We would like to acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional lands of the Aboriginal people and their many custodians. We pay our respects to both present and past elders and the continuing custodians of this land. May we listen with great care to the heartbeat of Aboriginal lands and to its people who have cared for it so well and for so long.
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St Mary’s Parish School Hay is a co-educational systemic school that forms a part of the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese. We are located in the Riverina region of NSW, seven hours west of Sydney.
A message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Families
I extend the warmest of welcomes to you. The purpose of this website is to inform you of some aspects of school life here at St Mary’s and help you appreciate the flavour of our school.
At St Mary’s we develop quality relationships built on respect, inclusiveness and a strong sense of welcome. We look upon ourselves as a family and we pride ourselves in knowing each child and family. St Mary’s, a small school with a big heart, continues to be a vibrant part of the town life in Hay since it first opened its doors in 1837. To this day our school continues to provide an outstanding Catholic education for students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
Since arriving at this school I have come to love it and my spirits are constantly lifted by the warmth of the students, staff and families and our parish priest, Fr Chris who loves to spend time in the school with us. I don’t think I would find this level of warmth anywhere else.
Our teaching and support staff are highly skilled, passionate professionals and are committed to ensuring that every student receives the best possible opportunities. During 2021 we are developing a strong focus on building positive classroom and school environments with an intentional focus on the innate character strengths that each child and staff member has. This focus on the positive is at the very heart of the school’s emphasis on wellbeing for everyone which is the very foundation for the learning that takes place here.
At St Mary’s we are inspired by the message of Jesus and believe that each child is unique, loved by their parents, cared for within their community and most importantly, loved by their God. With our small number of students here, we aim to capitalise on our unique family atmosphere and strive to focus on delivering engaging and powerful learning experiences and personalised learning to challenge the needs of each of our children.
As principal, I am committed to working in partnership with everyone within the community for the wellbeing and learning of our children and I welcome visits to the school from any prospective families who may be considering St Mary’s for their children’s education.