About Us

St Patrick’s is an educational community that provides a comprehensive and contemporary curriculum, striving to inspire life-long learning. 

In the spirit of the school motto, Through Prayer and Work we Grow, the school values and encourages personal achievement through positive commitment to work and promotes prayer as a means of strengthening each person’s relationship with God.

In partnership, the actively engaged students, supportive and friendly parents and professional and dedicated staff, work together to provide a happy and safe learning environment where all members of the community are respected and valued and all students have the opportunity to engage in a quality learning program that stimulates a love of learning and meets their needs.

History

St Patrick’s Kogarah was founded in June 1862 when consideration was given to the needs of local Catholic families whose children had to travel many miles to attend schools in the surrounding areas. The school was originally known as Rocky Point Road Catholic School and was located on Rocky Point Rd (east of its current location). The first teacher was Miss E. Glissan. Unfortunately the school struggled to maintain enrolments initially and closed for a period of time. It was opened again in 1864 with a new teacher, Miss M. Eyre.

During these early years a new school building was built and opened in 1866 on the site of the current parish Church. After approximately 23 years of lay teachers staffing the school under the administration of the Denominational Schools Board, the Sisters of Charity and then the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart provided the leadership and ministry of the school from 1885 – 1985. During this 100 year period, the school developed a strong connection to the work of both these Religious Orders and today, continues to adopt the charism of the Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart into the daily life of the school community through prayer, work, service to others and trust in God.

Since 1986, St Patrick’s has been administered under the direction of the Catholic Education Office, Sydney. The principal leads the school, in partnership with the Parish Administrator Monsignor Henryk Micek, school leadership team and teaching staff who play an integral part in the leadership of the school and have a key role in policy and program formation and evaluation.

150 Years

In 2012, St Patrick’s School Kogarah celebrated the 150th Anniversary (1862-2012) of providing a quality Catholic Education to local families. There is a genuine sense of pride amongst the students, parents and staff in being part of St Patrick’s long history. Many generations of children and their families have a close association with St Patrick’s Kogarah and feel a deep connection to the school and parish community.

Patron Saint

St Patrick was born in Scotland in the year 387. At the age of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave. In Ireland, he learned about the traditions and practices of his captors and prayed fervently to God during the six years he was held there. He eventually escaped and returned to his family only to be called back to Ireland in a dream to return and walk amongst the people once more.

And so he did return to Ireland, this time as a Bishop. Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity on hearing Patrick's message.

Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity: - God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit to the Irish people. The symbol of the shamrock has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.

Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission.

As our Patron Saint, we hold St Patrick in high esteem and we acknowledge his feast day every year through whole school community celebrations. We model ourselves on his great faith and we aspire to be a community that prays and works together and endeavours to be the light of Christ for others through word and action.

School Prayer

Dear Lord,

We thank you for this caring school. We thank you for our families, friends and teachers and the good times we have together.

Please help us at St Patrick’s to follow your rules and be kind, caring and thoughtful. We ask you to help us be more like St Patrick and remember the words he said, ‘Christ be all around me’.


Amen