At St Mel’s Catholic Primary School Campsie we aim to create an educational environment of love, faith, respect, trust, co-operation and harmony for each individual.
We strive to achieve educational excellence in offering each student the opportunity to develop their individual abilities to the full. In our educational programs we are committed to developing each facet of the child – spiritual, physical, intellectual, social, emotional, aesthetic and a sense of citizenship.
We believe that the child will thrive when parents and teachers hold the same beliefs and values regarding the education of the child and value highly the growth in faith of each child.
We recognise that each child has an individual rate of growth and development, achieving mastery levels in each of the curriculum areas at different rates and in different stages.
We insist that attitude and effort are as important as achievement.
We model, clarify and expect appropriate behaviour at all times which values the rights of a person to feel safe, be respected and enjoy life.
We foster in the students a love of learning and the skills to become an independent life-long learner.
History St Mel’s was originally established as St Anthony’s Canterbury in 1895 by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. Sr Francis Goold was the founding principal. In 1900, the school was taken over by the Sisters of St Joseph.
In 1915, the parish of St Mel’s Campsie was established, with Fr Kenny as Parish Priest. At this time the school was moved from Canterbury to our present site in Duke Street, Campsie. By 1917, the Sister of St Joseph had established a convent onsite. They continued to lead the school until 1985, whereby Mr William (Bill) White was appointed the first lay principal at St Mel’s Campsie.
Charism Inspired by the spirit of St Mel, the nephew of St Patrick, our community strives to continue his mission of love and commitment to Catholic Education.
Through the example of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop, students are called to be people of action and believe they have the capacity to change the world.
The Josephite charism and our school values enliven and strengthen our community to ‘never see a need without doing something about it.’
DID YOU KNOW…? Sr Margaret Harrison who works in our school office, was also a student at St Mel’s. She attended the school for ten years, commencing in 1942. St Mel’s was originally a Kindergarten to Year 9 school. Sr Margaret went on to become a teacher and a school principal in many schools. She ended her career at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Wentworthville. She then returned to volunteer at St Mel’s, saying that this was her way of giving back to the community that had given her so much as a youngster.
St Mel’s Parish The community of St Mel’s Catholic Primary School Campsie is one of harmony and acceptance and works in close partnership with the St Mel’s Parish to assist students in nurturing strong connections with their Catholic faith.
As a community, we gather at mass to worship and celebrate significant religious events together. Many opportunities exist for families to contribute to and be involved in community events, which strengthens the connections between our Parish and School.