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School Guide 2021

Choosing a school for your children?

We all know that starting school is the beginning of a new adventure, but how do we choose which school is best for our children? Here are some school open days that may help you decide.

Sydney Grammar School St Ives Preparatory School

Apply now for 2022 – Preschool, Kindergarten, Year 3 & Year 5

St Ives Prep is a school for busy boys who love to learn, ask lots of questions and think deeply about their world.

The School is dedicated to developing rounded boys who are keen to be active, informed and critical thinkers and is set in beautiful grounds with plenty of space to play.

St Ives Prep embraces a strong culture of reading and the joy of discovery, offering impressive curricula and extra-curricula programmes in literacy, numeracy, science, STEM, sport, music, drama, the visual arts, languages, debating, and chess.

The St Ives Prep buses cover large areas of the North Shore and the Northern Beaches.

The Headmaster regularly conducts school tours for parents. Bookings are essential and places are limited to 30 adults.

  • Tuesday 16th of February at 6pm
  • Tuesday 2nd of March at 6pm
  • Tuesday 30th of March at 6pm

Address: 11 – 21 Ayres Road, St Ives
Phone: 8302 5200
Facebook: St Ives Preparatory School
Instagram: sydneygrammar
Twitter: Sydney Grammar

St Rose Catholic School

Join a tour:

  • Thursday 6th of May, 9.30am – 10.30am
  • Tuesday 18th of May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Tours outside these times are available. To book, click on the link.

Address: 8 Rose Avenue, Collaroy Plateau
Phone: 9982 1467
Facebook: St Rose Catholic Primary School Collaroy

St Paul’s Catholic College

Open Day Expo on Wednesday 24th of February, 4pm – 7pm.

  • Displays and performances by each faculty in The Waterford Hall
  • Meet the Principal
  • Tour the Campus
  • Gain a good feel for the St Paul’s Community

Address: Darley Road, Manly
Phone: 9977 5111
Facebook: St Paul’s Catholic College, Manly

Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School, Forestville

Information about the Open Day:

You are invited to attend the Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School Open Day. Come and experience the unique primary school environment that OLGC offers. See the expansive school playgrounds and bush setting, the well-appointed classrooms and library. Meet the new Principal, Mrs Fiona Dignan, and hear her message on the many educational opportunities and experiences OLGC offers. Tour the grounds and the facilities, meet teaching staff, current students and chat to parents who already have children at the school. See the school for yourself. OLGC have been proudly educating children in the local Forest community for 59 years and look forward to showing you around this wonderful school.

Thursday 18th of March, 9.30am – 11am
Wednesday 12th of May, 7pm – 8pm

Address: 11 Currie Road, Forestville
Phone: 9972 7311
Facebook: Our Lady Of Good Counsel Forestville

Oxford Falls Grammar

Take a fresh look at OFG with new contemporary uniforms including a K-2 play based uniform. The newly built open learning Kindy classrooms and flexible Senior School classrooms inspire a love of learning, creativity and collaboration. As a co-educational Christian school from Kindergarten – Year 12, transitioning through each educational stage is simplified with one campus and dedicated facilities for K – 2, Years 3 – 6 and Years 7 – 12.

The OFG educational approach captures and cultivates the youngest students’ wonder, curiosity and excitement as they commence school. The balanced curriculum and positive learning environments build the social, physical and intellectual dimensions of each child, as they discover their passions and develop their identity.

School Tours:
Experience Oxford Falls Grammar by taking a virtual tour or booking a personal tour at the website.

Address: 1078 Oxford Falls Road, Oxford Falls
Phone: 8978 0500
Facebook: Oxford Falls Grammar
Instagram: oxfordfallsgrammar

Mater Maria Catholic College

You’re invited to visit the NEW facilities, meet the students, staff and experience an evening at Mater Maria Catholic College.

When: Thursday 4th of March, 4pm – 7pm

  • Year 7, 2022 applications have closed – waiting list applications only
  • Year 7, 2023 applications close on 24th of March
  • Years 8 – 11 waiting list applications only

Address: 5 Forest Road, Warriewood
Phone: 9997 7044
Facebook: Mater Maria Catholic College

St Joseph’s Primary School

Inspiring your child to love learning, and be the very best they can be!

