Our School Community - Our History

From humble beginnings in 1962, St. Luke the Evangelist School has continued to develop it’s programs and facilities to address the needs of students in this contemporary world. In its first year of existence the School had two classes. Only one of these classes was taught on the present site as the other classroom remained at St. Thomas’ School in Blackburn.

The teachers and grades during the first year were: M. Cullen Gr.2 41 Pupils M. Carmody Gr.3 33 Pupils

In 1964, under Fr. Larsen’s direction, five classrooms and a tuckshop were constructed and these formed the eastern wing of the School. February 1965 was an historic occasion for the school as it saw the arrival of the first religious staff to St. Luke’s - three Sisters from Holland from the Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

During their years, the western wing of the school was added, classrooms gradually acquired essential equipment and the enrolment grew to a peak of 398 pupils in 1975. The Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, had their Order in Australia at two centres, Mooroolbark and Canberra. Sr. Willemine left the school at the end of 1983, when the Order returned to Holland.

Since 1975 the school, under the Principalship of Mr. Neil Matheson (1975 - 77), Mrs. Maureen Connolly (1978-82), Miss Margaret D’Prazer (1983 - 2005) and Ms Deb Egan (2006 - 2012) and Mrs. Jackie Purcell (2013 - current) has continued to develop and implement programs, improve facilities and introduce new initiatives.

Today St Luke's School has approximately 200 students and 9 classrooms. Father James Staunton was the religious and pastoral leader of the Blackburn South Parish until his retirement in 2010. We are grateful to Fr Staunton for his support, Vision and love of community! St Luke's Feast Day on October 18 is a wonderful event begun by Fr Staunton to celebrate and recognise the uniqueness of this parish community!

In 2009 - 10, the Building the Education Revolution (BER project) allowed the school to build new student toilets, new staffroom, refurbished classrooms, astroturfed playground, landscaping and Discovery Centre. These contemporary spaces enabled students and staff the opportunity to work and learn in different ways. These learning and play areas were opened by the then Prime Minister the Honorable Kevin Rudd on May 7, 2010.

In January 2011 we welcomed our Parish Priest Fr Tony Spierings into our community, retiring in August 2015 when Fr Dishan joined us to continue an amazing legacy. St Luke’s Parish and School Community celebrated their Golden Jubilee in 2012.

As a school we celebrated 50 years of excellence in education 1962 - 2012. The Parish/Church officially began shortly after in 1963.

Four past Principals celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2012

 

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