For Students

At McAuley we endeavour to promote a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment for all students. Student welfare is a shared responsibility between home and school. The school has implemented programs to encourage positive social behaviours such as the 'Bounce Back' Program, Kinder and Year 6 'Buddies', Peace and Mercy Awards and Student of the Week Awards.

Student Leadership

Student leadership provides an opportunity for students to actively participate in the decision-making processes at our school. Students are encouraged to take on leadership roles to increase their own leadership skills and to act as effective role models for the student body. Our school believes that encouraging student leadership ensures we are developing our community leaders of the future.

The leadership team comprises School Captains, Colour House Captains, School Environmental Group President, SRC President, School Prefects. These roles are filled by Year 6 students. The Student and Leadership Team is supported by the SRC. A representative from each grade is voted in by their peers each semester. These students meet on a fortnightly basis with a member of staff to discuss school goals and initiatives. We also have the Green Group which has a representative from each class who meet on a regular basis to discuss and implement environmental initiatives in the school and community.

Reading Recovery

The Reading Recovery Program is an intensive program designed for children in Year 1 students who are experiencing difficulty. This assists students to develop their reading skills with a one-to-one tutor program.

Learning Support

Diverse Needs and Intervention specialist teachers work with individuals and small groups of students to support specific learning needs. In our endeavours to cater for the diverse needs of students we offer a variety of programs including classroom and small group support.

Interschool Activities

The students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities with other schools. All extra-curricular activities are optional. Examples include Debating, Chess and CaSPA.


Debating is a valuable form of communicating a certain position on a specific topic. It involves developing and presenting an argument in a team environment. Debating in a public forum fosters student confidence and co-operation. Each year our Years 5 and 6 students are given the opportunity to take part in the Eastern Region Debating competition.


Chess Club is organised by a parent volunteer and is offered as a before-school activity during Terms 2 and 3. A chess instructor tutors the students and the students compete in an interschool chess tournament.

Debating Program

Interschool debating challenges are held during Term 3. Students in Years 5 and 6 are encouraged to participate in this with other schools in the Eastern Region.

CasPA (Catholic Schools Performing Arts)

Students from McAuley are encouraged to take part in the Eastern Region Performing Arts Festival or the Archdiocesan Performing Arts Festival. Children from all primary schools gather together to present an item which includes all areas of Creative and Practical Arts.


At McAuley, the children take part in weekly sport lessons with 'Got Game' and fitness activities with 'Transformers'. Students can represent the school at Cluster and Regional Carnivals. Students also have an opportunity to be involved in rugby competitions trained and coached by parent volunteers.

House Teams

Upon enrolment at McAuley, each child is placed in a House Team where they will remain from Kindergarten until Year 6. Siblings will always be placed into the same team. These teams are used for the Athletics and Swimming Carnivals, and some other school activities. To honour our ties with Catherine McAuley and our local parish, our house teams have the following names:

  • Callaghan (red): The Callaghans were a wealthy childless couple who adopted Catherine McAuley. Catherine then went on to inherit the Callaghan estate, and used it to fund her building development in Baggot Street for the care of the poor and socially disadvantaged.
  • Coolock (gold): Coolock House in Dublin Ireland is the building that became the 'Mercy House' from which Catherine McAuley commenced her mission of mercy to the neighbouring poor and sick.
  • Doherty (blue): Mgr Tony Doherty is currently the Rose Bay parish priest at St Mary Magdalene Church. To commemorate his 50 Year Jubilee we named a colour house after him. He is a wonderful supporter and vital part of our school community.