History

St Michael's Catholic Primary School

School history

1

1922

On February 12th the Catholic Church in Brunswick Junction was officially opened and blessed.
2

1951

Parishioners in Brunswick Junction tried to establish their own private school, without success. Fr Cleary, the Harvey Parish Priest, issued an invitation to the Presentation Sisters to open a convent and school at Brunswick Junction.
On May 9th the founding Sister, Ignatius Henry and Margaret Mary Eaton, arrived. They were joined two days later by Sister Anthony Houlahan.
Father McSweeney was appointed the priest of the Harvey-Brunswick Junction parish. His first goal was to establish a Catholic primary school in the area.
On September 2nd the Presentation Convent was officially opened.
3

1952

The cheese factory was converted into a two-classroom school ready for the start of the 1952 school year with 60 pupils. This grew to 79 pupils later in the year.
4

1954

A three-room school officially opened. Term one saw 100 pupils attneding.
5

1965

A block of land was purchased which was to be used for a playground.
6

7

1975

Federal Government funding provided a resource centre, office and staffroom with storage attached. Monsignor Charles Cunningham was the Parish Priest. A lottery win by the Monsignor purchased equipment and a school bus.
8

1995

Sr Maura O’Connell is the last Presentation Sister to be the Principal of St Michael’s. The Presentation Order withdraws from St Michael’s.
9

1996

Acting Lay principal, Simon Casey is appointed. Internet access is set up in the school.
10

1997

Peter Sell is appointed the first lay Principal of St Michael’s. Kindergarten is introduced.
11

1998

The Library is dedicated to Laurel Atherton. Ted Brophy is recognised as a volunteer in teaching computer technology.
12

2002

The school celebrates its 50th year of service.
13

2007

Maureen Tully is appointed Principal.
14

2010

BER funding sees the building of a new library, classroom, staff workroom and the undercover area.
15

2012

Phillip Rossiter is appointed Principal.

Encouraging life-long learning

Religious Education Programmes are based on the Religious Education Guidelines for the Archdiocese of Perth. St Michael's incorporates Sacramental programmes as part of the Religious Education syllabus of all years.