Welcome to Saint Anthony's school! We are a vibrant, close knit learning community that is part of the Alexandra Hills Catholic Parish. Saint Anthony's seeks to cater for the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth of boys and girls from Prep to Year 6. Our beautiful school boasts of a spacious natural environment with exceptionally large fully fenced grounds (including two large ovals), promoting safety and adventure for our students. A spirit of care and harmony is indeed obvious within the community and you will witness this experience when you first enter the school as indicated in our mission: “Our school is a vibrant, special place where loyalty, belonging and school spirit are actions that speak". In line with the Alice Springs declaration of learning, St Anthony's offers an excellent holistic and educational program for the students built on individually student centred learning as well as taking pride in our arts and sporting traditions. Our school has a commitment to provide a wide range of spiritual, educational and cultural activities for our students. We recognise that parents are the “first and foremost educators of their children" and we offer a range of opportunities to engage the parents as partners in student learning and achievement, from pep right through to Year six.
The vision of St Anthony's is tied to the Christian values espoused by the spirituality of the Franciscans, through St Anthony. These values are at the heart of our student's educational experience and a strong part of the school's Mission. In essence they are:
Through our Strategic Renewal Framework we focus on the quality of the curriculum that is offered and ensure that this curriculum is aligned to our new Mission statement. These structures and processes are designed to ensure accountability and to promote quality education. Furthermore, they assist St Anthony's in reflecting on and celebrating the high quality of current practice. At the same time, these renewal practices help with development of areas that will better meet the needs of our students to take their place as leaders in a rapidly changing world. Our staff is a dedicated group of caring professionals who work together to ensure a sound education is provided for the children.
All staff are highly qualified and trained, coming to St Anthony's from various Universities and learning organisations around Australia. They bring to our school a wide range of educational backgrounds and a wealth of innovative and creative teaching strategies. Recognition of student efforts and achievements are valued and highlighted. Each week the children participate in a Prayer and the Student Merit Award's Assemblies where children are recognised for their efforts in all aspects of their learning. Whilst we are a school steeped in the traditions of the Catholic Church, enrolment at St Anthony's school is open to students of all faith backgrounds who wish to experience the values and warm caring relationships that St Anthony's has to offer. To be eligible for enrolment, children need to turn five by June 30 in the year that they start preparatory class. As a member of our community at St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, your children will grow in a culture of lifelong learning to become a resilient, self managed and creative learner who will be gifted with the skills and confidence not only to engage with the wider world, but to shape it for the generations to come.
As partners in education, we ask for your full support in our endeavours and look forward to working with you over the coming years as together we strengthen our partnership for the benefits of our future leaders. In these current times with emphasis on success, may we help each other appreciate that “success" in the eyes of God, lies not so much in what we have, as it does in what we are.