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St. Joseph’s Primary School was established in Port Macquarie in 1913 by the sisters of St. Joseph’s in an old printing office in Horton Street.

St. Agnes’ School began in August 1982, due to overcrowding at St. Joseph’s, Sister Peter Julian was Principal of both Primary schools.  The school had 6 classrooms, an administration block, a canteen and a hall.

Mr Des Grisell was appointed Principal in 1984.  The Josephite presence continued in the form of teaching nuns until 1995.

1988 – The Year of the Bicentenary Celebrations.  All St. Agnes students performed a dance to the song “Celebration” at a Port Macquarie all schools function.

The Library was opened in 1991

A Reading Recovery Training facility was set up in 1992 providing a rich link with Catholic and Government schools who continue to share the facility.

Overcrowding at St Agnes led to the opening of St. Peters in 1993.

1993:   St. Agnes’ hosted a mass for all Catholic Primary schools to celebrate “The Year of  Indigenous People”

1995:   Cancer claimed the life of Paul Wilson, a much loved teacher at the age of 32

1998:   A fire at the school seriously damages 2 classrooms.

The undercover shelter is completed due to the generous support of the Parents and Friends  Association.

1999:   Des Grissell retires after 16 years as Pricipal.  Pat McLoughlin is appointed as his  replacement.

2000:   St. Agnes schools host all neighbouring Catholic Primary schools to celebrate “Jubilee”

2002:   The decision is made for St. Agnes’ to grow to 3 streams

2004:   St. Agnes’ experiences severe levels of vandalism in which 5 classrooms were seriously damaged

2005:   A perimeter security fence is constructed at St. Agnes’.

2008:   St. Agnes’ becomes a 3 stream school.  A total of 21 classes in all.  The enrolment is 580 and the staff has grown to 48.

2009:   Commonwealth Government announces a stimulus Package to assist Primary schools.  The  “Building the Education Revolution” funding enable St Agnes’ School to plan buildings and refurbishment to the value of 3.2 million dollars

2010:   The new school hall is completed.

St. Agnes’ joins with all the neighbouring Catholic schools to celebrate the canonisation of  Mary Mackillop (St Mary of the Cross)

Father Donnelly celebrates 60 years of Priesthood and 40 years as a Parish Priest of Port  Macquarie 


St Agnes’ Primary School

Ph 02 6583 7433

Boronia Street
Port Macquarie NSW 2444