St Joseph’s Narrabeen is the perfect place for your child to learn and grow. Offering a close knit, supportive and nurturing community – they are small enough to be a village, big enough to offer the world. The wellbeing of your child is pivotal to everything they do and plays a vital part in their learning success. There is a dedicated, talented and professional team who are proud of their commitment to each child’s learning. Your child will gain a well-rounded education based on the Catholic values which underpin the curriculum. They also offer a comprehensive kinder transition program, providing parents with the opportunity to meet other local families.

Open Day: Wednesday 17th of March, 9.15am – 10.45am
Additional School Tours: available by appointment

Address: 108 Ocean Street, Narrabeen
Phone: 9913 3766
Facebook: St Joseph’s Primary School Narrabeen
Instagram: joeysnarrabeen

St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School

St Cecilia’s offers a close knit, supportive and nurturing community where the wellbeing of all children in care is pivotal to everything they do and plays a vital part in their learning success. St Cecilia’s offer a dynamic learning environment well equipped for future focused learning. Principal, Fran Taylor, leads a dedicated, talented and professional team, proud of their commitment to guiding students to be the best they can be. Your child will gain a well-rounded education based on the Catholic values which underpin the curriculum.

Tuesday 16th of March
School Tours from 9.15am – 11am
Principals Address: 9.30am

Address: 59 Seaview Street, Balgowlah
Phone: 9948 3069
Facebook: St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School Balgowlah

St Kieran’s Catholic Primary School

The community is the heartbeat of this school. It is what makes them different and plays a vital part in the learning success of the children. Working together, teachers, families, and students nurture and support each other. St Kieran’s offer innovative modern classrooms, well-equipped for future-focused learning and provide an extensive range of extra-curricular activities. They have highly qualified, professional teaching staff and offer a unique and comprehensive kinder transition program. St Kieran’s is the perfect place for your children to learn and grow.

Open Days:

Tuesday 16th of March & Monday 7th of June
School tours: 9.15am – 11am
Principals Address: 10am – 10.20am

Evening Tour: 16th of March 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Address: 63 Gordon Street, Manly Vale
Phone: 9949 3523
Facebook: St Kieran’s Catholic Primary School, Manly Vale

St Kevin’s Catholic Primary School

St Kevin’s in Dee Why invites you to attend their Open Day events on:

  • Tuesday 9th of March at 9.15am – 11am (morning session)
  • Tuesday 9th of March at 7pm – 8pm (evening session)
  • Tuesday 4th of May at 9.15am – 11am

At the Open Day mornings, you will see the school in action, take a tour with one of the student leaders, meet and hear from Principal Lorraine Vincent, and engage with the parents and teachers.

St Kevin’s offers a strong commitment to quality teaching and learning, inspiring students to be active learners and to embody the school values.

Address: 57 – 59 Oaks Avenue, Dee Why
Phone: 9971 1644
Facebook: St Kevin’s Catholic Primary School, Dee Why

St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School

Located in Freshwater, St John the Baptist is a high achieving and nurturing Catholic primary school offering personalised education that encourage student excellence. New Principal, Alicia van der Merwe, leads a dedicated and talented team of teaching staff to develop each child’s personal strengths and talents, giving students the opportunity to reach their potential. They provide access to inspirational learning and innovative thinking, and aim to instil in students empathy with others and self-confidence with the capacity and capability to transform the world in which they live.

St John the Baptist offers state-of-the-art technology in every classroom and a wide range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities which support a variety of student interests and learning needs.

The school enjoys a welcoming, inclusive, and highly supportive community with an extraordinary school spirit. They are proud to be a small school with big advantages, enabling teachers and staff to form rich and meaningful relationships with parents and students. 

Discover how they foster leadership skills and more at the Open Days:

  • Thursday 18th of March,  9.30am – 10.30am and 6.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Thursday 6th of May, 9.30am – 10.30am and 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Address: 7 Johnson Street, Freshwater
Phone: 9939 6699
Facebook: St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School, Freshwater

Maria Regina Catholic Primary School

As one of the best primary schools in Avalon and surrounds, enrolling at Maria Regina Catholic Primary School is an excellent choice for local families seeking individualised education.

