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St John’s Catholic College has a rich history. Browse through our timeline to see specific historical events.

Late 1950s
  • St John’s Catholic College was founded as a boys’ school by the Bishop of Darwin, John OLoughlin MSC
  • Father John Burford MSC was appointed the first rector of the college
  • Classrooms and basic amenities opened
1961 – 1966
  • Major new buildings opened including the MSC Residence, the chapel and a new science block
  • Boarding opened for the college (organised by Father Cyril Connolly)
  • Formation of a father’s club which played a significant role in the development of the college
Early 1970s
  • Secondary classrooms, arts and sporting facilities emerged (coordinated by Rector Father John Phelan)
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College for girls was opened on the Mindil beach side of the site
  • 150 girls attended Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College (managed by the then principal, Sister St Anne Daley FDNSC)
  • The girls’ boarding residence was established by the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary
  • Cyclone Tracy devastated the college
  • Rebuilding of a co-education split campus, middle school and senior school began, led by Rector, Father Tyson Doneley
Late 1970s
  • Primary schooling phased out (under the new Principal Father Tony Bolt) to concentrate on secondary education
The 1980s and 1990s
  • Jubilee Hall built
  • St John’s Catholic College confirmed as an independent school of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (under the principalship of Brother Paul Brooks)
1990 - 1999
  • The constitution of St John’s Catholic College Board was ratified (1990)
  • Coordinator appointed to develop an Indigenous education program
  • International student coordinator appointed to boost enrolment from overseas
  • Father Robert Irvine MSC left (at the end of the nineties), which marked the end of direct association with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
  • Mr Gerard Keating was appointed as the first lay principal and drew up a master plan for future development and growth
2000 - 2007
  • Sister Philippa Murphy FNDC was appointed principal in 2003 (until 2008)
  • Sister Philippa Murphy took on the responsibility of building up the enrolments, introducing the middle school and strengthening the identity and pastoral care focus of the college
  • Centenary celebration for the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
  • Margot Morcombe was appointed principal
  • St John’s Catholic College celebrated its 50th anniversary
  • The Labyrinth was constructed on the Senior Campus, the Sacred Heart Centre was opened in 2011 and the new administration block was occupied starting January 2012 (managed by Principal Mrs Margot Morcombe)
2012 – 2015
  • David Johns became Principal of St John’s Catholic College
  • The Sacred Heart Centre began operating as the Language Centre for the start of the 2012 school year

​Current Principal Lindsay Luck joined St John’s Catholic College. Read his welcome statement