St Jude’s Catholic Primary School welcomed its first students on 29 April 1979. The establishment of the School was the dream of Parish Priest, Father Byrne, which he had shared with his Parish Council and loyal parishioners – a diverse group of new migrant families.
lt was through their strong Catholic faith, determination and hard work that the School commenced with three classes and 56 students. Sister Maura Kelleher RSM, one of the Mercy Sisters living opposite the Parish Church, was appointed as the foundation Principal.
Sr Maura served as Principal until Mr John Last commenced in the position in 1985. He led the School with great enthusiasm, continuing its development and growth.
It was under the leadership of Mrs Judy Hearne, from 1992 -1999, that the School undertook its first major Capital Development Plan in 1995. A new staff room, wet area, uniform shop, eating area and atrium were built during this period.
In 2000, the School welcomed the appointment of Sister Jilyan Dingle as Principal for a short time. She was then followed by Mrs Helen O’Toole who implemented the final stages of the current Capital Development Plan which included the enhancement of the School grounds, a staff car park, an upgrade of the point Parish/School basketball courts, beautification of the front entrance of the School and the provision of a toilet for the disabled.
St Jude’s current Principal, Mrs Lyn Stone, was appointed in 2006 and has continued a programme of improvements throughout the School. Upgrades of the School’s facilities include a covered lunch area for the junior students, refurbishment of the Library and additional resources in the Kindergarten and Pre-Primary areas as well as the construction of an all-weather multipurpose hall. The most recent building projects completed were the extension of the Pre-Primary Classroom and the addition of new toilets in the Early Learning Block in 2014. There has been extensive beautification to the school grounds and the general school environment both inside and out creating a school which is a well resourced and modern place of learning.
It is with great pride that the School community can look back to the dedication and commitment of those founding families’ and Fr Byrne’s dream to establish a Catholic school built on the strong tradition of Catholic faith and education.
It is very special to know that through their grandchildren, the families are still connected to St Jude’s today.