Maria Regina offers a small and personal Catholic school community where the learning programs support a variety of student’s academic, creative, and learning needs. New Principal, Kirsty Thorpe, leads a dedicated, talented, and professional team who are proud of their commitment to the understanding and teaching of each child in their care.  

They are an inclusive, student-led primary school that encourages agile, collaborative thinkers with learning that extends beyond the classroom. In partnership with parents, the school has a faith-led approach, with a focus on community awareness, social justice, and student wellbeing. It is an important part of their difference.

Maria Regina welcome students of all backgrounds and cultures to join the school family.

Explore the school, meet the students, teachers and more, at one of the Open Days:

  • Wednesday 17th of March, 9.15am – 10.45am
  • Tuesday 1st of June, 9.15am – 10.45am

Address: 42 Central Road, Avalon
Phone: 9918 2608
Facebook: Maria Regina Catholic Primary School Avalon

St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School

Information about the Open Days:

St. John’s Narraweena invites you to attend their Open Day events on:

  • Tuesday 2nd of March, 9.15am – 10.40am
  • Wednesday 3rd of March, 6pm – 7pm (School Tour & Principal’s Address)
  • Thursday 18th of March, 9.15am – 10.40am

The Open Days provide you with an opportunity to experience what St. John’s has to offer. Tour the school with one of the students, visit the classrooms and see lessons in action, meet and hear from Principal Mark Bateman, and interact with parents and teachers. It is encouraged that you bring your children to this event.

St. John’s is a nurturing, collaborative learning environment where children are inspired to explore, think and grow.

The students and teachers look forward to welcoming you to the school and sharing with you what makes St. John’s so unique.

Address: 166 Alfred Street, Narraweena 
Phone: 9971 9297
Facebook: St John the Apostle, Narraweena
Instagram: stjohnsnarraweena

St Martin’s Primary School, Davidson

Open Day is on Wednesday 10th of March, 9.15am – 10.45am.

Open classrooms, Q & A with the Principal Adrian Pulley and School Tours.

Come and see the dynamic facilities, extensive grounds and nurturing environment.
All welcome!

If you are unable to visit the Open Day, private tours are available by calling the office.

Address: 147 Prahran Avenue, Davidson
Phone: 9452 2022
Facebook: St Martin’s Catholic Primary School Davidson

St Mary’s School

School Tours: Monday 1st of March to Friday 5th of March at 9am
(please RSVP 9977 2225)

School Open Day and Night: Tuesday 4th of May 9am and 6pm

Address: Denison Street, Manly
Phone: 9977 2225
Facebook: St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Manly

John Colet School

John Colet School is an independent, multi-faith, co-educational infants and primary school in Belrose. They offer a culture based on traditional values and a strong emphasis on ethical, spiritual and character development. The school’s extended curriculum stretches students and provides a rounded education with first class results. John Colet School provides stimulating and enriching content for all students including Shakespeare, philosophy, classical and modern languages and choral singing.

A hot, freshly prepared vegetarian lunch is provided daily in the dining hall. Located near good transport links and after school care is available.

John Colet are currently offering private tours of the peaceful bushland campus by booking.

Address: 6 Wyatt Avenue, Belrose
Phone: 9451 8395
Facebook: John Colet School
Instagram: johncoletschool

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

Open days:

  • Thursday 22nd of April, 9am – 11am with the Principal’s address at 9.30am
  • Wednesday 21st of July, 9am – 11am with the Principal’s address at 9.30am

All families looking for a faith-based education for their child are welcome to apply.

Address: Corner Waratah and Keenan Street, Mona Vale
Phone: 9999 3264
Facebook: Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Mona Vale

Forestville Montessori School

Forestville Montessori School (FMS) is an Independent School, birth-12 years, located in the picturesque suburb of Forestville on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

At FMS they embrace your child’s individuality while nurturing ways to explore a deep and meaningful understanding of the world around them. They seek adventures to ignite their natural curiosity, independence and joy for lifelong learning.

Your child will be offered hands-on, self-paced, collaborative learning. FMS will play to your child’s innate strengths – regardless of their age or ability, without competitive pressure. They cultivate thinking outside the box, expanding their horizons, taking them beyond accomplished.

Schedule a phone call via the website with the Principal – Denice Scala today. Following your call, there will be a time organised for you to come in and see the classrooms in action via a personalised tour.

