School Guide 2020
Choosing a school for your children?
We all know that starting school is the beginning of a new adventure, but how do we choose which school is best for our children? Here are some school open days that may help you decide.
- Maria Regina Catholic Primary School
- St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School
- St Rose Catholic Primary School
- St Kevin’s Catholic Primary School
- Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School
- St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School
- St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
- St Kieran’s Catholic Primary School
- Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
- St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School
- St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
- Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School
- Mater Maria Catholic College
- St Paul’s Catholic College
- Loreto Normanhurst
- Karuna Montessori Preschool
- Mosman Church of England Preparatory School
- John Colet School
Maria Regina Catholic Primary School
Maria Regina is a small, caring community of staff and parents working towards providing children with a happy and challenging learning environment. They have a successful preschool to Kindergarten Transition Program and cater for gifted and high achieving students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
Tuesday 2nd June 9.00am – 10.30am
St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School
St Cecilia’s is a welcoming learning community where staff, parents and the parish work together to nurture the academic, social, physical, creative and spiritual development of each child. They believe that children learn when they are actively engaged in the learning experience. Through their ‘Challenge Based Learning’ program students are encouraged to pose problems, think critically and creatively and to consider possibilities in order to connect important global issues to their own Mission and Action.
Tuesday 17th March 9.15am – 11.00am
St Rose Catholic Primary School
This is an inclusive, nurturing school where every child is known and valued by their teachers and fellow students. When joining this school, you become part of a faith community built on partnerships with families. When choosing the right school for your family, you want the very best education available. You want your child to feel safe, happy, heard and valued for their individuality.
At St Rose, they will support your child’s wellbeing and learning, magnifying their talents to help them achieve their best.
Thursday 14th May 9.30am – 11.00am
Tuesday 26th May 4.00pm – 5.00pm
St Martin’s Catholic Primary School
The St Martin’s community is warm and inviting; where their teachers know every student in the school. They are a happy school where outdoor play on the extensive grounds is encouraged each day. St Martin’s students learn to work in a collaborative environment and have the opportunity for extension in their learning as well as learning support if required.
At St Martin’s, they care about your child and they are passionate about education. They invite you to visit and explore their school. All families are welcome at St Martin’s.
Friday 20th March 9.00am – 10.30am
Thursday 30th July 9.15am – 10.45am
St Kevin’s Catholic Primary School
St Kevin’s is centrally located in the heart of Dee Why. Their school is equipped with the latest teaching and learning technologies and the ergonomic building design ensures a comfortable and engaging learning environment. St Kevin’s strong Pastoral Care and student leadership programs provide for high quality interpersonal relationships resulting in responsible, respectful and proud learners.
Tuesday 10th March 9.15am – 11.00am and 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Tuesday 26th May 9.15am – 11.00am
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School
Our Lady of Good Counsel is situated in beautiful tree studded surroundings with play equipment, an oval providing ample play space and outdoor education facilities. Their vision ‘to educate the creators of the future’ underpins the learning programs at OLGC and provides the perspective for many of their innovations. Working with their parent community they have created a safe and productive learning environment grounded in a culture of strong pastoral care.
Wednesday 4th March 9.30am – 11.00am
Wednesday 13th May 7.00pm – 8.00pm
St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School
St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School has in recent years grown from a single stream school to double stream in the infant grades. St John the Baptist school community is very welcoming, inclusive and highly supportive with an extraordinary school spirit. Parents are substantially valued as the first and continuous educators of their child thus, parents and the school enjoy a wonderful partnership in their child’s holistic education. Many parents are actively involved in the school through various volunteer roles, activities and social events.
Tuesday 10th March 9.30am – 10.30am and 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Wednesday 20th May 9.30am – 10.30am and 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Address: 7 Johnson Street, Freshwater
Phone: 9939 6699
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School, Freshwater
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
At St Mary’s they strive for a child-centered learning environment that is inclusive of the parents and community. With a reputation for excellent pastoral care, an incredibly dedicated staff and strong academic achievements, St Mary’s offers an inclusive, holistic educational experience in a faith based environment.
Our new virtual tour is now available on our website: https://www.smmdbb.catholic.edu.au. Please contact the school for any further information or a school tour.
