Saint Mary's Catholic College is a regional co-educational Catholic College offering quality inclusive education to students in the South Burnett region. The College belongs to the community of over 130 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Brisbane and provides a seamless education for students from Prep to Year 12. The College has been proudly serving the families of the South Burnett district since 1990, following the amalgamation of the St Mary's Parish Primary and Secondary Schools, and has an enrolment of approximately 500 students.
Catholic Education was offered originally by the Sisters of Charity in 1929. In 1934 the Sisters of the Good Samaritan commenced their work in the Kingaroy Parish, particularly in the area of Catholic Education at the local parish primary and secondary schools.
The Good Samaritan Sisters were founded in 1857 by Archbishop John Bede Polding to work with the female convicts, initially, and then they moved into the field of Catholic education generally. The concept of the Gospel parable of the Good Samaritan focuses on Christian Ministry with special emphasis on compassion - a characteristic which expresses itself in relating to persons in the reality of their situation. As a Benedictine monk, Archbishop Polding adapted the rule of St Benedict for the Good Samaritan Congregation - a rule of life that was based on a balance of work, prayer and rest. Underpinning all activity however, was the achievement of a constant state of listening to the word of God, active and alive.
Faith is central to all aspects of College life with all staff committed to providing students with a sound spiritual formation. Following in the tradition of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, the College has adopted the philosophy of the Benedictine traditions.
Saint Mary's Catholic College strives to be a peaceful, caring and friendly community, where people are welcomed and encouraged to grow. As a Catholic College we are committed to proclaiming Gospel values through all aspects of College life.
Congratulations and blessings from Sr Dolores Carroll sgs, the first and Foundational Principal of Saint Mary's Secondary College.How delightful to be able to send my greetings for this historical event.Fr VJ Carroll always said that Saint Mary's College, like the Kangaroo and Emu, would never go backward. How true! From the founding years ever onward, the good news and events have continued to come my way. I am pleased to hear the news of your new buildings and more importantly an increase in numbers.Catholic primary education in Kingaroy was well established by the Sisters of Charity (beginning in 1929) and the Good Samaritan Sisters (beginning in 1934) and I pay tribute to them.My experiences in various schools around Australia as well as 10 years teaching English in Japan (Tokyo and Sasebo, Nagasaki) gave me gifts that I offered to my new life with the school as you now know it. I enjoyed 14 wonderful years teaching in city and country schools in QLD, NSW and the ACT, before flying out from the Australian summer and straight into the Japanese winter.I remember originally traveling to Kingaroy by bus. As we came up to the Blackbutt Range, the busload of people said "The bellbirds are back after a long absence." I proudly mused that this was a lovely welcome for me.In 1964, Year 8 had begun as a primary top at Saint Mary's primary school.At that time, there was enough of a population in the South Burnett to warrant an alternative system of education and for a Catholic Co-educational secondary College to begin. So, with my arrival, Saint Mary's Secondary College began.The boys at that time, went one morning a week to Kingaroy State High School. I worried about their bicycle rides and behaviour because they lolly shop near the Kingaroy Hospital was a temptation.Mrs Ann Ciesiolka came in one day a week with her baby for Homecraft for the girls. The rest of the Year 8s and 9s were mine.There were problems a plenty as we waited for a building and for bitumen on Kent Street. I remember treading the muddy track that was Kent Street wearing my galoshes.In spite of problems, the students came along with their studies and entered competitions covering all areas of interest.One lovely event was a visit to the Coolabunia Bora Ring to recite poetry and meditate. We went on day trips to the coast, factories etc.We had many brilliant students and I am very pleased that we now have our Saint Mary's students filling high profile positions across many sectors of the community.As the years flow ever on, may the blessings of the music of our wonder and delight be with all Saint Mary's students, staff, parents and families, and the generous parishioners and people of Kingaroy and the South Burnett.May God's blessings continue to be your guide.God BlessYour Little Blind GirlSr Dolores Carroll sgs.
A year of planning went in to developing our Combined Anniversaries celebrations held on 30 and 31 in 2015. There were some of the biggest celebrations the College had seen across its 86 year history.
Across the weekend, more than 600 people gathered at Saint Mary's to celebrate a number of milestones including the College's 85th anniversary of primary education, the 50th anniversary of the secondary and 25th year of P-12 education.
The weekend got off to a great start with around 120 past students and staff gathering at the Nanango Races with most backing the winning Marion Mary, a Saint Mary's namesake in Race 1. Race 2 celebrated the College's anniversaries with theSaint Mary's Combined Anniversaries (Class B) Handicap.
The night, over 600 people gathered in the College's Maryknoll Centre for the Combined Anniversaries Mass and dinner. Special guests at the combined anniversaries included Mr Kevin Schultz a first day 1929 student; Ms Pam Betts, the Executive Director of Brisbane Catholic Education; Mrs Cathy Jackson, pas Saint Mary's student and the Director of the North Services Centre; and representatives from the Good Samaritan Sisters and Sisters of Charity (now Mary Aikenhead Ministries) who began Saint Mary's College.
The Combined Anniversaries Mass was not only supported by Saint Mary's past and present students, staff and families, but also by St Mary's, Kingaroy and St Joseph's Murgon parishioners. The Mass featured beautiful music suppled by Saint Mary's talented staff and student musicians and choirs.
On the Sunday, The College's Open Day welcomed hundreds of prospective parents and past staff and students to its state-of-the-art facilities, displays and performances. Bishop Brian Finnegan joined past staff and students for a roll call by Mr Nayler and our College Captains, Richelle and Rory.
As well as the huge efforts of Mr Nayler and Mrs Hauritz who put a year of planning into the Combined Anniversaries, we need to recognise everyone who worked hard to make this such a fantastic event. In particular, we need to thank Mr Perrett, Mr Dalton, Miss Schultz, Mrs Lutz, Mr Langley, Mr Linnane and our Combined Anniversaries Committee who work tirelessly behind the scenes.