About Catherine McAuley Westmead

Catherine McAuley Westmead is a Catholic systemic school offering a comprehensive education for girls from Years 7 to 12. Located at Westmead, in close proximity to the central business district of Parramatta, the school began in 1966 as a regional Catholic secondary school for girls in Years 7 to 10 on the present site. Years 11 and 12 were introduced in the mid- 1980s.

new buildingFounded by the Mercy Sisters, Catherine McAuley Westmead has a strong Mercy charism. The school is located opposite a large hospital/medical research complex which has grown in both size and status since the school was founded. This has created demand for student places and provided opportunities for the school and students to participate in and learn from the work of these institutions. The site includes three separate schools - Catherine McAuley Westmead (all girls), Parramatta Marist High (all boys) and Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School (co-educational). Stage One of a construction program was completed at the end of 2011 and has provided Catherine McAuley with two new levels of general learning areas and offices.

There are currently 1040 students enrolled in the school, with over 300 of these in Years 11 and 12. Students attend from the local area including the local parishes of Winston Hills, Girraween, North Parramatta, Westmead, Wentworthville, Harris Park and Parramatta. A significant proportion of students attend from a wider geographic area, and Year 7 students in 2014 came from over 55 different primary schools.

Catherine McAuley currently has a teaching staff of 78. Specialist non-teaching staff roles include a Business Manager, School Counsellor, Careers Adviser, Learning Support teachers, a Teacher-Librarian and a Public Relations Officer. School Officers provide secretarial, financial and maintenance support, along with assistants for Science, Technological and Applied Studies (TAS), Information Communication Technology (ICT), the Information Resource Centre and Learning Support.

The school offers a broad curriculum, with flexible choices that cater for the wide range of student abilities. The excellent co-curricular program enables students to experience involvement and success in a wide variety of areas. Programs have been implemented in Year 7 that develop metacognition skills and enable students to analyse their own learning styles to assist them in their development as autonomous, life-long learners.