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.
The school community is warm and welcoming, with a strong focus on supporting children with additional needs and extending children in their learning to help them reach their individual learning goals. The school celebrates the unique qualities of each individual student and encourages them to fully participate in the life of their class and school. A culture of caring for others and the environment is cultivated through our work in Mini-Vinnies. The school is equipped with classroom technology for 21st century learning and has recently purchased Bee-Bot and Edison Robots for STEM and coding activities. The school iPads, laptops and computer lab are regularly used by students.
Our Lady of Lourdes values each child’s individuality and encourages students to pursue excellence in all ﬁelds of education in accordance with their gifts and capabilities. Students can participate in activities and competitions in many different areas of the curriculum including debating, choir eisteddfods, coding, programming club, public speaking, ICAS, science and technology challenge and spelling bees.
The school offers a range of sporting opportunities. Students are provided with the opportunity to participate in a range of sports, including: swimming, cross country, athletics, rugby league, touch football, netball and soccer. All students also participate in a variety of specialist skill workshops supported by the Sport in Schools Australia program.
Our Lady of Lourdes is strongly committed to Aboriginal education and proudly provides many opportunities to all students to increase cultural knowledge of and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The school celebrates NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation and Harmony Day and runs a cultural program called, ‘Culture Yarns’ that aims to increase student knowledge of and pride in their Indigenous identity. Students in this program have the opportunity to hear from local members of the Aboriginal community and learn about Aboriginal cultures, both traditional and contemporary.
The school has developed a personalised Aboriginal Education Policy where the Aboriginal education teacher works alongside classroom teachers to provide intensive literacy and numeracy support to Aboriginal students where needed.
Our Lady of Lourdes enjoys a very positive relationship with its parent body which is supportive at all levels, from an active Parent and Friends Association, 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 the teaching and learning program. The school also deeply values the presence of many parishioners among its voluntary helpers.
The school hosts two satellite classes for the Hunter Aspect School, one for students in Kindergarten to Year 2 and another for those in Year 3 to Year 6, which provide specialised support services and facilities to help students develop the skills to become as independent as possible so they can eventually integrate into a mainstream classroom.
An Out of School Hours childcare service is also provided at Our Lady of Lourdes, operating from 6.00am to 8.30am in the morning and 3.00pm to 6.00pm in the afternoon. The facility has also operated from 6.00am to 6.00pm on pupil-free days to assist parents with child care.
Students of Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Tarro are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St Bede's Catholic College, Chisholm.