A history buff is keeper of her school’s story

One of the first things Julie Wright learned when she arrived as a parent at St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School Malabar was that there were no records of achievements.

So for the last 15 years she’s set about gathering lists of past school Principals, captains and sporting and academic achievements.

Julie has enlivened the past students’ ranks too, organising a Centenary Celebration for the school this year that included a cocktail party for 400 ex-students, the launch of a school history book written with Kevin Balk, and a Mass in the parish church.

“I’m a bit of a history buff,” she said.


Julie Wright. Photograph by Kitty Beale.

The book took almost 6 years of research and includes the history of the area surrounding the school.

“I wanted Alexandra to know about her school,” said Julie, whose daughter attended the school from Kindergarten to Year 6.

In addition to this, Julie also organises the Year 6 Graduation Yearbook and Powerpoint. She was Parent and Friends President at St Andrew’s for five years.

“I’m a bit of a history buff,” she said.

The school was started by the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Kensington in 1915 and was later transferred to the Mercy Sisters in 1932 who travelled from their convent in Gunnedah in North West New South Wales to take over the running of the school.

The 100-year reunion included several of the sisters from Gunnedah as well as other past principals.

Julie said Alexandra graduated from the school in 2006 and then went to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Kensington where Julie organised the school trivia nights.

“I help people out when they need help,” she said.

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