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In 2016 Mount St Benedict College proudly marked the 50th
anniversary as a school, its Jubilee year with a number
of celebrations.
Coinciding with the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the
Church, it has been a fitting time to reflect on
the identity and traditions of the College, to
give thanks for all those who have been
part of the journey and to look forward
with hope to the future.
In the 1960s the Sisters of the Good
Samaritan recognised the need for a
Catholic school for girls in the Hills
District of NSW. In 1966 Mount St
Benedict College was opened, with
the first classes taking place in the
basement of the Mount St Benedict
Novitiate. Those first students and their
teachers probably could not have foreseen
the population explosion that was to take
place in this area of Sydney, which would see the
College grow to its current size of over 1000 students.
Looking back over fifty years it is encouraging to find that
the values that informed the early years of the College
are still the same now – the emphasis on the Benedictine
heritage and the Good Samaritan traditions that
were evident in those early years are still the
driving force at the College.
From the beginning Mount St Benedict
College offered girls a broad
curriculum, a wide variety of co-
curricular activities and many
different sporting opportunities. As
the College has grown it has gone
from strength to strength in each of
these areas, consistently achieving
excellent academic results, having
a reputation as a highly successful
sporting school and making a name for
itself in many competitions, particularly
at a global level in Future Problem Solving.
Thanks to the foresight of the Sisters, the College
continues to enjoy a beautiful position overlooking an
area of remnant Sydney Blue Gum High Forest which makes
a beautiful backdrop to the modern facilities we now enjoy.
Mount St Benedict College
Celebrates 50 years of educating young women
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