Our Josephite History and School Motto
St. Mary's High School was opened in January 1964. The parish priest of Gateshead, the late Monsignor Roger Kennedy, responding to the longings of his parishioners for a high school for their daughters to attend, enlisted the cooperation of the Sisters of St Joseph who owned the land on which the school was built.
|Since then, the school has developed into a year 7 to 10 co-educational school enrolling students from the schools in the East Lake Macquarie region. Children from Catholic Primary Schools in the region - St Paul's Gateshead, St. Joseph's Charlestown, St Pius X Windale, St Francis Xavier's Belmont, St Mary's Warners Bay and St Patrick's Swansea are zoned to enrol at St. Mary's.|
|The school motto is based on the text from St Luke's Gospel "Behold I am the servant of the Lord", (Luke 1:38) which was Mary's response to the invitation to become the mother of Jesus. Our translation of the text "Ready to Serve" is at the centre of all we do at St Mary's and all we try to give witness to in our day to day relationships with each other.|
|We honour and strive to uphold the commitment to social justice instilled in the first school community and nurtured during the school's formative years by our founding order the Sisters of St. Joseph.|
|Our School Feast Day is celebrated each year on March 25th "the Feast of the Annunciation". This is a special day in the annual life of the school. The Feast Day of St. Mary MacKillop, the co-founder of the Josephite order of sisters with Fr. Tenison Woods, is celebrated on August 8th.|