One of the man objectives of his Episcopacy that Bishop Stemper immediately carried out, after his consecration in 1957, was the establishment of the first
Two American Sisters form Vunapope, were appointed as teachers in this new venture. The town people of Kavieng headed by the District Commissioner, Michael Healy and his wife, Molly, were keenly interested in our endeavours and did tremendous work, on our behalf. The European, Chinese and Mixed Race people. All contributed most generously to our initial accomplishments.
The first day of school, January 26th, 1958 – saw Sister Margaret, in one class shop, with an overflow of little Prep students, First and Second Grades, who were fearful lest they would not be accepted. The other classroom was to accommodate the students from Grades 3, 4,5,6,7 & 8 with Sister Kathleen shouldering the burden. At this time our school was classified as an “
The curriculum followed was the N.S.W syllabus and after Sixth Grade students were awarded scholarships for further education in
Sister Margaret was a talented Musician, who by conducting excellent singing choirs and renditions on the organ, contributed to the devotion and liturgical life of the Kavieng Cathedral. Sister was transferred to Lihir in 1964 and was replaced at that time by Sister Bernadette. Sister Kathleen remained at Kavieng until 1968 when she was transferred to other parts of
The first four years of O.L.S.H School’s existence in the humble surroundings of Chinatown came to an end in1963 when Bishop Stemper erected the first, permanent building up at the Mission, close to the church, where it stands today and continues the work of Christian Education of the young – begun by the first Bishop of Kavieng, Bishop Alfred Stemper and his pioneer sisters.
During these years the P&F Association was very active. In 1968 the first Board of Management was formed under the capable direction of Mr William Schulze-Herman, its first chairman. It was during his term of office that the three new spacious classrooms, office and storeroom were furnished with built-in cupboards and shelves. The BOM paid for the materials but our experienced and expert carpenters: Mr Pat Lam,
Mr W. Schulze-Herman and Mr Alois Yip gave generously of their time and labour. It was also at this time that the children each received his or her own individual desk and chair – 90 in all. A few years later folding doors were installed with the help of Dads who were also carpenters.
Around the end of 1974 the Education Department suggested Dual Curriculum Schools running an “A” stream (Australian curriculum) and a “T” Stream (Territory based curriculum) together. Having no Catholic “T” school in the area, this seemed a good solution for parents who could not afford the fees to send their children to an “A” school. We began with only StdI and StdP and were happy to receive two local capable teachers: Ms Lucy Kombeng and Ms Gabriella MITI, who had just graduated from
Since Carteret, the Government “A” school was fast dwindling in enrolment, it was decided by the Minister of Education, that this school be terminated and Our Lady of the Sacred heart School be the sole, now called International School, in the New Ireland Province. This unfortunately meant the end of our
As the enrolment increased and classes became large, more teachers were needed. Former staff members; Sister M. Bernadette, Christine and Margaret returned to USA and Sister M. Jacinta were transferred to Mongop, later on Sister Jacinta went to India to open the first MSC Community there. Here she died an untimely death a few years later.
Sister M. Bernadette continued and was joined by Sister M. Cantia. However, two more teachers were needed. It was decided to turn to the Palms Organization, a Lay Missionary Organization, in
On the 14th November 1986, OLSH was registered as a ‘permitted school’ under section 100 of the 1983 education Act, with the special condition of ‘
By the 1990s the Board of Management had negotiated with various volunteer groups to continue to staff the school with both expatriates and national teachers. During the 1990’s expatriate teachers Mr and Mrs Collins, Miss Peta Morris, Mr. Stephen Small and Mr. Laurie Evans all contributed to the smooth running of the school. It was at the turn of the century that OLSH has seen much growth. Under the leadership of Board Chairpersons Mrs Tibby Strickland, Mr. Leo Badcock and Mrs Rhona Lisam as well as the principalships of Mr. Kelly Wamuk, Mrs Angela Ben, Mr. Richard Hancock, Miss Elissa Gill and Mr. Greg Neville that the school has moved forward in leaps and bounds, with an enrolment of close to 260 students in 2007. Between 2002 and 2005, the Board of Management was able to build 6 double classrooms and purchase two new teachers houses. In 2004 OLSH International graduated it’s first year 8 class. Every year since grade eight began at OLSH, the school has topped