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Holy Trinity was the first Catholic school in the ACT paid for by the Commonwealth Government. Kevin Curtin and Partners were the architects and L.V.O’Hara Pty. Ltd, the builder and also the grandfather of two of our former pupils. The official blessing and opening took place on 23 October, 1966 by Archbishop Eris O’Brien.

The school was initially accommodated in temporary premises at Catholic Girls High School (St Clare’s College), Griffith at the beginning of 1966 and moved into the present school building after Easter of that year. The first teachers at Holy Trinity were:

Mother Florence Bailey, the Principal;

Sister Conrad (Matilde) Harnischfeger

Sister M. Esther (Helen) Dean

Sister M. Pierina (Valerie) Green and

Shirley Matthews, the only lay teacher.

The foundation Sisters of Charity community resided at Dawson Street, Curtin, for some months until their convent was built at 22 Theodore St adjacent to the school, and included the above nuns and Sister Joan McKenna who taught at Catholic Girls High School (St Clare’s College), Griffith.



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