At St Therese’s Catholic community we envisage a school where…


  • each individual’s personal relationship with Jesus is being nurtured within the tradition of a Catholic community that is prayerful, accepting and loving.
  • the well being of each member of our community is flourishing in a nurturing environment, where positive relationships are valued and the dignity and talents of individuals is respected.
  • we are successful learners. Our school is a safe, harmonious and engaging learning environment. Everyone works together cooperatively and is responsible for their learning.

Mission Statement

St Therese’s Primary School is a Catholic primary school for the children of St Agatha’s Parish, Cranbourne. Our staff is committed to the evangelizing mission of the Parish and to the spiritual tradition of St Therese’s of Lisieux.

Inspired by Therese’s belief that even the smallest act of love is large in the eyes of Jesus and her commitment to do the simple things extraordinarily well, our school is committed to valuing young people and their development as persons with a lifelong love of learning.

The school undertakes to nurture in the students their cognitive, affective and spiritual development, to enable them to find God in all things, to enable them to live out their vocation in life according to God’s plan and the variety of their gifts and to encourage them to serve others with an understanding of Therese’s words: “It is love alone that matters” St Therese of Lisieux.

School History

St Therese’s School is part of the St Agatha’s Parish Cranbourne and belongs in the Diocese of Sale. St Therese’s is the second school of the parish and has been established since 1988. Fr. McGiugan appointed Sr. Kerry Thomas (a Sister of Mercy) as the founding Principal and the school has had lay principals since then.

Location

Cranbourne North is located on the boundary of the Archdiocese of Melbourne where it adjoins the parish of Hampton Park. In the Diocese of Sale it abuts the very large and rapidly developing parishes of Narre Warren and Berwick. Despite being in the City of Casey and within the Western Growth corridor of Melbourne, Cranbourne has retained much of it’s country town outlook and has not yet embraced the housing development explosion of neighbouring areas – although this is expected to occur in the near future. St Therese’s is situated within the well-established residential area of Cranbourne North.

School Structure

The school currently has an enrolment of 270 students. All classes are conducted in permanent buildings, which have been well maintained over the years.
St Therese’s has a comprehensive curriculum, detailed school policies and well developed processes to ensure children’s learning is appropriate to their present needs as well as attending to the their future needs and those of society. Staff at St Therese’s place great store in ensuring they know their students well. In 2018 the school has thirteen multi-age classes. Six Junior Unit classes with an average class size of 22, four Middle Unit classes with an average class size of 24 & three Senior Unit classes with an average class size of 24.