Our Story

Our Lady of the Nativity is a Kindergarten – Year 6 co-educational primary school that serves the villages of Lawson, Hazelbrook, Woodford, Bullaburra and Wentworth Falls.

The school has approximately 100 students enrolled and is a one stream school.


Acknowledgement of Country

Our Lady of the Nativity Primary Lawson sits on beautiful Durug land.

In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands in which our Diocese site, the land of the Darug and Gundungurra people.

We would like to pay our respects to the Aboriginal Elders past, present and future for they hold the traditions, memories and wisdom of Mother Earth on which we place our feet upon today.

Our Mission

Our Lady of the Nativity Lawson Mission

OLN is a Catholic school that seeks to build positive attitudes and relationships which support student learning.

We aim to:

  • recognise the worth of each individual
  • advance the educational and emotional needs of our students
  • facilitate a safe and encouraging environment
  • provide skills beneficial to life-long learning
  • celebrate life and our faith together.

Our Vision

Our Lady of the Nativity Lawson Vision

Our Lady of the Nativity Primary is a co-educational Catholic primary school, striving to fulfil our vision to glorify God in all aspects of life and learning. We place great emphasis on establishing a partnership between home and school.

We are a community-based school where we work and celebrate our faith together. By doing this, we enable our children to reach their potential and bring God to life in each other. As a school community we are focused on demonstrating the following core values in everything we do:

  • respect
  • compassion
  • justice
  • integrity


Our Lady of the Nativity Lawson History

Our Lady of the Nativity Primary was established by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, who opened a boarding school for girls and also began teaching the children of local parishioners. Officially opened on 7th April 1929 by Archbishop Kelly, the school had an enrolment of 50 children.

The first lay teacher was appointed to the school to teach kindergarten in 1963 and the first lay principal was appointed in 1977. The Sisters continued to teach at the school until 1981.

New classrooms were opened in 1979 and 1982 providing space for 7 classes from Kindergarten to Year 6. A new administration building complete with offices, a staffroom, and a library, was opened in 2005.

We are indebted to the energy and vision of the Archbishop and the Good Samaritan Sisters in establishing our school and laying the foundations for the future.

Over 90 years later, Our Lady of the Nativity School continues to be recognised for the special place it has in serving the communities of the mid Blue Mountains and the overall mission of the church.