St Teresa's School was named after St Teresa of Avila who was born in Avila, Spain in 1515. She was a great writer who was able to explain clearly her feelings and thoughts about God. Many of her writings are used today in songs.
The first school room was in a small detached cottage in the convent grounds. From there the school moved into a converted conservatory, which served as a church and school for many years. This building later became known as ‘The Hall’ until demolished in 1983.
The first school classroom was built in 1950 and the next in 1961.
Modifications and up-grading were carried out in 1977 and 1979. During 2005 a major building project was undertaken and has brought the school to its present standing.
The Sisters of Mercy administered and staffed the school until 1976, when the first lay Principal was appointed.
With the rationalisation of schools in the South West Region, St Teresa’s School became a Reception to Year 5 school in 1979.
Fundraising for Catholic Charities:
On 17 October 2019, St Teresa’s students took part in one of their biggest celebrations of the year, their final Mercy Day.
This included participating in the traditional annual ‘Walk for Water’, to educate their students about social justice and ethical issues within our world and empowering them to change the lives of people who are less fortunate than ourselves.
The ‘Walk for Water’ included different year levels walking for different amounts of time whilst carrying different sized containers of water.
Children had a sausage sizzle lunch and the Year 5/6 classes coordinated a small number of stalls to fundraise - this combined with the sponsorship gathered for the Walk for Water, meant the students certainly did what they could to help those in need.
The children were sponsored for each lap they walked around the perimeter of the school and church for the following amount of time:
• Year 4, 5 and 6 students walked for 60 minutes.
• Year 2 and 3 students walked for 45 minutes.
• Reception and Year 1 students walked for 30 minutes.
See photos below - looks like everyone had a lot of fun!
Catholic Charities would like to thank staff and students for their continued support of our agencies who continue to work with and help those in need.
(The donations amount includes money raised since 2015).