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History

1970s

A decade of change and prosperity

“…look with pride at the result of the efforts of the parents, students and staff. We are not only one of the largest, independent secondary schools in the state with fine facilities, but more importantly, we have a community whose warmth and vibrancy is the envy of many.” – Br Peter Wallace

1970

A Commonwealth Government Grant is used to build a 120-seat lecture theatre, a library, and a teachers’ study. Slide projectors, videotape machines, and shelving for 8,000 books is also purchased.

1972

Year 12 classes became co-educational. 13 girls start, with Sister Catherine Clarke, from the Josephite Order of Mary MacKillop, as their mentor.

1973

The College becomes permanently co-educational, with a total of 100 girls. A permanent Sister is appointed.

1974

Br Peter Wallace enters the Headmastership position. He brings 14 years of experience and a great rapport with students and the community. Peter oversees the construction of the Matriculation Centre. Additional land is purchased at Henley.

1976

Peter’s reign is short-lived but memorable. Enrolments reach 990 and 130 students in Year 12. Br Hilary Walsh takes over as Principal of the Junior School.

1977

Br Kevin Moloney is appointed Headmaster and his driving ethos for the College was a vision where the school would be a place where peace and justice would reign and where none shall wrong another.

1978

Br Kevin Moloney reinstates the Cadet Unit, with students accessing the Adventure Training Award Badge, leadership courses, and other activities.

1979

The College celebrates their 25th anniversary. One notable event is a Mass attended by over 5,000 people.