These facilities provide the community with a wide range of both passive and active learning and recreational areas.

Curriculum and Special Programs include:
• A Religious Education based on the series of texts, 'To Know, Worship and Love'.
• A curriculum based on the Victorian Essential Learning Standards. Christ the Priest School has recently applied for funding for LOTE (the eighth KLA) and is currently exploring possibilities for the most appropriate Language to introduce.
• Planning for all programs considers the four pillars of Lifelong Learning: Learning to Know, Learning to Do, Learning to Live Together, Learning to Be.

Programs at Christ the Priest School include:
• Literacy P–6
• THRASS (Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills)
• Reading Recovery
• Parent Helpers Program
• SINE P–6 (Success in Numeracy Education)
• Middle Years 3–6
• Keyboard (Primary Music Institute)
• New Arrivals
• Integrated Curriculum
• Information Technology Program (P–6)
• Physical Education Program (P–6)
• Interschool Sports (Years 5–6)
• Seasons
• Student Leadership
• Student Welfare, prioritised with Social Education Programs and the support of a Registered Psychologist (1.0 FTE).

School location

Address:  54 Caroline Springs Boulevard
Caroline Springs VIC 3023

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Melbourne

Region:  Western

Parish:  St Catherine of Siena