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.  By 2021, we have 706 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
 
In 2020, there are 26 class groups:
  • four classes of Foundation
  • eight classes of Year One/Two
  • eight classes of Year Three/Four
  • six classes of Year Five/Six