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Community of Readers - 8.45 - 9.00am

Session 1 - 9:00-11:00 

Recess - 11:00-11:30am

Session 2 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

Lunch - 1:30- 2:30pm

Session 3 - 2:30- 3:25pm


Morning recess is from 11:00 until 11:30am.

By this time children can be quite hungry, so we recommend that some additional food is made available at that time. eg. fruit, cake, or even a sandwich. Most classes have a "Fruit Break" during the morning when children are encouraged to eat some fruit.

Lunch begins at 1:30pm. From 1:30pm until 1:40pm the children sit in classrooms to eat their lunch.

From 1:40pm until 2:25pm the children play. During lunch and recess children are supervised by 3 duty staff.


School finishes at 2:30pm on the last day of each term unless otherwise notified. This time fits in with bus arrangements.

Term Dates


Term 1 - 28th January - 27th March
Term 2 - 13th April - 26th June
Term 3 - 13th July - 18th September
Term 4 - 5th October - 18th December


Term 1 - 27th January - 24th March
Term 2 - 11th April - 24th June
Term 3 - 11th July - 16th September
Term 4 - 3rd October - 20th December

(The above dates do not account for pupil free days)


St. Therese's Memorial Garden.

At St. Therese's School, the importance of families and the extended school community has always been integral to the development and maintenance of the spirit of the school.

We have developed an area of remembrance for those from the school community who have died. Because they belonged we miss them and with their passing a gap which cannot be filled is left. The memorial area serves as a way of dealing with the grief associated with the loss, especially that felt by the family and friends. The memorial area makes a statement about death being part of life and has helped to demystify this issue, especially for children.

The area, which is situated between St. Therese's Church and the school consists of a specially designed garden with water feature and a memorial wall.

Class Reps

The Class Parent Representatives (known as the Class Reps) are volunteers from each classroom who work with the Staff and School Community to organise some of our social gatherings and help the Pastoral Care Team provide a caring and supportive environment for all families in our school particularly new families in our School Community.


Class Reps, with the assistance of the Welfare Staff:

  • Organise class/unit morning or afternoon teas, social dinners, etc.  These can be held at the start, middle and/or end of the school year.
  • Assist with the organising of the Annual School Dinner and Music Trivia Night. 
  • Liase with the class teacher in looking after the welfare of all families in their class.
  • Ensure new families are welcomed into our school community.
  • Assist with the Prep orientation program.
  • Attend monthly Parents and Friends meetings on a rotational basis. 

Junior Angove/Florence - Siobhan Sullivan
Junior Ellis - Emma Boxshall
Junior Woods - Joanne Perez
Junior Morris  - Sophie Smith
Junior Moloney/McGrath - Bridy Bourke
Junior Stirton - Kate Bombardieri
Junior Bottcher/Bombardieri - Ange Fiske-Kealy & Trisha Guthrie
Junior Dunham - Sharon McColl-Neilson
Junior Wolfe (Scott) - Marita Pinniger
Middle Gallagher - Justine Harrington
Middle Hercus - Rustry Targett
Middle Thompson - Carla Anderson
Middle Walsh - Jacinta McMahon
Middle Senior Thomson - Ange McNamara
Middle Senior McInnes - Julianne Morris
Senior Mott - Jan Livingston
Senior O'Connell - Natalie Thomas
Senior Tomlins/Cole - Deanne Murphy




St Therese's School community is committed to being of active service to all who are in need of support and comfort.

The following structures are in place to provide an outreach service:

Casserole Bank
Class Reps
P & F Reps
Pastoral Care Team - (see "Team" section of "Wellbeing")
Links to Centacare and other agencies
Home visitation and phone calls
St Vincent de Paul (Giving Mass, Christmas Hampers)
Anointing Mass, lunch service and entertainment for older parishioners
Choir performances in the wider community
Visits to Strath Haven and Bignold Park
"Open Door" policy
Portsea Lord Mayor's Camp
Seasons for Growth program
Memorial Garden
Children with special needs camp at Harrietville

Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support (PBIS)

At St Therese's School, we aim to lead, establish and support behaviour that is responsible, in a way that acknowledges and protects mutual rights.

We have developed a Behaviour Management Plan to provide guidelines that will assist in providing clear and consistent expectations of the ways we interact with each other.

The Behaviour Management Plan can be viewed or downloaded from the "Downloads" section of this website.

What is Positive Behavioural Intervention and Support (PBIS)?

PBIS is a research-based, school-wide systems approach to improve school climate and create safer and more effective schools.

PBIS IS a process that we started to implement in 2010. This is an ongoing process.

PBIS focuses on improving a school's ability to teach expectations and support positive behaviour for all students so that it is across the board for all staff and students alike.

PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school- wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student-specific discipline plans.

PBIS is a team-based process for data review, data-based problem solving and intervention, ongoing planning, and monitoring of interventions.

The steps involved in setting up school-wide PBIS after the initial training were to:

• Identify a school team to guide and direct the process. The team was made up of an administrator, grade level representatives, student services staff, non- classroom staff and parents.

• Establish 3-5 positively stated school-wide behavioral expectations which have been named – Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for Environment.

• Establish a way to collect office referral and other data on a regular basis to evaluate the effectiveness of school-wide PBIS efforts.

The graphic below defines the three-tiered prevention/intervention model that is integral to PBIS.