About Us

St Declan’s Catholic Primary School is a Catholic systemic co-educational school located in Penshurst. The school was established by the Sisters of Charity in 1907. Leadership of the school passed to the Sisters of St Joseph in 1914 until the first lay Principal was appointed in 1987. Approximately 99% of the students are Catholic and the majority of these children live within, and are drawn from, the St Declan’s Parish.

The school caters for students in Years K-6 and has a current enrolment of 435 students. There are 14 classes with an average of 30 students per class. Students attending St Declan’s come from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities.

There are strong school/home/parish links and parents are engaged in their children’s education through communication and active participation in the life of the school. A supportive and dedicated Parents and Friend’s Association exists for the benefit of all students, staff and parents through its fundraising activities, social events, working bees and administration of the tuckshop.

With Jesus as our model and in the tradition of St Mary of the Cross, the community of St Declan’s is committed to the mission of educating children by challenging and encouraging them to reach their full potential across all dimensions of their development, including the spiritual and moral aspects. This underpinning philosophy assists in the decision-making process, setting goals and implementing initiatives.

We strive to be a Catholic community, inspired and challenged by the example of St Mary MacKillop.


Our school has wonderful facilities to enhance the provision of a stimulating and engaging education for children. In 2010 a major building project was completed that provided the school with new and renovated classrooms, a multi-purpose Hall, a Learning Resource Centre and a new administration block. All classrooms and learning areas are air-conditioned. There are two shade structures for play, sport and other physical activities. The playgrounds have been marked with colourful courts and activities. The students also access Penshurst Park for some sporting activities.

The Parish church is located adjacent to the school.

Information Communication Technology

Year 1 to Year 3 have access to Chromebooks which are updated on a three year cycle. Each classroom has an interactive panel or projector. Wireless internet access allows the utilisation of technology across the school site. Our multi-purpose hall is fitted with an audiovisual, lighting and sound system. Kindergarten and Special Needs students have access to iPads in their classrooms. A BYOD program operates in Years 4-6.

Our school motto:

"Love and Learn" | "never see a need without trying to do something about it" Mary MacKillop