Principal’s Message

Welcome to St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School Annandale.

I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to you on behalf of our vibrant and nurturing community at St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School. Our school holds dear to our motto: ‘Inspiring hearts and minds – one child at a time’. This motto encapsulates our commitment to fostering both the happiness and intellectual growth of every student who walks through our doors.

At St Brendan’s, we believe that happiness is fundamental to the learning journey. We strive to empower our students, ensuring they feel valued, cared for, and excited about their educational experience. Our goal is to create an environment where learning is not only enjoyable but also deeply fulfilling.

We are dedicated to instilling a Growth Mindset in all our students. Through innovative teaching practices and individualised support, we aim to unlock each child’s full potential. Our passionate team of educators works tirelessly to provide a stimulating learning environment where curiosity is encouraged, and a love for lifelong learning is nurtured.

Grounded in our Catholic faith and the teachings of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, the Sisters of St Joseph, our founders, have instilled in us a sense of duty to serve others. This spirit of service permeates our community as we strive to support and uplift one another.

I am proud to lead a school that has a strong emphasis on student wellbeing and the development of positive relationships. I invite you to join us in this remarkable journey of learning, growth, and community. Together, we will continue to nurture the academic, social, emotional, and spiritual development of every child entrusted to our care.

We look forward to welcoming you into our family.

Hayley de Vries
Principal

History
St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School Annandale was opened in 1898 by the Sisters of St Joseph. It was originally housed in a terrace on Johnston Street, before moving to the present site in Collins Street. It continued under the leadership of the Sisters until 1975, when the first lay principal was appointed. Presently, the school caters for children from Kindergarten to Year 6.

The person of Jesus Christ is seen as the foundation upon which St Brendan’s is built. We are not only committed to the education of each child but also to the further development of Christian values. We strive to give witness to these in our daily living and encourage the children to do likewise.

Mission
Our Josephite tradition, together with the following educational values, help to underpin our school pedagogy.

Belonging – We value an inclusive, connected and safe learning community where each person feels supported and confident enough to take risks and make mistakes.

Success – We value and celebrate achievement at all levels. We believe that every person needs to experience success on a regular basis in order to grow and develop.

Respect – We value strong, positive relationships that are built out of care, consideration and mutual trust. We believe in the importance of open communication and transparent decision making.

St Brendan’s Catholic Church
A: 34 Collins Street Annandale NSW 2038
P: (02) 9550 3707
E: admin@stbrendan.org.au
W: stbrendan.org.au

St Brendan’s Parish and St Brendan’s school work together to nurture spirituality and educate our students in the Catholic traditions and practices. Our parish priest Fr John Milliken takes an integral role in the Catholic education of each and every child.

Mass times

Day Time
Wednesday 9.10am
Thursday 9.10am
Saturday 5.30pm
Sunday 9.30am – Children’s Liturgy