Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is situated in the semi-rural historic township of Sunbury and has celebrated over one hundred and fifty years of Catholic Education. We are one of two Catholic primary schools in the parish with our sister school being St Anne’s. The third Parish Primary School, Holy Trinity, will open in 2019.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is close to many services and facilities. We are within walking distance of the Public Library, Police Station, local shopping centres and other amenities.
Our school has a teaching and administration staff of 35. We have 11 classrooms, a multipurpose room and a large modern resource centre housing our library and technology equipment. Our school is a mixture of restored and modern buildings. The school is surrounded by landscaped garden beds and has a play area that consists of hard and grassed areas. There is a netball/basketball court, football and soccer areas and a large shaded adventure playground. Parish facilities on site include Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Our students have access to Before and After School Care onsite through OSH Club.
We are a small, welcoming community where parents play a vital role in helping to deliver the curriculum through: reading programs, sporting activities, excursions, Parents and Friends, working bees and classroom help.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel provides an inclusive curriculum catering for students’ individual needs. We integrate our curriculum through the inquiry approach to learning. The school implements a number of programs including: The parish sacramental programs, Reading Recovery, Level Literacy Intervention (LLI) and Number Intervention. Additional staff provide support to students in a variety of curriculum areas including English, Mathematics, Japanese, Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and ICT.
Our school also offers extra-curricular activities including Kelly Sports, Keyboard and Guitar lessons. We provide camp experiences to students in Years 3–6 and participate in a variety of Interschool Sports.
The phrase is "Forever Faithful." It isn't "Sometimes Faithful." Nor is it "Usually Faithful," but forever. Forever Faithful to our God.
Our school logo was designed in the early 1970’s. The logo is rich in symbolism and works on two levels; spiritual and physical. The sun is symbolic of the light of Jesus and his showing us the way. The mountains represent Mount Carmel in the Holy Land while the water is the life giving and sustaining symbol used within the Sacrament of Baptism.
The same three characteristics also have relevance from our local perspective. The sun is a strong influence on our Australian way of life. The mountain range is seen in the cliff face at Goonawarra while the water at the base of the valley is Jacksons Creek.