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Our School

St Thomas More Primary School Mt Eliza

St Thomas More’s School is a Catholic Parish Primary School located in Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula. The school was established in 1981 and is an integral part of the St Thomas More Parish community. With approximately 290 students, our school enjoys many of the advantages of being a smaller community. We recognise and value the strength of our vibrant community and are enriched by the partnerships between staff, parents, students and parish. We firmly believe that Catholic school communities are most effective when teachers, staff and parents work together to educate the whole child emotionally, academically, physically, socially and spiritually.


St Thomas More Primary School is set within a stunning bushland setting which provides a uniquely beautiful learning environment for our students. School facilities include dedicated Prep, Junior, Middle and Senior blocks where classrooms are spacious, bright and welcoming. In addition to these, the school has a STEM room, a well-stocked library, a recently renovated multi-purpose area, a visual arts area, music room and Japanese room. A state-of-the-art gymnasium is used for PE, school assemblies and other special events. Children are blessed with extensive grounds that provide excellent spaces for outdoor learning, fitness and play. They include a huge grassed oval, outdoor basketball courts, two adventure playgrounds and plenty of shaded spaces for passive and imaginative play.


At St Thomas More we strive to provide the best possible education for every student. Through our learning and teaching programs children are encouraged to become resilient and independent learners who question, reflect, take risks, critique, analyse and act. Teaching programs are personalised to meet the needs of individual students and are based on the rigorous and consistent use of student data to ensure maximum growth in student learning.


Student learning is further enhanced by a wide range of specialist programs. Specialist classes included Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, STEM, Library and Outdoor Learning. Students have the opportunity to learn Japanese as an additional language and this is embedded into the classroom as part of the learning that takes place every day.


Student wellbeing is also of utmost importance to all at St Thomas More. Our key values of respect, integrity, service and empathy are taught and lived in every classroom and underpin all interactions in and around our school. A range of programs and initiatives also support students in the area of social and emotional learning. These include regular wellbeing classes, class meetings, social skills groups and lunchtime clubs. These initiatives and others ensure that children feel a strong sense of safety and belonging to school and provide the best possible environment for learning to take place.

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Our Vision

St Thomas More Primary School Mt Eliza

We are a welcoming, inclusive community, 

growing in faith, love and knowledge,

nurturing resilient, life-long learners, 

empowered to make a difference.


Our Mission

In our parish school community, we model the teachings of Christ through compassionate and positive relationships. We provide a sense of belonging and develop brave learners, spiritually, socially and academically.

Meet the Team

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Martine Verhagen


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Sarah Anderson

Deputy Principal

Learning and Teaching Leader


Fr Patrick Bradford

Parish Administrator


Dani O’Connor

Administration/Finance Officer

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Suzanne Baczyk

Administration Learning Support Officer

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Gianna Hakim


Learning Diversity Leader

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Angela Aldag

Junior Teacher Learning Leader

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Jill Chaplin

Senior Teacher

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Mandy Shankie

Middle Teacher

Religious Education Leader


Emilie Wilson

Prep Teacher

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Lorraine Coassin

Prep Teacher

Wellbeing Leader

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Nicole Cicchini


Learning Leader

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Olivia Klopper

Senior Teacher 

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Nadine Boundy

Middle Teacher

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Cindy Kenny

Junior Teacher


Chris Hutton

Senior Teacher

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Aaron Juliff

Senior Teacher


Joh Harvey

Performing Arts Teacher

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Denise Ferguson

Art Teacher

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Kate Chan

Music Teacher

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Vanessa Carbis

PE Teacher


Lauren Koziol

Japanese Coach


Julia Allsopp

STEM Teacher

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Annalisa Vallesi

Learning Support Officer

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Debbie Beasley

Learning Support Officer

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Elise Wiseman

Learning Support Officer

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Jacqui Goodall

Learning Support Officer

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Lorraine Stocker

Learning Support Officer

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Mitch Waddell


Learning Support Officer


Learning Spaces

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

  • Bright, welcoming classrooms

  • Well resourced library

  • Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) space

  • Visual Art Room

  • Performing Arts Room

  • State of the art gym/indoor basketball court

  • Multipurpose Room (including canteen/kitchen)

  • Spacious oval featuring soccer goals, AFL goals, cricket pitch and picnic tables

  • Basketball courts

  • Two adventure playgrounds

  • Natural spaces for imaginative play

  • Enviro Trail and outdoor classroom

  • Kitchen Garden

Learning Spaces

Outside School Hours Care (Camp Autralia)

At St Thomas More Primary School, we are delighted to be able to offer our families an OSHC program that operates onsite from our Multipurpose Room.  This program is run by Camp Australia and staffed by dedicated educators who deliver enriching experiences to our children Before School, After School and on Pupil Free Days.


At Your OSHC by Camp Australia, the experienced team of educators are dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive and engaging space for each child to relax, learn and grow. Every experience is tailored to the needs of the children and focused on developing their curiosity, imagination and resilience. At Camp Australia, children are at the heart of everything they do. 

Follow the link below to read about Camp Australia’s program at St Thomas More’s Primary.


Snapshot of Our Day

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