The McAuley Way

McAuley Community School is a welcoming and inclusive Catholic community where we connect education, family and faith.

When learners attend school, they are present in our world today and preparing to take on the world of tomorrow. We help each learner realise their potential.

At McAuley Community School we live, learn and lead in service of each other and our community. We are passionate about social justice and the future sustainability of our natural world. We believe in a holistic approach to developing young hearts and minds.

McAuley Community School is a place for learners to:

  • live as thriving people in a global world
  • learn to inquire, think critically and deeply, communicate, collaborate and create
  • lead self and others to have an impact on their community

McAuley Community School, a Catholic school in the Mercy tradition, is a place to thrive.

Our school’s name respects the commitment of the Sisters of Mercy, founded by Catherine McAuley, to education and the community in the Brighton Parish for more than 103 years. The Sisters of Mercy have provided quality services in education based on respect, integrity, justice, compassion and service.

The school brings together two rich histories, with many foundation learners transitioning from St Teresa’s School and the school buildings located on the former site of Marymount College.

We are a place of belonging built on the Mercy tradition and the values of:

  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Gratitude
  • Courage
  • Creativity

These values are known as our Mercy Keys and this is the language of our school.

Learners are encouraged to live out our Mercy Keys in their daily actions. They are acknowledged with a Mercy Key Award at our whole school assemblies held every second Monday afternoon. 

The Mercy cross is at the centre. Our faith in the Mercy tradition honours the legacy and vision of Catherine McAuley and her unwavering commitment to faith and confidence, courage, generosity and humanity. 

The blue crescents represent waves that acknowledge the school’s coastal location and connection to the environment.

  • Mercy Cross – Faith - 'a place to grow'
  • Educational Excellence - 'a place to achieve'
  • Ecology - 'a place to discover'
  • Community - 'a place to connect'

McAuley Community School’s commitment to the environment and to ecological awareness is evident in the Green Building Council Australia’s award of its 6 Green Star Rating for the school’s design.  At the time of opening, it is the only primary school in Australia to receive this rating.


McAuley Community School is a welcoming, inclusive Catholic community where children grow and learn holistically, in a safe and nurturing environment so they can thrive and imagine new possibilities.

We are Catholic school in the Mercy tradition, based on the Mercy Keys of Respect, Compassion, Gratitude, Courage and Creativity