Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School is one of two primary schools (P-6) situated within Holy Trinity Parish, Queenscliff. The school is sited in John Dory Drive, Ocean Grove on the Bellarine Peninsula, Wathaurong Country.
Our families enjoy a beachside lifestyle. Sea breezes, a walk on the beach or a dip in the ocean are often the rewards for a hard day’s work.
Inspired by Mary and guided by our faith in her Son, Jesus, we aspire to be a respectful, nurturing and engaging learning community. (August 2011)
“I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full.”
From the Principal
As Principal of Our Lady Star of the Sea School, I am committed to the Vision of the school which aspires to be a respectful, nurturing and engaging learning community. In promoting the school as being a quality Catholic School, living out the gospel values and the qualities of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, I will encourage all members of the learning community to continually reflect and consider, “Are we being faithful to our vision?”
Placing the student at the centre of all learning, developing healthy, positive relationships with God, Self and Others and having students, parents, staff and the wider community work as a collaborative team, are all key ingredients to supporting all of our students to flourish.
Respectful relationships are the best relationships and, recognising that school is an extension of family, our teachers are expected to provide the best for the students whilst being passionate, engaging teachers who value learning and teaching and, with students, create significant and motivating learning opportunities. Parents are invited to be actively involved in their child’s learning. Students are encouraged to be high achieving students, responsible for their own learning, whilst being motivated, engaged and challenged.
It is important we also act as Christians to make the world a better place and continue to take actions as a learning community, with a culture of empathy, to care for each other and our world.
We also endeavour to make visible to all, in our actions, the 8 characteristics from the Horizons of Hope document. As a Catholic learning community we are learners who:
- honour the sacred dignity of each person
- embrace difference and diversity
- engage with the deep questions of life
- commit to achieving the highest standards possible
- search for truth
- build a culture of learning together
- honour equitable access and opportunity for all
- make a difference in the world
From the Parish Priest
Our Lady Star of the Sea School has the delightful motto of “Setting the Right Course”. Taking the image of the star as a means of Navigation, the school looks to Mary and more importantly to her Son Jesus Christ for inspiration. The traditions of the Catholic Church round off the school’s atmosphere in which the children’s personal self-worth, spiritual and academic development prepares them to respond in wisdom and maturity to the pressures of modern society.
Father Darien Sticklen
The programs of learning and teaching at Our Lady Star of the Sea School support and promote the principles and practice of Australian Democracy, including a commitment to:
- the 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.
Our Lady Star of the Sea School displays posters of democratic values. The flying of the Australian flag is a regular observance in our school at assemblies and important events. Through the integrated inquiry units of work the students undertake studies in Civics and Citizenship.