The first school on the site was
established in 1965 by the Catholic community of the
Macleay Valley and staffed by the Christian Brothers.
By 1968 St. Paul's catered for
boys from year 5 to fourth form. November 1973 marked
the opening of the girls school (and we were in the 3rd
Year 7) on the eastern side of the boys school,
run by the Sisters of Mercy.
St. Paul's and St. Pius X
Regional High School (the girls' school) were
administered separately but shared the library and
In 1980 the two schools were
amalgamated to form the Macleay Regional Catholic High
School (we were long gone by then!).
The school reverted to the
original name of St. Paul's College in 1985, but
retained the MRCHS school motto of 'Let Your Light
Throughout this time the school
had operated as a 7-10 school with students leaving at
the end of year 10 to continue their education or to
However in 1991 the first year 11
students were enrolled, and two years later became our
first HSC candidates.