About Us

Principal’s Message



I welcome you to our school website and trust you will enjoy viewing our school, its curriculum and facilities.

Our Catholic School offers our families the opportunity to grow in their understanding of themselves and our faith. Being part of a Catholic School enables our children to develop their talents and share their gifts in a faith environment where each and every person is valued and respected.

We are able to offer rich and deep learning experiences that enable our families to work collaboratively within a supportive environment. Together we achieve many great things.

We strive to integrate our environment into our learning so that our students come to know, respect and love the wonders that surround them.

Our staff provide our children with the best possible learning experiences and have high expectations for the children in their learning and in their relationships with one another.

As a Catholic School we place great importance on the welfare of our families and the school community.

I invite you to view our school and I look forward to perhaps one day taking you on a tour of our school.

Ms Trish Etcell
Acting Principal

School Profile


“Called to be caring and confident, our learning journey is guided by the gospel of Jesus.”

St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Alexandra, offers the richness of Catholic Education and tradition to the growing child in an environment where its example is the centre of all learning.

We hope that members of our St. Mary’s School Community experience and promote the gospel values of love, empathy, trust, respect, honesty and fairness. Our aim is to develop the whole child spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Whilst Religious Education lessons are held throughout the week, the person of Jesus and gospel values – fairness, honesty, care and compassion – are promoted and modelled across all aspects of school life.

At St. Mary’s, our principles for learning design are:

  • learning through meaningful partnerships, encompassing the local and wider communities
  • learning is ongoing, personalised, innovative and reflective; fiving all stakeholders voice and choice
  • we value a contemporary learning environment that is rich and engaging, personalised, safe and inclusive
  • wellbeing is integral to learning and student motivation and success
  • assessment is pivotal in the journey of learning and is evidence based, driven by data and a strong knowledge of pedagogy to support student outcomes


It was in 1953 that the older part of our present school was completed and blessed by Archbishop Simonds. Sisters Leo, Clement and Bernadette opened the school with an enrolment of 85 children. Eventually, school numbers climbed to 150 from Prep to Form 4. After Form 1 – 4 were discontinued, numbers were steady for awhile until 1981, when the numbers were 69. Since then, there has been a steady increase, with enrolments now between 130 to 160 most years. At the commencement of 2020 our enrolment was 155.

As we develop and grow, our goals remain the same. St. Mary’s Catholic School:

  • will integrate Christian faith and life
  • will be a school where everyone is passionate and motivated about learning
  • will be a school where students feel valued and safe
  • will work together as an effective team for the benefit of the whole school community
  • will work together as a community in positive partnership

These goals can only be achieved with the support and encouragement of the whole community – the parents, children, teachers, the Parents’ Auxiliary, the School Advisory Board, the Catholic Church and the community of Alexandra.

Our Team – Staff and Student Leaders



Acting Principal
Trish Etcell

Parish Priest
Fr. Vinh Nguyen

Deputy Principal / NCCD Leader
Christina Irwin

Student Wellbeing Leader
Cassandra Worm

Religious Education Leader
Jo Brewer

Maths Leader
Michael Hayes

Literacy Leader
Kim Williams

Digital Technologies Leader 
Shannon Carnes



Foundation Team
Lauren Briggs and Molly Dean

Year 1/2 Team
Kim Williams, Louise Cummins, Sally Hill
and Julia White.

Year 3/4 Team
Michael Heyes, Shannon Carnes and Terry Nicholson

Year 5/6 Team
Jo Brewer and Aleesha Kerr



Physical Education
Rebecca Lyttle

Jan Penny and Aleesha Kerr

Music / Choir / School Band
Jack Mithen

Anthony Mitrow

Learning Intervention
Wendy Eddy
Maureen Cowan
Kerry Smith


Business Manager
Colleen Thorneycroft

Administration Assistant
Emily Thorneycroft




Jan Halligan
Jenny Simcocks
Anthony Mitrow
Lizzie Butcher
Emma Malley
Georgia Smith



School Captains
Harry and Amy

House Captains
Tenison – Fletcher and Harley
Sebastian – Harry and Olivia
MacKillop – Kayden and Milly

Student Representative Committee
Lachlan and Georgia


We encourage prospective families to call and book a tour of St Mary’s with our principal, Mr Adrian Cheer.  We will also be offering scheduled school tours for prospective families throughout June – July. Dates will be posted here on our website and advertised in the local paper, the Alexandra Standard. Alternatively, please call the school on 03 5772 1500 for further information regarding tour dates and times.