Catholic Communities of Rose Bay & Dover Heights

McAuley Primary School

Ms Gerra Guilhaus – School Principal


McAuley is a Catholic Primary school catering for boys and girls from Kindergarten to Year 6. Our school was opened in 1967 under the patronage of the Sisters of Mercy. While McAuley has been administered by lay Principals since 1980, we maintain a close association with the Mercy Sisters as we are named after their founder, Catherine McAuley. We also maintain the motto ‘Seek the Truth’ which was introduced by the Mercy Sisters.

McAuley Primary School, Rose Bay, occupies the site that was originally a Christian Brothers High School, opened in 1935. The Sisters of Mercy conducted Our Lady of Mercy College in New South Head Road from 1927 and St Mary Magdalene’s Parish Primary School in Strickland Street since 1917. With the closure of these schools plans were made to open a new junior school.
The closing of the Christian Brothers School in Carlisle Street, Rose Bay in 1966 provided a place for the establishment of such a junior school. McAuley Preparatory School, as it was originally known, was opened in 1967 under the patronage of the Sisters of Mercy. It’s first Principal was Sister Mary Mildred Price. The sisters eventually moved from the school in 1979. The first lay Principal was Mr. Leon Burke. McAuley Primary has continued to be administered by lay principals since 1980. A close bond has remained with the Sisters of Mercy who visit the school each year to celebrate McAuley Day on September 24.

At McAuley we are a faith community where opportunities are provided for all members to share, celebrate and grow in their faith. We have a close relationship with St Mary Magdalene’s Parish where we attend Mass and celebrate liturgies.
As a Catholic school, the Good News of Jesus is central to our lives. Working together with our parents and parish priest, we aim to give children a sound understanding of the Gospel values of love, care, respect and justice.
We also emphasise the importance of living out these values in our interactions at schools, in our families and in the wider community.

Our experienced and committed teachers provide excellent education programs in the Religion, English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Human Society and Its Environment, Creative and Practical Arts and Personal Development, Health and Physical education. Specialist teachers also provide instruction in Technology, Sport Music, and Art. McAuley offers many extra curricular activities such as Italian, Chess, Debating, Band, Netball and Rugby.

Our Pastoral Care and Behavior Management Policy focus on developing students’ self-discipline, sense of responsibility and respect for others. Our discipline practices are established within a supportive and caring environment where students are encouraged to act with respect, justice and compassion. A collaborative partnership among parents, staff and students is highly valued.

McAuley offers your child an excellent educational opportunity within a small school environment. We provide specialist teachers in many extra curricula areas.

Some of the features McAuley offers are:
• Caring and supportive community
• Committed, enthusiastic and professional teaching staff
• Fair and supportive Behavior Management Policy and Programs
• Stimulating learning environment in all Key Learning Areas
• Strong Religious dimension and Catholic Culture
• Parish based Sacramental Programs for Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation
• Collaborative partnership with parents
• Focus on developing critical thinking skills
• Specialist Art, Technology, Music, Italian and Sports teachers
• Weekly K-6 developmental Music program
• School Band
• Special Choir Group
• Excellent Art program
• Computers in all classrooms and Computer laboratory
• Variety of extra-curricular activities
• Chess Club and competitions
• Public Speaking and Debating Competition
• McAuley Netball and Rugby Union clubs
• Coaching Clinics in various sports
• Swimming and Athletics carnivals
• Representative sport opportunities at cluster, regional and State levels
• Participation in University of NSW English and Maths competitions
• Weekly Peace Award
• Buddy Program
• Teachers Aide Support
• Student Representative Council
• Reading Recovery program
• Guest speakers and performers to extend the children’s learning experiences