As the Principal of St Robert’s, I am in the privileged position of leading an established, thriving community.
Our school is rich in history, we opened our school gate in 1942 and since then have continued to provide consistent Catholic Education for Catholic families.
We are an inclusive community of 300 students and 202 families.
Our classrooms engage students in deep learning, they encircle our students with care and support the growth of the whole child. Students have the opportunity to develop their spiritual connection to Jesus through prayer, school-based liturgy, and school masses.
We actively welcome our families in a learning partnership and elevate our staff to be leaders of current research. Our leadership team works with and for our community daily. The leadership team encourages open communication to address needs as they arise from the staff and our families.
St Robert’s P & F works in an active partnership to create a rich classroom environment by providing extra resources for student learning. The school advisory board is supportive of a strategic approach to school improvement, maintaining and improving our yard annually, as well as our practices that are supported by intentional policies.
We support a diverse range of learning needs across our 13 classroom. We are able to do this through the support of our experienced Wellbeing team.
We also offer a range of outstanding extracurricular activities and our yard space allows students to engage in purposeful play.
We endeavour, to create a space where your child is known and valued, where your family is welcomed and encircled with support as part of the St Robert’s, Newtown community.
St Robert’s Primary School is a vibrant learning community and strives to realise a vision to prepare children for life as it is now and for how it may be in the future. Our school is well known for being most welcoming and family oriented, with parents appreciative of the dedication and hard work of its teachers. The spirit of partnership between parents, teachers, students, the parish and wider community and other schools is very much the fabric of the school.
The constitution of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS) contains a Statement of Mission, which provides the expectations of the sole member of MACS, the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (Member), for Catholic schooling and the identity and work of a Catholic school. The Statement of Mission positions MACS firmly in the reality of the Eucharistic character of the Catholic school, affirming that its enterprise is one that builds community and provides opportunity for personal transformation.
With parents and parishes, Catholic schooling seeks to fulfil this mission by providing an environment in which students are enabled to:
encounter God in Christ and deepen their relationship with him
pursue wisdom and truth encouraged by a supportive academic culture
grow in the practice of virtue, responsible freedom and serving the common good.
A Catholic school:
is actively embedded in the life of the faith communities of the local Church, which in turn is tangibly manifested in the life of each school
is an essential place for the evangelising of children and young people
exists to assist students, and their families, to integrate faith, reason, life and culture
is conspicuously Christian in outlook, explicitly Catholic in faith and practice, and intentionally missionary in orientation
cultivates spiritual, social and emotional growth in a safe and protective environment
provides a learning environment in which the whole educational community is formed to embrace life in all its fullness (Jn 10.10)
offers a human formation that has the intellectual, practical and moral excellence of learners at its heart
forms consciences, fosters peace and develops respectful dialogue, at the service of intellectual charity
encourages the discovery of Catholic cultural heritage, especially in art, music, literature and architecture.
St Robert’s Primary School is a school which operates with the consent of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and is owned, operated and governed by MACS.
St Robert’s Primary School is a Catholic primary school which has been established to provide quality education in the Catholic doctrine for families in the Newtown area.
The school community of St Robert’s believes that working together as a collaborative team can give our children a primary school preparation that will establish a strong foundation for lifelong development. We recognise the need to provide quality education that will give each child the means to provide a quality education that will give each child the means to acquire an understanding and appreciation of their own worth. Their strengths and their ability to make an important contribution to society. We recognise that through our everyday actions we aim to act with purpose, include and connect.
We understand the need for all to recognise themselves as valued members of society that comprises a variety of cultural, religious, social and ethnic groups that are unique and different from our own Catholic Traditions.
At St Robert's, following Jesus and enlightened by faith, we aspire to create a learning environment that respects the past, rises to the challenges of the present, and inspires hope for the future.
St Robert's Primary School is a vibrant learning community and strives to realise a vision to prepare children for life as it is now and for how it may be in the future. Our school is well known for being most welcoming and family-oriented, with parents appreciative of the dedication and hard work of its teachers. The spirit of partnership between parents, teachers, students, the parish and wider community, and other schools is very much the fabric of the school.
This vision continues to allow us all as the members of the Body of Christ, in partnership with parents, the Parish Priest, Father James Clarke, and the community, to provide our students with a safe, nurturing, and evidence-based education.
At St Robert’s we foster an appreciation of the core values and appreciation of the core values of Australian
and Catholic Traditions; Care and Compassion, Respect, Honesty and Trustworthiness, Integrity,
Responsibility, Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion, Freedom, Fair Go and Doing your Best.
At St Robert’s every endeavour is made to prepare each child for a world of rapid change and demands. Covid demonstrated to us the importance of continuing education beyond the classroom walls and connection to community via digital means. Our commitment is therefore to work as a team to ensure that solid foundations for continued development are formed throughout each child’s formative years at St Robert’s Primary School.
At St Robert’s, our school philosophy, which includes the vision, mission, values and objectives, will be central to all our policies, practices and teaching and learning programs. The school’s philosophy is published on our school website as well as in our key policies such as our enrolment policy.
The MACS Board will ensure schools have implemented a contextualised school philosophy using this template through the annual report to the school community and regular school review processes (at least once every four years).
St Robert’s has four house teams. When families enrol at St Robert’s they are assigned a house team.
Special Feast days for each of these teams are celebrated on or about the date of the Patron’s Feast Day.
On this day, students in the celebrating House Team may wear a clothing item in their team colour, share fruit platters at snack time and have a little extra playtime outside. They also spend time reflecting on their Patron and the history of their House at St Robert’s.
St Robert’s 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 administration 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 www.macs.vic.edu.au