History began 12 January 1968 with the arrival of four Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth: Sr Irmina Paszkiewicz, Sr Olga Klementowicz, Sr Monica Marie Marunowska, Sr Frances Jurko. The sisters came to staff Saints Peter and Paul School which was still under construction. This was no deterrent for on 28 January 1968 the new school year opened for 227 students in the rooms of the Hughes Civic Centre. A fortnight later a spirited group of staff and students moved into their newly built school.
The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, an international apostolic congregation, served the school for almost thirty years. Their founder, Blessed Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd had a vision of charity and this is the inspiration for the sisters’ life and service. Until the end of 1995, the principal of the school was provided from the Congregation.
Now it is 2018 and we celebrate the wonderful occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Saints Peter and Paul School. We remember those who began our school 50 years ago. Their faith, in God and in the future, made our school possible. Over the decades, generations of young people have studied here and learned about God’s great glory and how to be men and women of faith. All of this would not have been possible without those who began this school and those who have given generously of their time and resources to continue its work through the years.
Sr Helen Tereba writes on this occasion: “I had the privilege of being at the school from 1973 to 1979, first as a teacher and later as a principal. During that time, I was fortunate to have the support of dedicated teachers, supportive parents, and mostly, enthusiastic, energetic and eager students. In more recent years, I have been amazed at some of their accomplishments as adults and the fine contributions they are now making in the Church and in our world.
Reading the present vision and mission statements of the school it is very evident that the legacy of the pioneering Sisters as well as the ethos and values of the school once established continue to be renewed and fostered. Thank you for keeping the spirit and the mission of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth alive all these years.
While it is true that the world has changed, and schools must also change in order to prepare the students to live in this ever changing world, it is our hope and prayer that Saints Peter and Paul School’s guiding motto “Your Kingdom Come” will always remain the beacon guiding the school community into the future, for the next 50 years.”
Sister Lois Ann Richardi