Welcome to St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Primary School Cranbourne East


At St. Thomas the Apostle, we stand united in our commitment to creating a safe, inclusive, and nurturing environment for every child. We are dedicated to ensuring that all children, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, can thrive and reach their full potential in a supportive and respectful community.

St Thomas the Apostle School Community acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia's First People and Traditional Custodians of the land. 

We acknowledge that our school community is built on the traditional land of the Bunurong/Boonwurrung peoples and we are fortunate that we are able to live and learn within our Catholic school community today.

 We pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging and their rich culture. As we journey together, we remain forever committed to a spirit of reconciliation.

Meet The Principal



Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians, It is with great joy and dedication that I welcome you to St Thomas The Apostle PS, where we strive to nurture academic excellence through encouraging students to follow St Thomas' charism of curiosity and faith.

At St Thomas The Apostle, we are committed to embodying the principles of Catholic Social Teaching in all facets of our educational journey. By instilling a strong foundation of skills and knowledge, we aim to prepare our students for lives that are fulfilling and purpose-driven. Curiosity is the spark that ignites learning and innovation. It encourages exploration, critical thinking, and a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. Through our robust academic programs and supportive environment, we seek to cultivate this curiosity in each of our students, empowering them to ask questions, seek answers, and discover their passions.

Faith forms the heart of our community. It guides our actions, inspires compassion, and fosters a sense of belonging and responsibility towards others. Rooted in the values of Catholic Social Teaching, we teach our students to uphold principles of justice, dignity, and solidarity, preparing them to make positive contributions to their communities and the world.

Our commitment to excellence extends beyond the classroom. We are dedicated to nurturing each student's understanding of emotional intelligence and how they can uphold their own and other's wellbeing.

With warmest regards,

Mrs Kate Dourley Principal

Kate Dourley is a passionate educator who models lifelong learning having studied and being awarded: 

  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)
  • Graduate Diploma of Information Communication Technologies in Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Masters in Education and Theology

Introducing St Thomas the Apostle

Foundation Learning Video

Instructional Vision and Mission

Instructional Vision

St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Primary School has been established to provide a quality education in the Catholic tradition for families in the Cranbourne East area.


In the spirit of St Thomas the Apostle, who was one of the first Christian missionaries and is the patron saint of builders, the community of St Thomas will endeavour to build a community of prayer, thanksgiving, service, and reconciliation and provide opportunities for all its students to experience a collaborative and reflective learning environment that educates, engages and challenges.

Strategic Intent 2021-2024

Our Strategic Intent is that:-

  • Every child is known and connected to their community
  • Every child is safe and can engage in learning
  • Every child experiences explicit teaching at their identified point of need

2022 Strategic Focus:  Children known as learners and data collected

2023 Strategic Focus:  Children known, heard and intentionally considered as centre of decision making and explicit planning/teaching

2024 Strategic Focus:  Children making an accelerated rate of progress

Please contact the school if you have any enrolment enquiries. Contact us on (03) 5998 9293 or visit https://cranbourneeast.catholic.edu.au 

St Thomas the Apostle Child Safe Champions

St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Primary School is committed to implementing and embedding the Child Safe Standards and requirements of Ministerial Order No. 1359:

If you have any concerns or questions regarding child safety please contact our Child Safe Champions:-

Peta Overbury - Deputy Principal

Phone: 5998 9293 or Email:  poverbury@cranbourneeast.catholic.edu.au

Jen Gulavin - Deputy Principal

Phone: 5998 9293 or Email:  jgulavin@cranbourneeast.catholic.edu.au



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Term Dates

30 Jan - 06 April

27 April - 23 June

10 July - 15 Sept

02 Oct - 15 Dec


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Tel: +61 3 5998 9293