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 College History

 

1974

Archbishop Rush opened the school in January as the first secondary school administered by Brisbane Catholic Education. The new school was dedicated to St Thomas More and Mr Jim Slingsby was the Foundation Principal. There were 75 boys enrolled and they were not required to wear a school uniform.

1975

After the closure of St Ursula's College, Dutton Park 143 girls were enrolled.

Two Presentation Sisters joined the teaching team, Sister Beverley Crane and Sister Rosemary Grundy.

Mr Slingsby established connections with Griffith University to assist in the future planning of the College. This connection with Griffith University continues today.

1978

The Parents and Friends Association (P&F) was established to assist with the growing community spirit and support for the College, staff and students. The first P&F Presidents was Mr Paul Barnett.

1979

Mr Jim Slingsby resigned and Mr Damien Barker, Deputy Principal, was appointed as Acting Principal.

1980

Dr Tony Baker was appointed College Principal.

Funds raised from P&F initiatives, the College was able to purchase the adjacent land with plans drawn up for an oval. The oval was opened in March by Lord Mayor Frank Sleeman.

1982

The College offered 23 Board subjects and 10 school-based subjects.

1983

Dr Tony Baker accepted another position as Acting Principal. After 10 years on the College Leadership Team, Mr Damien Barker was appointed Principal.

1984

For the first time, enrolments peaked at over 600 students.

1987

A standard College uniform was decided on and phased in over the next 5 years.

1988

The school houses became known as Junnebei, a local Indigenous word for family.

1990

Mr Peter O'Connor was appointed Principal.

1991

A plan was made to redevelop the College campus in two stages.

1992

The Student Representative Council was first trialled and became a permanent body in 1993.

1997

The first stage of the College redevelopment was completed, including Administration block, Library, Science and Computer complex and landscaping.

1998

The College crest was redesigned with the inclusion of Thomas More's coat of arms.

2002

Mr Peter O'Connor left the College and Mr Pamela Rhodes was appointed acting Principal until October when Mr Chris Noonan was appointed College Principal.

2004

Mr Chris Noonan established an advisory board, the College Board.

2005

The roles of College Captains were established.

2009

Mr Chris Noonan accepted another position as Principal.

2010

Mr Peter Elmore was appointed College Principal commencing in January.

The second stage of the College redevelopment was completed, including multi-purpose centre with drama and music classrooms. The Practical Arts Building, textiles classrooms and kitchen were refurbished.

Enrolments reached just over 450 students.

Fourteen subjects were added to the senior school curriculum.

2014

An extensive building plan commenced, including A Block refurbishment, Chapel, music rooms, recording studio, hospitality centre, art room, administration block, three lecture theatres and six additional classrooms.

A whole-of-school laptop programme was established.

The College celebrates in 40th Anniversary.

2016

Enrolment numbers reached over 970 students.

Mr Peter Elmore left the college.

2017

Enrolment numbers reach over 1020 students.

Mr Les Conroy was appointed the new College Principal commencing in January.