Early Learning Centre

St Thomas Aquinas Early Learning Centre (ELC) provides students with a strong sense of belonging in a nurturing environment staffed by highly qualified teachers that fosters the spirit, heart mind and body of each child.

Grounded in an understanding of children’s natural sense of wonder, the ELC aims to equip children with the skills to make sense of their world by wondering, questioning, interacting, reflecting and praying.


Catholic ELC curriculum is based on five foundational pillars underpinned by religious education principles and practices expressed through a play based curriculum. The pillars are:

  • Socialisation
  • Creativity
  • Physical Development and Wellbeing
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Play Based Curriculum

Play involves a diversity of choice and is a tool for learning. It enhances motivation, autonomy, self-esteem, social competence and emotional wellbeing.

Our Staff 

Our highly qualified and caring staff develop engaging learning programs that are responsive to children's ideas, interests, strengths and abilities. We work collaboratively with parents to establish a mutually respectful and co-operative relationship in which information on the child's progression of learning is shared.

Director Maribel Cabezas
Administration Lynda Logan
ELC Teacher Eleanor Heenan
ELC Teacher Carla Drayton
ELC Support Matthew Foote
ELC Support Rebecca Hyun
ELC Support Rocio Cartes
ELC Support Sonja Coling
ELC Support Marie Noordine

Contact Us

ELC Director: Maribel Cabezas
Phone: 6258 5834
Email: elc.staquinas@cg.catholic.edu.au