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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Welcome and thank you for visiting our St Mary’s Catholic Primary School website.

St Mary’s is a co-educational school catering for children from Transition to Year 6 where everyone is welcomed, nurtured and encouraged to grow in the footsteps of Christ. St Mary’s is Darwin’s oldest Catholic primary school and the only school within the Darwin CBD, situated adjacent to St Mary’s Star of the Sea Cathedral. 

Founded in 1908, St Mary’s has educated generations of children from the local community and beyond. In light of our school motto: “Learning in Faith and Love” our hope for our students is that they are able to recall the Spirit of St Mary’s we hold true here in our community to help them in their life journey.

At St Mary’s we strive to ignite a passion for learning in all students. We believe that we need to equip our students to take their passion combined with knowledge and skills, learning dispositions and moral and ethical frameworks based on the teachings of Jesus, to enter a world beyond school and create their own fulfilling futures.

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Why we choose (and love) St Mary's Catholic Primary School

When we were looking for the most suitable primary school for our children, we visited many schools across Darwin, but it was St Mary’s Catholic Primary School that stood out as the clear choice for us. From the moment we walked into the school office, we were met with warmth and the staff were so welcoming. It is obvious every child is valued, and you can see this every day in every classroom where the teachers are supportive of all children’s individual needs. The school takes a holistic approach, nurturing all elements of the student. It has been wonderful to watch our children flourish in this environment. We are very impressed with the spirit of the school and believe this is a reflection of the great leadership and wonderfully talented and caring staff of the school.
- Jodi and Jason Cowdery
After initially starting our children in the public system, our decision to switch to a private Catholic school was ultimately in search of a smaller school with a learning environment more in line with our family values. Whilst our daughter thrived on being challenged, our son required some additional support, so getting the right fit for both of them was incredibly important to us. From the moment I first phoned St Mary’s for a tour to our last day in the Territory when we sadly had to say goodbye to the St Mary’s community, this school exceeded all our expectations and our kids loved their time there. The way the school supported us with such compassion and understanding surrounding our son’s needs is quite possibly unrivalled in Darwin, making it clear that inclusion was very important to the school with both students and parents alike. I would highly recommend St Mary’s to anyone in the Territory because it’s a beautiful little school where kids are happy, teachers are engaged and you will have a brilliant partnership with a school clearly committed to seeing all children succeed.
- Peter and Jessica Lush


Transition to Grade 6. Limited vacancies available. Contact the
school to book your tour.


Parents and caregivers please be reminded of our Kiss and Go expectations. Please be quick and kiss and go. If you need to park your car, please do so in designated areas.