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Medowie to welcome Catherine McAuley Primary School


Medowie is once again under the spotlight, this time welcoming another education facility to its growing infrastructure list.

The latest addition, Catherine McAuley Primary School, will take the Port Stephens suburb’s learning hub total to five, with a public high school to follow in its wake.

Scheduled to open in 2026, the primary school will cater to the demand for Catholic education within the region.

The public high school is set to be operational 12 months later.

Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle Michael Kennedy said, like the neighbouring College with the same name, the primary school will operate under the patronage of Catherine McAuley.

“Catherine McAuley was a mission-minded woman, a strong woman, a woman who became so heavily embedded in her service to the poor, sick and uneducated, that she founded the Sisters of Mercy,” he explained.

Chief executive officer and director of Catholic Schools Sean Scanlon added Catherine McAuley Primary School’s close connection to St Nicholas’ Early Education Centre and Catherine McAuley Catholic College meant local families would have access to a comprehensive educational journey, from infancy through to adulthood.

During the excavation process of the school’s construction, a number of Indigenous artefacts were unearthed.

After extensive consultation with local Elders, they are now being showcased at nearby Catherine McAuley Catholic College.

Medowie High School, still in its planning stages, is expected to cost more than $53 million, with students welcome by 2027.

The increasingly popular suburb will also greet a new $2.6 million sporting facility at Yulong Oval by the middle of 2024.

“The Hunter is one of the fastest growing regions in New South Wales,” Port Stephens MP Kate Washington said.

“So, the work and planning we are doing is vital to support the current and future needs of students in the community.”

In fact, Medowie’s population is projected to grow to 15,000 people by 2040, up from 9,500 in 2016.

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