As principal of St Anthony of Padua Catholic College Austral, I am delighted and honoured to welcome you to our website. We are an exciting new school which will grow to offer co-educational enrollments from pre-school to Year 12. Being a P–12 school, St Anthony of Padua Catholic College will provide opportunities for students to be known, valued and challenged for the full 13 years of their education. We will take advantage of specialist facilities and specialist teachers for all students K–12. Students will develop strong working relationships with friends and staff members and siblings will be together at the same school regardless of their age.
Here, you will find that our vision for education is very clear in our commitment to enable all students to become ‘learners for life’. At St Anthony’s, this means a focus on delivering a rigorous curriculum and personalised learning to challenge and meet the needs and interests of each student.
I believe that the changing and unpredictable nature of the world in which we live, demands that today’s young people need to leave school with the ability to think critically and work cooperatively while being flexible and creative problem-solvers. We aim to build a school where our students grow – in their faith and as confident, courageous and collaborative learners.
This kind of education is not only focused on students gaining knowledge and skills, but more on using these to make a positive impact in our world. St Anthony of Padua’s words – ‘Let your words speak, and your actions teach’ – clearly demonstrate the qualities we wish to instill in the young adults who will leave our school.
Since taking our first enrollments in 2017, we have continued to dream and create a positive, faith-filled learning culture together. With construction well underway, St Anthony’s is set to become a comprehensive K–12 college by 2026.
I invite you to join us on this exciting journey as we continue to establish this unique Catholic learning community here at St Anthony’s.
Ms Lea De Angelis
St Anthony’s parish officially opened in 1965. With Father Joe Weaver as parish priest, local families began connecting to create a strong Catholic faith community.
Today, Father Robert (Bob) Hayes is the current parish priest, and is excited to be a part of a distinctive 21st century college that fosters dynamic and future-focused learning, guided by the teachings of the Gospel, into producing global citizens with a desire to make the world a better place.
St Anthony of Padua Catholic College Austral opened in 2017 with first enrollments of 42 children in Kindergarten. Since then, there have been further enrollments with a goal to cater for students from Kindergarten through to Year 12.
Our college and parish draws its inspiration and charism from our patron St Anthony of Padua, whose life revolved around educating others of the Scriptures and using God’s word to effect change, with a particular dedication to the poor and marginalised.
Here at St Anthony’s we are inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ, and Saint Anthony of Padua’s principles of service, hospitality and welcome to embrace his message: ‘Let your words teach and your actions speak.’
Our vision is to establish an innovative, inclusive and educative Catholic community for all students from Kindergarten through to Year 12.
At St Anthony of Padua Catholic College Austral we continually look towards the horizon for the next exciting possibility, raising the bar by striving for excellence in education.
Informed by the teachings of the Gospel, students at St Anthony of Padua are faith-filled learners for life. We value student voice in enabling our learners to think differently and to connect both locally and globally. We are committed to developing strong, lasting links with our families and our parish community, as well as the greater community.
With Christ we Aspire
With Christ we Achieve
With Christ we Act
We challenge each person to have high expectations of themselves, to persevere in order to experience success and by using Christ as a model, make a difference in our world.
St Anthony of Padua Catholic College Austral is an integral part of the parish community, where we warmly welcome and encourage our students and families to become active members. The liturgical, sacramental and prayer life of the school is strongly supported by our parish priest.
Fr Robert (Bob) Hayes
Friday: 9.00 am followed by the Exposition and Rosary till 10.00 am
Saturday: Reconciliation 4.45–5.15pm, Vigil Mass is at 5.30pm
Sunday: 7.30am and 9.00am
Baptisms are celebrated at 10.30am on specified Sundays. An appointment with Fr Hayes is necessary in order to arrange for the Sacrament of Baptism.
During school terms, there is a Children’s Liturgy at the Vigil and at the 9.00am Masses.
Address: 105 Eleventh Avenue, Austral, NSW 2179
Phone: (02) 9606 0206
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.