About Us - History

Stella Maris Catholic Primary School was established as the fourth school in the Parish of Laverton.   As a Catholic School, we provide education in faith and encourage our families to work in partnership with our school and parish.  

In the school's first year of 2006, we enrolled 86 students into our new school.  We now have over 700 students. Multi-culturalism is an important aspect of our school community and we are proud to share experiences and grow in understanding of the many different cultures that enrich our Stella Maris Family.  Included in our community are children who were born in 23 countries other than Australia:  New Zealand, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Croatia, Norway, Romania, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Mauritius, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Japan, Korea, India South Africa, Venezuela and the Congo.  
Within our community, there are forty different languages and dialects spoken and understood:
Acholi, Afikaans, Arabic, Armenian, Burmese, Cantonese, Cebuano, Croatian, French, Gaelic, Hakka, Hindi, Hokkien, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Konhani, Korean, Lithanian, Macedonian, Malavalum, Maltese, Mandarin, Netherlandic, Oromo, Polish, Puniabi, Samoan, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Ukrainian, Urdu,  and Vietnamese.
In 2006, there were four class groups:
  • two classes of Foundation/Year One
  • one class of Year Two/Three
  • one class of Year Four/Five/Six
Now we have grown to 28 class groups:
  • four classes of Foundation (Foundation Community)
  • eight classes of Year One/Two (Junior Community)
  • eight classes of Year Three/Four (Middle Community)
  • eight classes of Year Five/Six (Senior Community)