College History

When you and your daughter join St Aloysius College, you become part of an exciting journey which is already over 180 years in the making!

Who would have thought that when the Venerable Mother Catherine Elizabeth McAuley (1778-1841) founded a congregation of religious sisters in Dublin, Ireland in 1831 – the beginnings of the Sisters of Mercy – that their values of hospitality, passion, justice, respect, service and courage would continue to be the driving forces behind all our educational programs in the second decade of the 21st Century.

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Catherine McAuley

Catherine McAuley visualized the education of women as a means to effect social change and help women to discover and to achieve to their full potential – we are still very much committed to these ideals. Catherine’s philosophy of education can be read in her own words:

No work of charity can be more productive of good to society… than the careful instruction of women” and “The simplest and most practical lesson I know…is to resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow

130 Years

For over 130 years the staff and students of St Aloysius College have followed these sentiments – we are incredibly proud of the following milestones in our journey of learning.

1956 Property adjacent to the convent purchased, first section of senior school erected.

Milestones in our history include:

1887 Founding of St Aloysius College
1891 Opening of new Convent and School Room
1920s School known as ‘St Aloysius Ladies’ College’
1939 Building of new school commenced
1941 New buildings opened
1960’s Building works continued with additional classrooms, Science Lab, Hall, Library, Home Economics and Hall built
1987 College Centenary
1990’s New administration block, cafeteria, gazebo, visual and performing arts area built
2003 Gymnasium established in Boundary Road
2012 125 year anniversary celebrations
2014 Update of College Logo and Mission Statement
2014 Completion of Year 7 and C-Block classroom upgrades 
2015 Completion of a dedicated STEM centre 

Opening of new Admin Block renovations

2017 College 130 year Celebrations, Building Naming Ceremonies and completion of College Masterplan

Works commenced on Arts Precinct funded through a Federal Grant and College reserves