Welcome to St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Primary School Cranbourne East


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



Kate Dourley is an experienced principal having held the role at St Joseph's Korumburra (acting 2015), St Laurence O'Toole PS Leongatha (2016-2020) and moving to St Thomas the Apostle PS mid 2020. Kate is a lifelong learner having completed her Masters in Education and Theology in 2022 which supports her work in Catholic Leadership.

Kate and her husband live in South Gippsland and have three children who attend Catholic secondary college, the youngest beginning Year 7 this week.

Kate is also a registered breeder of Australian Shepherds under DogsAustralia. Her kennel 'Rozate' is focused on maintaining the work ability and trainability of the breed. 'Rozate' has been awarded Best Breeder in Australia in 2021 and 2022 with dogs of her breeding earning titles in herding, obedience, rally, agility, jumping, scentwork, tracking, dancing and flyball.

Mrs Kate Dourley
Bachelor Teaching (Primary)
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology and Communication in Education
Graduate Diploma in Catholic Studies Masters in Education and Leadership
Masters in Education and Theology 

Kind Regards
Kate Dourley 

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

20223 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