"Excellence in Catholic Primary Education"
It is our aim that Mel Maria Catholic Primary School be part of an accepting community; an authentic Catholic school, where the ideals of Catherine McAuley - justice, respect, compassion and service to others - prevail and where all learning is a joy to be experienced in an educational community questing for excellence.
Mel Maria was established in 1973 by the rationalisation of:
St Joseph Pignatelli Catholic Primary School, Attadale, Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Myaree, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary School, Willagee and the Primary School of Santa Maria. All of these schools existed separately in their own right, however because of their size and their limited resources they struggled from an educational perspective to meet curriculum requirements. Following a series of meetings in 1972 involving the community of each of the schools it was decided to amalgamate all the schools and Mel Maria came into being.
Mel Maria today is a tribute to the wisdom and the foresight of the then Principal of Corpus Christi, Myaree - Sr. Joan Smith. Though she never worked as such at Mel Maria she will always be remembered for her work in sowing the seeds from which Mel Maria has grown and blossoms today. The founding Principal of Mel Maria was Sr. Florence O’Sullivan.
The name Mel Maria was chosen because all three campuses are in the City of Melville. “Mel” comes from the first three letters of Melville and also has Irish derivation meaning “place”. “Maria” comes from the link with Santa Maria. The McAuley campus was originally the Primary School of Santa Maria. So Mel Maria means basically “the place of Mary”. The patroness of Mel Maria is Our Lady of Mercy and her feast is celebrated on September 24th.
Meet the Mel Maria Community
At Mel Maria Catholic Primary School, we believe in the strength of community. We hope you do too!
Cienna Leslie Student, Year 6
I love Mel Maria. It's a great school, with great teachers and fun learning.
Berna Robbins Parent, Year 3 and Year 5
Mel Maria is a welcoming and inclusive community, where the caring staff inspire and challenge the children to reach their potential.