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Why choose our school?

McAuley Catholic Primary School Rose Bay provides engaging learning programs in a supportive and authentic environment. Our children are happy and the learning spaces are welcoming and deliver strong academic results and well-rounded resilient students.

A contemporary setting, co-curricular activities, highly engaged teachers and a strong and supportive parent community enable the development of positive relationships and attentiveness to students’ individual needs. This makes McAuley a fantastic place for your children to start their lifelong learning journey.

Principal’s Message

McCauley Catholic Primary School Rose BayI warmly welcome you to the website of McAuley Catholic Primary School Rose Bay. Our community is located in the harbourside eastern suburb of Sydney, Rose Bay. Our school is a welcoming and hospitable community, where Mercy values underpin our purpose and actions. The charism of the sisters and in particular Catherine McAuley, continues to inspire us as we educate our students in the Catholic faith. Our school draws from the local parish community of St Mary Magdalene Rose Bay and the immediate local area.

Our priority for our students is to be happy and successful learners, well placed to move forward in their future as confident, resilient learners in life. Our student centred spaces encourage active learning and collaboration with a focus that is relevant, rigorous and real world. Our focus is wellbeing and academic excellence; these priorities together ensure our students leave us prepared for the next stage of their education.

At McAuley Catholic Primary School, our pedagogy is innovative and engaging and we provide a rigorous and diversified curriculum with opportunities for inquiry learning, problem-solving, collaboration and decision-making. Our curriculum is child-centred, emphasising skills in Literacy and Numeracy where we create an environment that challenges, stimulates and celebrates learning.

I am proud to lead a school that is focused upon providing a safe and secure environment in which each member of our school community is known and feels valued. We place great importance on fostering the confidence and self-esteem of our children by affirming their achievements and efforts. 

Together as a school community we will build on the traditions of the past and meet the challenges of the future in innovative and exciting ways.

Mrs Nicole Jones


McCauley Catholic Primary School Rose BayHistory
The school began in 1967 as a result of the need to rationalise Catholic schooling in the eastern suburbs. Originally opened in 1935 by the Christian Brothers as a school for boys, McAuley Catholic Primary School, as it is today, was established in 1967 by the Sisters of Mercy. While it has been administered by lay principals since 1980, it maintains a close association with the Mercy sisters through the motto ‘Seek the Truth’ which was introduced by the Mercy Sisters and encourages the charism, culture and values of the Mercy Order: compassion, justice, service and excellence.

McCauley Catholic Primary School Rose BayMission
Inspired by the spirit of Catherine McAuley and the traditions of our Mercy heritage, we strive to uphold our school motto ‘Seek the Truth’. Within our community, we aspire to a Christ-centred way of life and act on Gospel values.

At McAuley we are committed:

  • to share, celebrate and grow in our faith
  • to strive for personal excellence in independent learning and critical thinking in a co-operative and contemporary learning environment
  • to live in partnership with collaboration, hospitality, inclusive relationships, trust and respect.

Vision for Learning
At McAuley Catholic Primary School, we strive to create a culture of learning that:

  • builds on strong foundations
  • makes meaningful connections and
  • embraces change effectively. 

Pedagogical principles are based on: 

  • collaboration through working together to achieve shared goals and vision
  • engagement through knowing the learner and celebrating diversity 
  • evolving through constantly transforming and adapting our learning and
  • globally connected through reaching out beyond our community to create good citizens.

McCauley Catholic Primary School Rose BayAt McAuley Catholic Primary School Rose Bay we have a strong relationship with the parish of St Mary Magdalene and work in partnership to support our families. We celebrate parish-based sacramental programs for Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. We also celebrate school, class and family masses on a regular basis.

St Mary Magdalene Church
835 New South Head Road, Rose Bay

Parish Priest: Father Christopher Slattery
Parish Office: 13 Ian St, Rose Bay NSW 2029
Phone: (02) 9371 7112
Email: admin@magdalene.org.au
Website: www.magdalene.org.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marymagdalenerosebay

Saturday: 5.30pm (Vigil Mass)
Sunday: 9.30am
Weekdays: Wednesday–Friday: 9.30am

Proudly Part of the Community of Sydney Catholic Schools

Our school is part of a system of 147 low-fee Catholic schools in the Sydney Archdiocese.

Sydney Catholic Schools are thriving Catholic communities that ignite a love of Christ through excellent teaching and learning to empower students to reach their full potential.

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