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Our School

Our Lady of the Assumption

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Our School

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Primary School 

Our Lady of the Assumption (OLA) is a parish primary school built on a strong faith foundation calling us to be people of action in our world. The school programs are designed to foster the skills and talents of all students and bring parents into partnership with their children in the learning process. Our teachers are highly dedicated and well respected within the community.


OLA offers some outstanding educational opportunities for our Prep – Year 6 students and we pride ourselves on our wonderful community spirit. We invite you to take a moment to explore our website and learn more about our school.


At OLA Parish Primary School we strive to live out our Vision to be a place of welcome. We hope there is a strong sense of belonging for each member of our community. We aim to promote within our students a love for learning. Our concern at OLA is to educate the whole person. The religious, social, academic, physical and emotional aspects of our students are vitally important as we encourage each child to reach their potential.


Our staff are highly professional, motivated and dedicated to supporting each and every student. Parent partnerships are very important to us here at OLA. Together we aim to deliver an education of the highest quality. We invite parents to be involved in the life of OLA, knowing that this involvement maximises educational outcomes for our students.

Our History

We are proud of our beginnings and history

Our Lady of the Assumption School (OLA) is situated in the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) South Central Zone in Cheltenham. OLA was established as a church and school in 1951 with an enrolment of 80 students and staffed by the Brigidine Sisters. At this time, Cheltenham was part of the Highett parish. In 2021, OLA celebrated the anniversary of seventy years of delivering quality education. The school is an integral part of the OLA Community.

Our History

Our Mission

Promoting a love of learning

We promote a love of learning, through partnership with families, staff and the Parish community in a just and inclusive environment.

Our Mission

Our Vision

Welcoming community to all

We, at OLA, are a welcoming Christian community, living and celebrating with faith and gratitude in the spirit of Jesus.


School Prayer

May we learn to be just like Jesus

God, loving creator. Thank you for this day.

Guide our hearts to live in your way of love.

Lead the OLA community into actions of generosity and kindness.

May we learn to be just like Jesus. Amen

School Prayer

Learning Spaces

Spaces for all of our learners

We are fortunate to have a variety of different learning spaces at OLA. Such spaces include:

  • Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Makerspace

  • Indonesian Room

  • Visual Art Room

  • Performing Arts room and stage

  • OLA Instrumental Program spaces

  • Modern, bright and open Church onsite

  • Large hall (includes kitchen to use with classes)

  • What I Need (WIN) intervention room (for both enabling and extending our learners)

  • Oval featuring soccer goals, AFL goals, running track and long jump pit

  • Green space with outdoor stage as well as tables and chairs

  • Adventure playground featuring student favourites; the spider climbing frames and large tyres

  • Well stocked and up to date library

  • Outdoor spaces for our Gardening Program 

Learning Spaces

Meet Our Team

Nice to Meet You

Meet the Team
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Richard Jacques


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Caitlan Taig

Deputy Principal, Religious Education Leader and Mathematics Leader

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Fr Alan Fox

Parish Priest


Gabrielle McGee

Finance & Admin Manager

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Sharan Talbot


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Josy Reeder

Acting Deputy Principal and Learning Diversity Leader 

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Anna Danson

Gr 5/6 Classroom Teacher and STEM Specialist Teacher


Shelby Turner

Literacy and Wellbeing Leader and Intervention Teacher


Catherine Harrison

Prep Classroom Teacher 


Jamee Montebruno 

Gr1 Classroom Teacher

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Eliza Jones

Prep Classroom Teacher

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Di McDowall

Learning Support Officer

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Di Milburn

Library Support

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Emma Tiberi

Grade 1 Classroom Teacher


Rosie Siracusa

Learning Support Officer

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Ann Arthur

Learning Support Officer

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Gen O'Meara

Gr 3/4 Classroom Teacher


Tess Riley

Gr 3/4  Classroom Teacher and Middle Level Leader

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Emilie Brady

Gr 2 Classroom Teacher

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Sam Hudson

Gr 3/4 Classroom Teacher and Visual Art Specialist Teacher


Lara Berley

Prep and Grade 2 Classroom Teacher

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Katherine Grima

Library Support

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Fintan O'Connor

Gr 3/4 Classroom Teacher


Trish O'Gorman

Performing Arts Specialist Teacher

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Lou Watts

 Indonesian Specialist Teacher

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Liz Thompson

Physical Education Specialist Teacher

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Nicole Collins

Gr 5/6 

Classroom Teacher and Mathematics Leader

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Steve Pertz

Gr 5/6 Classroom Teacher and Senior Level Leader

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Michael Glennon

Gr 5/6 Classroom Teacher

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Michela Vella

Gr 2 Classroom Teacher, RE, Learning & Teaching and Junior Level Leader

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Mark Buccilli

Gr 5/6 Classroom Teacher

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Hayley Azar

Grade 1 Teacher



Important information and useful documentation

Annual Report to the Community

School Policy Database


Before & After School TheirCare

Out of hours school care


TheirCare is available for all children at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Primary School from 7:00am until 8:45am in the morning and from 3:15pm until 6:00pm each school day. During School Holidays and Pupil Free Days the service will operate from 7:00am until 6:00pm. Families wishing to use this service can visit the TheirCare website: Families are eligible for a Government Rebate called the Child Care Subsidy which can reduce the cost per session by up to 90%.

More information can be obtained by contacting the school or ringing TheirCare Support Team on 1300 072 410. TheirCare provides a stimulating and safe environment for all children. During sessions, children develop life skills, friendships, confidence and  creativity through play-based programs.

Before & After School Care


Representing the OLA family

The children at OLA are very proud of their school. The purpose of the school uniform is to identify each student as a member of this community, and thereby to establish a common bond.  The parents and staff together believe that wearing a simple school uniform enhances this feeling of belonging.  The wearing of uniforms establishes attitudes of pride and cooperation and adds to the tone of the school. Parents are urged to ensure children wear their uniform and take pride in their appearance.  During First and Fourth terms the school hat is a uniform requirement.

New uniforms can be purchased from Bob Stewart’s 93 Balcombe Road, Mentone 3194 –

The second-hand uniform shop is open a couple of times per term and is run by a fantastic team of OLA parents. Keep an eye out in the newsletter and on Operoo for upcoming dates!

Term 1 and 4 Summer Uniform; students must wear a hat.
Term 2 and 3 Winter uniform.



Fun Fresh Foods

Fun Fresh Foods will provide Lunch  and Recess Tuckshop service every Friday


Their food is made fresh and onsite, every Friday, with a variety of fun and healthy choices. Home baked goods are also available to purchase over the counter at both playtimes. Fun Fresh Foods Ordering is done online via 

Please see attached documents for more information.

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