Our Lady of the Nativity Primary was established by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, who opened a boarding school for girls and also began teaching the children of local parishioners.
Officially opened on 7th April 1929 by Archbishop Kelly, the school had an enrolment of 50 children.
New classrooms were opened in 1979 and 1982 providing space for 7 classes from Kindergarten to Year 6. A new Administration building complete with offices, a staffroom and library, was opened in 2005.
The first lay teacher was appointed to the school to teach kindergarten in 1963 and the first lay principal was appointed in 1977. The Sisters continued to teach at the school until 1981.
We are certainly indebted to the energy and vision of the Archbishop and the Good Samaritan Sisters in establishing our school and laying the foundations for the future. Now past its 80th year, Our Lady of the Nativity School continues to be recognised for the special place it has in serving the communities of the mid Blue Mountains and the overall mission of the church.
Our school motto and badge have Samaritan images and many of the children are from parish families.
Our school has a mandate from the local parish to work with the parish and actively pursue the development of a community, with Christ as its centre. Our school attempts to bring a Catholic perspective to all aspects of life, across the curriculum. There is an obvious attempt to integrate faith and life through processes such as a structured Religious Education program, daily prayer, liturgy, self discipline, staff prayer, relationship building, modelling of appropriate behaviour, and the community celebration of religious and community events.
Vision and Mission
Our Lady of the Nativity Primary is a co-educational Catholic primary school, striving to fulfil our vision to glorify God in all aspects of life and learning. We place great emphasis on establishing a partnership between home and school.With this in mind, our mission is to:
- provide for the learning and development needs of each child
- provide a supportive, safe and nurturing environment
- encourage lifelong learning
- recognise the worth of every individual
- celebrate together in faith
Our vision is to glorify God in all aspects of life and learning.