About Us

Our School

St Therese School was opened in 1962 under the guidance of the Sisters of St Joseph. Sr Vianney Gannoni, the first school Principal, led the school during the early years which saw the school population grow rapidly during the 1960s. In 1978, the Sisters of St Joseph withdrew from the school, with the first lay Principal appointed in 1979. The school has gone from strength to strength to firmly establish itself as a school that the community at Padstow is truly proud of.

The current school building and amenities provide staff and students with a functional contemporary teaching/learning environment. The completion of a building project in 2007 provided the school with three new classrooms, a new library, new canteen, new Administration offices, improved playground areas, and four renovated classrooms. The school grounds have also undergone development with the installation of a rubber soft-fall area, playground equipment, new seating, shade sails and landscaping.


St Therese Catholic Primary is a single-stream school, catering for students in Kindergarten to Year 6. Class groups range from 25 to 32. The current enrolment is 220 pupils. Students come from a range of socio-economic backgrounds and a small percentage are of other faiths. The percentage of students who are from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds (NESB) is increasing, with 40% of these students identified as second and third phase English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) learners. Students who require additional assistance with their learning are supported through intervention programs such as MINILIT, MULTILIT, Reading Recovery and Maths Intervention. Enrichment classes are offered each term for students demonstrating a particular interest and talent in Literacy, Numeracy and Science. A Chess Club is run weekly for students interested in learning and improving their skills in Chess. 


The School Leadership team consists of Principal, Assistant Principal, Religious Education Co-ordinator and Co-ordinators.  Class teachers are supported by a Special Needs teacher, ESL teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, specialist Music and Physical Education teachers, Teacher Librarian and Learning Support Officers. All full-time teachers have Religious Education Accreditation.

Religious Dimension

The school staff participates regularly in staff prayer and spirituality development. Students participate in a class Mass once a term and the whole school celebrates Mass twice a term. The students in Years 3-6 are invited to attend the 8.30am parish Mass fortnightly. Students are provided with the opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation once a term and all classes take on the responsibility to lead the whole school in prayer at weekly assembly.

Parents are warmly invited and encouraged to participate in the prayer and liturgical life of the school.