St Mary’s School has a long tradition of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Toowoomba. Our school’s vision and mission has its origins in the faith and commitment of Catherine McAuley and Edmund Rice. Our motto, “Seek the Truth” inspires us to strive to be a school which strengthens faith, promotes respect and acceptance and builds community at every level throughout the school.
We strive to be a Christ centred, happy school and an integral part of our parish and local community. Our main focus is recognising and fostering the dignity of each person by providing quality teaching and learning environments. We aim to promote the personal growth of our students through a curriculum and pastoral system that caters to the spiritual, academic, social, physical and emotional needs of all members of our community.
The desire to maintain strong academic standards is an ongoing focus for St Mary’s. We value prime teaching time and continue to place increasing emphasis on quality teaching and learning within the total curriculum.
The professional development of our staff is guided by the new Australian Curriculum and the Professional Standards for Teachers and Principals.
Staff and students have embraced new ICT initiatives enabling our students to gain exposure to the technology shaping the 21st Century. There are interactive Smartboards in all classrooms, both campus libraries and both campus learning support centres. Both libraries also provide an environment promoting a love of reading and access to modern ICT hardware.
St Mary’s offers a varied and exciting curriculum and this is complemented by initiatives such as specialist Music lessons, specialist Physical Education lessons and specialist technology lessons.
Our social justice strategies seek to support those in need, locally and globally. Opportunities for cultural experiences include voluntary participation in Junior and Senior Choirs. The Choirs perform for school events, parish activities, local care facilities, local shopping centre and community events such as the Jumpers and Jazz festival. Every second year, students are given the opportunity to share their musical and theatrical talents in the school Musical.
Our sporting teams are successful at local, regional, Queensland State and Catholic school levels. Students train and participate in a wide variety of sports, including athletics, ball games, swimming and cross country. Opportunities to play in team sports such as Rugby League, Netball, Soccer, Basketball and Cricket are offered at a local regional level.
The St Mary’s School community is a warm and welcoming community. All members of our community are encouraged to use Jesus as our compass, embracing all opportunities as we travel on this exciting journey together.
Emma Timmins - Principal