Welcome to Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School North Ryde.
Our school is blessed with enthusiastic and committed teachers who work collaboratively to ensure students feel safe and secure in their learning environment. A wide variety of activities provide students with opportunities to develop their particular skills and talents. We strive to value our children as individuals – each with their own unique personality. We value relationships and endeavour to develop strong partnerships with parents and students by being available and approachable.
We provide a high quality, well balanced and challenging curriculum across all subjects. Our Religious Education curriculum is rigorous and contemporary, deepens religious knowledge and faith development. We have a range of specialist areas such as sport, martial arts, swimming, gymnastics, dance and music. We also offer coding, robotics, dance, chess, Mini Vinnies, and prayer groups at lunchtime for students. We have a very enthusiastic choir and band who have the opportunity to contribute to many school celebrations.
There is a strong sense of partnership between staff, parents and parish. The students participate in the parish Sacramental program to receive Sacraments; we attend parish masses to celebrate feast days and other Liturgical celebrations throughout the year as well as attending weekly class Masses.
As principal, I am very excited about leading this thriving community. Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School is a dynamic place to be. We welcome all enquiries regarding our great school.
History A church hall built in 1957, would serve as the first parish school with the Sisters of Mercy staffing the school. In 1958, the Spiritus Sanctus School began with 104 students enrolled from kindergarten to second class. Classes were held in the church with minimal equipment. For eight months, the children sat on the kneelers and used the seats as desktops, bobbing up occasionally to read the blackboard.
By 1960, there were 314 pupils taught by three Sisters and two lay teachers. By 1969, enrolments increased and more classrooms were built. In 1988, the Sisters withdrew from the administration of the school and Mrs Marjorie Avery was appointed the first lay principal. In 1990, the school name was anglicised to become Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School and boys were retained to Year 6 so that the school was now co-educational from Kindergarten to Year 6. In 2018, we celebrated 60 years as an outstanding educational community.
Inspired by the Gospels, we aspire to ignite faith in all members of our community by following Jesus’ example, and embracing the Mercy charism and values in our interactions with one another. We are committed to opening the hearts and minds of our students to prepare them for an ever-changing world.
Our Mission is to: Ignite faith. Inspire and empower ALL through learning.
Our Vision to: Opening hearts and minds for an ever-changing world.
Direct us to be people of action and embrace Jesus’ greatest commandment, ‘Love one another as I have loved you’.
Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School North Ryde and the parish are closely linked. We bring the school and parish together in a variety of activities. Pentecost is our parish and school feast day and every year we celebrate together as a faith community. The parish and the school are involved in preparing children for all sacramental programs. The parish priest is very supportive of the school and he regularly visits the school. The principal and Parents and Friends president are part of the parish council.