Our Mission

At St Finbarr’s we celebrate God’s presence in all we do.

We are a vital community within the Byron Bay, Bangalow Holy Spirit Parish and we empower our students to always give their best and transform their world by Loving like Jesus.

Growing together as friends, by modelling and teaching about respectful relationships, we strive to nurture and care for our community and for our environment every day.

We focus on the needs of each child and aim to engage our students actively and cooperatively in the process of Learning for life.


Holy Spirit Parish

St Finbarr’s Church, Byron Bay

50 Tennyson St, Byron Bay


Saturday 6.00pm,

Friday 9.30am

St Kevin’s Church, Bangalow

Deacon Street, Bangalow


Sunday 9.30am


Christian Meditation

“Children and young adults are born contemplative, but in the modern world they are bombarded from an early age with noise, stimulus and a message to keep busy”.

(Coming Home, Catholic Education Office Townsville).

At St. Finbarr’s, Christian meditation is practised daily in every classroom. Teachers enjoy this shared experience of God’s presence with their class.

Meditation is a form of prayer, a way to experience God through the stillness and silence of our hearts. It is John Main’s (the founding father of modern Christian meditation) belief that God is always with us, both surrounding us and within us. In order to find God, we become aware of the presence of God’s Spirit as love. A way to grow in awareness of this presence is through prayer and a consistent practice of meditation.

There is a range of researched reasons to practice meditation, it lowers stress, decreases the symptoms of anxiety and depression, reduces blood pressure, enhances experiences of wellbeing and helps in the ability to stay attentive and to concentrate (www.cominghome.org.au/benefits).

To find out more about Christian meditation visit the World Community of Christian Meditation website at:


or visit the Diocese of Townsville Christian Meditation website at:


to learn about the implementation of Christian Meditation in each of their schools.



St Finbarr’s School follows the diocesan policy for the reception of the Sacraments.

Confirmation will be celebrated in Year 2 for those children who have been baptised into the Catholic Church.

First Reconciliation will be celebrated in the Season of Lent in Year 3 for those children who have been baptised into the Catholic Church.

First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Year 3 for those students who have celebrated their First Reconciliation.

NB: Students from other diocese or parishes who may have received the sacraments in a different order need to contact the Leader of Evangelisation at the school if interested in enrolling in the Sacramental Programmes.

Parents who are interested in having their children baptised need to contact the Parish Priest at the Parish office on 02 6685 6260 or via email to stfins@bigpond.com

Work related to the sacraments is covered at each grade level in accordance with the Diocese of Lismore, Religious Education Guidelines.