On behalf of our staff, I would like to extend to you and your family a very warm welcome to St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Lane Cove, a school community within the wider Catholic community that is St Michael’s Parish Lane Cove.
St Michael’s prides itself on having a welcoming and supportive environment. Our school is a vibrant learning community supported by quality teaching and innovative technology; an integrated pastoral care program, of which parental partnership plays a key role; excellent sporting and creative opportunities and a focus on the spiritual.
We are proud of our Mercy history and charism, and we draw strength from Catherine McAuley’s life.
We expect that after seven years of schooling at St Michael’s, that our students will demonstrate skills in organisation, getting along with others, persistence, resilience and confidence. This is underpinned by the development of the students’ faith journey.
We trust you will enjoy your partnership with our school in this most significant period of your child’s development. St Michael’s Primary has a proud history of providing a very sound educational basis within the context of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Jesus said ‘I have come that you may have life and have it to the full (John 10:10)’. In our school we aim to embrace the fullness of life through a wide variety of programs and activities for students and parents. I encourage you to be active in your child’s school life, and to participate in parish and school activities.
St Michael’s Catholic Primary Lane Cove… love and loyalty.
St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Lane Cove commenced in 1919 as a church-school, but it wasn’t until the actual parish of St Michael’s Longueville was formed in 1922 that the Sisters of Mercy began teaching at St Michael’s.
The parish priest, Fr Hugh McGuire, arranged for the Sisters of Mercy (North Sydney Congregation) to run the school. The Sisters of Mercy had staffed St Michael’s up until 1985, when they ended their leadership of the school. The first lay principal was Mrs Caroline Leuenberger.
In 2011, through Federal Government funding, a large multi-purpose centre was built and named in honour of Monsignor Hugh McGuire. A leadlight window from the original St Michael’s Church is featured prominently outside this building.
In 2019, St Michael’s has an enrolment of approximately 530 students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
The Mercy charism is alive and well at St Michael’s. We listen to our hearts, are ready to be open and responsive by being aware of others and developing empathy. It begins with our heart and leads us to action and justice.
As Catherine McAuley called on the Sisters of Mercy, we are called to not just talk about love and compassion, but to do something about helping other people in need. This is the Mercy charism in action.
Fr Geoff Plant, our Parish Priest, is a well-known figure at St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Lane Cove. He prepares our classes for Reconciliation, involves students in parish Masses, upskills students to be altar servers, contributes to the implementation of the Religious Education syllabus and is a prominent figure at important school events.
St Michael’s Parish church is located diagonally across the road from the school. The St Michael’s Parish website provides information on Mass times and opportunities to connect further with the parish community.