The earliest signs of Catholic activity in Quarry Hill
go back to the days of Dr. Henry Backhaus, the first priest on the
Archbishop Carr laid the foundation stone of
From 1961 to 1964 when St. Josephs was made a separate Parish and Fr. John Curtin was appointed pastor of the Parish and proprietor of the school, many significant innovations were made to the school: - lawns, new toilet block and cyclone fence.
Following the death of Fr. J. Curtin in 1973, Fr. Tim Scott was appointed in 1974 and he continued to assist the school in every possible way. During this time, two portable classrooms were added in 1976 and a library constructed and furnished in 1981. A playground was provided by the Mothers Club. Fr. Scott retired early in 1999. Fr. Bob Drake was appointed Parish Priest at this time and he later retired from parish duties early in 2006.
The original school building consisted of four
classrooms, a staff room and two cloakrooms. In 1937 two more classrooms
were built along
In 1981 the existing staffroom was enlarged and renovated and a cloakroom converted for office space. In 1983 another cloakroom was converted to a workroom. Constant maintenance of buildings and grounds has been attended to over the years particularly since 1985 when a grounds committee was established.
Since then, major playground development has been completed with two separate grass areas established, two new asphalted courts and the remaining yard areas re-asphalted.
Extensive line marking was completed on this surface to cater for a variety of bat and ball games. Additional garden beds were established and all buildings painted internally and externally. Older carpets were replaced and some air-conditioning, ceiling fans and extra heaters were installed.
Further major developments included road works and upgrading of kerb, channelling and pavement along all three roads surrounding the school.
With 46 prep enquiries for 1991, fourteen had to be
redirected. This highlighted the
need for the
In 1993 on the Breen & Russell Streets corner, four new
classrooms and a new library were completed along with major renovations to
the original building. These
renovations also provided new staff and administration facilities.
The acquisition and development of land and the 1993 building program
and record enrolments made the 90s a major part of
The toilets were rebuilt in 1998, providing the children with new conveniences.
Early in 2000, a house block at
The house next door to
During 2006 a large shelter was built over a basketball
court. This shelter, known as Fr Tim
Scott Shelter provides shade and protection for the children.
Due to the effects of drought
Astroturf was installed in one of the playgrounds to enhance the look and
2007 saw the recarpeting of all buildings and the installation of new computers and interactive whiteboards (SMART Boards) in each classroom.
Our enrolment in 2010 was 271. In 2012 this has increased to 314 students in 12 classroom groups, with our prep enrolment totalling 50.
The Building the Education Revolution gave the school
an additional $2,000,000 to develop quality learning and teaching
facilities. We have constructed
an additional four classrooms and a multipurpose hall on land purchased
across the road from the school which backs onto Little Breen Street.
By developing this area we have freed up several rooms to enable
creative arts to be developed through the school.
These state of the art school buildings will enable
Over the past two years,