School History

Holy Rosary School, Doubleview, was blessed and opened by His Lordship, The Most Reverend J.J. Rafferty D.D. on 8 February 1959. The Parish Priest was Father Finton Campbell O.P.

The School was built at the end of a bush track and when it first opened there was no electricity and no water laid on to the property. Water came from a tank on the property or was carted in. As the grounds were developed, regular busy bees were held to dig a deep well which still serves to reticulate the grounds today.

The School was staffed by Sisters of the Dominican Order and their association with the School continues to this day. The first Principal was Sr. M. Philomena O.P. followed by Pauline Clune, Sr.M.Antoninus, Sr.M.Declan, Sr.M.Dominica, Sr.M.Anthony, Sr.M.Rosarii and Sr.Marlene Laracy O.P. The first lay Principal, Mr Darryl Winsor was appointed in 2007.

The first classes catered for Years 1, 2 and High School Year 8. After Siena High School opened for girls in 1962, Holy Rosary continued teaching Primary School students from Years 1 to 7. Over the years the enrolment pattern has changed and now Holy Rosary caters for children from 3 Year Old Kindergarten to Year Six.

The School grew quickly and in the early 1960s a second building of three classrooms was added at a cost of £10,900. The money was raised by the Parish, as there was no Government funding in those days. The new rooms doubled as a church on weekends, with folding doors between the classrooms pushed back to allow room for the congregation. This continued until 1973 when our beautiful, Toodyay Stone Church was opened. By 1964 the School had 300 students. The first lay teacher, Mrs Snowdon was employed in 1964.

Holy Rosary is a Community Parish School which today caters for more than 500 students. The school has enjoyed wonderful parent and community support throughout its history. From bare cement floors and few comforts, Holy Rosary is now fully air conditioned with wonderful facilities. There are two streams in all grades from 4 Year Old Kindergarten to Year Six, as well as a Special Education Unit and a 3 Year Old Kindergarten programme.

Tradition has it that almost 800 years ago St Dominic planted an orange tree that he had brought from Spain in the grounds of Santa Sabina Monastery in Rome. We are very proud of our Dominican history and tradition and the orange tree features significantly in our website. To read more about the tradition of the orange tree click here.

Holy Rosary is a Community Parish School and has enjoyed wonderful parent and community support throughout its history. From bare cement floors and few comforts, the school now has wonderful facilities. There are two streams in all grades from Kindergarten to Year Six, as well as a Three Year Old Kindergarten program and an intergrated Special Education Unit. Here children with intellectual disabilities are taught, as well as being mainstreames into the regular class. The school is fully air-conditioned and there is an excellent Library, Gymnasium, Hall and Oval. Playgrounds - funded and often constructed by parents - are both beautiful and engaging.