Our School

Principal’s Message

We aim to be an inclusive, connected high quality learning community in which faith inspires action.

Greetings and welcome to our school website.

On behalf of our school community, I invite you to look around and explore our website to get a feel for what we can offer your child at St Monica’s School, Footscray. We are part of the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) family of schools, offering a
well-rounded faith based education to students in Footscray and surrounding areas. Our school is a flourishing community where culture, faith and life find a meeting place.

As principal, I lead a dedicated, caring and professional staff who work hard to equip each child with the learning they require to grow as individuals and as contributing members of our community. Students are challenged to think outside of themselves as to how they can make our world a better place through the values of Commitment, Compassion, Confidence, Courage and Creativity.

St Monica’s has a long tradition of providing excellent education to families in Melbourne’s West. Since the first tent school was set up on the banks of the Salt Water (Maribyrnong) River over 165 years ago St Monica’s has been living out its mission to ‘Make a Difference,’ in the lives of its students and their families. St Monica’s richness in diversity is one of our key strengths.

St Monica’s is a warm and inclusive community that provides each child with the opportunity to develop and nurture their natural passion for learning. We encourage all our children and families to contribute to the life and direction of our school.

St Monica’s provides an intimate learning environment, with small classes and focused teaching, where everyone is known and valued. Together with the children and families, our staff work to create a challenging and stimulating learning environment that is focussed on meeting individual needs and encouraging each child to incorporate their passions and interests into their learning.

Together as a community, we shape our vision and values to provide a catholic school of excellence for every child. We are a supportive and inclusive catholic parish school, enabling all students to be inspired by Jesus ‘achieve the fullness of life’ (John 10:10). Working collaboratively, we provide a quality education for students through meaningful, innovative learning and faith-filled experiences. We embrace parent engagement and pride ourselves in building strong family and community partnerships.

We have a strong focus on the development of reading, writing and numeracy skills. We use technology as a tool for learning and encourage working in partnership with our families. If you choose to enrol into our school, your child will also be able to participate in a wide variety of engaging and collaborative learning opportunities, including musical, creative and other cultural and artistic activities.

If you are considering enrolling your child/ren, I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and your child for a guided tour of our school. You are welcome to ring or email for a chat, or book into the school for an appointment to discuss your interest in joining our community.

Looking forward to meeting you and your family as I help you begin your journey into the St Monica’s School Community.

Nathan Owen
PRINCIPAL