Transforming the learning of each student every day.
Educating Young Women for the Future
Catherine McAuley is proud to be part of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s system of 80 Catholic primary and secondary schools operating across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains providing more than 43,500 students with a high-quality, low fee Catholic education.
Situated on the land of the Burramatta people and founded by the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, Catherine McAuley Westmead is a Catholic girls’ school with a strong Mercy charism. There are currently 1200 students enrolled in the school, with over 350 of these in Years 11 and 12.
Catherine McAuley is a vibrant, diverse and multicultural community with an expert, innovative and dedicated teaching staff.
Our approach to learning prioritises the skills required for young women to actively participate in a dynamic world as autonomous lifelong learners who are connected, adaptable, discerning and articulate. An extensive extracurricular program provides a holistic education, and enables students to experience success and achieve excellence in a wide variety of areas.
Catherine McAuley Westmead is a Catholic girls’ school in the Mercy tradition. Inspired by our founder, Venerable Catherine McAuley, we aspire to a God-centred way of life which respects and affirms the dignity of each person. In embracing our Catholic Mercy heritage and charism, we:
- commit to excellence and innovation in girls’ education
- empower young women to be courageous and actively involved in social justice
- value our diversity and inclusiveness
- build community through hospitality
- foster the development of the whole person.
Catherine McAuley Westmead is committed to Catholic values that are the touchstones of the Mercy heritage and charism. We value:
We reach out to others in need, treat all with respect and reverence and act with compassion in all that we do.
We commit to living justly by engaging in action for social justice and by celebrating our diversity and inclusiveness.
We strive for our personal best in all we do.
We lead lives which integrate our personal beliefs and values with those of the school.
We stand up for our beliefs by putting our values into practise.
We create a community where all feel welcome, through openness to people, ideas and challenges.
A Strong Tradition
Founded by the Mercy Sisters, Catherine McAuley Westmead has a strong Mercy charism.
Catherine McAuley was born in Ireland in 1778, and knew hardship early in her life. After the death of her parents Catherine and her siblings relied on the charity of relatives for survival. Catherine was a courageous, compassionate woman whose early experiences shaped her life’s work in caring for the disadvantaged. An inheritance enabled her to establish a centre to assist the poor of Dublin, known as the House of Mercy.
Catherine’s community at Callan in Ireland was invited by Cardinal Moran to work in Australia, and the Sisters arrived in Parramatta in 1888.
When a new Catholic school for girls was opened at Westmead in 1966 under the charter of the Sisters of Mercy, it was a fitting tribute to name the school in honour of Catherine McAuley. The values of the Sisters of Mercy still guide the school and its community in the 21st century, as the school motto encourages students ‘to strive for higher things’.
Principals of Catherine McAuley
Sister Mary Eugene Dobson rsm
Sister Mary Anne Ryan rsm
1967 - 1973
Sister Mary Sophie McGrath rsm
1974 - 1977
Sister Edith Angel rsm
1978 - 1981
Mr Jan Jolley
1982 - 1984
Sister Barbara McDonough rsm
1984 - 1987
Mr Michael Keating
1988 - 1995
Mrs Hilary Johnston-Croke
1996 - 2005
Ms Margery Jackman
2005 - 2014
Ms Laetitia Richmond
2014 - 2019
Mrs Mary Refalo
I love Catherine McAuley. I am so glad that you accepted my daughter into the school which allowed her to ‘grow’ and shine. I hope she retains all her learning from the school and moves through life and uses the knowledge of a ‘mercy’ girl. I will always recommend anybody to send their daughters to Catherine McAuley.
DEBORAH LUTTON - YEAR 12 PARENT
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