Live, Love & Learn
Holy Saviour Primary School
Holy Saviour is a parish primary school built on a strong faith foundation calling us to be people of action in our world. The excellent 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 staff are highly dedicated and well-respected within the community.
We have well-maintained facilities and grounds on our almost 10-acre property, with a large grass oval, two basketball/netball courts, junior and senior adventure play equipment, and access to six tennis courts.
Holy Saviour Parish was established in 1974 - a separation of the then northern section of St Leonard's Parish, Glen Waverley. Development of the Church and school proceeded on a nine acre block purchased by the Archdiocese in 1960. Holy Saviour School opened in 1977 with an enrolment of 67 children. Initial classes were held at St Thomas More’s Secondary College (now Emmaus College) until buildings were completed. Classes commenced on our current site on 4th September 1977. Sister Kathleen Biggs of the Presentation order was the inaugural Principal at Holy Saviour.
Together we live, love and learn in the Spirit of the Good News
As a parish community we gather and joyfully celebrate our faith, culture and individuality.
In a nurturing atmosphere we work as a cooperative team towards the individual's spiritual, social, physical and academic growth.
Our school is a place where acceptance, respect and compassion for others are reflected in thought and practice.
We promote self-esteem, confidence and skills to face challenges, changes and responsibilities individually and as part of a group.
God of all creation, may your Spirit inspire us to do your will.
Bless us in your service, strengthen us in our support of each other.
Unite us as we grow in faith and love, to be a welcoming, caring community, enabling all to flourish, especially our children and the most vulnerable.
This we pray in the name of our Holy Saviour, Jesus Christ, the Lord.
We are fortunate to have a variety of learning spaces at Holy Saviour. Such spaces include:
Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics (STEAM) Centre
Visual Art Room
Performing Arts Centre
Two large halls (both with kitchens to use with classes)
Intervention Space (for both enabling and extending our learners)
Large oval featuring soccer goals and AFL goals
Two Adventure playgrounds (age appropriate)
Imaginative play spaces with a cubby house & shopfronts
Friendship Tree / Buddy Tree
Well stocked and up to date library
Maths Task Centre
Shared Learning Space
Meet the Team
Holy Saviour Primary School
Jenny Willmott Deputy Principal, Learning Leader - Curriculum and BOOST Program
Fr. Ralph Besterwitch
Learning Support Officer
Elissa Choy-Thadanabath Learning Support Officer
Learning Diversity and Student Wellbeing Leader
Mandarin Specialist Teacher
Physical Education & STEAM Specialist
Classroom Teacher and Education in Faith Leader
Learning Support Officer
Rose Wray McCann
Performing Arts Specialist and Classroom Teacher
Learning Leader - Literacy and Reading Recovery Teacher
Kelly Van Veen
Olivia Turner Classroom Teacher
Learning Support Officer and Tutor Program
Policies & Useful Documents
Holy Saviour is a school which operates with the consent of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and is operated and governed by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS). MACS governs and operates 292 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to continue the mission of Catholic education to proclaim the Good News and equip our young people with the knowledge, skills and hope to live meaningful lives and enrich the world around them. Because the good work of educating the young is a co-responsible task led by every member of the Catholic school community, School Advisory Councils have been established to provide a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders. This governance model was designed to ease the administrative burden on our schools and parishes, allow parish priests to focus on the mission of education in the parish, enable greater collaboration between schools and ensure greater consistency in school policies and procedures.
Before hours care operates at a facility close to Holy Saviour School by an independent company. This opens from 7am and the children are collected by Holy Saviour staff at 8.30am each morning and walked one block to our premises.
After School care is provided at Holy Saviour school through Beyond EduCare from 3.30pm to 6pm each day. Beyond EduCare provide many engaging and creative activities for students as well as opportunities for community links for our children. If you intend to use this service please book directly with Shayan and the Beyond EduCare Team.
Phone: 0478 746 424
Our House Teams were established in 2019, each one connected to a significant aspect of our School and Parish history. These help give all in our community a much greater sense of identity for each House.
Biggs: Biggs House is named after Sister Kathleen Biggs, the inaugural Principal of Holy Saviour. Sister Kathleen was from the Order of the Presentation Sisters and was Principal from 1977 to the end of 1979. Prior to this, Sister Kathleen was one of the two nuns on the original staff at Avila Girls College, one of our main feeder secondary colleges.
Hodgens: Hodgens House is named after Father Eric Hodgens, the founding Parish Priest of Holy Saviour. Fr Hodgens was Parish Priest at Holy Saviour for 20 years and was integral in building the strong sense of community and strong laity involvement which is still evident today.
More: More House is named in recognition of St. Thomas More College (1968–1979) (now Emmaus College). Initial classes were held at St Thomas More College until buildings were completed. Classes commenced on our current site on 4th September 1977.
Orchard: Orchard House is named in recognition of the ground on which the school and Parish are established. Orchards dominated the landscape in Vermont South until the 1950s and 60s, when the demand for new housing areas led to the subdivision of orchards.