At Stella Maris Catholic Primary School, we nurture and are proud of our strong Catholic identity. We pride ourselves on being a Catholic school community of faith, love and learning. We work together with our local parish priest Father Joe Nguyen and parish community to promote and develop the faith life of our students, staff, families and parishioners.
Our school vision and motto, ‘Reverence the story of all people’, challenges us to make Christ a reality to all. We are a school of faith, a community of believers united in Christ.
“The Catholic school is the principal educational arm of Catholic families, parishes and the wider Church for those generally aged under eighteen. It is there to assist parents and parishes in their educational, evangelical and catechetical mission, as well as to help the wider community in its educational and civic service” — Catholic Schools At A Crossroads, 2007
Prayer is an integral part of the daily life at Stella Maris. Each day commences with prayer and concludes with prayer and there are several opportunities provided within the complexity of each day to pause in prayer. Our children participate in reflective prayer every Tuesday and Friday at 11am for 10 minutes. This is a special time for the children as they reflect of thanksgiving and Jesus in their lives.
School liturgies and Masses are an important and enriching aspect of daily life at Stella Maris. They provide opportunities to ritually celebrate the many lived experiences of our lives and the many mysteries of our faith.
We also mark special occasions such as our school's Feast Day, Grandparents Day, ANZAC Day, various saints days, First Communion and Confirmation events with special assemblies or community prayer services. Parents are welcome to attend these celebrations, which are advertised in the school newsletter.
Our school is an integral part of the All Saints Parish Shellharbour City community, which is under the care of the Oblate Fathers.
There are many aspects of parish life in which students, staff and families may become involved. All members of our parish school community are actively encouraged to be part of parish and Church life.
Parish sacramental celebrations also provide an opportunity to celebrate students' life of faith with fellow parishioners. The parish provides programs of preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist (First Communion) and Confirmation each year. Enrolment and enquiries regarding the sacramental programs should go through the parish office. The school-based Religious Education curriculum supports and enriches this program of preparation.
Participation in weekend Mass is also actively encouraged. View the Parish Mass Times here.