About Us

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is more than a century old and in its early decades was one of the larger Catholic schools of Sydney.

The Parish of Erskineville – at first called Macdonaldtown – was founded in 1872. In 1887 the Sisters of Mercy came to Erskineville and St Mary’s School was established. This followed a tradition begun by Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy. Catherine chose inner-city Dublin in which to begin her work in education.

The school has been on the current site since 1912.

School Services

Getting to St Mary's is easy. Students can reach the school by using Sydney Buses with a stop outside the school in Swanson Street (route 355 - between Bondi Junction Interchange and Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre). Sydney Train services to Erskineville station are regular, operating on the Bankstown line. The railway station only a short walk from the school gates. Many students choose to walk to school or ride their scooters, skateboards or bikes.