"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.
This year we will be celebrating 50 Years of Catholic Education.
As we celebrate community at Mel Maria many events have been organised to commemorate this anniversary year.
MERCY WEEK in the final week of term Three will hold special significance this year as we will be visited by our founding Sisters of Mercy. We have invited the sisters, Sr Joan Smith, Sr Florence O’Sullivan and Sr Eileen McVite to share their stories with our students and to discuss and celebrate their great legacy. Our students will show them around our school in celebration of their early endeavours.
OPEN NIGHT on 13th September is a celebration of our excellent contemporary learning environment in which our students thrive. IGNITE the HEART, INSPIRE the MIND will be the lens through which we share our student’s learning. Our students are looking forward to sharing their success and hard work with family and friends.
A 50th anniversary Mass will be held at Pater Noster Campus on Thursday 21st of September at 9.30am for years Pre- Primary to Year 2. Mass will be celebrated at Saint Joseph Pignatelli Campus for Year 3 to 6 on Friday 22nd of September at 9.30 am. Each celebration will be followed by morning tea with the Sisters of Mercy and other invited guests. All parents and community members are invited to attend.