St Clare's Catholic Primary School
A Community of Faith & Learning. Uniting, Serving, Empowering.
~ Your Light in Our Hands ~
“Your Light In Our Hands”
At St Clare’s we look to hold the light of Christ in our hands and continue his work in our world, as exemplified by the work of St Clare.
We give thanks for our unique and diverse community, brought together by your grace.
Illuminate the path so that we, like Saint Clare, can always follow the example of Christ.
Reflect in us your spirit of love, compassion and generosity.
May we continue to hold your light in our hands.
Our school song ‘Your Light in Our Hands’ was published in 2020. Staff, students and families collaborated to generate ideas for a song which reflected the uniqueness of our school community and our school motto and vision. We then worked with Michael Mangan who composed ‘Your Light In Our Hands’.
Please enjoy listening to our school song here.
Celebrating Our Faith
There are many ways that the community of St Clare’s celebrates our Catholic Faith;
Connections to the Parish through the Sacramental program
Whole school Masses
Paraliturgies to recognise and celebrate special events
Feast Day Celebrations
Daily opportunities for prayer, including Christian Meditation
Invitation to contribute expressions of Faith
Contributions to charities, e.g. Caritas, St Vincent De Paul Society and ministries connected to the Parish of St James the Apostle
Christian Meditation was introduced to the St Clare's community in 2018. It gives our school an opportunity to be together as a community in silent prayer, linking to the charism of St Clare. Christian Meditation is practiced across the school at 8:55am. We invite all people in the school to join us in prayer at this time.
Christian Meditation is based on the teaching of John Main. This style of meditation is a silent prayer with a mantra. St Clare's uses the mantra 'maranatha' (Come Lord Jesus) to help eliminate distractions. Through our silent meditation we welcome God's transforming grace into our hearts
If you wish to learn more about Christian Meditation or St Clare's journey towards Christian Meditation as a whole school practice, please follow the link to MACS resource page, scrolling to the bottom of the page to see St Clare's contribution.
Sacramental Preparation & Celebrations
All students in Year 3, 4, and 6 take part in the sacramental program of St James the Apostle Parish. All students participate in the Sacramental program, with students who are baptised Catholics receiving sacraments along with students from the other Catholic schools and the parish catechist program. Non-Catholic students are welcomed and invited to be a part of these celebrations.
Year 4: Reconciliation (preparation begins in Year 3)
Year 4: First Holy Communion
Year 6: Confirmation
Social Justice Actions
St Clare's Catholic School seeks to support the needs of our local, national and global community. We support a range of organisations including Caritas and St Vincent de Paul. Students are encouraged to look for ways that they can make a difference in the world and be supported to take action. Projects we have been involved in previously include 'Solar Buddy' and 'Envision, Target 1,000,000', Fred Hollows Foundation Coin Trail.
Through our actions we seek to unite, serve and empower those in our community and shine the light of Christ for all to see.
'Love God, Serve God, Everything is in that!' ~ St Clare
St Clare is from the town of Assisi in Italy. She was born in 1194 and died in 1253.
St Clare chose a religious life at the age of 18 after being inspired by St Francis to live a life following and serving Christ. St Clare was drawn into a deeper union with Christ through prayer and contemplation.
St Clare lived at San Damiano Church. The sisters rejected worldly goods and didn’t accept money or possessions. They relied on the work of their hands for everything they needed. San Damiano was a place of silence, prayer, penance, poverty and dedication to a strict religious life. Throughout her life St Clare continued to help the poor and hungry and care for the sick, including St Francis. St Clare’s mission was to pray and win souls for the Lord.
St Clare was an influential woman, with many popes respecting her opinions and visiting her in San Damiano. She eventually was able to set up her own order of nuns which allowed her and her sisters to live their lives in service to God in the simplest way possible, a life of poverty, centred on Christ. In her lifetime, St Clare also inspired many to follow Christ and live a humble and simple life of faith in service to God. There are over 153 monasteries of her order in over 76 countries around the world.
St Clare is the patron saint of sore eyes, eye disease, embroiderers, goldsmiths, laundry and needle workers. She is also the patron saint of television and mobile phones.
We celebrate her Feast Day on August 11.
‘We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become’ ~St Clare