St Mary’s Catholic Primary School was established in 1908 by the Order of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. The OLSH nuns bought with them the values of their founder - Jules Chevalier - which continue to be the foundation of our Catholic school Community.

St Mary’s school was originally called St Joseph’s school until 1958 when its name was changed to St Mary’s to reflect the name of the Cathedral Parish located adjacent to the school. Original buildings included a two-storey classroom, dormitory and refectory. In 1941, St Mary’s school was closed due to the Second World War and seconded by the military to accommodate soldiers. In 1946 the school was re-opened and rebuilt to accommodate the growing student population.

Today St Mary’s school is the only school located in the Central Business District of Darwin, catering for students in Transition to Year 6. In 2008, an Early Learning Centre for 3-5 year olds was established, providing education and care for 3-5 year olds. The Early Learning Centre also provides a preschool program for 4 year olds, led by a qualified early childhood teacher. An Outside School Hours program provides care for children from 3.15-5.45pm each day and a Vacation Care program operates during school holiday periods except January.

St Mary’s caters for students from all nationalities and religions, providing high quality Catholic education in a warm, welcoming and supportive environment. Our focus is on the holistic, academic, spiritual, emotional, physical and social development of each child. We work in partnership with families, affirming the important work of parents as the first educators of their children and building positive relationships between all members of our community. We cater for a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds, including students with disabilities and those with high potential. 

A high priority is placed on professional learning for teachers with the focus in 2014 on contemporary learning and teaching and the use of ICT to engage students. A range of extracurricular activities is offered to students including interschool and school based sporting events, academic competitions, school choir, private piano and violin tuition and community activities.

The majority of St Mary’s student population is drawn from the inner city and northern suburbs of Darwin including Bayview, Larrakeyah, Parap and Fannie Bay. A number of families enrolled live in the Palmerston area or in the rural area and parents of these families often work in the CBD.

The school community reflects the diversity of Australian society with students coming from a range of ethnic, socio- economic and cultural backgrounds including Indian, Italian, Greek, British, Fijian, Filipino, South African and Chinese. 8-10 percent of students identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

St Mary’s school has a free APP for families that can be downloaded to smartphones and other mobile devices. This APP includes the school canteen menu, notification of absence form, school newsletter and school calendar of events. Notifications of upcoming school events are also sent via the school APP.

Facebook Page is a source of general and parenting information for members of the immediate and wider community.

St Mary's Primary School, Lindsay Street Darwin, NT 0800 
GPO Box 2413 Darwin NT 0801 
Phone 08 8981 9796 
Fax 08 8981 5286 
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Principal's Message

Welcome to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Darwin - a co-educational Catholic primary school catering for students from Transition through to Year 6.

St Mary’s, within the Catholic Parish of Our Lady, Star of the Sea was the first Catholic school to be established in Darwin. The school began operating in 1908 under the auspices of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, who then ran the school until 2002. Originally called St Joseph’s, the school survived the Darwin bombings of WWII, although it was closed down between 1942 and 1945. In 1967, the school was rebuilt and renamed St Mary’s Primary School. After Cyclone Tracy, St Mary’s was the only Catholic primary school to function in Darwin during 1975. In 2008 Mary’s celebrated its Centenary and in 2009 dedicated a permanent memorial to the dedication and commitment of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart to Catholic Education in the Northern Territory and to St Mary’s School.

St Mary’s staff work in partnership with families to ensure that each child reaches their full potential academically, spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially. Children at St Mary’s not only learn about the Catholic Faith but are encouraged to live their faith through positive actions and interactions with others. They participate actively in Liturgical celebrations, learn about other faiths and learn to respect the values, beliefs and customs of people from other cultures.

We hope your experience of St Mary’s school community will be a happy and positive one and trust that your child will grow into a loving, caring adult.

May God bless you and your family. 


Principal, Mrs. Jacqui Langdon can be contacted via the front office or via email

Julie Haydon Secretary

St Mary's Primary School, Darwin