Catherine McAuley is a great place for students to grow in faith and learning.

Led by caring staff committed to sharing the Catholic faith with students in partnership with families, our welcoming community supports students and staff to thrive. We value each student as an individual and share the values of the Gospel to help them discover the hope that is within and to experience a meaningful and flourishing life.

Students in our school come from a variety of religious backgrounds and beliefs - a student will not feel out of place if they do not share the Catholic faith.

Our Faith Journey - Catherine McAuley Westmead

All schools in the Diocese of Parramatta:

Celebrate being Catholic in identity and life
Share the Catholic faith with students in partnership with families
Build faith communities that support students and staff to flourish
Value each student as an individual
Share the values of the Gospel to help students grow in faith and learning
Are welcoming and just

Sharing our Catholic tradition

We ensure that students come to know Jesus Christ through the promotion of Catholic tradition and teaching. Faith experiences are woven throughout the life of the school and school values, and are realised within the Religious Education program, liturgy, prayer, reflection, religious symbolism, Feast Days and social justice activities to reach out to those most in need. Our school community prays the Angelus (traditional midday prayer) together each day. In partnership with our local parish, there are also many chances to attend Mass.

The school has a strong relationship with the local parish. This includes coming together for special celebrations and to support students to grow in faith.

Our Mercy tradition

Catherine McAuley Westmead was established by The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta in 1966 and retains strong links with our founding community.

Staff and students are given opportunities to immerse themselves in the story of Catherine McAuley, and to reflect upon what it means to be a member of a Mercy school community in a number of ways.

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Our Mercy tradition

Our Mercy Tradition - Catherine McAuley Westmead

Celebrating our faith

Faith Celebrating - Catherine McAuley Westmead


We place great importance on the contribution of Visual and Performing Arts to the liturgical life of our school. Live music, singing, drama, symbols, Visual Art works and liturgical movement are incorporated into celebrations, providing meaningful and relevant faith experiences for young people.

Prayer has a special role in our daily activities and there are regular opportunities for weekday Mass, Reconciliation, Lenten devotions and the Rosary.

Throughout the year, members of the school community gather to celebrate our identity as members of a Christ-centred Mercy community, including:

  • Opening School Mass
  • The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Ash Wednesday Liturgy
  • Holy Thursday Liturgy
  • Mercy Day Mass
  • Year 12 Graduation Mass.

Religious Education

Religious Education - Catherine McAuley Westmead


Girls in Years 11 and 12 can choose to study Studies of Religion I or II Unit, in which the school consistently achieves a high standard. In all years, Religious Education combines academic rigour with personal faith development.

Religious Education is a formal part of the curriculum and our Catholic values underpin all aspects of school life. All students are encouraged to reflect on their personal spirituality and develop a mature understanding and appreciation of Catholic teaching and practice.

The charism and heritage of Catherine McAuley lie at the very heart of our school.

Social justice initiatives

Our students are offered a wide variety of local community activities to help develop a sense of pride, respect and responsibility for themselves and others. This positive participation and actions can be seen in how we interact and learn with one another, work collaboratively and take ownership of our behaviour as well as active involvement in faith-based experiences.

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Social justice initiatives

Social Justice - Catherine McAuley Westmead

Our reconciliation strategy 

Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta are at the beginning of an important journey, endeavouring to make significant contributions to reconciliation within the community, locally and nationally.

Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD) recently launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). We will be guided by the CSDP RAP as we work to embed practices that further support members of our learning community who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, engage meaningfully and respectfully with members of the local Aboriginal community, and make contributions to the national journey towards reconciliation.

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