St Mary’s School was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924 and now caters for students from Prep to Year Six. The school is situated in South Mackay which is partly an inner city suburb with predominantly older residents and newer rental developments arising. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is a convenient school for inner city workers. Consequently, the students come from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds and cultural groups and from several different parishes. Providing quality education in a loving and accepting Christian environment, we value our small size, family-like and welcoming atmosphere.
We strive to offer students and parents a friendly, welcoming family atmosphere and a visible community spirit. Our caring and progressive staff present a dynamic and evolving curriculum based on solid gospel values, a fostering of academic excellence and a deepening relationship with our God. Our school motto of “Learn from Christ” permeates everything we do and stand for at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School. We are a learning community which promotes the premises that learning is lifelong and life-wide.
St Mary’s is committed to quality learning and teaching. Based on our shared values and beliefs all learners at our school will have opportunities to be and to become reflective and self-directed learners. We succeed as co-educators when we cater for our students with flexibility and care, foster a love of learning, celebrate the individual and encourage growth and development as an ongoing journey for all. Simply, we strive to be role models for all — students, parents, staff and wider community. Essentially, we fulfil this task through the espousal of the key Gospel values found in our school’s Mission Statement — encouragement, care and respect.