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Mater Maria Catholic College – Warriewood

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Mater Maria Catholic College – Warriewood
Mater Maria Catholic College is a Years 7 to 12 Systemic co-educational day school focused on learning, collaboration and rich and positive relationships. It is located in Warriewood on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
5 Forest Road
Sydney Northern Beaches
02 7256 2100
northern beaches
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  • Secondary School
  • Senior School
  • Catholic
Year 7 - Year 12
  • Academic Achievement
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Community
  • Creative Arts
  • Culture / Tradition
  • Digital Technologies
  • Discipline
  • Educational Support
  • Employment Pathways
  • Faith / Religion
  • Food Technology
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Information Technology
  • Languages
  • Music
  • Numeracy / Literacy
  • Pastoral Care / Guidance
  • Performing Arts
  • Personal Values
  • Resources / Facilites
  • Science/Technology
  • Social & Emotional Learning
  • Sport
  • Tertiary Pathways
  • Visual Art
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Athletics (Track & Field)
  • Australian Rules Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country Running
  • Debating
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Golf
  • Netball
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby 7's
  • Rugby Union
  • Sailing
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Faith-centred learning with community at its heart

  • The only co-educational Catholic secondary school on the Northern Beaches
  • Faith-centred learning with community at its heart
  • State of the art facilities
  • Wide range of sporting opportunities with students frequently following elite pathways
  • Now in the Top 150 Schools list

Located in the tranquil bush setting of Warriewood Valley, Mater Maria Catholic School welcomes all families that seek faith-centred learning and quality education for their sons and daughters in Years 7 to 12.

The College prides itself on providing students with an exceptional educational experience focused on deep learning, positive support networks and an infinite array of opportunities. Students are challenged and supported to realise their full potential with a focus on maximising individual growth, celebrating each students’ individual gifts and providing opportunities for a variety of future career pathways.

Mater Maria now ranks in the prestigious Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 150 Schools list, after the best HSC results the College has ever seen.

Graduates of Mater Maria not only do well, they make a positive impact in their local communities and the world in ways that truly matter. 

Please come and see for yourself at one of our small group tours or come to our Open Day on Wednesday 8 March between 4pm - 7pm. Click here to contact our Enrolment Registrar for more information or to watch our virtual school tour.

At Mater Maria we strive to develop EPIC students who are;

- Engaged in learning
- Positive in their attitude
- Independent by taking personal responsibility to reach their full potential
- Connected by collaborating with teachers and peers

Learning is the primary focus at the College and as a co-educational community our teachers confidently embrace the uniqueness of each student, actively seeking to develop the special gifts that each student has by tailoring learning to their needs.

The College provides opportunities for creative problem solving, critical thinking and instilling a love of lifelong learning.

Mater Maria is a vibrant, nurturing community, providing creative, academic and sport loving students with a diverse program of knowledge and skills to maximise their individual achievement and provide them with the opportunity to flourish beyond school.
The College site is organised around a grand staircase which ascends to the heart of the College - the beautiful Mater Maria Chapel.

The facilities are modern and technologically equipped to offer engaging and creative ways for collaborating, communicating and delivering the curriculum. The site is wirelessly networked to service their ‘Bring Your Own Device’ program.

The College has indoor and outdoor agile learning spaces, new administration and staff facilities, an easily accessible student welfare hub, a new café style canteen and the old parts of the school have been reconfigured into 6 new classrooms, a new junior kitchen, a purpose-built STEM lab that thrives with over 1,000 students each receiving a holistic Catholic education.

It also has specialised learning spaces for electronics, digital learning, drama, fitness, hospitality, languages, music, science, timber, textiles and visual arts.

Students have the benefit of performing and presenting in the Byrne Theatre auditorium and the Marana Complex, which is an impressive gymnasium and gathering space for College events.

In the open air, the Mater Maria Oval, covered outdoor court and cricket nets provide training grounds and pitches for a number of Mater Maria's sporting teams.

Our curriculum is enriched by a diverse range of opportunities, to allow our students to follow their individual interests and share their talents in a more challenging and fulfilling way. Students have the opportunity to be involved in:

  • Social Justice initiatives
  • Faith formation events e.g. World Youth Day and Australian Catholic Youth Festivals
  • An overseas immersion tour as well as sporting and cultural tours
  • Sport – a wide variety of representative sports as well as fitness training
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
  • Performing arts programs including music ensembles and individual tutoring, drama and dance groups
  • Creative arts clubs
  • Debating and Public speaking
  • Various academic competitions e.g. chemistry titration and mock trial
  • Environmental stewardship activities
  • House based competitions and activities

The College encourages its students to value and respect themselves, build positive relationships and contribute to the welcoming feel that the College is renowned for. At Mater Maria, the inclusive nature of its co-educational setting provides a wide range of natural opportunities for building positive and healthy relationships between girls and boys needed for life after school.

Unique to Mater Maria is a pastoral program for Year 7 students designed to enhance the transition to secondary school. Within the curriculum subject of Transition Skills, Year 7 students participate in Peer Counselling with Year 11 student leaders during Term 1. During the rest of the year, the class teacher delivers a program designed to equip students with skills necessary for the navigation of Year 7 such as conflict resolution, problem solving, study skills for high school and cybersafety.

