Welcome to St Cecilia's
Primary School Glen Iris
At St Cecilia’s, our goal is to excel at everything we do as a school.
It is my great pleasure to welcome you and your family to St. Cecilia’s – a dynamic, coeducational Catholic Primary School from Prep to Year 6. If you have not yet visited our school, it would be a pleasure to show you around our beautiful campus in Glen Iris, Melbourne.
Thank you for visiting our school website. It offers a window into the diversity of our school, providing information about our community, our many programs, existing structures, our excellent facilities and immaculate grounds. Importantly, this site also presents a glimpse into daily school life – highlighting our wonderful students as they enjoy the many spiritual, academic, cultural and sporting opportunities that are available to them.
Our goal is to excel at everything we do as a school. This excellence extends to all aspects of learning and teaching across our campus, as well as our participation in a wide range of extracurricular activities.
We have so much to be thankful for in terms of those who have worked, learnt and grown in our school before us, and our school will always be indebted to their graciousness and commitment. The school moves forward with great confidence and an eagerness to discover what the future holds.
The first thing that people notice when they visit our school is the warmth and confidence of the students they meet as they walk around the campus. These students are inquisitive, interested and present. They are always keen to engage. Going to school is seen as an enticing possibility and exciting opportunity, with students regularly displaying their enjoyment of their time here at St. Cecilia’s.
We enjoy a strong reputation for the excellent pastoral care of our students. Our staff are wonderful role models who value the dignity and worth of each and every student and strive to create a positive learning environment in which the personal needs of all students are catered for. Students are encouraged to seek personal excellence and challenged to discover and develop their talents not only for themselves, but in the service of others.
St. Cecilia’s offers a wide range of quality educational opportunities that foster the development of each student. The curriculum programs are current, utilise the latest technology and respond to emerging trends in education and the ever changing demands of our modern world.
Our school acknowledges the important role of parents as the primary educators of their children. We value and seek to strengthen meaningful partnerships with parents in the education of their children. At St. Cecilia’s, we constantly seek to instil and enhance a strong sense of community, recognising that student success and happiness emerge as a result of the support they receive from their families and the education they receive from their school.
Please take the time to explore our website and learn more about the opportunities for students at St. Cecilia’s. Our staff are always available to answer any of your questions and we invite you to join us for a tour or to meet our staff during school time.
On behalf of the staff and students, I thank you once again for showing an interest in our school. I trust that this website will provide you with a meaningful insight and greater understanding of our wonderful school.
When we speak about our St. Cecilia school values, we speak of:
We live faith-filled lives and give thanks daily
We respect and embrace the community
We care and do what is right and just
We strive for and celebrate every success
Open Day Tours
You are welcome to join us for an Open Day school tour at St. Cecilia’s Glen Iris with the School Principal, Mr Marty McKenna. Please register below to join a tour. We would love to showcase our school and what we have to offer…
Tuesday 15th March 2022
9:15 - 10:00 am
10:30 - 11:15 am
12:00 - 12:45 pm
2:30 - 3:15 pm
3:45 - 4:30 pm
6:30 - 7:15 pm
Our Learning Highlights
St Cecilia’s offers a range of learning opportunities that fall outside the sphere of the normal curriculum. An extracurricular activity is designed to enhance the students’ social, academic, physical, creative or intellectual learning. Some examples of what is offered at St Cecilia’s are:
Social Justice Programs
Camps (Year 5/6)
Overnight Camp ( Years 3/4 )
Gifted and Talented Program
Student led Action Teams including the following:
Student Representative Council (SRC) Prep - Year 6
Public speaking programs for Years 5 & 6 students
Leadership Programs for Years 5 & 6 students
Book week activities
Opportunities to showcase visual, musical and performance arts every year
Musical showcase assemblies
Christmas Carols Evenings
Art competition participation: local and national
Interschool sport (Summer/Winter)
Gardening & Cooking Program
St Cecilia's Glen Iris
St Cecilia's Glen Iris
We encourage leadership at all levels, with our Student Representative Council an important part of school life where students can bring their ideas on making St Cecilia’s an even better place to be!
