Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Tarro is a systemic Catholic school within the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, with enrolments received from the geographical areas of Tarro, Woodberry, Beresfield, Thornton, Tenambit and Ashtonfield.
We celebrate the unique qualities of each of our students and encourage them to fully participate in the life of their class and school. We are supportive of the needs of our children and families and seek to develop a close relationship that promotes partnership and trust. We are a happy and vibrant school which recognises our responsibilities in building a positive and Christian world.
The school was established by the Sisters of Mercy and opened on 12th September 1944. We strongly support social justice projects and initiatives which reflect this solid tradition. The core values of the school are expressed through our Vision Statement, "a caring Catholic school in partnership with parents striving to achieve excellence and equity in a supportive environment". Our service to the poor and the marginalised gives witness to the depth of this commitment. We celebrate a multicultural flavour that enriches our school climate.
Students with Filipino, Samoan, Tongan, Polish, Bosnian and South African backgrounds have added a great deal to our awareness and understanding of different cultural traditions. The heritage of our indigenous students is deeply respected and we ensure that it is a focus of our school celebrations.
The school enjoys a very positive relationship with its parent body. They are supportive at all levels, from an active P&F, to providing in school support with academic and welfare matters. Their contribution to the school is visible through the acquisition of equipment and structures to support our teaching and learning programmes. We also deeply value the presence of many parishioners among our voluntary helpers.
The school hosts two satellite classes for children with autism. One for students in Kindergarten to Year 2 and another for those in Year 3 to Year 6. These classes integrate with the Our Lady of Lourdes classes in preparation for the students to engage fully in mainstream education when that time arrives.
Our Lady of Lourdes community celebrates its Catholicity proudly within our geographical area, our region and our diocese. Our school motto, "For the Greater Glory of God", expresses the importance we place on our Christian mission.
Students of Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Tarro are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St. Peter's Campus, Maitland.