Our School

Our Staff

With a team of highly qualified and enthusiastic teachers, teaching assistants and support at St. Mary’s, Manly we are able to benefit from a pool of talent both in and out of the classroom.

Class sizes are relatively small, allowing teachers to offer for more care and attention to individuals in the classroom where they can vary their methods to suit all needs.

Paul McGuire – Principal

With close to 35 years experience in Catholic schools and qualifications that include a Masters of Education, Paul is a very committed Catholic educator within the Broken Bay Diocese. Prior to joining St Mary’s Manly, Paul served as the Principal of St. Martin de Porres Catholic School, Davidson and before that spent several years as Assistant Principal at Sacred Heart, Mona Vale and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Forestville.

He is an active member of The Lakes Parish, where he is Eucharistic Minister to the Sick and at Manly Freshwater Parish where he is a Parish Council member.

  • Dip Teach., B. Ed, M.Ed, Grad Cert Theology

Cathy Gualtieri – Assistant Principal

Cathy Gualtieri grew up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and after attending the Australian Catholic University, began her teaching career in the Sydney Diocese. In her 25 years’ experience she has taught in various locations in the Inner West of Sydney including Villawood and Meadowbank, where she held various leadership roles and was appointed Religious Education Coordinator. 

In 2014 Cathy moved back to the Northern Beaches working at St John’s Narraweena and later was appointed Religious Education Coordinator at St Joseph’s Narrabeen.  Her postgraduate studies include a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education, a Certificate in Gifted Education and is currently studying a Master of Educational Leadership.

She is an active member of the Lakes Parish and is part of the Parish Pastoral Council.

Josephine Gradwell – Religious Education Coordinator

Josephine grew up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches where she began her teaching career after graduating from Notre Dame University.

She is an active member of the Lakes Parish community, where she has carried out numerous roles within the Church including Eucharistic Minister to the Sick.

Josephine has taught at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School over the last eight years, as a classroom teacher and Literacy Coordinator before being appointed Religious Education Coordinator at St Mary’s.