St Catherine of Siena Primary School is approximately 45 kilometres from Melbourne. It is within easy access to the city whilst maintaining a rural outlook. The school is situated on the periphery of West Melton in a semi-rural setting.
Our school is located between beautifully developed parklands and St Francis College, where many of our students continue their education from years 7 to 12. The back of the school has previously been a rural setting, however, this is gradually vanishing as housing development encompasses it.
St. Catherine of Siena is one of two schools in the Catholic Parish Melton. Strong ties are maintained with the Parish through the Sacramental Program, and the celebrations of special events in the life of the Parish.
In 2021 our school has 503 students and 60 staff.
Our community is made up of families from a variety of cultures and this diversity is welcomed and celebrated. The school’s philosophy is that our learners are the centre of all that we do. Our beliefs and educational practices reflect and support the gospel values of faith, love and respect.
Our environment offers opportunities for every learner to engage in learning, develop as a whole person and strive to reach her/his full potential. All members of our community work collaboratively in a life-long learning journey and support one another in contributing to our ever-changing world. The school works in partnership with parents to ensure the well-being and educational outcomes of our students are always our priority.
Our modern facilities, including a new administration building and Prep classrooms, are situated on extensive grounds with a turf area for football and soccer and basketball courts. Information technology is fully resourced and regularly updated to support the students personalised and inquiry learning. The school plays an important role in the community by developing close links with the parish.
Our school has high expectations and strives to meet the individual needs of all students.
Governance statement for school
St Catherine of Siena, Melton West, is a school which operates with the consent of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and is operated and governed by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS).
MACS governs and operates 292 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to continue the mission of Catholic education to proclaim the Good News and equip our young people with the knowledge, skills and hope to live meaningful lives and enrich the world around them.
Because the good work of educating the young is a co-responsible task led by every member of the Catholic school community, School Advisory Councils have been established to provide a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders.
This governance model was designed to ease the administrative burden on our schools and parishes, allow parish priests to focus on the mission of education in the parish, enable greater collaboration between schools and ensure greater consistency in school policies and procedures.
More information on MACS is available at macs.vic.edu.au
Australian Democratic Principles
The Victorian Registration Standards (Sch 2 Cl 1) and (Sch 7 Cl 2) (CECV Guidelines Ref 1.1) require that the programs and teaching at St Catherine of Siena Primary School must support and promote the principles and practice of Australian Democracy.
St Catherine of Siena Primary School is committed to democratic principles of Australia including:
- Elected government;
- The rule of law;
- Equal rights for all before the law;
- Freedom of religion;
- Freedom of speech and association; and
- The values of openness and tolerance