A brief history of st monica's college
College, Epping was founded in 1964. A group of Form 1 female students commenced
their secondary education attached to St Peter’s Primary School under the
direction of Sr Matthias Crowe and assumed the temporary name of ‘St Peter’s
Growing enrolments in the surrounding parishes, as well
as increased numbers of children continuing on to secondary education had
necessitated a Catholic secondary school in Melbourne’s far northern suburbs.
Thus, the regional Parish Priests and Sisters of the Good Samaritan commenced
planning for a regional college.
The College at Epping was planned and
building commenced in 1966. The name, St Monica’s, was bestowed on the College
by Archbishop Simonds in 1966. The Forms 1 and II classes, already operational
in Epping and Reservoir, came together under one name and on one site, when the
buildings were officially blessed and opened by Bishop Moran on 5 February,
1967. The school developed its own uniform, motto and educational traditions.
The College became co-educational in 1978, and a second, junior secondary campus
(on 7.3 hectares) was opened in the same year. The Sisters of the Good Samaritan
were responsible for the College and provided the Principal until December,
The College expanded further when an Annexe was constructed in
Wedge Street, thereby providing Modern Languages, Sport and Food Technology
facilities and a second Annexe operated at Vernon Court, Epping until December,
2000. In June, 2004 a further Annexe was established and is named Monica’s
In 2004 the Wedge Street Annexe ceased to exist once
incorporated fully into Davisson Street Campus on the purchase of a section of
Wedge Street from the Victorian Government.
In 1999, the College
acquired a country property in Strath Creek. It was named Ostia by the College
St Monica’s is currently the regional College for the Parishes
of St Peter’s, Epping; St Luke’s, Lalor; St Clare’s, West Thomastown; St
Stephen’s, East Reservoir; Holy Name, East Preston; St Francis of Assisi, Mill
Park and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Epping North. St Joseph the Worker,
North Reservoir and St Gabriel’s, Reservoir are also Priority Parishes for the
On the 27 August 1996, His Grace Archbishop, George Pell,
officially blest and opened the new Sports and Assembly Hall erected on the
Dalton Road Campus. In 1998 Year 9 students were moved into new buildings on the
Dalton Road Campus. These were opened by His Excellency the Governor of
Victoria, Sir James Gobbo A.C. on 4 August 1998. In 1999 a shared information
technology centre, ‘The Beehive’, was constructed along with new facilities for
the arts and sciences. In 2001 Augustine House was declared open together with
Our Lady’s Chapel and an Arts/Technology wing on Dalton Road Campus.
mid 2002, a modern Food Technology Centre was constructed on Dalton Road Campus.
Throughout 2003, much activity took place which eventuated in the construction
of extensive sporting fields on Dalton Road Campus and a new classroom wing on
Davisson Street Campus.
On 17 March, 2004 the new Year 10 wing and
Science Laboratory were opened by Madeline Campbell, first College Captain. On
that same day Sr Julian McKenna sgs opened the Our Lady of the Cherry Blossom
In 2004, the College proudly celebrated a significant
milestone, the fortieth anniversary of its foundation.
The Dalton Road
Campus library was officially named the ‘Pamela Coyne Library’ in 2005 in
recognition of the long and distinguished service of former staff member and
Polding Medal Recipient, Pamela Coyne. 2005 also saw the opening and blessing of
Samaritan Square on the Davisson Street Campus and the creation of an Australian
landscape on the former Wedge Street.
In 2007 the John Bede Polding
Rose Garden was created and opened by Sr Dorothy McKay sgs. This garden
acknowledged the sesquicentenary of the Good Samaritan order and each Sister who
worked at the College has a rose dedicated to her.
Throughout 2007 and
2008 a Year 9 building, a Science and Technology building, the Learning and
Activities Complex and a piazza-style walkway were constructed on Dalton Road
Campus. These facilities were blest by Archbishop Denis Hart and opened by the
Director of Catholic Education, Mr Stephen Elder, on Sunday, 24 August 2008.
In November 2008, work commenced on the construction of a Technology building on
Davisson Street Campus and in early 2009 the Industry and Trades Complex was
In 2009 the College commenced the creation of
Wetlands down by the Darebin Creek on Dalton Road Campus.
In that year
the College was adversely affected in the 7 February ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires
and by the outbreak of the H1N1 (swine) flu epidemic.
rapid in 2010 as the College utilized Government monies to construct a track and
field centre, the LOTE Centre (incorporating the Theatre of All Nations), and to
purchase individual netbook computers for all students at the College. The new
buildings were constructed on Dalton Road Campus.
The Lorraine Pratt
Sports Fields were blest by Bishop Timothy Costelloe SDB on Friday, 27 August,
2010 and he officially opened the Track and Field Centre on that day.
The Wetlands project was completed in 2011 whilst solar panels were installed on
each campus and at Ostia.
The College opened the VCAL Hub on Davisson
Street Campus on Friday 16 September, 2011. This purpose-built facility was
declared open by the Mayor of Whittlesea, Cr Rex Griffin.
In 2012 the
College activated its long-awaited Information Technology Strategic Plan and
accordingly was accepted as a CISCO Exemplar School, one of only six in
Victoria. This maintained the College’s reputation as a leading school in ICT
and as a School of Educational Enterprise.
In 2013 the College opened a
Music Performance Centre on the Dalton Road Campus and throughout the year works
were undertaken to re-create the Pamela Coyne Library. The Library was
rededicated on 9 May, 2014.
The third College Sculpture was unveiled in
2013 on the Dalton Road Campus, Futurum Australis was added to Monica
Admirabilis (DRC) and Laudate Dominum (DSC).
The Golden Jubilee (1964 -
2014) of the College was marked by year-long celebrations throughout 2014. The
College community embraced fifty years of Monican education with the acclaim
“Thanks be to God”. The Apostolic Nuncio in Australia H.E. Archbishop Paul
Gallagher, celebrated the annual St Monica’s Day Mass.
In 2014 the
College and Takada Junior and Senior High School in Japan celebrated twenty
years of sister schools and homestay relationship.
Workshop, a Trade Skills Centre, was constructed and opened in 2015 on the
Davisson Street Campus. An ANZAC Memorial Sculpture, funded by the Federal
Government, was situated on the senior campus. Enhancements were made to the
Davisson Street Campus Media facilities and the Fred Chamberlin Art Gallery.
Project Forward, a major redevelopment and expansion program for the College,
was launched on 13 April, 2015 under the patronage of St Monica.