Our History

Saint Thomas’ School commenced in January 1929.  Two Sisters of the Good Samaritan taught 84 pupils on the old church verandah. For over fifty years the school was conducted by the Good Samaritan Sisters until the first lay principal, Mr Kevin Twomey was appointed in 1985. The suburb where the school stands was originally a camping ground for people who brought the produce of the rich Redlands to the city, resting themselves and their horses overnight at what was known as East Coorparoo.

In 1916 Archbishop Duhig (whose sister and niece were Sisters of the Good Samaritan) purchased twenty-two acres at East Coorparoo from Mrs Maloney, the sister of T.J. Byrnes, Queensland’s first Catholic Premier. Most of the ground was sold for subdivision and Camp Hill became the home of many wealthy families. Fine homes were built by eminent professionals, including Clement Wragge (meteorologist), Premier McIlwraith and Judges Macrossan and Patrick Real. These are commemorated in Macrossan Avenue, McIlwraith Avenue, Judge, Patrick and Real Streets. ​samonplayground.jpg

At Camp Hill, the pressing need for a suitable school building took precedence over a new church or a convent. A curtain, slung across the nave of the church, served as additional classrooms for a while, until the red letter day of 6th September, 1936.

Since then the school has continued to grow and change to its present stage; with new buildings and the parish hall established between 1970 and 1975, and major redevelopments and additions completed between 2000 and 2011.

Since the formation of Saint Thomas’ School, many things have changed and improved and we have grown to become a close-knit community.