Welcome to St Agnes’ Catholic Primary School Matraville. We are an inclusive faith and learning community committed to educating children, acknowledging their uniqueness and challenging them to reach their full potential.
As principal, I am passionate about providing a values-informed and holistic education for every student, enabling them to grow across all domains: academic, social, emotional, spiritual and physical.
We believe children learn best when the curriculum is challenging, stimulating and relevant, and that teaching practices support the diverse learning needs of our students. The teaching of foundational literacy and numeracy skills is a key focus. We embed 21st century skills across the curriculum, including the ability to think in creative, critical and problem-solving ways, to communicate confidently, and to work collaboratively with others.
We value the partnership of faith and education between parish, school and home. We believe that this partnership will help our children to actively engage with their faith, learning and community.
I invite you to explore these and other features which make our school a special place of learning further on our website.
For those new to our community, I look forward to meeting you and your child soon.
If you are seeking enrolment, you are invited to attend our open day in March of each year to tour our school and collect an enrolment package. Get in touch with us if you’d like to enrol your child outside of the annual March-May enrolment period.
Our school began as the ‘Bunnerong School of Our Lady of the Rosary’ in 1907. The Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) from Botany conducted the school. It commenced its first school term with 52 students in one classroom, catering for children of itinerant workers who lived in the surrounding sandhills and who were too poor to educate their children. New school buildings were added in the 1950s, also serving as the parish church.
Parish Priest Father James Munday expanded St Agnes’ School with additional land, and buildings for the school on the current site, as well as a new parish church, was officially opened and blessed in January 1966 as St Agnes’ Church. In 1981, the OLSH Sisters withdrew and the first lay principal was appointed. Further improvements to the school have included a new hall, multi-purpose library and playground areas in the last 10 years.
Today, St Agnes’ is a school that embodies the OLSH charism of its founders by committing to our school’s values of love, care, respect and justice in both our words and actions. These values continue to underpin our vision for learning.
In valued partnership with our parents and the parish community we:
- nurture our students to develop and grow so that they value and respect the importance of their faith life and community
- provide a Catholic education founded on the Gospel values, with Jesus as our model, enriched by the charism of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
- provide quality teaching and learning to cater for the individual needs of all students
- provide quality pastoral care catering for the wellbeing of all community members.
- promote an appreciation and sense of responsibility to care for our environment.
With Jesus as our model, we are committed to love, care, respect and justice for each member of our school community:
- Love – We welcome and nurture a diverse community that proclaims, models and celebrates the teachings of Jesus.
- Care – We follow the example of Jesus by giving ourselves to others and the world.
- Respect – We act with integrity, valuing long and life giving relationships by respecting the rights of others.
- Justice – We foster a spirit of service that encourages children to share their gifts in order to make a difference in the world.
We work closely with St Agnes’ Catholic Parish Matraville to bring celebrations of our Catholic faith to the school community.
Fr Laurie Cauchi
Proudly Part of the Community of Sydney Catholic Schools
Our school is part of a system of over 150 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.