St Kieran’s Catholic Primary School
St Kieran’s provides a comprehensive and diverse curriculum that equips, engages and empowers students in relatable learning experiences. They offer a strong leadership program that allows students to make a difference within the school and wider community. Their team of dedicated staff are committed to and support developing a faith-centred community of learners that recognises each individual. Parental involvement is welcomed and encouraged, and many opportunities exist for parents to share their gifts and talents in support of the school community. Well maintained grounds, facilities and resources combine to offer excellent learning opportunities for their students.
Tuesday 24th March 9.15am – 11.00am and 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
At Sacred Heart they aim to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for their students. The school is a vibrant learning community supported by quality teaching and innovative technology. The core values of Respect, Compassion, Justice and Service are widely articulated and are embraced in everything they do. They value the input of parents as partners in educating their child and believe these relationships are key to creating a welcoming community and successful outcome for their students.
Thursday 30th April 9.15am – 11.00am
Address: Corner Waratah and Keenan Streets, Mona Vale
Phone: 9999 3264
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Mona Vale
St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School
St John’s is located in the suburb of Narraweena. Their students are provided with a broad and rich curriculum with many excellent learning opportunities. They believe in providing an all-round education catering for the academic, emotional, social, physical and spiritual needs of their students. They are blessed with talented and dedicated staff who have created a safe, caring and quality environment for learning and playing. Their parent body is very involved in all aspects of the school as such they offer a welcoming and inclusive school community.
Tuesday 31st March 9.15am – 10.45am and 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Tuesday 12th May 9.15am – 10.45am
Address: 166 Alfred Street, Narraweena
Phone: 9971 9297
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School Narraweena
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
St Joseph’s is a school community where a friendly, trusting collaboration between Principal, Teachers and Parents is fostered for the ongoing development of each individual. They offer a vibrant and diverse curriculum initiated and maintained by a team of caring and dedicated teachers, well-maintained grounds and facilities and parent involvement combine to produce a dynamic learning community in which their students experience rich, relevant and varied learning opportunities.
Tuesday 17th March 9.15am – 10.15am
Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School
Corpus Christi is an inclusive faith-filled community dedicated to teaching young minds to think creatively in a nurturing, happy environment.
They are an inclusive family-oriented community which promotes respect for the individual and helping others. Corpus Christi work in partnership with parents to adopt a common vision that helps enable children to reach their full potential.
Friday 22nd May 9.00am – 11.00am with Principals address at 10.00am
Mater Maria Catholic College
Mater Maria Catholic College is a co-educational school, Years 7 to 12, located in a bush setting in Warriewood. Their College provides young people with an exceptional educational experience focused around their College values. A comprehensive range of courses within the curriculum enables students to choose according to their needs and aspirations, now and for the future. Many opportunities are offered to extend students’ interests, talents and achievements in extra-curricular activities.
Wednesday 4th March 4.00pm – 7.00pm
You are invited to visit their NEW facilities, meet the students, staff and experience an evening at Mater Maria Catholic College.
St Paul’s Catholic College
St Paul’s is a comprehensive secondary college that has been educating boys in the Manly area for 90 years. A Catholic college committed to developing young men who identify with their faith and are flexible, innovative and well-rounded decision makers prepared to take their place in a changing world. Being an all-boys school they provide an education that takes advantage of their thirst for inquiry and active learning whilst providing a broad offering of opportunities so that every young man can thrive.
Open afternoon and expo:
Wednesday 26th February 4pm – 7pm
Did you know the Northern Beaches to Normanhurst is only one bus ride away? Visit their Open day 11.00am – 3.00pm on Saturday the 7th March to find out more.
At the Open Day you can take a tour of the Day and/or Boarding School, hear from the Principal and other key staff, talk with the Enrolments Team and learn about their award-winning model of education while experiencing a day in the life of Loreto Normanhurst.
Join the Parent Association for Devonshire Tea in the gardens, enjoy a BBQ or visit the cake stall. Bring the whole family to enjoy train rides and an animal farm on the beautiful grounds, whilst connecting with members of their vibrant community.
