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 School History

OUR LADY OF THE WAY SCHOOL, PETRIE

On the 2nd February 1964, Monsignor English laid the foundation stone for Our Lady of the Way Parish School. On the 3rd February 1964, students numbering 55 attended for the first time, in a two room house. Three classes were rotated daily with one class being taught at a time indoors.

pict0049.jpgSister Lorraine and Sister Christine Mary, Holy Spirit Sisters, were the first nuns to teach at Our Lady of the Way with Mrs Crilly being the first lay teacher.

Our Lady of the Way School was at that time, under the guiding hands of Fr Thomas Guy, Administrator of St Dymphna's Parish at Zillmere and it was through his persistence that a Church School was started at Petrie.

On the 20th September 1964, the main wing of the new school building was opened by Monsignor English with blessing of the foundation stone and Petrie became a separate parish from Aspley, Bald Hills, Lawnton and Strathpine.

The first official Parish Priest in the new Petrie Parish was Fr Richard Wilson, who came from Pomona. On 15th November 1970, our new Church was blessed by Auxiliary Bishop H. Kennedy at a special Celebration Mass.

Over the years demountable buildings have been added to the school. One such building came from Fort Lytton. It was demolished and rebuilt here on site by parishioners over 6 weekends. This building has just recently been moved next to the Presbytery where it has become our Community Centre and home to "The Little Rock Scripture" Centre.

The building currently housing Outside School Hours Care was previously a classroom. This building has undergone renovation in 1997 and again in 2001 to become the spacious, contemporary Outside School Care facility it is today.

In 1999 our Prep Centre was opened as well as our new classroom Block B. In 2000, our Library, which was previously the old church, was renovated to provide the school with a modern Library and Technology Centre.