Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

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Catholic Schools...

...in Australia continue to respond to, and to serve, the needs of parents who seek a Catholic Education for their childrren. Catholic Parish Schools exist as integral parts of Catholic Parish life.   They come into being when the Catholic community of an area grows to such a point that the number of families requesting Catholic education indicate that a viable school can be considered. Catholic Schools in reality owe their existence to the active presence of a Catholic community. They are supported by that parish community and in turn, the Catholic school supports that parish community as it lives out the gospel message of Jesus.
 
Catholic schools seek to contribute to the creation of an Australian community that is highly educated, skilled and cultured with an ability to promote and embrace a critical analysis of social issues, the expansion of knowledge and the pursuit of truth. Such a community will be marked by a vigorous intellectual and cultural life, accessible to all. Education has individual and private benefits, but it is also very much a public good whose benefits enhance the whole community. Catholic schools emphasise the contribution of education to the common good of the Australian community 

Nazareth Catholic Primary School

Our first school was established and opened in 1979 with 96 students and 4 lay staff, with Sr Rose McGiffin RSM as principal and Fr Bill Gill as parish priest.  At the time of opening, Grovedale was a new suburb on the outskirts of Geelong, attracting many young families to the area. Situated on five acres, it took its name from the town where Jesus grew up.
 
Today Grovedale is a thriving suburb, expanding into the newer area of Waurn Ponds. The school  boasts a student population of 300 with a staff of 24, supporting them in their learning, growth and development.
 

St Therese Catholic Primary School

 
The second of our schools, St Therese, was opened in 1986 with 29 students. Today it has 494 students, and a staff of 44 to support and encourage their learning. Torquay is essentially a semi-rural area on the Surfcoast and most of the families at St Therese live in the immediate Torquay, Jan Juc, and Anglesea areas.
 

Lisieux Catholic Primary School


Our third school will open in 2018 and we look forward to the day when the first students will arrive, full of anticipation and expectation.