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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

With great pleasure, I welcome you to the website of St Charles’ Catholic Primary School Waverley. Our school is located on Carrington Road in close proximity to the Charing Cross shopping precinct.

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

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

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.

Paul Croker


our 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 historyAt 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 history

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

Parish Mass Times
Monday: 9.15am
Tuesday: 9.15am
Thursday: 9.15 am
Friday: 9.15 am
Saturday: 9.15am, Reconciliation 9.45am and Vigil Mass 5.00pm
Sunday: 8.30am,10.00am and 5.00pm
Family Mass occurs on the 4th Saturday of each month at 5.00pm. Each month different year levels are invited to attend.
Parish Priest: Rev Bernard Thomas OFM PP OFM
(02) 9369 9328
Parish Secretary: Mrs Carla Korkor
(02) 9369 9399
AddressMary Immaculate Church
45A Victoria Street
Waverley NSW 2024
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