Please register to attend Open Day by visiting the website www.loretonh.nsw.edu.au and ask about the private bus servicing the Northern Beaches!
Karuna Montessori Preschool
Imagine a place where children can explore their world, discover new knowledge and realise their potential – where they really want to come to school each day.
Montessori education emphasises hands-on-learning, self-expression, independence and discovery in a beautifully crafted environment of respect, peace and learning.
The Montessori approach is focused on the individual child’s potential and nurtures a life-long love of learning. Children gain a strong sense of creativity, self-motivation, perseverance and self-discipline.
Karuna Montessori children are guided in their learning by specifically trained teachers using scientifically designed material appropriate to each developmental stage.
Come and see for yourself how the Montessori approach can maximise your child’s learning. You are invited to their Open Day on Saturday 14th March 9.00am – 12.00pm.
Mosman Church of England Preparatory School
Mosman Church of England Preparatory School is a vibrant community, dedicated to creating positive and meaningful experiences for boys that ignite a love of learning and life.
Their commitment to individual attention and provision of additional support staff, ensures an outstanding teacher to student ratio with significant partnerships between parents and teachers. They have a nurturing and engaging environment, specializing in boys’ education, guiding their students to achieve their innate potential through abundant opportunity and a community spirit guided by our motto, Non Nobis Solum – Not for Ourselves Alone.
You are invited to join one of the school tours to experience Mosman Prep for yourself.
Address: 75 Shadforth Street, Mosman
Phone: 9968 4044
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Mosman Church of England Preparatory School
LinkedIn: Mosman Church of England Preparatory School
John Colet School
John Colet School is a multi-faith independent K-6 school within Belrose. Located in a peaceful bushland setting, the school is comprised of two classes at each year level.
Their focus is on the development of character, academic achievement, a rich cultural curriculum and spiritual values. Alongside the core NSW syllabus, the curriculum includes Shakespeare, weekly Philosophy classes, Sanskrit, Choral singing and an enriched Art program. The curriculum is delivered through a combination of open-ended, enquiry based learning for subjects such as History, Poetry and Philosophy; and direct instruction for subjects such as traditional grammar, spelling and times tables, where the children are encouraged to learn the basic facts by heart.
For the spiritual and emotional aspects of the curriculum, the children are introduced to simple exercises in self-awareness and inner stillness. The aim is to give them a quiet sense of self-assurance and confidence. Philosophy classes are conducted as open discussions addressing questions such as: Who am I? What is my relationship to others and to myself? And, How should I live my life? The school actively teaches children skills to develop focus and attention that are applied in all subject areas.
The school offers a range of inter-school activities including Debating, Singing, Chess and an extensive inter-school sports competitions between independent schools from the Northern Beaches area. Their sporting program also includes swimming and athletics.
A few unique aspects to the school include the fact that where possible the teachers stay with the same class for several years. This develops the relationship between teacher and pupil, which enhances the educational process. They also have a vegetarian policy, and provide a sit-down lunch to staff and students.
The enrichment program includes Latin, extension classes in a range of subjects and theatrical and musical productions including an annual Shakespeare Festival in which all the children perform. They have a policy, where possible, of subject acceleration. They also have, for some subjects, ability grouping and individual educational programs. The school has an excellent record of academic achievement in external exams and entry into high school. More important than focusing only on the high achievers, is the fact that they encourage every child to do their best.
The school has an enthusiastic spirit of learning, a warm relationship between teachers and children and a lively atmosphere of good fun. The children who flourish are those who are keen to learn and to join in with the varied aspects of our enriched curriculum.
The School has students from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. John Colet School has first-class academic results with a high proportion of scholarships and entry to selective schools.
Thursday 27 February Information Evening 7pm
Thursday 26 March Information Morning 9.30am
Thursday 7 May Information Morning 9.30am
Sunday 24 May Open Day 9.45am – 2pm
Thursday 18 June Information Morning 9.30am
Wednesday 29 July Information Evening 7pm
Thursday 10 September Information Morning 9.30am
Thursday 15 October Information Morning 9.30am
Thursday 5 November Information Morning 9.30am
Register here to confirm your place on a tour.