Address: 1 Angel Place, Forestville
Phone: 9452 2044
Facebook: Forestville Montessori School
Instagram: forestvillemontessori

Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School

Alongside a very high standard of academic education, the curriculum places great importance on imagination and creativity and fully engages the child. It is designed to instill confidence in self and provide a sense of social and environmental responsibility. Based on Steiner principles, they offer a nurturing environment to address the changing needs and capabilities of children at each stage of their development. The curriculum and method of teaching enhances a deep and rounded learning. School tours can be booked online.

Download the Parent Handbook.

Apply now.

Address: 220 Forest Way, Belrose
Phone: 9450 1651
Facebook: Kamaroi School
Instagram: kamaroischool

Pittwater House School

Single-sex classes, co-ed campus. Best of both worlds.

Open Days:

  • Tuesday 27th of April, 9am – 10.30am. Kindergarten to Year 2 Discovery Hub
  • Saturday 5th of June, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Early Childhood Centre (Pre-school)

Pittwater House is a small, private, non-denominational school catering for students from pre-school to Year 12. The innovative learning environment of single-sex classes on a co-ed campus gives your child all the advantages of gender-specific teaching combined with the many social benefits of a co-ed campus.

With one of the best student:teacher ratios on the Northern Beaches, the small class sizes allow every child to receive exceptional attention from their teachers. Teaching is tailored to individual learning needs, ensuring every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential in a safe and supported environment.

The 3.5 hectare campus provides everything students need in one place: multiple open play spaces and dedicated learning areas; a heated 8-lane 25 metre swimming pool; a multi-purpose gymnasium; tennis courts; a performing arts centre; a music cottage; a health centre run by qualified nurses; psychologist/counsellors, a private bus fleet and so much more.

Book a video chat with the Principal or submit an enrolment enquiry here.

Address: 70 South Creek Road, Collaroy
Phone: 9981 4400
Facebook: Pittwater House
Instagram: pittwaterhouse

Loreto Normanhurst

Discover Loreto Normanhurst via the ‘Open Day – on Replay’ microsite and their Twilight Tours.

The curated microsite features a 360 walkthrough virtual tour of the Primary, Secondary and Boarding schools, presentations from the Principal, Ms Marina Ugonotti, and other key leadership team members, and much more. The Open Day microsite is available until 31 March 2021.

Interested in a tour? Loreto Normanhurst is delighted to offer student-led Twilight Tours to prospective families.

Register via their website to receive the Open Day microsite link and to book a tour at

Did you know that the Northern Beaches to Normanhurst is only one bus ride away? Check out more information about their private buses here:

Address: 91 – 93 Pennant Hills Road, Normanhurst
Facebook: Loreto Normanhurst
Instagram: loretonh

St Luke’s Grammar School

St Luke’s Grammar School is excited to once again welcome prospective families onsite to participate in School Tours. The school is providing the following options:

  1. Junior School Open Mornings (Tuesday 27 April at Dee Why Campus & Wednesday 5 May at Bayview Campus)
  2. Individual & Small Group Tours
  3. Senior School Group Tours
  4. Virtual Tours

For more information on the above, please visit

St Luke’s Grammar School looks forward to welcoming you for these in-person events. The school believes it is a privilege to partner with the parents in providing rich experiences, inspiring environments and positive relationships that will enable students to flourish as they grow and develop. The aim is to prepare each child well to explore their world of opportunity, challenge and wonder.

St Luke’s Grammar School recognises the value of whole child development, and the uniqueness of each student. The tradition of excellence in Christian co-education extends to the academic, social, physical and spiritual aspects of growth and development.

It is an exciting time to be a student, and St Luke’s Grammar School is well developed learning culture and agility to respond to evidence based innovations enable it to provide stimulating opportunities for students, both inside and outside the classroom. They are future focused and committed to ensure that the school offers all students the opportunity to find their passion and pursue it – in any field of endeavour.

Come and discover the world of opportunities for your child at St Luke’s Grammar School.

Facebook: St Luke’s Grammar School
Instagram: stlukesgrammarschool
Linkedin: St Luke’s Grammar School
Location: 2 campuses…
Dee Why – Pre-School to Year 12: 210 Headland Road, Dee Why
Bayview – Pre-School to Year 6: 1977 Pittwater Road, Bayview