Our Philosophy

At Stella Maris, each child and adult in our community is unique and important to God.

Christ is the foundation of our whole school. Our school is a place where we celebrate our faith, with the Parish, in class liturgies, at assemblies and on special occasions.

Education is a lifelong growth and development of spiritual, intellectual,emotional, physical  and social skills.

We welcome each family as part of God's family. We make real the values reflected in the Gospels by welcoming parents and students, fostering community and treating all with respect and love.

Our school life is concerned with helping each child to develop a values system based on the  person and teaching of Jesus in the Gospels. We create an attractive, stimulating environment which fosters in each child a sense of self worth by:

  • Celebrating our uniqueness as part of God's creation, acknowledging God's presence in all we see and do.
  • Recognising and valuing the ongoing story of our Catholic Tradition through strengthening our links with the Parish and following in the footsteps of the Good Samaritans.
  • Trying to live out our core beliefs by promoting social justice and serving our community with compassion and understanding.

Our links with the parish

Our school is part of the St Ann's Parish under the leadership of Father Shannihan, our Parish Priest.  Our patron saint is Mary Help of Christians and we celebrate this Feast on or near May 24th.

We link to the Parish in a number of ways.  Teachers regularly take their class to morning Mass in the Holy Spirit Church.   We work closely with the Parish REC and Sacrament Coordinator and link through our school newsletter. We use the Church and Hall for school assemblies.

We also support social justice through Project Compassion, Mission Week, Catholic Charities, St Vincent de Paul and Fr Hans in India.