McAuley primary school began in 1967 and was established to replace the primary section of three schools that were closed down. It was housed in the former Christian Brothers’ College buildings in Carlisle Street. The Sisters of Mercy agreed to run the new school. McAuley remains a parish primary school, co-educational from Kindergarten to Year 6. Today the school maintains a close association with the Mercy sisters through the motto ‘Seek the Truth’ which was introduced by the Mercy Sisters and encourages the charism, culture and values of the Mercy Order: compassion, justice, service and excellence.