Everyone at Mater Maria is called to take up the challenge of living the College's five values - Community, Justice, Hospitality, Spirituality and Stewardship - to discover new ways to realise the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, Mater Maria provides a well-rounded, high quality education for young men and women within the welcoming environment of a Catholic faith community. The College aims to build an educational foundation for life with an emphasis on social justice and the celebration of the uniqueness of the individual by:

• Encouraging a sense of community
• Promoting gospel values
• Nurturing the human spirit
• Developing a welcoming, peaceful environment
• Providing opportunities for the realisation of potential
• Education for life

Mater Maria Catholic College is situated on Forest Road at Warriewood. Mater Maria is well serviced by a network of government and private bus services which provide transport to and from the College.

For the latest College timetables, maps and School Travel Pass Application, please visit Transport for NSW.



Mater Maria Catholic College now ranks in the prestigious SMH’s Top 150 Schools List after the best HSC results the school has ever seen.

Nineteen students received an ATAR above 90 with Charlotte Crouch achieving the College’s highest ATAR of 97.2. Seventy-five students were on the Distinguished Achievers List, 49% of the cohort’s results were in the top 2 achievement bands and over 80% were in the top 3. 

All Drama students excelled above 89%. All Extension 2 English students above 92% and Visual Arts had 6 Distinguished Achievers. Many students were selected or nominated for exemplary major works in a range of subjects.

“This significant improvement of HSC results is largely due to a focus on literacy and growth for every student and teacher. This collaborative team approach supported our students to maximise their results in both the HSC and Year 9 NAPLAN” said the Principal, Marc Reicher.

“I am immensely proud of the graduating class of 2022 for their persistence over the past 6 years, and I would like to thank the entire College community for supporting them on their various pathways to success.Many students gained early university entry, traineeships, apprenticeships, and employment even before their HSC exams and I am confident they will make a significant contribution to our society,” he said.

Passionate about developing positive learning

Meet the Principal Marc ReicherPassionate about offering a faith-centred Catholic co-education for boys and girls, Marc Reicher is an accomplished educator and leader whose career has spanned over 27 years.

Mr Reicher was appointed Principal at Mater Maria Catholic College in 2013 after serving as Acting Principal at St Leo’s Catholic College in Wahroonga. Prior to this, Mr Reicher was an Assistant Principal at St Leo’s.

Along with a Bachelor of Science Degree and Diploma in Education, Mr Reicher has a Masters in Educational Leadership.

Since becoming College Principal at Mater Maria nine years ago, Mr Reicher has developed an exceptional educational experience with a focus on continual improvement and developing positive learning networks.

He has introduced the expectation that all students are EPIC learners, those that are engaged in their learning, positive in their attitude, independent and connected to their community.

This model of learning is supported and taught by all teachers at the College and follows the good work of his predecessors in growing Mater Maria into the wonderful College that it is today – the largest high school in Broken Bay and the only co-educational Catholic secondary school on the Northern Beaches.

Mr Reicher is a strong and committed Catholic. Married for 23 years, he has two children. One recently completed HSC and the other is in Year 11. Mr Reicher is an active member of his local parish, the Holy Name of Mary in Rydalmere and enjoys all sports, particularly golf and cricket.

He welcomes all families that are seeking a faith-centred education for children in Years 7 to 12 on the Northern Beaches.

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Mater Maria Catholic College is a co-educational school, for Years 7 to 12, located in the tranquil bush setting in Warriewood Valley.

Our College provides young people with an exceptional educational experience focused on learning, positive support networks and an infinite array of opportunities grounded in our shared College values of Community, Hospitality, Justice, Spirituality and Stewardship.

Our College provides an engaging, technology-complemented learning environment where both students and teachers are challenged to increase the learning gain for each individual. Quality transformational learning is our focus and through flexible learning structures and informed by the latest professional practice our teachers guide our students to nurture curiosity, develop quality relationships and achieve their personal best.

Graduates of Mater Maria not only do well, they make a positive impact in their local communities and the world in ways that matter. These pages provide a glimpse of the special opportunities provided to your sons and daughters at our College.

Welcome to the College, please feel free to come and see for yourself on our annual Open Day or book a tour.

Marc Reicher, College Principal

Mater Maria Excels at Education Perfect English Championships 2024

Schools from around the globe recently participated in the prestigious Education Perfect English Championship, and Mater Maria emerged with remarkable achievements. Our school, which prides itself on offering academic excellence, secured 2nd Place overall in NSW, 11th Place in Australia and 15th Place internationally, demonstrating our students’ exceptional talent and dedication.

The top 12 students were honoured with certificates from Education Perfect and earned 10 house points each for their outstanding participation in Academic Competitions.

A special mention goes to Stirling (Year 7), who earned an impressive 2,358 points, placing in the top 2% of competitors worldwide. Isabella (Year 8) also distinguished herself by scoring 2,005 points, securing a spot in the top 2% globally. Within the college, Gil, Jenson and Nylana (Year 7 students), achieved 3rd, 4th and 5th places respectively.

We are immensely proud of our students’ achievements and their commitment to academic excellence. Congratulations to all participants for their hard work and dedication.


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