St Roch's Parish Primary School 

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Gospel values are those attitudes, beliefs, understandings, practices, habits, lifestyle choices, concerns, insights, qualities, outlooks and standards that are the way of life for followers of Jesus. Our values are aligned with our motto ‘Virtue Alone is Noble’. The three virtues we live by are faith, hope and love. These virtues support our Social Justice program which supports the work of  St Vincent de Paul Society.

MEET THE TEAM

Angie Mastoras

Principal

Rev. Fr Michael Gallacher

Parish Priest

Louise Bolton

Deputy Principal

Religious Education Leader

Learning and Teaching Leader

Jane Adams

Office Manager

Teresa Hogan

Classroom Teacher

Alison Swift

Learning Support Officer

Lisa Wavell-Smith

Learning Support Officer

Alexandra Keisler

Classroom Teacher

Pauline Flinn

Learning Support Officer

Name

Title

Natasha Gracey

Teacher Librarian

Wellbeing Leader

Susan Shanahan

Classroom Teacher

Trish O'Gorman

Performing Arts

Matthew Crowe

Classroom Teacher

Carmel Rozario

Learning Support Officer

Christina Sorbello

Italian Teacher

Nadine Bolton

Literacy Leader

Learning Diversity Leader

Literacy Intervention Leader

Joanne Carter

Classroom Teacher

Cassie Paganis

ICT and Digital Technologies Leader

Classroom Teacher

Brigitte Callery

Classroom Teacher

Libby Aitken

Learning Support Officer

Marjie King

Health and Physical Education Teacher

Julie Hunter

Learning Support Officer

Angie Mastoras

Principal

Teresa Hogan

Classroom Teacher

Alison Swift

Learning Support Officer

Maddie Wakeling

Classroom Teacher

Rev. Fr Michael Gallacher

Parish Priest

Alexandra Keisler

Classroom Teacher

Pauline Flinn

Learning Support Officer

Name

Title

Natasha Gracey

Teacher Librarian

Wellbeing Leader

Libby Aitken

Learning Support Officer

Lisa Wavell-Smith

Learning Support Officer

Louise Bolton

Deputy Principal

Religious Education Leader

Learning and Teaching Leader

Susan Shanahan

Classroom Teacher

Trish O'Gorman

Performing Arts

Matthew Crowe

Classroom Teacher

John Sandy

Mathematics Leader 

Classroom Teacher

Christina Sorbello

Italian Teacher

Jane Adams

Office Manager

Carmel Rozario

Learning Support Officer

Simone Karpin

Office Manager

Jo Carter

Classroom Teacher

Sofie Markstedt

Classroom Teacher

Nadine Bolton

Literacy Leader

Learning Diversity Leader

Literacy Intervention Leader

Cassie Paganis

ICT and Digital Technologies Leader

Classroom Teacher

Brigitte Callery

Classroom Teacher

Julie Hunter

Learning Support Officer

Marjie King

 Physical Education Teacher

St Roch's School 1930

OUR HISTORY

The foundations of a Parish in Glen Iris began in the early 1890s when the Vincentian Fathers of Malvern would cycle to Glen Iris to celebrate mass in the family home of the Lloyds in Hilary Grove.

 

In 1923 a church-school-hall was built on land loaned by the Religious of the Sacred Heart in the grounds of the Sacre Coeur convent. At the same time the Vincentian Fathers, who would celebrate mass, leased a house on the present St Roch’s property as a future presbytery.

In 1927 the Glen Iris Parish welcomed their first Parish priest, Fr Patrick Roch Loughnan. He would not only provide the name for the Parish but would dedicate his life to it until his passing in 1958. In 1928 the Parish of Glen Iris name changed from St Vincent to St Roch, the distinguished French 14th Century saint, the guardian against pestilence and patron of dog lovers. It became the first, and to this day remains the only Parish to bear St Roch’s name in Australia.

 

In 1929, a decision was made to build a church on the northern corner of Glenvale and Burke Road, using the bricks of the original church. The school children raised the money for a beautiful stained-glass window of St Therese of Lisieux to be placed in the sanctuary of the new church.

 

At the same time, a decision was made to build a new school and hall adjacent to the church in Glenvale Road. The Sisters of St Joseph from Havelock Road, Hawthorn East, took the responsibility of the new parish school, which was completed in 1930 at a cost of  £8,000.

The school consisted of three upstairs classrooms, the one at the eastern end having a small adjoining room for the Sisters’ own use. The principal, Sr Fidelis Heagney, took Grades 6, 7, and 8, Sr Fara Lambert 3, 4 and 5 and Sr Bernard McManus the junior grades, as well as teaching music to individual pupils. Mr Eddie Drill taught singing in the Hall, which was also used for physical culture, elocution and music.

 

Archbishop Mannix blessed and opened the new hall on March 9, 1930. The Advocate reported, “a picturesque sight was the waving of green streamers by the children as a greeting to His Grace on his arrival… a spiritual bouquet was presented to His Grace on behalf of the school.” This beautifully decorated presentation can still be seen at the Diocesan Historical Commission, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. The school colours of green, navy and white were chosen by Father Loughnan, being those of his old school, Christian Brothers’ College, St Kilda, whose motto he also adopted: Virtus sola Nobilitas - Virtue alone is noble.

 

In 1929 the School and Hall were built adjacent to the presbytery on Burke Rd. The St Vincent De Paul Society and the Catholic Young Men’s Society were also established in the same year. In 1930 the tennis courts were built. In 1933 the Catholic Women’s Social Guild was formed.

In 1937, 10 years after its founding, the decision was made to move the church from the site at Sacre Coeur. The bricks from the site at Sacre Coeur were transported down the road and by 13th February 1930, a Spanish mission style church stood completed on the corner of Glenvale and Burke Roads.

 

St Roch’s Parish was founded on the hard work and dedication of many parishioners and Fr Patrick Roch Loughnan whose legacy continues to this day.

If you have a great photo or story from our school's history, please send to principal@srgleniris.catholic.edu.au

St Roch's Parish Primary School

Glen Iris

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Glenvale Road

Glen Iris 3146

Phone: 03 9885 7704

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