Catherine McAuley Westmead, NSW







Established: 1966

Principal: Mary Refalo

Address: 2 Darcy Road, Westmead 2145


Key Information


94 Teaching

28 Non Teaching



HSC Subjects



French, Japanese & Italian


VET Available

About our school

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 operation in 1966. 

Founded by the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley Westmead has a strong Mercy charism. Inspired by our founder, Venerable Catherine McAuley, we aspire to a God-centred way of life, which respects and affirms the dignity of each person. We commit to excellence in girls’ education and empower young women to be actively involved in social justice. We value our diversity and inclusiveness and the creation of a warm and inclusive community where all feel safe and valued is a key focus of life at Catherine McAuley.

Pastoral Care complements our academic program and is central to the organisation and operation of the school. It is based on the core Mercy values of mercy, justice, excellence, integrity, courage and hospitality and recognises the need to address the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of the young women in our care. Pastoral care programs at each year level are designed to help build resilience, independence and courage within each student.

Principal's Message

​Catherine McAuley Westmead is a school founded in the Mercy tradition and the words of Catherine McAuley above, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, inspire us as educators to form our students both spiritually and academically.

McAuley girls are nurtured to be courageous young women who act compassionately to build community and who are alive with the mercy and justice of God. We are dedicated to fostering a commitment to excellence and lifelong learning in our students.

Throughout their time with us, we support and challenge our students to be open to new ideas and have the ability to make wise choices, as well as build a life that will be centred on contemplation and action, prayer and service.

As learners, McAuley girls are called to think critically and creatively and strive for excellence in all that they do.

As the principal of Catherine McAuley, I am excited and honoured to be part of such a dynamic community here at Westmead. I look forward to meeting our students’ families and working alongside them to provide the best educational opportunities for their daughters.

Mary Refalo

Quick Facts

  • ‘Strive for Higher Things’ is the school motto
  • The school is part of the ‘Mercy 6’ Mercy schools in Sydney
  • Outstanding HSC results are consistently achieved
  • Excellent results were achieved in NAPLAN 2021
  • There is a strong emphasis on technology and STEM activities
  • An extensive performing arts program is on offer • We seek to develop in our students an awareness of those in need
  • Our learning programs are supported by an exceptionally well equipped campus
  • VET Hospitality students run a student cafe
  • Students partner with WSU for participation in a Masterclass program

More from the school

Upcoming Dates

Wed Nov

Catherine McAuley Westmead, NSW – School Tour on 9th November

November 9, 2022 - 9:15 am

Fri Dec

Catherine McAuley Westmead, NSW – School Tour on 2nd December

December 2, 2022 - 9:15 am


  • A range of subject specific learning technologies
  • Information Resource Centre
  • Commercial kitchen
  • Art studio
  • Photography studio
  • Drama studio
  • Music studio
  • Dance studio
  • Fully equipped science laboratories
  • Lecture theatre
  • Performance hall/gymnasium
  • School chapel
  • Netball and tennis courts
  • Indoor basketball courts
  • TAS workshop

NAPLAN Results

Year Reading Writing Spelling Grammar Numeracy
Year 7 566 548 573 571 569
Year 9 608 603 616 600 606

This table above shows the average student results at this school for the year 2019.
Naplan data is sourced from:

Campus Locations

Main Campus

2 Darcy Road, Westmead, 2145

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