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Why choose our school?

At St Charles’ Catholic Primary School Waverley we provide a dynamic, inclusive and values-based learning environment by offering every student a rigorous and engaging curriculum with challenging enrichment opportunities.

Your child will thrive with our dedicated, caring staff and future-focused learning programs that highlight creativity, sustainability and environmental education.

Student wellbeing, growth mindsets and positive family-school-parish partnerships are nurtured in our safe and welcoming school community.

Principal’s Message

principal messageWelcome to St Charles’ Catholic Primary School, Waverley. As principal of St Charles’, I believe that putting students at the heart of everything we do is crucial. Developing and promoting a positive and successful learning environment where students experience success is paramount.

St Charles’ is an inclusive school community focused on the charism of St Francis and St Clare of Assisi. Our goal is to provide our students with a rigorous and engaging child-centred curriculum based on the values of peace, simplicity and courtesy.

As educators in the Catholic faith, we strive to work in partnership with parents and carers, members of the St Charles’ Catholic parish and our dedicated teaching staff to nurture student well-being and promote positive growth mindsets. We are committed to the academic, artistic, physical, spiritual and social development of every child in every lesson.

We encourage our students to adopt a growth mindset, believe in themselves and set goals for personal improvement, empowering them to take responsibility for their own learning and development. Through fostering in them a desire to grow and learn and love, our students are able to become the best version of themselves.

St Charles’ School strives to foster giftedness in students and is proud to be recognised as an Australian MENSA School Affiliate. The purpose of MENSA is to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity and provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for members and affiliated schools.

The school’s innovative pedagogy encompasses differentiated programs to suit the needs of every learner, challenging enrichment opportunities and a focus on sustainability and environmental awareness.

As principal of St Charles’ Catholic Primary School Waverley, I warmly invite you to visit our school to see first-hand our values in action, future-focused learning activities and welcoming school community.

Please take the time to look through our website and connect with us on our St Charles’ Waverley Facebook page to view the numerous learning opportunities provided. With continuous and ongoing staff professional learning and a commitment to student improvement and well-being, St Charles’ is a place where your child can thrive.

Michael Manton

HistoryOur History
St Charles’ Catholic Primary School Waverley has been educating generations of students since 1854, making our school one of the oldest educational sites in Australia. The Franciscan Friars took charge of the Parish in 1879 and so the Franciscan tradition at St Charles Borromeo School began.

The Poor Clare Sisters began educating the students of St Charles’ in 1879 and remained for the next 112 years. In 2014, the St Charles’ school community of the past and present came together to celebrate 160 years of Catholic education in the Waverley area.


The Franciscan charism and tradition of St Charles’ Catholic Primary School is central to our mission and underpins our three school values of peace, simplicity and courtesy.

Peace is characterised by peace within, peaceful relationships and peace in our environment.

Simplicity is characterised by sustainable practices, an appreciation of simple pleasures and the belief that ‘less is more’.

Courtesy is from a Franciscan perspective, courtesy is characterised by social justice, social harmony, service and authentic relationships.

In keeping with our Franciscan tradition, we believe that:

  • Our God is good and loving
  • God’s creation reflects goodness and wholeness
  • Each person is created in the image of God and deserves dignity and respect
  • Each person has unique God-given abilities and potential
  • Differences and diversity among people are honoured.

Our MissionAt St Charles’ Catholic Primary School Waverley we are inspired by the Franciscan values of peace, simplicity and courtesy. Through our challenging and motivating curriculum, we are committed to the academic, artistic, physical, spiritual and social growth and development of every child in every lesson.

Our future-focused approach to learning is highlighted by the emphasis we place on sustainability, environmental awareness and action. Our safe, welcoming and inclusive school community nurtures enquiring minds by developing growth mindsets, embraces family-school-parish partnerships, promotes student wellbeing and lifelong learning, and empowers every child to reach their full potential.

Our Parish

St Charles’ Catholic Primary School Waverley enjoys an excellent relationship with the Franciscan Friars who serve the Waverley parish. Our parish priest, Father Bernie Thomas OFM, is a welcome presence in the school and regularly visits our classrooms.

Parish Priest: Fr Bernie Thomas, OFM
P: 02 9369 9328
E: parishpriest@waverleycatholic.org.au

A: Mary Immaculate Church, 45A Victoria Street, Waverley NSW 2024
P: 02 9369 9399 – Mrs Carla Korkor, Parish Secretary
E: office@waverleycatholic.org.au
W: www.waverleycatholic.org.au

Postal Address
PO Box 577, Waverley NSW 2024

Mass Times

Day Time
Monday 9.15am
Tuesday 9.15am
Wednesday 9.15am
Thursday 9.15am
Friday 9.15am
Saturday 9.15am, Reconciliation 9.45am, Vigil 5.00pm
4th Saturday of each month 5.00pm Family Mass (Different year levels invited to attend each month)
Sunday 9.15am, 5.00pm
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