St Patrick's School, Lilydale

St Patrick's School, Lilydale

Principal:  Mr Geoff Klep

E No.  E1059

Year Levels:  P to 6

Phone Number:  9735 4388

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Lilydale is situated in an urban/rural area approximately thirty-eight kilometres east of Melbourne.

St Patrick's was established in 1864 as a small community school, only to be closed from 1873–1896 due to the Free Education Bill. From its re-opening in 1896 until 1984, the education of children was maintained by both the Sisters of Mercy and other lay teaching staff.

After numerous temporary sites, a school was built in 1939 on the corner of Jones and Castella Streets. During the 1950s, with an increase in migrant population and school enrolment, it became necessary to build another campus on the present site. For 23 years the school functioned on two campuses. In 1988 the senior school was enlarged and refurbished so that the junior and senior classes could be accommodated on the one campus.

In addition, land was purchased adjacent to the school and the St Patrick's Community Centre was built in 1995. The school has use of this facility during school hours.


Our students originate from a wide range of family backgrounds. The local community is composed of descendants of early pioneer families of the district, and descendants of migrant families from the 50s and 60s, particularly from Italy.

We offer a wide curriculum including Physical Education, Visual Arts and Italian as specialist areas.

We have an active parent body which assists with fundraising, school beautification, sport
and classroom programs where necessary.


The parish has a fine history, having celebrated its centenary in 1989, and this tradition is carried over into the school where the children of today are second or even third generation students; even some of the present staff are ex-pupils. This gives the school a unique understanding of history and a past that we try to live up to.

School location

Address:  40 Jones Street
Lilydale VIC 3140

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Melbourne

Region:  Eastern

Parish:  St Patrick's