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Our School

St Luke's Primary School Wantirna

St Luke’s Primary School prides itself on being a Catholic school, standing tall for Christ’s sake and searching for Christ in all of us. We recognise that our students are unique individuals who learn at their own developmental pace, respond to a stimulating and non-threatening environment and grow through love and genuine care. 

 

We are a school that values parents as the first educators and understand the important role that parents play. We respect and encourage this joint responsibility we share in educating our children. 

 

St Luke’s Primary School works extremely hard at being a community where both children and parents are given many opportunities to grow and learn in a variety of ways. We offer a range of programs that vary from year to year subject to the needs of our community and are always looking at other avenues and ways to bring our community together as one.

 

Our current school enrolment is approximately 136 students housed in 7 classes. The average class size is 20 and we are excited to welcome two classes of prep students in 2021.

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Our Vision

"I have come that you may have life and have it to the full”

John 10:10

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Our Mission

It is because of our belief in the person and words of Jesus Christ that we place Him in the centre of the life of our Catholic school. Therefore we are motivated to create a climate permeated with the Gospel spirit.

 

St Luke's School is committed to the development of the whole person. Through the assimilation of skills, knowledge, moral and social attitudes, each person is encouraged to take his/her place as a creative member of the community.

 

Our belief is that every person has an innate and special worth. Therefore, at St Luke's School we endeavour to create an atmosphere in which all who experience the community may grow in their own richness, fullness and integrity. Our administration, including financial, works towards creating this atmosphere. We believe this can be achieved in the knowledge of God's love for each of us, and by an increasing awareness of a response to His Presence in our lives.

 

"The Catholic school tries to create within its walls a climate in which our students’ faith will gradually mature and enable them to assume the responsibility bestowed by Baptism."  (The Catholic School, The Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, P.38)

 

We see this Catholic School as a vital part of the Parish community, with the Parish Priest as the leader of the Parish community and the principal as the administrator of the Parish school. As Pastor of the Parish community, the Parish Priest is seen as an integral part of the education and growth in faith of the children in the Parish school. The Principal and the school staff cooperate with and assist him in the fulfillment of this obligation through the religious education program which is carried out in the school and which shall be in accord with diocesan policies and guidelines.

 

Parents are the first and foremost educators of their children. Christian values and attitudes are taught primarily in the home, teachers, by work and example can merely reinforce these. The parents' privilege and responsibility to educate their children can be delegated in part, but never relinquished to the school.

 

We see the school community as an extension of the family. Therefore, parents must be involved in and work collaboratively with the school, as part of the team, if their children are to benefit from the Catholic Christian education.

 

The staff of this school understands that we share responsibility with the parents in awakening, nurturing and developing the child in their life of faith, and by embracing and communicating the teachings and heritage of the Catholic Church - bearing in mind the age and development of these primary school children.

 

It is desired that all members of our school community will work towards providing a happy and secure environment for all the children at St Luke's.

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School Values

The St Luke’s school values are:

  • Respect - showing regard and appreciation for the worth of someone or something. 

  • Empathy - being sensitive to the feelings and needs of others by understanding and caring.

  • Resilience - the capacity to cope with change and challenge and bounce back during difficult times.

  • Responsibility - being accountable for the choices that we make for ourselves, others and the environment. 

  • Integrity - helps you listen to your conscience to do the right thing and to tell the truth.  You act with integrity when your positive words and actions match. 

These are directly aligned with the ‘Australian Values’ and reflect our school vision, ‘I have come that you may have life and have it to the full’.

 

As a whole staff and with consultation with the school community, we collaboratively decided on our school values. Our five chosen values are reflective of the ‘Australian Values’. Three of our values; Integrity, Respect and Responsibility were explicitly extracted from the ‘Australian Values’. Our decision to include Empathy incorporates the ‘Australian Values’ Care and Compassion, Freedom and Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion. Resilience includes, Doing your Best and Fair Go. Honesty and Trustworthiness is emphasised in our values of Empathy and Integrity.

