Our School

Principal’s Welcome

As the new principal at St. Ambrose I am extremely excited to be joining your school community.  I am delighted to be in a position to make a positive difference in children’s lives.  I am passionate about learning and I feel a deep commitment to honour the trust placed in me to do all that I can to lead and support our community into creating a happy and vibrant school which truly supports our children’s varied needs so that they may thrive in our world.

As a St. Ambrose staff we are dedicated to creating an inclusive and caring environment which inspires, engages and nourishes your child’s growth in all areas.  We want to support your child to be highly motivated about coming to school and feel confident to immerse themselves in the diverse learning opportunities offered.

Together we enable our vision, “Centred By Faith, In Partnership with Community, We Provide Excellence in Learning“.  We are a Community of Learners who:

  • respect the sacred dignity of each person.
  • embrace differences and diversity.
  • engage with the deep questions of life.
  • commit to achieving the highest standards possible.
  • search for truth.
  • build a culture of learning together.
  • honour equitable access and opportunity for all.
  • make a difference in the world.

St. Ambrose is the parish school of St Ambrose Parish of Woodend. We recognise each child as being unique and formed in the image of God. We are a school community which manifests a friendly, trusting collaboration between School, Parish and Parents for the ongoing development and benefit of each child.

Our school provides a wonderful learning environment based on diverse learning activities initiated and facilitated by a team of caring and dedicated education professionals, supported by you, your child’s first and foremost educators in their formative years. The staff aim to work in partnership with you and encourage you to be an active participant in the school activities.

We see learning as a natural process. Indeed our children come to us curious and motivated to learn. Our school should be one which fosters creativity, encourages critical thinking and is flexible in its approach to support individual learning styles.

We hope you find our website and newsletters informative and that you can gain some insight into what we offer. To gain further insight into the culture of St. Ambrose I would be very happy to meet with you and show you through our school. We hope that you will sense an inclusive and caring environment which will provoke, inspire and engage. It is our hope and desire that joining our community will be an enriching and life giving experience for your child and your family.

​We want to support your child to be highly motivated about coming to school and to feel confident to immerse themselves in the diverse learning opportunities offered. Our work is guided by the message of Christ, which always seeks to be contemporary, innovative, and engaging. We aim for our work with our community and your children to be a process of discovery and a creative adventure of the mind. We stay open to the infinite possibilities as we learn together.

The most important feature of our school community will always be the people in it. In whatever capacity you are currently involved in our community, please know that you are always welcome. Whether you are past, existing or prospective members of St. Ambrose, our doors are open to you all to engage with us and to feel the warm sense of belonging.

It is our great privilege to be able to work in partnership with you to bring about growth and development in every aspect of your child.

Kind regards,

Bronwyn Phillips

Principal