Absentee Line - Primary 8150 2397, Secondary 8150 2323

History

1960s

A decade of expansion

“1967 began with the biggest step forward St Michael’s has ever made. Our 360 seniors moved to Henley Beach, and our 500 junior lads remained at Beverley…This year we saw a closer and more personal relationship between the staff and the boys – a relationship which is essential if true education is to take place” – Br George Kane

1963

300+ dads turn out to pave the concrete area near the new classrooms and helped extend the oval.

Enrolments reach 650 students.

1964

A meeting between Archbishops, the Director of Catholic Education, and the De La Salle Provincial decide that the College will be divided into two parts, primary and secondary. St Michael’s Secondary Campus will cater for Catholic boys over a 20km area around Henley Beach.

1965

Br George Kane assumes Headmastership.

Enrolments reach 780.

1966

Stage 1 building at the Secondary Campus commenced and included 12 classrooms, a library, toilet and shower block, tuckshop, admin, and science block.

Community spirit is alive and well with the P&F working on the assembly line to construct 500 desks (nicknamed “the indestructible”) which are to be used in the new building.

1967

The Secondary Campus opens at the start of the school year, with eight brothers, five lay teachers, and 360 students. Hundreds of parents, friends, old scholars, current students and staff attend the official opening, led by Archbishop Gleeson.

The Maroon and Blue is dedicated with gratitude and admiration, to the parents of the boys in the College acknowledging the efforts and sacrifices, they made for their children's' education.

1968

540 are now enrolled at the Secondary Campus in Year 9-12, and 520 at the Primary Campus in Year 3-8.

1969

Fr Joe Caruana is ordained (first old scholar to be a Diocesan Priest).

Chris Murphy entered the MSC seminary.

Fr Paul Cashen celebrates his first mass in the Henley Chapel.

1962

Six new classrooms, an assembly hall, a new staff room, a locker room, and extra shower spaces are added to the Beverley Campus.

The first ‘Prefects’ Dance’ is held.