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About Us

Catherine McAuley School was established in 1996 and has a rich Catholic tradition based on the values of our patron Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sister's of Mercy.


What can Catherine McAuley offer your family...?

Success for your child!

We help your child grow their individual strengths and talents and improve their weakness.

Academically, your child will enjoy a rich learning environment at Catherine McAuley School. From well-resourced classrooms and the latest technologies, we provide a modern education for 21st students.

But we know that academic achievement is just one part of a child’s education. An important and fundamental element of Catherine McAuley School is our pastoral care. This simply means we care about your child.

“Catherine McAuley is more than just a School. It's a thriving community grounded in faith and a determination to leave nobody behind."

- Marc Forster, Principal

One of the most important decisions you as a parent or carer will ever make, is where you send your most precious gift, your child, to school.

We believe that learning is lifelong and here Catherine McAuley School, we provide fabulous support for the process of lifelong learning.

This begins with our core values, Faith, Growth and Unity. These are deeply held within our school community and makes Catherine McAuley School a special place.

To read more about Our Vision and Values click here.

Your child’s journey at Catherine McAuley School starts with our award-winning playgroup.

Catherine McAuley School also provides an outstanding Out of School Hours and Vacation Care service to families and the community. Set in our architecturally designed facility, this service provides before and after school care as well as holiday care with a range of exiting and engaging activities for students.

We are situated near South Australia’s largest military base, RAAF Base Edinburgh. Many Defence families choose to send their children to Catherine McAuley School because of the care and understanding we provide to these students. We know that starting a new school can be difficult and children of Defence members face particular issues at home and school In partnership with Defence Community Organisation, Catherine McAuley has a Defence Aide on site who works closely with our Defence families to mentor and support children through postings, deployments and times of absence.

Catherine McAuley School is part of the Elizabeth Mercy Schools Cluster and has close bond with local high schools including Xavier College, St Columba College and St Thomas More College. This assures your child a smooth, one-system education from kindergarten to year 12.

Our focus as a "Green school" involves our children developing a relationship with their environment and becoming caretakers of a sustainable global world.Our "green school" program involves children recycling paper and biodegradable waste, water catchment and recycling, and a sustainable garden.

Our school has a deep sense of Catholic mission and social inclusion and through the vegetables grown in the sustainable garden provides regular soup to Centa Care as part of our school's outreach program.

School Times

Morning Afternoon
8.30am Gates Open  1pm to 1.30pm Lunch 
8.50am Classes start  2.50pm Classes dismissed
11am to 11.20am Recess 


Parking on Adams Road and Somerset Grove is limited with time zone restrictions which are regularly monitored by the City of Playford Council. There is ample parking in surrounding streets and multiple access points to the campus. We strongly encourage all our families to talk to their children about road safety. The school has a student crossing at the front and rear and all students and parents are required to use these crossing when accessing the school grounds.

Adelaide Metro bus stops are located along Craigmore Road, Adams Road and Somerset Grove.