Saint Columba’s Primary celebrates 80th anniversary with naming of new buildings


Senator Chris Back, Philomena Billington, Jett O'Rourke, Ashleigh Pedretti, Greg Martin and Mar Hube.
Senator Chris Back, Philomena Billington, Jett O'Rourke, Ashleigh Pedretti, Greg Martin and Mar Hube.

SAINT Columba’s Primary School in Bayswater celebrated its 80th anniversary with the naming of two new buildings.

The school’s Year 6 and 7 building was named in honour of Bishop Donald Sproxton and the Year 2 and 3 classrooms were named after former principal Philomena Billington.

School alumni, Senator Chris Back, Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna, deputy mayor Stephanie Coates and Maylands MLA Lisa Baker attended the event.

Principal Greg Martin said the new environment would make students become life-long leaders and educators.

“It is a great opportunity for us to come together as a community to officially open and bless the buildings as well which coincides the 170 years the Mercy sisters have been here in Australia as well as the Jubilee year of Mercy,” he said.

“(The school is) 80 years young and we are looking forward to the next 80 years of wonderful, dedicated education for everybody.

“I am eternally grateful, privileged and honoured to be a leader in this wonderful school with such a wonderful community.”

Mr Martin said Saint Columba’s were set to go through a digital transformation and introduce a “design thinking” curriculum.