Welcome to Holy Name Primary School, Forster. We are one of 46 Catholic primary schools in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese. Along with Bulahdelah, Gloucester, Wingham and Taree, we are part of the Manning Region of Catholic schools that feed into St Clare’s High School in Taree. Holy Name is part of the Parish of the Holy Name of Jesus, Forster. The school has served many families since its establishment in 1959 and draws students from Forster, Tuncurry and the surrounding villages.

Our Mary Mackillop charism and school motto ‘Concern for Others’ comes to life through the support of our staff, students and parent body who are always planning and looking for ways to help others in our school and local community. Students are active in their leadership through our Representative Council and Mini Vinnies groups.

Holy Name acknowledges parents as the first and most important educators in the faith life of their children. Our school supports parents in providing a Christian education in the Catholic tradition and parents who seek a Christian environment for their children are encouraged to apply for enrolment.

You will find Holy Name to be a dynamic environment where all staff work collaboratively with students, parents, the Parish and wider community to guarantee learning experiences capture the needs and interests of students. Our staff and students have a growth mindset and understand the individual nature of learning and the importance of progress as a measure of learning for all students. Our teachers consistently build their capacity to engage students through professional learning development and conversations with colleagues who share a collective responsibility for student outcomes.

We prioritise early learning and the successful transition of students to Kindergarten and believe our Learning Support processes are the best in the region. We offer a Garden Program to students in Stages 2 and 3. Through this program students plant fruit, vegetables and herbs as they grow, harvest, prepare and share meals together. Integrating many of the Key Learning Areas, our garden program is loved by all students for the many life skills they learn.

I hope you find the information on the website informative and please do not hesitate to contact the school for further information or to book a tour of the school facilities.

Brooke Stephens