Small but with a great big heart…

St Philomena's Catholic Primary School is a dedicated, single stream school located on the doorstep of the famous Mount Panorama, Bathurst. Established in 1901 by the Sisters of Mercy, St Philomena’s has grown from its humble beginnings, to t taking out the prestigious NSW / ACT Catholic Schools Roger O’Sullivan Memorial Award for Family, School and Community Partnerships. With a goal to engage students in deep learning, St Philomena’s have reached across the playground and beyond the gate to build a common language with parents.

In a world where schooling can seem complicated and hard to understand at times, St Philomena’s is empowering and encouraging parents to be a part of their children’s learning experience. Moving away from purely reporting on their learning journey after the fact, St Philomena’s is placing a focus on engaging parents; providing information which enables them to continue and be a part of the learning experience at home with questions and subject matter currently being explored in the classroom.

St Philomena’s staff understand that not all children learn in the same way. With a dedicated staff of professional teachers and support staff from varied backgrounds, it’s unique strategy and collaborative framework ensure adequate support is given to children who need that ‘extra helping hand’, while also encouraging the learning pursuits of children who are thriving in their learning environment.

Connecting with Aboriginal culture is also a priority at St Philomena’s. All staff have undergone training with the Centre for Cultural Competence and students engage in many activities and lessons based on Aboriginal culture and history. This is done in partnership and consultation with our local Wiradjuri Elders and community.

St Philomena’s use various methods of technology and communication both inside and outside of the classroom, creating an opportunity for instant and ongoing interactions with parents and teachers at all times. St Philomena’s academic and sporting pursuits are also extended across news platforms through social media, website and local print and multimedia.

With the assistance of both government and P&F raised funding,  St Philomena’s is continually improving its playground and classroom facilities. Grants have helped create natural habitats for local wildlife, NAIDOC week celebrations, and more recently, outdoor learning areas for both infants and primary students.  St Philomena’s is also the location for Outside of School Hours Care (OSHC) , offering care for students from 3pm-6pm Monday to Friday.

St Philomena’s offers many extra-curricular opportunities including eisteddfod verse speaking, Choir, Music lessons provided by the Bathurst Academy of Music, Chess Club, debating and public speaking. Students have the opportunity to participate in sports clinics and gala days throughout the year, as well as opportunities to progress through competitive levels up to State level in sports such as Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Cricket and Rugby League.

Importantly, as a Catholic School, St Philomena’s have an important role in fostering the spiritual and moral development of the children in its care. St Philomena’s strive to integrate religious truths and values within daily living, keeping abreast of social and technological changes, preparing students for the world they will enter as adults. St Philomena's School is part of the Cathedral Parish of St Michael & John and the School Chaplain, Fr Ephrem, is a regular visitor to the school and classrooms.