History


 

 Name:

Gilroy Catholic College


First Established:

1980


Initial intake:

137 students


First Principal:

Brother Damien Harvey


School Patron:

Cardinal Sir Norman Thomas Gilroy


School motto:

“Christ is my light”

 Gilroy Catholic College opened in 1980 with immense parent, parish and community support. It had a staff of eleven and 137 students. 


The College was founded on the site of St. Gabriel's School for hearing impaired students which occupied the site from 1922. This land was first settled in 1799 by the free settler James Thomas Bean who was granted 100 acres for farming.


It is named after Cardinal Sir Norman Thomas Gilroy, the first Australian born Cardinal and a significant figure in Catholic education in Australia.  His motto  "Christ is my Light" has been  adopted by the College and highlights the importance of Jesus Christ at the centre of all College endeavors.

 



Official School Opening 1st May 1980