Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School Kingsgrove is a systemic parish Catholic primary school, educating boys and girls from Kindergarten to Year 6. Founded in 1951, our school has a rich heritage based on our motto ‘SERVIAM‘ inviting us to love, serve and respect.
We welcome students and their families from a variety of cultures into our school community.
In partnership with parents and carers and the parish, our school is committed to the development of our students by providing a Catholic faith environment in which the Gospels are learned and lived, delivering an effective curriculum promoting lifelong learning, supporting and nurturing the needs of each child and leading all students to value and respect others within and beyond the school.
Each morning our school community gathers together to start our day with our school prayer.
Lord, gathered as a school community,
we pray that we will live in harmony
united together all of one heart and one will.
Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us
Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Pray for us
Saint Angela Merici, Pray for us
Mr Anthony Weir
The history of the Our Lady of Fatima Parish began in 1948 when Fr Eamon Clune, an enthusiastic Irish priest, was appointed to the new Parish of Kingsgrove-Bexley North.
On 13 March, 1949 the foundation stone for Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church was laid by Cardinal Gilroy. Soon after, in 1951, Fr Clune galvanised support from the community for the building of a parish primary school. Fr Clune arranged for the Ursuline sisters currently teaching at St. Bernadette’s, Bexley North to close their school and relocate their students to the new parish school in Shaw Street, Kingsgrove.
On 27 January 1953, the feast day of St Angela Merici, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School opened with approximately 300 girls and boys from Kindergarten to Year 2. The founding principal was Sister Loreto Cleary osu. By 1956 the school population totalled 500 students, with 108 in Kindergarten. This was the first year that a Year 6 class finished their primary schooling at Our Lady of Fatima.
Over the years there have been many significant events at Our Lady of Fatima School, including a significant fire in 1960, resulting in a total rebuild, and the changeover from Ursuline Sisters to a lay principal and teachers. In 1999 the closure of the neighbouring De La Salle College enabled the primary school to relocate from its original location in Shaw Street, to refurbished buildings and facilities at the current site in Caroline Street. The refurbished school was opened in 2001. Further refurbishments and improvements have taken place in more recent years.
Today, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School is a vibrant two stream primary school catering for boys and girls from Kindergarten to Year 6.
Our Lady of Fatima School is committed to the development of our students by:
- providing a Catholic faith environment in which Gospel values are learned and lived
- delivering an effective curriculum providing opportunities for lifelong learning
- supporting and nurturing the needs of each person
- leading all people to value and respect themselves, and others, within and beyond the school.
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School Kingsgrove is an educational community with Jesus Christ as its centre, committed to:
- living the Gospel, living the faith and living our story
- a culture of thinking and learning leading to a differentiated curriculum to meet students’ needs
- the belief that each person is valued, respected, nurtured and supported
- partnerships focused on improving learning outcomes
- sharing current knowledge, seeking and embracing new knowledge
- improving facilities and learning resources to cater for the needs of students and staff.
The school is an active and important ministry of the local parish, Our Lady of Fatima Kingsgrove. The parish priest, Fr Casey, takes a keen interest in the school and it’s positive impact on the families and the faith community. Fr George is the assistant priest. The parish secretaries are Katrina McNeill and Imelda Dela Cruz.
Sacramental preparation is parish-based. Students from the school receive the Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation, covering the relevant Sacramental units of work in class and participating in home group sessions run by parents. The program is facilitated by the Sacramental Coordinator, Ana Naduva and the home groups are supported by Sacramental team members.
Whole school and class Masses and opportunities for prayer, Reconciliation and other experiences in the Church, are regularly available thanks to the generous support of the clergy and the parish team.
Mass times and contact details for the parish are available at: www.olfkingsgrove.org.au
Proudly Part of the Community of Sydney Catholic Schools
Our school is part of a system of over 150 low-fee Catholic schools in the Sydney Archdiocese.
Sydney Catholic Schools are thriving Catholic communities that ignite a love of Christ through excellent teaching and learning to empower students to reach their full potential.