Catholic Education South Australia

Our History

St Patrick's School and St Patrick's Church were both opened in 1964. As a Catholic parish school it commenced with Years 1 to 3 under the guidance of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and the first two teachers were Sister Francis Clare and Sister Berchmanns.

The multicultural community embraced this Catholic School and by 1973, St Patrick's School had become a Reception to Year 7 school.

Between 1985 to 1988, under the guidance of Sister Mary Mercer, the first major building re-development took place with new classrooms, library, canteen and administration were built.

In 1991, a Special Education Facility now called the Judy Burley Learning Support Centre opened as a new initiative in Catholic Education in South Australia. Today it continues to serve students with special needs throughout the Archdiocese of Adelaide. Judy Burley was the first teacher of this special education centre and was instrumental in the success of the Centre in the early stages. Judy Burley died of cancer in 1998 and the school community named the centre after her to honour her dedication to students with special needs.

Between 1995 to 1998, under the guidance of Sister Theresa Swiggs, the next major stage of building development took place which included three new classrooms, new toilets, as well as the Mary MacKillop Room which now serves as an Out of School Hours Care, Playgroup area and Parent Community Room.

In 2001, a marble statue of Our Lady was placed in the rose garden. This statue came all the way from Marble Mountain at Da Nang in Vietnam, and was donated by the Vietnamese parents.

Between 2002 and 2006, under the guidance of Sister Brigette Sipa, a new computer lab and two new classrooms were constructed, as well as refurbishment of the administration area.

The leadership of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart continued until 2008 when the school was lead by it's first lay principal, Frank Congedi. From the beginning of 2018 we have been lead by Barbara Ahern, the school continues strongly in the tradition of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

To further develop the school's facilities the school recently purchased land to build a multi purpose hall, now named Sister Mary Mercer Hall, as part of the Federal Government's Building Education Revolution. The Sister Mary Mercer Hall is a multi-purpose facility which caters for school gatherings, Sport, Dance, performances and community celebrations.

Throughout the years, St Patrick's School community has continued to thrive and be a place of learning and celebration.

Thank you to all our families, past and present, for your commitment and willingness to support our school and for embracing the future with joy!