Principal’s Message

Thank you for choosing to find out more about St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School South Hurstville. As principal of the school, I am passionate about providing a holistic education for every student. I value learning across all domains: academic, social, emotional, spiritual and physical.

We hold true to the philosophy of “Know the Learner” and this informs all educational practices at the school. When you enrol your child at St Raphael’s, we make it our role to know your child, their strengths and areas to develop. Teaching practices are consistent across the school so that students know our expectations and can learn in a safe learning environment.

In the last week of Term 3, the school had organised three virtual disco sessions for Kindergarten to Year 6. These sessions entailed the students accessing their Google slides or Seesaw and enjoying a disco session with a live ‘Bop Til You Drop’ presenter along with their classmates. The students were invited to dress up and enjoy an hour of fun and games on their set day.

Also, during the last week of Term 3 we had a Screen Free Day; this day replaced our annual Kids Helping Kids Day, as I’m sure you would agree the children and parents deserved to finish the term with some fun and well-being time.

We have lots to be grateful for in Term 4, spring is here, our oak is full of new leaves and regrowth, and we’re excited to see our students return to face-to-face teaching.

Take care,

Mrs Annette McKenzie
Principal

St Raphael South Hurstville Principal sitting on bench with student looking at laptop

A short history of St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School
our history

St Raphael’s Primary School began with the arrival of four Sisters of Charity in 1929. The school expanded in the sixties and early seventies and new classrooms were built. By 1990, all the buildings were in a state of disrepair and a submission was made to the Federal Government for assistance to refurbish the original building and erect three new classrooms, administration and staff facilities. The new St Raphael’s was officially opened and blessed by Cardinal Clancy on Sunday, 10 March 1996. 

In asserting our 2010 vision for Catholic education, it was fitting to build on the firm foundations laid by the Sisters of Charity who staffed the school from 1929 to 1974 and the many lay teachers who worked with them in sharing the ‘Good News’ and providing a sound education for the children of St Raphael’s. 

The current school is a single-stream co-educational school from Kindergarten to Year 6. The students come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. We aim to give children a sound understanding of our Catholic doctrine, tradition and Gospel values and emphasise the importance of living these out in our daily lives. 

We encourage and value parent involvement in all aspects of school life and promote partnership between home and school to ensure that students feel safe, supported and secure in their school setting.

Vision
our history

“For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them.” – Matthew 18:20

Aspire and make a difference by learning, growing, working, together as disciples of Jesus to make our school, our community and our world a better place.

Mission

As a Catholic school we are inspired by St Raphael and the charism of the Sisters of Charity. We believe we are called to live in a spirit of harmony committed to be messengers of hope and healing in our world.

We welcome opportunities to unite our community in a common vision with the involvement and partnership of parents, parish and the wider community.

Values

Strive

As followers of Jesus, we are messengers of healing, hope and harmony willing to strive and make a difference in our school and wider communities.

Learn

We encourage a love of learning and foster a supportive environment where every student has the opportunity to be the best learner they can be.

Grow

We nurture the growth of all students to achieve their full potential. In partnership with the community, we provide opportunities for our students to grow spiritually, socially, academically and emotionally so that we can make a difference.

Together

Together we strive to ensure every person is valued, nurtured and supported.

St Raphael’s Parishour history

  • Address: 82 George Street, South Hurstville, NSW 2221                         
  • Parish Priest: Father Isidore Anantharaj
  • Pastoral Associate: Br Ben Krupowicz
  • Presbytery phone: 02 9546 2605 | 02 9546 2544

Mass Times

  • Tuesday–Thursday: 9.15am
  • Friday: 9am
  • Saturday: 5pm
  • Sunday: 8.30am   

                                       

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Our school is part of a system of over 150 low-fee Catholic schools in the Sydney Archdiocese.

Sydney Catholic Schools are thriving Catholic communities that ignite a love of Christ through excellent teaching and learning to empower students to reach their full potential.