Master Plan

North Sydney Catholic Education Precinct will unite Parish and community around innovative education and Catholic values.

Source: WMK Architecture 

Miller Street Looking North

The reinvigorated education precinct will support students from early learning to year 12, to new and exciting pathways beyond school. The precinct will bring together Our Lady of the Way Parish with St Mary’s Church at the centre and join together St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Marist College North Shore as one K-12 co-educational school – Marist Catholic College North Shore, from 2021.

The precinct will continue to grow a learning community that is focused on excellent outcomes for students, as they transition through the stages of their education.

The precinct will include new piazza spaces accessible to our neighbours and connections with local businesses, both onsite and close by, supporting both students and the local economy.

The project will be delivered over 10 years in a series of stages ensuring minimal impact for Parish, students and neighbours throughout construction.


Source: WMK Architecture 

Piazza looking West

Sydney Catholic Schools will lodge a State Significant Development Application with the NSW Government for:

  • Demolition of existing buildings along Miller Street and Carlow Street, including the childcare centre and terrace houses.
  • Adaptive reuse of the existing Presbytery.
  • Construction of a six-storey educational building on the corner of Miller Street and Carlow Street.
  • Construction of a six-storey building along Miller Street, accommodating teaching facilities, an early learning centre, auditorium and space for potential third-party education provider. Construction of a new basement car park for approximately 51 vehicles.
  • High quality landscaping, and a shared Piazza.

‘One school – unlimited possibilities’

The future of education is dynamic, flexible and student-centred.

As North Sydney grows to be an essential hub for education and businesses on the lower North Shore, Marist Catholic College, with its new facilities and 21st century flexible learning spaces will be a new and sought-after school that has not existed in the past.

  • Marist Catholic College North Shore will increase its student capacity incrementally from 1,200 students today, up to 2,000 students by 2030, including a 90-place early learning centre.
  • Construction of a six storey, state of the art building on the corner of Miller and Carlow Street, will support the flexible learning of the new K-12 school.
  • Construction of a six-storey building along Miller Street will complete the school, accommodating contemporary learning facilities, an early learning centre, auditorium, and space for a potential third-party education provider.
  • The Presbytery building will undergo a full restoration and a landscaped piazza will invite Parishioners to connect in lovely gardens outside St Mary’s Church. The piazza area will provide green space and complement surrounding parklands.
  • Construction of a new basement car park for approximately 50 vehicles. Two designated under-ground drop off zones for the school community.

Co-education in the heart of North Sydney

From 2021, Marist Catholic College North Shore will provide a unique, Catholic co-educational opportunity in the heart of North Sydney.

Access, traffic and parking

A significant consideration is managing traffic and parking. A traffic and parking assessment is being undertaken as part of the project. Included in that analysis will be existing and future transport needs as well as an assessment of staff and visitor car parking.

A Green Travel Plan will encourage sustainable and active transport modes to be used by Parish, school community and visitors.

Managing school drop off zones to minimise impacts for neighbours will be considered as part of the project. It is anticipated there will be two drop off zones; one for St Mary’s Campus (primary) and one for the La Valla campus (secondary). Both drop off zones will be utilised at busier times to minimise possible congestion. Both drop off zones will be underground.

Sydney Catholic Schools

Sydney Catholic Schools is the system of 150 Catholic primary and secondary schools operating across the Archdiocese of Sydney. The new K-12 school will be operated by Sydney Catholic Schools.


The Vision

The North Sydney Education Precinct will foster inspired teaching and cooperative learning. New and dynamic learning spaces to encourage collaboration, flexibility and curiosity will be built over the coming years to meet the needs of the students that will attend the new school.

The precinct will offer connections beyond the school boundaries, with opportunities for supporting facilities incorporated to enhance the lives of those in need within the local and wider community.

Beginning in 2021 the precinct will be delivered in a series of stages over approximately 10 years. These new and necessary buildings will be planned to minimise impacts on the Parish, school community and its neighbours.

Our Lady of the Way Parish

The Parish has a long history of supporting communities locally and across Greater Sydney. Connections throughout the Parish are facilitated through regular celebrations of the Eucharist, through the development of a strong and vibrant youth group as well as running food drives for the local and extended communities and by providing many other support services.

Contact Us

More information on the proposal

Sydney Catholic Schools is committed to keeping school and Parish communities, as well as near neighbours and the broader community informed about Marist Catholic College North Shore project plans and providing easy and available ways to provide feedback.

Sydney Catholic Schools has commissioned Urbis Engagement to collect your feedback about project plans. You can contact the team on or call 1800 244 863.

Information Webinars

The health and safety of the community is important at this time. Webinars will be hosted rather than face to face information events to ensure the community can find out more about the proposal and ask questions.

Webinar 20 October (School)
Webinar 21 October (Parish)
Webinar 22 October (Neighbours)

Community updates

Fact sheet, Number 1 - June 2020
Fact sheet, Number 2 - October 2020