St Mary’s Catholic School OSHC is an outside of school hours care facility located in the coastal enclave of Bowen, at the tip of the iconic Whitsundays region. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the local community is a major component of the level of care delivered by St Mary’s OSHC.
Working closely with the school community, St Mary’s OSHC provides an engaging, interactive, and educational after school hours care service to extend each school day. Our passionate, dedicated educators pride themselves on offering a place to welcome all. We cater to the individual needs of each student, nurturing and developing lasting relationships with both the children and their families in Bowen.
Exceptional After School Care
As Bowen is a small, coastal town, the St Mary’s OSHC service is steeped in a local community feel. Surrounded by natural beauty, our facility has been designed to provide a child-friendly environment. Our educators ensure it is a safe, happy, and relaxed place for children. Each day, our team of staff organise new activities, ensuring a fun, playful and interactive afternoon.
Children at St Mary’s are encouraged to create, learn, and explore under unwavering educational support. While not the largest facility, the St Mary’s team ensures that the service is a family-friendly place, where the door is always open. Sending your children to St Mary’s OSHC in Bowen, you can be confident that your children will enjoy the extension of their school day.
Hear all about our facility from Our Service Leader, Robin Whitton
How long have you worked in early childhood and/or education and care?
I have been privileged to work in the early childhood education and care industry for 30 years.
Why were you drawn to become an educator in early childhood/OSHC?
I was originally drawn to becoming an educator in general because I love the natural explorative and inquisitive nature of children. I was then drawn to working at Bowen OSHC because I enjoy being able to work with children within the local community.
What is your favourite thing about being a service leader/teacher (Director/Coordinator)?
My favourite thing about my position at Bowen Outside School Hours Care is working with children. I get a lot of joy out of working with the children at our centre and providing a positive, safe space for them to enjoy, grow and learn.
What is the best thing about your centre/kindergarten/OSHC?
The best thing about St Mary's Outside School Hours Care is that we foster a great family atmosphere. We have an open-door policy and adore getting to know each child and family within the service.
What is one thing that you tell all families?
We offer regular communication with all families within our centre. I enjoy being able to tell each family great things about their child and how much they enjoy coming to our centre.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
In my spare time I enjoy gardening and spending time outdoors.