‘The role of the SRC is to be the voice of the students, find out what students think, help make the school a better place for everyone, and have an impact on decision-making in the school.
Year 6 Leadership
Our aim is that our students will recognise that leadership is an ongoing learning process and one which is developed through attitude, education and experience.
The rationale for this type of leadership includes:
Every student in Year 6 has the shared responsibility to lead the student population.
Every student in Year 6 has the right to develop his or her own leadership qualities.
Every student in Year 6 has the potential to develop leadership skills over time.
Every student in Year 6 has the right to develop and demonstrate leadership skills.
Every student in Year 6 will have the opportunity to engage in new challenges.
Leadership opportunities should be provided within a real life, challenging curriculum.
Leadership opportunities should provide for, and encourage, equal participation by boys and girls.
Leadership is based on service to others.
A range of styles of student leadership should be offered and experienced by every student in Year 6.
Leadership roles need to be perceived as valuable by the students and the school.
Leadership skills, knowledge, attitudes and values are encouraged and developed through a wide range of school programs and activities.
Gifted & Talented Program
St. Cecilia’s School approaches gifted and talented education from within an inclusive and stimulating learning environment. The term gifted refers to a child's natural ability and the term talented to the attainment of superior skills through systematic development such as study or practice.
At St. Cecilia’s School we offer a Gifted & Talented Program.
St Cecilia's Primary School Glen Iris
Prep Transition at St Cecilia's
At St Cecilia's Primary School, we provide a comprehensive transition program for our ‘new’ Prep students. The children engage in fun activities which build their confidence and friendships, with their teachers and bigger buddies. Students become very familiar with our school, so that they are ready when their 'actual' turn begins.
Letters of Offer for Prep will be posted at the beginning of June.
Parents and prospective students will meet with the Principal for a short interview during Term 3.
St Cecilia’s offers a number of transition mornings where the children will be involved in ‘get to know you’ sessions with the current Prep teachers.
Meet their Year 6 Buddies
The St. Cecilia’s School Buddy Program supports our friendly and caring student body, where strong cross-aged peer relationships are built and maintained.
All Prep students are allocated a Year 6 Buddy to support them with their transition to Primary school, and meet regularly with their Buddy through our ongoing Buddy Program sessions. This ensures a strong friendship is built and younger students continue to feel supported by their elder peers while at school.
Our Year 6 students are involved in a ‘Buddy Preparation Program’ which commences at our Transition Mornings and helps students understand how to be an effective Buddy. The role of the Senior Buddy is to build a positive relationship with the younger student, to be a positive role model for the student to look up to, and to share the joy of learning and being a student at St. Cecilia’s.
Our Buddy Program activities focus on our School Values of Faith, Acceptance, Compassion and Excellence. They help students develop positive social skills and understand and use these values in safe, supportive social settings.
Parent Information Evening
A parent information evening is held in late November to partner with our parents to ensure their children are ready to begin school the next year.
Welcome Mass & BBQ
We commence each year with a welcoming Mass followed by a Family BBQ. This is usually in Week 3. This is a fantastic way for our new and established families to meet informally.
Heart From Our Students
“I love our amazing Principal and kind teachers. I love the playground and playing with my friend’s. The library is cool too.”
“I love St. Cecilia’s because you can meet great friends. The teachers are amazing here and our school loves sports. I have been here for a long time now and every day the school keeps getting better. Our school is very positive. It is amazing.”
Heart From Our Students
Heart From Our Parents
“St Cecilia's was a stand-out school for us due to the strong community spirit and the clear commitment in holding the well-being and happiness of their students in it's highest regard. We have come to know the teachers as a group of dedicated professionals who promote a wonderful environment of learning that is directed to students' individual needs. When I step into the school I can see that it is surrounded by kind, resilient and happy children that are being well prepared to take their next steps in life.”
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