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Our School

 Our Lady of Fatima Parish Primary School 

Our Lady of Fatima School is a Catholic Parish Primary School situated in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula, approximately 85km south of Melbourne. The school serves the Catholic communities of both Rosebud and Dromana.  We offer our students a rounded education that supports personal and spiritual growth based on Christian values. We encourage students to develop a knowledge of other cultures, languages, environmental and social issues.

 

Our school motto is Dream, Believe, Achieve

And we have three rights which alongside our Christian values provide direction
for all our interactions.

At Fatima everyone has the right to be treated with respect

At Fatima everyone has the right to feel safe

At Fatima everyone has the right to learn.

 

We have well equipped classrooms, spacious grounds, dedicated staff and a comprehensive curriculum which includes specialist classes in Performing and Visual Arts, Physical Education and Sport. In addition to this we also have an extensive range of electives on offer including:  Outdoor Education, Garden Club, Waste Warriors, Cooking, Robotics, STEM based activities, Beach Program, Camps, and more.  

 

Our Lady of Fatima School offers the latest in teaching and learning, technology, extra curricula activities, and the benefits of being a high quality, inclusive, co-educational Catholic school. 

 

At Our Lady of Fatima School the staff invite you to work in partnership in the education of your child.  Together we will work to provide a safe and respectful environment which:

  • is conducive to learning  

  • fosters creativity

  • finds time for and values play 

  • nurtures faith 

  • celebrates success

  • rewards effort

  • looks for the best in every child

Our Lady of Fatima School and Parish hold the care, safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children and young people as central and fundamental responsibilities. Our Lady of Fatima is fully compliant with all policies in relation to Child Safety. These documents ensure compliance with the Victorian Government Child Safety Standards which took effect on 1 January 2017 and reflect our School and Parishes’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that all children are safe, happy and empowered. 

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Our Vision

 Our Lady of Fatima Parish Primary School 

Our Lady of Fatima is a community where the teachings of Jesus Christ are reflected and practised, where all children are empowered to develop to their full potential. Our curriculum aims to meet the challenges of a changing world both locally and globally.


We take our school motto “Dream, Believe, Achieve” along with our faith as our inspiration

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Our Mission

 Our Lady of Fatima Parish Primary School 

We take our school motto “Dream, Believe, Achieve” as our starting point.
 

Our Dream for each child is that they will:

  • Have a love and excitement for learning

  • Assume responsibility for their decisions and actions 

  • Be encouraged to be thinkers using their gifts of creativity and imagination   

  • Be confident risk takers with a sense of self belief 

  • Develop a positive sense of self worth and their own uniqueness

We Believe that Our Lady of Fatima

  • Is a community that works together living out Gospel Values and proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ

  • Provides a well-balanced Religious Education Program

  • Belongs to and is an important part of our parish faith community  

  • Supports all parents as partners in their child’s education

  • Encourages every child to reach their potential 

 

We Achieve at Our Lady of Fatima by

  • Offering a wide variety of teaching strategies 

  • Providing staff with regular opportunities to engage in Professional Development

  • Encouraging a stimulating non-threatening environment in which all children can learn 

  • Providing contemporary resources to maximise learning outcomes for all students/programs.

  • Providing ongoing assessment & reporting on students’ performance to enhance learning and teaching.  

Parent Voice: "Our children are not just a face in a sea of faces."

Dream, Believe and Achieve

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Meet our Team

We warmly welcome you

Patrika Rowley

Principal

Darren Perry

Deputy Principal,

Leader of Learning & Teaching and Leader of Data & Digital Technologies

Father John Paul Mount

Parish Priest

Leanne Senior

Administration and Finance

Sue Millar

Administration

Aley Allen

STEM design Technologies Teacher

Fleur Koole

Classroom Teacher

Amanda Heggen

Visual Arts Teacher and Leader of Sustainability

Angela Bath

Education Support Officer

Rania Ibrahim

LOTE teacher and 2021 Tutor teacher

Gail Morris

Classroom Teacher

Dan Koole

Physical Education Teacher & District Sport coordinator

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Helena Gillies

Education Support Officer

Aaron Connolly

Classroom Teacher

Loraine Dramis

Education Support Officer

Jan Nagel

Literacy Support teacher P-2 & Librarian

Olivia Murray

Classroom Teacher and Leader of Learning and Teaching Inquiry

Robyn McColl

Education Support Officer

Sabine Cahill

Education Support Officer

Amy Cook

Classroom Teacher

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Jenny Freeland

Classroom Teacher

Jacinta McRae

Classroom Teacher

Dimity Hemingway

Leader of Learning Diversity & HUB Teacher/Leader

Sally Davies

Classroom Teacher

Barb Ellwood

Education Support Officer

Mary Lenko

Literacy Teacher and Coach 3-6

Claire Graham

Education Support Officer

Gabi Fisher

Classroom Teacher

Virginia Dunwoodie

Classroom Teacher 

Beth Miller

Classroom Teacher and Leader of Student Wellbeing

Matthew Ferguson

Classroom Teacher

Alicia Baker

Classroom Teacher & Leader of Education in Faith 

Amy Booker

School Chaplain and Counsellor for our Hub

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Our History

 Our Lady of Fatima Parish Primary School 

The school opened on February 1st 1984, at 18 McCombe Street Rosebud with 60 students in Years Prep to 4, growing to Year 6 in 1986. The school consisted of two double portable classrooms, a relocatable toilet block with the administration block being located in a house on the property. Another house was used as an art room and canteen.

A decision was made by the then Parish Priest, Fr. Lewy Keelty O.M.I. to construct the permanent school on that site. The new building comprised six classrooms and associated works. The Blessing and Opening of the new building was in October 1987 by Archbishop Sir Frank Little. The founding Principal was Mr. Martin Dixon who later in his career went on to become the Minister for Education in the Victorian Government. The school served the Catholic communities of both Rosebud and Dromana.

Mr. Trevor Garby was appointed to the position of principal in 1991 and Father William Walsh became the parish priest in 1992.  The school was further developed with the building of an administration wing and library and students continued to enrol in growing numbers.  Mr Phillip O’Gorman was appointed to the position of principal in 2000. He was joined in 2002 by a new parish priest – Father Michael Szymanski, from the Order of St Paul the First Hermit.  Together, they oversaw plans for the relocation of the school to a much larger site in Hinton Street which had previously been used as the shire depot. The school moved into new facilities and opened its doors for the first time on November 15th 2004. The Church was opened three weeks later.  An Aldi supermarket now stands on the site of the original school school and church on Point Nepean Road.

The new school was well equipped and students enjoyed the spacious grounds. Mr Philip O’Gorman retired in 2007 and was replaced by Mrs Monica Coyle in 2008.  Father Gilbert Kruk became the new parish priest in 2009. At this time, further funds were made available to build additional classrooms and meeting spaces, to refurbish the Art Room and the Multi-Purpose Hall. This allowed the school to provide a dedicated space for Before and After School Care facilities.  Another grant provided funds to complete major works in the playground.

After a period of transience with priests following Father Gilbert’s appointment interstate, we were pleased to welcome Father Simon Shaner who joined us from America between 2011 and 2013. Father Bart Huyn San has served as our Parish Priest since mid 2013.  

Regular upgrades to keep pace with technological advances, continuous learning by staff and a commitment to offering a quality curriculum ensures our students enjoy great learning in both indoor and outdoor facilities.