About Us

An Overview

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  • St Raphael’s, Parkside, South Australia was founded in 1889.
  • We are a small, R-7, co-educational Catholic primary school with current enrolments sitting at around 200 students making it the perfect setting if you want your child to attend a school with a tight-knit community feel.

  • Located on Glen Osmond Road in the inner city suburb of Parkside, our school is the only Catholic primary school sitting within the Glenunga International High School zone.

  • Our student facilities include a mixture of new and heritage buildings built around a central quadrangle with our modern library, the Loft, and our heritage-listed hall, positioned at the heart of our school.

  • We celebrate diversity with our families coming from diverse cultural backgrounds, diverse family groups and diverse economic situations.
  • While 75% of our families have selected Australian as their cultural background, we also have students from Greece, China, Venezuela, the Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Croatia, Sudan, Japan, Ireland, Great Britain, New Zealand and South Africa.
  • While the majority of our students come from local areas, we are seeing increasing numbers coming from the Adelaide hills region and further across the greater Adelaide metropolitan area.
  • We offer a number of specialised programs to address the diverse learning needs of our students. We provide programs to target gross motor skills development, social skills, literacy and accelerated learning.
  • We have a Playgroup on site, one morning a week for children 0-4 years who are not attending pre-school along with their parent/carer.
  • Our average class size is 16 students in our Reception to Year 2 classes and 23 students in our Year 3 to Year 7 classes.
  • Extra-curricula sports programs including swimming, athletics, cross country, netball, soccer, football, touch football, cricket and volleyball.
  • We hold an annual School Sports Carnival and are involved in many Inter-school sporting carnivals.
  • We have Reception to Year 5 swimming lessons and aquatics sessions for Years 6 -7.
  • We offer Milo Cricket, Net-Set-Go & AFL AusKick.
  • For the students who are interested in the Arts, we have a School Choir, Rock Band, extensive Instrumental Music Program and Performing Arts focus.
  • We currently run annual school camps from Year 3.
  • To increase in feelings of belonging our students all have buddy classes.

A Brief History

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Sunday 20th January 1889, Bishop Reynolds, Head of Catholic Diocese of Adelaide, blessed and opened a Mission School in Young Street Parkside for 130 children. The Sisters who taught at the school travelled daily by horse-drawn vehicle from their convent in Angas Street.

December 1896 – the Sisters who were teaching at the school moved into a rented house at Parkside.

In September 1922 the Sisters moved into the Convent, which at the time, was located on the school site.

In 1961 the Rev. J.W. Gleeson blessed the foundation stone of the new building.

The Sisters continued to head the school until 1985 when the first lay Principal was appointed.

In 1986 Sister Kathryn Travers, the last teaching Sister of Mercy, left the school.

In 1999 the school underwent a major redevelopment. The purchase of additional land, together with major building and grounds development, saw a marked improvement in facilities. The new facilities were blessed by the Rev. Leonard Faulkner on October 31st, 1999.

In 2011, the school received BER (Building the Educational Revolution) funding from the South Australian Government to assist in upgrading our facilities. We used this funding to build our library/resource centre and to enclose our courtyard.

Today, St Raphael's School stands proudly on the strong foundation of strength and foresight established over a century ago by the caring Sisters of Mercy.

Find Us

114 Glen Osmond Road, PARKSIDE     ph. (08) 8272 2368     info@raph.catholic.edu.au      www.raph.catholic.edu.au