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McAuley Catholic College is situated on the Pacific Highway on the outskirts of Grafton in northern New South Wales. It is a co-educational secondary school conducted by the Clarence Valley Parish within the Diocese of Lismore. The College was formed in 1990 with the amalgamation of three local Catholic schools – Holy Spirit College, St Aloysius College and St Mary’s College. The College’s ethos has been derived from the traditions of two great Religious Orders: the Sisters of Mercy and the Marist Brothers. Since the late 1800s the Sisters of Mercy have been involved in Catholic Education in Grafton and continue to have a significant presence and mission in the local community.

The original campus of the College was situated on the banks of the Clarence River in central Grafton. Early in 2004, the re-location of the College to its new campus at Clarenza on the outskirts of Grafton occurred and now comprises excellent facilities catering for all subject areas including Technology and Applied Studies, Science, Performing and Visual Arts. There is a fully-equipped Library and sporting facilities, including a Hall and Gym.

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Key Features of Our College

  • We value our identity as a distinctive Catholic community which promotes the central place of the Gospel.
  • We encourage and support parents in their role as prime educators.
  • We ensure the dignity and worth of each member of the school community.
  • We strive for excellence in educational standards and achievement through a broad-based curriculum and subject choice.
  • We promote a strong co-curricula program in sport, the creative arts and academic-based pursuits.
  • We nurture leadership and responsibility in all students.
  • We teach students the principles of self-discipline and how to manage and to be accountable for their own behaviour.
  • We make particular provision for students with special needs.
  • We foster in our students a commitment to Christian Service across the school and within the wider community.