School Profile

Ukrainian Parish School

The school was founded by the Most Reverend Ivan Prasko on the 28th of July 1951 and was originally located in St Augustine's Church Hall in Bourke Street, Melbourne. On the 14th of February 1976, the school moved to new premises, built by the parish community. Ten classrooms and a staffroom were located on the ground floor level as part of the Parish Hall building. In September 2009, the Eparchial Council relocated the school to refurbished rooms under the Cathedral.

It is the largest Ukrainian School in Australia, catering for students from Kindergarten to Year 12 VCE. In 2016 there was an enrolment of 86 students, a staff of 12 language teachers and 3 teachers of Religious Education.

The school operates on Saturdays between 9:00am and 1:30pm, with a recess between 11:30am and 12:00am. Lunches are available from the school canteen.

This year evening classes are also available at our school: Ukrainian for Beginner Adults.


  • To teach and develop Ukrainian language through: listening, speaking, reading & writing    
  • To foster an awareness of Ukrainian historical perspectives
  • To nurture Ukrainian culture and traditions
  • To develop Christian values and learn about the Ukrainian Catholic Eastern Rite
  • To familiarize students with contemporary Ukrainian issues in the community and in Ukraine. 
  • To provide students with social interaction in a Ukrainian environment.


The school is fully accredited by the Victorian Education Department. The curriculum is aligned with LOTE (Languages other than English) guidelines, and those set by the Ukrainian Education Council of Australia. The school programs are sequential from Prep to VCE, with a focus on integrating key learning areas. The school caters for a wide range of language abilities, from beginners to proficient users.

School Management

The School Parent Committee ensures the financial viability of the school. It holds regular meetings and a General Meeting. The school canteen is run by a team of managers, assisted by parents on a duty roster. Tuition fees are set by the Committee and supplemented by a Government Student Grant and sponsorship from the Ukrainian Credit Cooperative Dnister. The school website, launched in 2012, is actively maintained and updated by the tireless and voluntary efforts of the president of our Parent Committee.

School fees

Tuition fees are set by the School Management Committee and are supplemented by a Government Student Grant. Additional levies apply for enrolment, stationery, class materials and fund-raising.
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