History of our School

 

The Society of Saint Piux X has been present in Sydney since 1983. As the members of the parish and regular attendance at the church increased, repeated requests from parents dissatisfied with the quality of education in the Catholic Education System, prompted the Fathers to establish a school which was profoundly Catholic in its philosophy, discipline and education; which advocated and imparted to its pupils: Catholic ideals, knowledge of the Faith and the pursuit of virtue, while at the same time striving for academic excellence in all fields.

Saint Dominic Savio School came into existence and was opened in the parish hall in 1984. Its registration as a certified school was signed by the then acting Director of Education, Mr R.C. Pollock, on 2nd October, 1984. The Rockdale Municipal Council gave its acquiescence for a limit of thirty children.

In 1988, Father Gerard Hogan, the then District Superior of Australasia, called upon the Sisters of the Society Saint Pius X to help in the running of the school. Early July, 1988, saw the arrival of the first three Society Sisters in Australia, to undertake the responsibility of Saint Dominic Savio School - thus, leaving the priests more freedom to pursue their priestly apostolate in other areas.

Pre-fabricated buildings were purchased and placed between the presbytery and Sisters’ convent in September, 1988. These buildings consisted of three classrooms, one library and a teachers’ staff room. The parish hall and stage were also used by the school for end of year functions, drama, folk-dancing, art and craft, as well as other activities which necessitated more space.

In early 1997, Father Jean Violette, Superior of the District of Australia and New Zealand, urged the School Parents and Friends Association to work towards the goal of erecting a larger, permanent school building. A two storey building was erected in January 2000.

Since its beginning, St Dominic Savio School has been a member of the Association of Independent Schools and operates under the jurisdiction of the NSW Board of Studies.

 

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