Thank you for choosing to find out more about St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School South Hurstville. As principal of the school, I am passionate about providing a holistic education for every student. I value learning across all domains: academic, social, emotional, spiritual and physical.
We hold true to the philosophy of “Know the Learner” and this informs all educational practices at the school. When you enrol your child at St Raphael’s, we make it our role to know your child, their strengths and areas to develop. Teaching practices are consistent across the school so that students know our expectations and can learn in a safe learning environment.
Last Friday it was great to share some good news about our return to face to face teaching in Term 4. Although we don’t know exactly what it will look like, we do know we can commence planning. It is important to note our planning will be guided by the current health restrictions and Sydney Catholic Schools.
At this time of the year there is usually excitement in the air as students, teachers and parents commence planning for Kids Helping Kids Day. This day marks St Raphael’s Feast Day and our chance to fundraise for those who are not as lucky as us. We are hoping to postpone this day until later in the year. Again, this is governed by the current health restrictions in Term 4.
In the last week of this term the school has organised three virtual disco sessions for Kindergarten to Year 2, Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6. These sessions entail the students clicking on the link in their Google slides or Seesaw and enjoying a disco session with a live Bop Til You Drop presenter and their classmates. The students will be invited to dress up and enjoy an hour of fun and games from midday to 1 pm on their set day.
Session 1 Monday 13 September Year 3 and Year 4
Session 2 Tuesday 14 September Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2
Session 3 Thursday 16 September Year 5 and Year 6
Also during this week we will have a Screen Free day on Wednesday, 15 September. This is the day we usually celebrate Kids Helping KIds Day but I’m sure you would agree the children and parents deserve to finish the term with some fun and well being time.
During the next two weeks the teachers will be programming for next term and checking in with the students. Again, on behalf of the teachers I would like to thank you for your support during this difficult time but remember we love to hear your feedback and good news stories.
We have lots to be grateful for, spring is here, our oak is full of new leaves and regrowth, Father’s Day is on the weekend – an opportunity to celebrate with our families and we are so lucky to be members of a wonderful school community, local area, city and country!
A short history of St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School
St Raphael’s Primary School began with the arrival of four Sisters of Charity in 1929. The school expanded in the sixties and early seventies and new classrooms were built. By 1990, all the buildings were in a state of disrepair and a submission was made to the Federal Government for assistance to refurbish the original building and erect three new classrooms, administration and staff facilities. The new St Raphael’s was officially opened and blessed by Cardinal Clancy on Sunday, 10 March 1996.
In asserting our 2010 vision for Catholic education, it was fitting to build on the firm foundations laid by the Sisters of Charity who staffed the school from 1929 to 1974 and the many lay teachers who worked with them in sharing the ‘Good News’ and providing a sound education for the children of St Raphael’s.
The current school is a single-stream co-educational school from Kindergarten to Year 6. The students come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. We aim to give children a soundunderstanding of our Catholic doctrine, tradition and Gospel values and emphasise the importance of living these out in our daily lives.
We encourage and value parent involvement in all aspects of school life and promote partnership between home and school to ensure that students feel safe, supported and secure in their school setting.
“For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them.” – Matthew 18:20
Aspire and make a difference by learning, growing, working, together as disciples of Jesus to make our school, our community and our world a better place.
As a Catholic school we are inspired by St Raphael and the charism of the Sisters of Charity. We believe we are called to live in a spirit of harmony committed to be messengers of hope and healing in our world.
We welcome opportunities to unite our community in a common vision with the involvement and partnership of parents, parish and the wider community.
As followers of Jesus, we are messengers of healing, hope and harmony willing to strive and make a difference in our school and wider communities.
We encourage a love of learning and foster a supportive environment where every student has the opportunity to be the best learner they can be.
We nurture the growth of all students to achieve their full potential. In partnership with the community, we provide opportunities for our students to grow spiritually, socially, academically and emotionally so that we can make a difference.
Together we strive to ensure every person is valued, nurtured and supported.