Principal’s Message

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to St Clare’s College Waverley. Our College is proudly a Catholic school established in 1884 by the Poor Clare Sisters after receiving an invitation from the Franciscan Friars in 1880, making the College one of the oldest Catholic schools in Australia.

Today St Clare’s College is a flourishing educational and faith-filled community situated in the heart of the Eastern Suburbs. Central to our College life and learning are the values of our Catholic faith. These are nurtured by the Franciscan tradition and captured by our school motto “Deus meus et omnia” (My God in all things).

St Clare’s aims to work in partnership with parents and families to educate and prepare young women to be successful, independent and resilient for the world beyond school life. There are many aspects of St Clare’s that give me immense enjoyment in sharing with you. These include the girls’ love of learning, the pleasing results, the diversity of the school community, and the quality of our co-curricular areas that include music, sport, public speaking, debating, immersion experiences and community service. However, the most remarkable characteristic of our College is our young women who exercise their gifts, talents and education in making a positive contribution to the College and the wider communities, and in exhibiting endless amounts of school spirit, enthusiasm, collegiality and friendliness in the various College activities.

St Clare’s College Waverley is a special place for girls to learn and grow. It is supported by a vertical house system that provides guidance and mentoring as well as opportunities for student leadership. Though small, this environment, inspired by the Franciscan spirit, fosters a strong family atmosphere which cares for each student’s individual needs.

Our learning facilities endeavour to assist our young women to engage in all areas of the curriculum within an exciting and vibrant environment. Our aspiration is to prepare our students with the skills and knowledge to meet the ever-increasing challenges of further study, the workplace and global citizenship.

Choosing a school can be one of the most challenging and difficult decisions a parent makes, as it really is an investment in your children’s future. I would encourage each and every parent to look for the school that best suits the needs and interests of their daughter. A school should offer an abundance of opportunities for students to explore, experience, learn, find their strengths and to become the very best person they can.

The College staff are highly professional and their commitment underpins the warmth and strength of this school community. As a mother myself, I know how important good relationships are in a school and how a girl’s education is based on a strong partnership between the School and the home. Staff welcome and encourage open and positive communication with parents.

Finally, it is my hope that every student who walks through the gates of St Clare’s College Waverley feels valued and respected, and through participation, develops a strong sense of belonging to the College community. Of course, this website cannot take the place of visiting our College. With this in mind, I warmly welcome you to visit us here at St Clare’s, and discover firsthand what makes St Clare’s College, Waverley so special.

I look forward to seeing you at St Clare’s College in the near future.

Mrs Antoinette McGahan

M. Arts (Theological Studies), M. Ed (Leadership), B Ed.

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