A Brief History of Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School
By the early 1980s the idea of a Catholic Primary School in Hervey Bay was very much in the minds of many Catholics living in the developing City of Hervey Bay..In 1982 local businessman, Bob Goodwin approached Sister Scholastica to discuss establishing a Catholic Primary School. Bob received an extremely enthusiastic response. Without delay, Hervey Bay Aldermen Malcolm Bellero and Jack Hammond, parishioners at the time commenced negotiations with land developer Errol Banks. After obtaining the land, the Parish Priest Fr Leo Coote, gave approval for a committee to investigate the required procedures .Several meetings with The Catholic Education Office in Brisbane were held to obtain the necessary support and approvals. The Sisters of Mercy were busy collating specific needs for the school.
On 1st Apri1 1984, Stage 1 of Star of the Sea was blessed and opened by Archbishop Rush. The Inaugural teaching Principal was Peter Anderson who had a working staff of 7 teachers/assistants. The day one enrolment was 65 students. Enrolments increased and Stage 2 of our Building Program was completed and opened in 1986. Fr Michael Campbell was the Parish Priest. Stage 3 was opened in 1990 and Fr Quintin Culpeper was Parish Priest. July 1993 saw the 10th Anniversary celebrations with a time capsule buried which was opened at our 25 Year Jubilee in 2008. In 1993 Stage 4 was completed. Our Inaugural Principal, Peter Anderson was replaced by Paul Cronin. In 1996 the enrolment reached 375. The final Building Stages were completed and Fr Bernard Nolan was the Parish Priest. Paul Cronin was in his final year as Principal. By 2000 Star of the Sea had become a 'Two Stream' school and Ian Davis was in his fourth year as Principal having commenced in 1997 . By 2006 our enrolment reached 530 students. Our Parish Priest was Fr Joseph-Hien Van Ho.
We also welcomed Mr Patrick Colley our present School Principal in 2007 Our full time and part time Staff currently number over fifty, running eighteen classes including our two preps with an enrolment of 510 students. Star of the Sea has come a long way in a short amount of time. Those involved in our school are proud of our history and the ethos that has been established. We look forward to continuing to provide quality Catholic Education in the future.