Holy Name Primary School, Forster, is a Catholic school centred in the heart of the beautiful Great Lakes Region on the Mid-North Coast of NSW, and builds on over 50 years of Catholic schooling in this community. The school highly regards its history and traditions as children are educated for their future lives, both personally and as contributing members of their society.
Holy Name educates 330 young Australians from Kindergarten to Year 6 to be highly skilled, informed, compassionate and just. The school is proud to offer children and their families an education that cater for the broad range of abilities and interests of students. Within the school’s friendly, small-school environment; the staff, parents, parish, and wider community work closely together to achieve positive outcomes for each child in our care. There are 16 full-time teachers, seven part-time teachers, a Pastoral Care Worker and 12 support staff. The Parish, led by Fr Greg Barker, is assisted by two staff members.
Staff members strive for academic excellence in all Key Learning Areas while maintaining a supportive and Christian environment. Teaching strategies and practices are reviewed in light of current educational pedagogy to ensure quality teaching and learning occurs through consistent and targeted improvements. The school’s work is greatly supported by its Learning Support Team, and by modern resources and facilities that enable the students to work comfortably within a 21st century learning community.
Holy Name is a healthy and active school that participates in many sporting and cultural activities throughout the year. The school’s Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program is a highlight of the school presentation and is supported by our healthy canteen. Holy Name’s concert band is regarded as being one of the best school bands in the district and supports the Great Lakes band at various community events.
Students at Holy Name have a high sporting profile, with students involved in a broad offering of sporting options. Students are provided with pathways for individual and team excellence.
Holy Name values its interaction with its active and supportive Parents and Friends Association and with the wider community. The parent body are a part of the daily life of the school and the school’s profile in the community is one that engenders pride, particularly in events such as ANZAC Day & NAIDOC Week.
Students of Holy Name Primary School, Forster are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St Clare's High School, Taree.