Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to the St Mary’s Catholic Primary School website. I invite you to tour our website to discover the many elements that combine to make our school a vibrant, contemporary learning community. You will gain an insight into what we do and how we work with our students to continually develop their knowledge, experiences and understandings of our world.

Do you have any questions about our school and what is on offer for students?

We are here to help.

We want parents to feel welcome and invite you to a 45-minute School Tour. The tour will provide you with a chance to see everything that St Marys has to offer in person, from classrooms to library spaces, playgrounds, and more. It’s also an opportunity for parents or guardians to ask any questions face-to-face! The tour includes sitting down with the Principal for a personalised one-on-one conversation where we can answer all your queries about enrolment at St Mary’s Malvern East.

Click here to book your tour.

Partnerships are encouraged between teachers, students, families and the wider community to challenge our students and enlighten their learning. The school is enriched by a committed parent body, and is strongly supported by our dedicated Parish Priest Monsignor Stuart Hall. The children at St Mary’s have a strong connectedness to their school and there is a high level of engagement and achievement. We embrace a shared responsibility, based on Gospel values, for the wellbeing of each member of our community.

St Mary’s is recognised as a place of quality teaching and learning, with a strong community spirit. St Mary’s is a school with an innovative and dedicated staff who have a commitment, and whole school approach to transforming pedagogy and building a rigorous curriculum that prepares our students for life-long learning. We strive to give our students a deep sense of connectedness to the local and global worlds in which they live.

St Mary’s school is a place where we challenge ourselves and others, and communicate our optimism and confidence in the potential of our students. We have a dynamic, supportive and safe work environment, which inspires a climate of mutual respect, collegiality, trust and support.

Shane Tobin


St Mary’s is a school which operates with the consent of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and is operated and governed by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS).

MACS governs and operates Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to continue the mission of Catholic education to proclaim the Good News and equip our young people with the knowledge, skills, and hope to live meaningful lives and enrich the world around them.

Because the good work of educating the young is a co-responsible task led by every member of the Catholic school community, School Advisory Councils have been established to provide a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders. This governance model was designed to ease the administrative burden on our schools and parishes, allow parish priests to focus on the mission of education in the parish, enable greater collaboration between schools and ensure greater consistency in school policies and procedures.

More information about MACS is available at