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Dear Parents

 

On behalf of Fr Bryan Jones Parish Priest, the staff, children and existing parents of the school I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and your family to Nazareth Catholic Primary School. 

Nazareth Catholic Primary School had its foundation in the purchase of a significant parcel of land during the mid1990s. The land bordered by Glider Ave to the south and College Ave to the west is now positioned in a very central location to Shellharbour City Centre. The land was purchased with the explicit purpose of building a new parish church and a new Catholic primary school.

Parish Priest Fr Bryan Jones has overseen the construction of the school in various stages over 10 years and in more recent time has overseen the construction of the new All Saints Parish Church.

With the church’s opening in 2012, All Saints Parish Church and Nazareth Catholic Primary School now sit adjacent to each other on the one parcel of land. The result of many years of dedicated work from the local Shellharbour parishioners and other agencies and people across the Wollongong Diocese, is an outstanding facility allowing for sacred worship and quality education.

Sister Anne Taylor was appointed the foundation Principal of Nazareth in 1999 and initially with Jennifer Jancetic as the first staff member and Gary Quinn as the first Assistant Principal, commenced the process of planning and establishing the school.

Nazareth was officially opened in the year 2000 (with the initial intake of the first Kindergarten class being housed at Stella Maris in 1999), when students commenced their education in what is now known as the Mary Ward building. From these humble beginnings Nazareth has grown to become one of two established Catholic Primary schools (the other being Stella Maris) within the All Saints Parish, providing Catholic education to over 280 families and well over 420 students from Kindergarten to Year 6. With the final stage of construction being completed in 2011 with the opening of a multi-purpose hall, the school presents as an impressive facility, purpose built for learning.

Nazareth Catholic Primary School is a place which develops responsible and respectful, lifelong learners who will be provided with every opportunity to seek God, acquire wisdom, build knowledge and promote peace so that God can be found in all things.

 

 

Peter Dempsey
Principal