About Us

St Therese’s Catholic Primary School is a systemic school for boys and girls from Kindergarten to Year 6, in the Archdiocese of Sydney. The school works in partnership with the Parish of St Therese of Lisieux, Denistone, to nurture and challenge students as they grow in the Catholic faith and develop their full potential.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux – Our Patron Saint

St. Thérèse of Lisieux was born in Alençon, France, in 1873.  Thérèse studied at the Benedictine Abbey of Notre Dame du Pré.  When she was nine years old, her sister Pauline, who had acted as a "second mother" to her, entered the Carmelite monastery at Lisieux. Thérèse, too, wanted to enter but was told she was too young.  However, in April 1888 she became a Carmelite nun, at the age of 15.

Thérèse's final years were marked by a steady decline in health that she bore resolutely and without complaint. She died on September 30, 1897, at age 24.  On her death-bed, she is reported to have said, "I have reached the point of not being able to suffer any more, because all suffering is sweet to me."

Thérèse is known for her "Little Way." In her quest for sanctity, she realized that it was not necessary to accomplish heroic acts or "great deeds" in order to attain holiness and to express her love of God. She wrote,

"Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love."

The feast day for St. Thérèse of Lisieux is celebrated on October 1. As this date usually falls during the school holidays, the feast day is celebrated during the last week of Term Three.