St Gregory's College Campbelltown celebrates 90 years

Celebrate good times: Artist Danielle Mate Sullivan, who is painting a work to commemorate the anniversary, with principal Damien Millar. Picture: Simon Bennett
Celebrate good times: Artist Danielle Mate Sullivan, who is painting a work to commemorate the anniversary, with principal Damien Millar. Picture: Simon Bennett

Today, St Gregory’s College Campbelltown is a thriving boys high school with more than 1000 students.

But when the school opened its gates on top of Badgally Hill in 1926, there were just two students and five Marist Brothers/teachers.

“We definitely kicked on from there,” current principal Damien Millar said.

Like the years, the school evolved over time.

Originally intended as a place for boys from the country, the school gradually introduced day students.

Non-Marist Brother teachers were also employed at the school.

Today the school is mostly made up of just lay teachers with day boys also accounting for the majority of enrolments.

Plans for a kindergarten to year 6 co-education school are also well underway.

Mr Millar said the emphasis on religion was one thing that hadn’t changed.

“Religion is very important for us,” he said.

“We’ve gone to a lot of trouble to ensure people know the Marist traditions.”

The school has earnt a reputation for producing professional sportsman including: rugby league players/coaches James Tedesco, Jack Gibson and Ryan Hoffman; rugby union players Nic White and Tim Horan and cricketer Dan Christian

Mr Millar said despite the sporting success, the school did not waiver when it came to education.

“Only a certain amount of boys make first grade and that’s why we say education is so important,” he said.

“If you break your leg you need to have a back up.”

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli, former Campbelltown MP Graham West, and Australian Army Chief Lieutenant General Angus Campbell are also part of the school’s alumni.

The school will hold several events to mark the occasion including: the Art Show Opening Cocktail Party (Friday, May 27); Art Show and Market Weekend (Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, May 29); and the Maroon and Blue Ball (Saturday, May 28).

Artist Danielle Mate Sullivan, whose work is featured in American President Barrack Obama’s private collection, has been commissioned to create a work for the anniversary.

For details including tickets visit stgregs.nsw.edu.au or call 4629 4222.