School History

St Michael's School is one of three Catholic Primary Schools within the Parish of St Michael's.

Following the establishment of St Michael's Parish, Berwick in 1956, the Parish hall was converted to a school building.  St Michael's Schol opened in 1962 with 60 students of Prep to Grade Six ages, distributed over 3 classrooms.  The first principal was Sr De Sales (PBVM) of the Presentation Order.

1967:  the 'Senior School' building consisting of four classrooms was completed.  This was followed by the construction of the 'Junior Building' consisting of four classrooms, administration and staff room and a central 'circulation' area.

To further their ministry in other areas of Church life, the Presentation Sisters withdrew from administering and teaching in St Michael's School.  In 1986, Mr Bob Fitzsimons was appointed as the first lay principal.

As the school continued to grow in enrolments, further buildings were added.  These included a new administration area and two classrooms built in 1987, followed by a new library in 1992.

Pressure for places at St Michael's led to the establishment of a second parish primary school.  In 1996, St Catherine's school commenced operation in the original school building with 56 students.  In 1997, St Catherines moved to its permanent site at Berwick South.

2001: major building works were undertaken to create six new classrooms with a central internal corridor adjoining the old senior building.  The senior building was extensively refurbished and a new computer laboratory established.

2002: Wedge Hall was demolished to make way for badly needed playing area for the children.  Its place is now taken up with a basketball court and shade cloth structure.

2008:  New oval was layed.

laying of the new synthetic oval

  • 2009: St Brigid's Primary School was established in Officer, making it the third primary school within the St Michael's Parish.
  • 2010:  Completion of the school's stadium.
  • 2014:  In 2014 work on Foundation House commenced and was officially opened by Fr Peter Slater on 16th November 2014.  This new, creative learning space ensures our Foundation students are in a vibrant, relevant place of learning for future generations, but more importantly a sacred place where our children can grow in the understanding of their God, themselves and each other, preparing them for a future unknown to us in a rapidly changing world.  Maria Kirkwood, our Director of Education in Diocese of Sale attended the opening. Her understanding eye on the needs of this school community and her support has been strongly felt. This creative learning space is a home for the youngest, most vulnerable and tender of our children within our school community, now and into our future.

Foundation House Opening

  • In 2015, the Junior building was demolished to make way for a contemporary learning environment for our children.

Junior Building Construction 

  • 2016 saw the completion of the Junior Learning Centre building.

Junior Building completed

  • 2016 Refurbishment of our Administration area.