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Why choose our school?

St Charles Catholic Primary School Ryde has a welcoming and open approach which brings both children and families on the learning journey. Collaboration is strong and the achievements of students benefit accordingly. With a focus on individual needs, every student has the opportunity to explore and find their passion.

A hard working and proactive staff, a strong focus on everyone’s wellbeing and a highly engaging relationship with the parish are critical to the success of St Charles’ and reasons that make the school a fantastic education choice for your child.

Principal’s Message

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to St Charles Catholic Primary School Ryde. As you navigate our site, you will gain some understanding of the wonderful sense of community enjoyed by our students and their families and the opportunities we provide for all children to fully develop their skills and talents.

Our school is embedded within the faith-filled and Christ-centred parish of St Charles Borromeo and a rich history of prayer, education and outreach. We celebrate valuable traditions that make up our history from Saint Charles Borromeo, the Mercy Sisters and the Josephites.

I share the leadership of this school with our priests, Father Greg Morgan, the leadership team and the teaching staff. All play an integral part in the leadership of our school and have a key role in policy and program formation and evaluation. It is also our privilege to work in partnership with families to develop the faith of our children and to assist them in achieving their full potential.

St Charles Catholic Primary School offers a rich and varied curriculum, with our teaching staff embracing twenty-first century teaching methods. We are continually adapting to the changing needs of our youth and their world. It is a place where all students can discover who they are and develop the self-confidence to take on new challenges in a caring and nurturing environment, supported by the whole school community. Our school is highly regarded by the local community. 

I feel privileged to be in the role of executive principal at this stage in the history of St Charles Catholic Primary School. I invite you to come visit us to see!

Peter Watkins
Executive Principal

St Charles Catholic Primary School Ryde Principal

St Charles Catholic Primary School Ryde historySt Charles Catholic Primary School Ryde commenced in 1858 with an enrolment of 30 children. When state aid was withdrawn in 1878, there was an influx of nuns and brothers of religious orders from Europe to teach in the schools. The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (Brown Josephites) taught in the school from 1883–1891.

In 1892, the Little Company of Mary Sisters (LCM) took over St Charles School because Cardinal Moran would not allow Catholic children to go to state schools. In 1898, the LCM Sisters handed the school over to the Sisters of Mercy with an enrolment of 25 children. The new brick school building commenced in 1899. The next section, a two story structure, opened in 1938. In 1983, the new hall and library were opened and finally, in 1988, eight new classrooms were built. 

 St Charles Catholic Primary School Ryde MissionMission 

  • Celebrating Jesus Christ as the centre of our lives.
  • Promoting successful learning in a supportive environment.
  • Fostering a true spirit of community through prayer, friendship and learning.
  • Inspiring hope and a positive vision for the future.


St Charles Catholic Primary School Ryde provides a quality education in the Catholic tradition. Through a partnership with our community, we strive to build a learning environment which supports each person to achieve their full potential. Our school, in partnership with the parish and community, is a faith-filled centre of learning striving for educational excellence and innovation.

St Charles Catholic Primary School Ryde is part of the Ryde-Gladesville Catholic Parish. Father Greg Morgan, our parish priest and Father Alfredo Serrano, our assistant priest take an active role and interest in the school supporting and nurturing the faith of our students, staff and families. St Charles Catholic Primary School Ryde Parish

Parish Priest: Fr Greg Morgan

Ryde-Gladesville Catholic Parish
A: 2a Charles Street, Ryde NSW 2112
P: (02) 9807 2966
W: www.rgcp.org.au

Mass Times

Day Mass Times
Saturday 9.00am and Vigil at 6.00pm
Sunday 8.00am, 10:00am, 6.00pm
Wednesday 8.00am at Holy Cross College (in school term only)
Wednesday 9.20am at St Charles
Friday 9.20am 
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