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School Location & History

School Location & History

SCHOOL LOCATION AND HISTORY

St Philomena School was established in response to the concerns of catholic families about the available education choices for their children. Parents approached the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) to ask for assistance in developing a truly Catholic school that would assist them to provide proper spiritual and academic foundations for their children.

In early 1992 under the auspices of the SSPX and with the assistance of then District Superior, Father Francois Laisney, a small group of parents and friends began the monumental task of establishing a Catholic School in Brisbane. Through the great generosity of Dr Felice and Mrs Marie Zaccari, eleven rural acres at 61 Koplick Rd, Park Ridge, was purchased in February 1993.

 


St Joseph’s Building when it first arrived on site


Over the next six years parents and friends undertook a range of difficult tasks including negotiations with Council, curriculum development, purchase, movement and refurbishment of buildings, fundraising, and meeting State and Commonwealth government requirements for funding and approvals. Under the intercession and guidance of St Philomena all obstacles were finally overcome and St Philomena School opened on Tuesday 2 February 1999.
St Philomena School has been guided and developed by five principals:

Founding Principal
Father Gerard Hogan
1999 - 2001
Father Hogan handled the complex negotiations with various levels of
government, other authorities and contractors to bring the school to fruition.
Father Jules Belisle
2002 - 2006
Father Belisle introduced the study of French, presided over the legendary
French Dinners, gained a number of valuable grants for the school and was
responsible for the purchase of the current Chapel and other buildings.
Father Benoit Wailliez
2007 - 2008
Father Wailliez presided over the restoration of the Chapel, was the driving force
behind the Dinner Auction, gained a number of grants and consolidated relationships
with various government representatives and agencies.
Father Brendan Arthur
2008 - 2010
Father Arthur is currently overseeing the implementation of a classical curriculum at the school. A new master plan for the long term development of the school has been settled upon, and the library and outdoor learning area have already been completed. Construction of the second stage, a junior infants’ classroom block will begin in the beginning of 2011.

Father Karl Pepping
2011 - present
Fr Pepping submitted the application for secondary education, developed in large part by Fr Arthur, which was approved in 2011. Starting in 2012 with years 8 and 9, the secondary school is now complete, providing education for every year level from Year 7 to 12. Fr Pepping has also had the privilege of overseeing the implementation of St Philomena School’s master plan. The primary school buildings were completed in 2014 and construction of the first secondary school building, purpose built science and art classrooms, will begin this year, 2015.