History

 

Our_School_-_Mass_CentreSt. Gerard’s School, Westminster was started in 1965, doubling as a Mass Centre on Sundays. The first Parish Priest was Fr. Peter Quinn and the first school Principal was Sr. Brigid, a Mercy Nun who lived at Our Lady of Lourdes, hence the inclusion of the ideals of Mercy in our motto – TRUTH, LOVE AND MERCY.


In 1969, the school was a mixture of Servite Fathers, who taught the boys from Grades 5, 6 and 7, in the north wing of the school and the Mercy Sisters, under Sr. Bernadette who taught grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the south wing. In 1976 the Servites withdrew and the school was amalgamated into one school under the late, Mr. Barry O’Sullivan, the first Lay Principal.

In 1979, Mr. Brian Preston was appointed Principal. That year the Library Resource Centre was built. In 1984, the present Administration block was built - this is named the Lori Page Administration Block in recognition of the 33 years of dedicated service as the School’s Financial Officer. Similarly, in 1988 the Orion Fernandez Computer Centre was opened due to the foresight and financial planning of Orion Fernandez, who had been School Board Treasurer and Chairman for 12 years (74 - 86).  The Pre-Primary opened in 1990.  In 1994/95 the house next door to the school was purchased and transformed into an art centre. More structural changes were made to this building in 1997/98 and it is now the school’s kindergarten centre.  All of this development is due to the planning of past School Boards and the support of the Parish and an active Parents & Friends Association.  

In 2015, St. Gerard's Primary School celebrated it's 50 Year Anniversary.  Many community members, past and present, celebrated events during this Jubilee Year.

Today we have an enrolment of approximately 200 students from Three Year Old Kindergarten to Year 6.  The school is well equipped with experienced, dedicated teachers and excellent facilities to provide a sound education in the Mercy Tradition for its multi-cultural students, encouraging them to think for themselves and grow in Truth, Love and Mercy, as living witnesses to Christ.

 
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