The history of St Maroun’s College began in 1968 when the Maronite Sisters of the Holy Family arrived in Australia at the invitation of the head of the Maronite Church in Australia, Monsignor Ziade of St Maroun’s Cathedral in Redfern, New South Wales.
Renowned for their teaching methods that respect the individual’s right to meet their full academic potential whilst preserving their language and knowledge of their cultural identity, the Maronite Sisters immediately set about to establish an educational facility that could meet the cultural and academic needs of the Maronite migrant children in Australia.
With the commitment of the Maronite Community and the support of the New South Wales Department of Education, the Maronite Sisters in 1970 opened their first Maronite Primary School in Australia with Sr Madeleine De La Croix as its first Principal, St Maroun’s College would be located in the grounds of the Cathedral at Redfern until its relocation in 1989 to the current site at Dulwich Hill.
The purchase of the current site from the Carmelite order of nuns meant that the growing needs for a culturally specific education of the children from the Maronite Community could be met. The new site covered almost eight acres of land and could not only accommodate the Primary School from Redfern but also a Pre-school which was established in the same year. The existing convent on the site also meant that the Maronite Sisters of the Holy Family now had a permanent home.
The growing demand by the parents for continued education in a culturally and linguistically adapted learning environment meant that the students would be offered a Secondary education as well. Therefore, the first group of Year Six students progressed to Year 7 in 1998 who also continued as the first stream of Secondary Students to graduate from Year 12 in 2003. This was truly a momentous occasion which also culminated in the Official Opening by the Maronite Bishop of Australia, Bishop Ad Abi Karam at a Ceremony attended by Dignitaries and Members of both State and Federal Parliaments.
The growing interest of parents from multicultural backgrounds in having a disciplined convent education for their children has seen an unusual trend in the growth of the College. What seemingly was a culturally specific purpose of establishing the College is now a multicultural approach to preserving the unique educational methodology under the Maronite Sisters of the Holy Family. St Maroun’s College today is proud to have students from many different nationalities who work and learn together in an environment of harmony, tolerance and love and where they are encouraged to compete academically to achieve at the highest educational level.
The success of St Maroun’s College today owes much to its founding Principal, Sr Madeleine De La Croix who, in her thirty five year tenure, was able to see her vision for St Maroun’s College materialised. Sr Madeleine’s hard work and sheer determination laid the strong foundations for the College today. In 2005, Sr Irene Boughosn was appointed as Principal and oversaw the continued development of the Secondary School and the on-going improvement of methods in teaching and learning applied by a dedicated and highly experienced team of teaching staff.
Today, under the current Principal, Sr Josephine Wehbe whose philosophy on pedagogy is to uphold and respect the core essence of the heritage and cultural background of each child, the College continues to raise awareness of the value of education to all cultural backgrounds.
Sr Josephine, through her extensive experience as Principal of a College and as an Academic at University in Lebanon, brings to the role of Principal at St Maroun’s College, her insight and understanding of the multicultural challenges to education that lie ahead.
We invite you to share in the rich history of St Maroun’s College and continue to learn and enrich our understanding of the unique Maronite culture and its valuable contribution to Australian Society.