St. Ambrose's Parish Primary School is an educational institution, registered since 1906 but in existence since approximately 1859, that gives careful attention to academic and personal excellence, in a manner that allows children to develop to the best of their individual ability. We endeavour to provide an environment that welcomes, nurtures and stimulates the children in our school academically, spiritually, socially, emotionally and physically. We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children and endeavour to create an atmosphere of partnership in the educational process between the staff of the school and the parents. The school exists primarily to assist the Parish and its families in the faith development of their children.

Our Vision

At St Ambrose’s Catholic Parish Primary School, with the teachings and life of Jesus Christ as our central focus, we aspire to provide an excellent education in faith and life, within a welcoming environment. Together we nurture the Spiritual and Educational welfare and needs of the members in our Parish and School community, to foster life-long learning and their relationship with God.

Our Aims

In partnership, we aim to provide the best education possible for your child. Specifically our aims are:

  • To provide our students with the basis to develop a conscious, loving relationship with God our Father in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit in the tradition of the Catholic Church.
  • To provide an excellent education for our students which develops their talents and capacities to full potential and is relevant to the social, cultural and economic needs of the nation.
  • To enable our students to achieve high standards of learning and to develop self confidence, optimism, high self esteem, respect for others and achievement of personal excellence.
  • To provide a foundation for further education and training, in terms of knowledge and skills, respect for learning and positive attitudes for education.
  • To provide students with the knowledge and skills to actively participate and positively contribute to an ever changing world.

Our Beliefs

We believe that parents, students, teachers and our parish community have an obligation to co-operate to provide an environment which can be truly called a loving Catholic Community in which Gospel values flourish. It is our hope, that together, we will endeavour to achieve this aim to the fullest. We base our endeavours in the beliefs:

  • That each individual is a unique creation made in God’s image and therefore possessed of inherent dignity.
  • That education is about learning what it means to be human and that in Jesus Christ we have a model of what it means to be truly human.
  • That education is a means for discovering the meaning in life, of developing human potential and liberating and empowering individuals to be responsible for their lives and to contribute to the society in which they live.
  • That education, shaped by the continuing search for truth, serves the true and enduring needs of our society.
  • That education enables an integration of faith, life and culture.


Prior to European settlement the Woiwurrung Aboriginal Clan had inhabited the Woodend area for an estimated 30000 years. Between the 1820’s to 1840 the explorers Hume and Hovell and Major Mitchell passed through this area. Pastoralists began to take up land and settlement began. With the discovery of gold at Mt Alexander and in Bendigo a township begins to form where the track from Melbourne emerges from the from the Mt Macedon forest, hence the name ‘Woodend’.




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