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St. Mary’s Primary School Whittlesea is located approximately forty kilometres north of Melbourne. The school has been functioning since 1983. The original school was situated in the grounds of St. Peter’s School at Epping whilst building took place at Whittlesea. St. Mary’s commenced with 26 students in 1983, and has grown to an enrolment of 281 students in 2017. We currently have 13 classes mostly in a straight grade structure. It is anticipated that the school will slowly continue to grow, with enrolments predicted to reach a ceiling of around 400 by 2020.

St. Mary’s is situated on eight acres in a semi-rural community. It is one of three primary schools in the newly formed Christ the Light Parish, which includes the areas of Kinglake, Whittlesea, Mernda and Doreen. As the students travel to school by car or bus from within a thirty-kilometre radius, the school is seen as a focus for the Catholic community in the area. Mass is celebrated in the Church building which sits on the school grounds.
The school works hard to develop a community spirit. The School, in conjunction with the School Advisory Board and the Parents & Friends Association, encourages a partnership between families and the school, and provides many opportunities for families to participate in school events.

The school is also committed to close links with the local community with the school being represented in many local events such as the Anzac Day March, the Whittlesea Show and the Community Carols.

St Mary’s has recently undertaken a number of improvements and developments. At the end of 2015 a building project was completed which included; a Discovery Learning Centre (Library and ICT), 2 classrooms, refurbishment of the Administration Block and of the middle school. In 2016 the school has invested heavily in its ICT infrastructure, expertise and hardware. These developments ensure that St Mary’s can offer a contemporary learning and teaching environment as we prepare our students for the future.