Message from Our Principals

We greeted our Prep – 2 students back on Tuesday.  It was wonderful to see the smiles on their faces as they were dropped off. Later in the morning I visited the P-2 home groups to welcome each of the students back to school and what amazed me was how well they transitioned back into onsite learning.  I put this down to the relationships and connections to St James that were maintained over the past six weeks when the staff held an online meeting with the students each morning.  The sad part at the moment is not being able to spend time with families and having them in the grounds as part of the St James community.  We are looking forward to the whole school being together on Tuesday 9 June, 2020. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at St James who have worked hard this term with remote learning to provide the best possible learning for the students.

Mary Abbott, St James Primary Principal

We are excited to be back on site and welcoming our youngest members of the community. Our P – 2 students have settled back in well at SFA.  Lots of bright, smiling faces and eager children ready to start face to face learning again.  We are looking forward to June 9 when all our students will be back with us.  The SFA staff have risen to the occasion during remote learning and in the transition back to site.  We are blessed and proud to have staff who are capable, confident and do their job with enthusiasm and positivity which has made this term an experience like no other, but also a great success.

Michelle Gillett, St Francis Primary Principal

‘It was wonderful to see the happy and excited faces when the children in Years Prep, One and Two returned to St Clare’s Catholic Primary School on Tuesday. Happy and excited faces on the students, parents and staff!  The students and staff have settled back very quickly into learning routines.  The normal practice for drop off time in the morning has worked well with students arriving at a steady flow.  We have also been pleased with how well the staggered pick up times in the afternoon have worked.  Thank you so much to parents and families for your support and cooperation. Wwe have had the vast majority of students in Years Prep – Two in attendance.  Remote learning continues for Years Three – Six until they also resume learning onsite on Tuesday, 9 June.

Andrew Leighton, St Clare’s Primary Principal

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Dear Fr Jude and Parish,

I would like to thank you for the prayers, good wishes and presentations at our mass of thanksgiving on 7th July. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity I was given 7 years ago to become the foundation Principal of St Francis of Assisi (SFA) Primary School, Tarneit. My experience has been one of constant support and encouragement by the leadership, staff and parishioners of St James the Apostle parish. Along with the staff and families of SFA, we have been able to create a strong, vibrant educational community at Tarneit within the life of this parish.  As I retire from my leadership position, I pray that the community continues to grow and develop in the spirit of St Francis and the Paulist Missionaries. I look forward to my continued relationship with the parish.

Pace et bene, Jan Keogh


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There is a growing misconception in the community that our Catholic Schools are Private Schools. This is not the case. We are a community committed to positive relationships and believe that optimal learning occurs when the school, home and church communities work together in partnership.

The School Fees cover most of the costs of your child’s education at our schools for a year.

The Family Fee is $1460 and is a family fee regardless of the number of children.

The Education Levy is $260 per child (covers stationery, day to day supplies, sporting events and excursions/incursions). (Note in Government Schools there is a compulsory Education Levy that must be paid on enrolment).

Enrolments for our three Primary Schools, St James, St Francis and St Clare’s, are always open.


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Ms Jan Keogh has announced her decision to resign her position as Principal of St Francis of Assisi Primary School as from the end of term 2 2018. With a twelve month lead in to this change of leadership we have the opportunity to appoint a new Principal and manage a smooth transition to the school’s next stage of development.

Jan is most grateful for the support and encouragement she has received from the parish community over her six years as foundation Principal of St Francis and is looking forward to continuing the work of leading this school community over the coming year.

The process for the appointment of the new Principal begins immediately. A panel has been formed. The role of the panel is to assist the Parish Priest in establishing selection criteria and discerning the most appropriate candidate for selection. Our initial timeline is to appoint by early October. Please keep in your prayers Jan and those involved in the process – that they may be guided by the Spirit.


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Part of our Confirmation journey is choosing a Sponsor who is able to journey through this with you and beyond the actual date of the Confirmation, but will instead inspire us and guide us in action and deed as a full member of the Catholic Church.  This Mass is to renew our connections with our Sponsor as we journey towards Confirmation.

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