As the Principal of St Anne’s, it is with great pride that I extend a warm and sincere welcome to you and your family. St Anne’s is open to all, and we welcome your interest and involvement in our school.
The mission of our school is to provide for the total growth of the child. Central to this is the safety, wellbeing, and care of our students. A holistic view of the person is central to our school philosophy. In addition to developing the children’s intellects and knowledge, as a school we seek to nurture the spiritual, emotional, social and physical development of all our students.
St Anne’s Primary School was opened in 1935 under the leadership and guidance of the Sisters of Mercy and the community in Harvey. It currently caters to children from Kindergarten to Year 6 with enrolments of approximately 185 students.
A vibrant learning community, St Anne’s continually endeavours to provide conditions that promote engaged practice and an environment that develops self-esteem and growth for each individual. The school implements an eclectic mix of teaching practices. Play based learning principles are utilised in the early years and intentional and explicit teaching methods are practised across the school. Teaching is focussed strongly on active learning with purpose clearly geared towards making the most impact on student progress.
Specific to St Anne’s, through the integration of Gospel values into our lives, our motto of ‘VERITAS’ translates for our community to continually ‘seek truth’ through being respectful of the integrity and dignity of ourselves and others in the dealings we encounter every day.
Students are encouraged to aspire to be true to St Anne’s and the rich legacy of the Sisters of Mercy.
A vibrant an integrated curriculum is offered, intent on developing our student’s skills, knowledge and understanding in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy. Specialist subjects are offered in Physical Education, Science, Music, Art and Italian. There are intervention and support programs in place to support students at risk and classroom teachers enjoy the additional support of dedicated and skilled Educational Assistants in the delivery of classroom programs. Our Four-year-old Kindergarten program also operates for three full days (Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday).
The school also provides a unique Gymnastic program, a Loose Parts facility affectionately named the ‘Junk Trunk’ and a dedicated Investigation Hub’ to support the Early Years students in their ‘Learn through Play’ experiences and opportunities. The values based Making Jesus Real program is promoted significantly across the school.
Integrated into all learning areas across the school is Digital Technology. Students are taught explicitly the need to develop as safe digital citizens. iPads are utilised within classrooms, with Year 3 to 6 enjoying the opportunity of a 1:1 device in their learning. Kindy to Year 2 have access to one device between two children. The focus on developing our students as safe and digitally equipped citizens is paramount.
In recent years there have been significant developments in both internal and external learning spaces. Upgrades to the upper primary wing have seen the creation of more modernised and contemporary learning areas for students in these classrooms. Additions of improved hard courts, nature spaces and playgrounds, as well as improved student ablutions have also added to the already wonderful amenities our staff and students get to utilise and enjoy.
There is a very proud tradition within our school and throughout the wider Harvey district. Community collaboration between home and school is vital, with full and active participation from parents toward their child’s education being highly encouraged. For present families, I encourage your continued and invested interest in your children’s school life. For new families, enjoy learning about our school through this website and please feel free to contact me via the school office to discuss your child’s educational needs.