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School Prayer

God our Father, 

Be with us as we 

grow and learn 

together. 

Help us to be 

kind, caring people, 

willing to do our best. 

Teach us to love one another 

and live life 

to its fullest. 

St Luke, pray for us. 

Amen

Meet the St Luke's Team

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Kathryn Murphy

Principal

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Julie Crowe

Deputy Principal, Religious Education & Maths Leader 

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Fr Joseph Amal sdb

Parish Priest

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Monique Plimmer

Office Manager

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Elise Drake

Classroom Teacher, Learning Diversity & Wellbeing Leader

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Annette Sadler

Learning Support Officer

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Jacqueline Gottliebsen

Classroom Teacher

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Angelique Issell

Classroom Teacher

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Freya Jackson

Classroom Teacher

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Sarah Kennedy

Classroom Teacher & eLearning Leader

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Karen Koelmeyer

Classroom and Auslan Teacher

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Kate Martin

Learning & Teaching and Literacy Leader

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Linda Quinn

Classroom & Performing Arts Teacher

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Julienne Rankine

Classroom Teacher

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Jodie Reid

Classroom & Physical Education Teacher

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Marianne Samothrakitis

Classroom Teacher

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Claire Williams

Classroom Teacher

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Monique Greaves

Learning Support Officer

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Sithy Hassim

Learning Support Officer

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Yani Suryani

Learning Support Officer

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Jinny Yoong

Learning Support Officer

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Jennifer Hall

Learning Support Officer

Our Learning Spaces

Our History

St Luke's Primary School Wantirna

St Luke's Primary School was opened in 1979, with an enrolment of 116 students and the involvement of 65 families from the St Luke’s Parish. St Luke's school opened its doors at the start of the school year in temporary premises at St Joseph's, Boronia. At this stage, Knox had become the fastest-growing residential area in Australia. The site of St Luke's Primary School was officially ready for students on the 21st August 1979.

 

In the first year on the site of St Luke's, we welcomed students from Prep to Grade 6. During this year, there were 6 teachers and 6 classrooms.

The school was officially 'blessed' on October 21st, 1979, where our community came to celebrate the Body of Christ, in what is now the Senior Learning Area. Archbishop Little blessed the school and brought God's Word to the school buildings. In January 1980, an official letter from Archbishop Little declared the formation of the new parish of Wantirna from parts of the Bayswater and Boronia parishes, with the creation of St Luke’s Parish on the same site as the newly established school.

The second stage of the school was completed in August 1981 and opened by the Reverend Dean Wall. 

 

In 1985 the Church was built on the school grounds, where the Consecration of the new church of St Luke, officiated by Archbishop Frank Little. 

 

In 2008, a school gymnasium was built with government funding. This facility also included a student kitchen, music room and sports shed. The same year minor works were completed in the senior building.

 

St Luke's Primary School celebrated 40 years in 2019 and the Parish celebrated their 40th Anniversary in 2020.

 
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Before & After School Care - St Luke's Out of School Care

Out of hours care is available before and after school every week day and during the holidays. The program is provided by the St Luke’s Parish School age Child Care Program, more commonly known as SLOSHC. The SLOSHC aims to provide for the needs of children and their families through the provision of high quality, consistent and affordable school age child care. The program is overseen and assessed by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

 

Hours of operation:

Before School Care: 7:00am - 8:45am

After School Care: 3:15pm - 6:30pm

Vacation Care: 8:00am - 6:00pm

 

To enrol or book phone: 9801 0841 or email: slosh@westnet.com.au

 
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Uniform

At St Luke’s we believe that wearing our school uniform instills a sense of belonging and connectedness to our community. We encourage students to take pride in their appearance and represent our school well while wearing their uniform.


Uniforms can be purchased from Surrey Clothing online, at their showroom or at the ‘Pop Up’ van that visits the school twice a term. For online purchases visit www.surreyclothing.com.au user ID and password are SLWP.