History

History of Stella Maris

Stella Maris Parish School is a Catholic School, which was founded in 1956 by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan.

In our first year, the School had seventy enrolled children and the fees were two shillings or twenty cents per child per week. From the beginning, parent support and co-operation has been excellent - without this support it is unlikely that the school would have survived the early, formative years.

This was an important beginning for our school.  The partnership between parents and the school community has been strong ever since.

Our School was established under the protection of Our Lady Stella Maris (Star of the Sea), to assist parents in their work of Christian education. In our school, we create a family atmosphere where teachers and children know and love one another, and where each child and parent is given as much individual care and respect as possible.

We strive to develop community, foster and nurture learning and we are committed to continuing the Catholic Christian Story in the Good Samaritan Tradition.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan

The message of the parable of the Good Samaritan captures the essence of what we strive to be as a school community - always helping others and supporting those in need.

"A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.

A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.

The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. "Look after him," he said, "and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have."

Jesus asked "Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the  man who fell into the hands of robbers?"

The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on  him."  Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

Stella Maris is a Parish co-educational school which, in  partnership with parents, gives constant thanks and praise to God, our Creator  through the love of Jesus Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.