The school opened with 57 students in years 1, 2, and 3 and just one building. Without a church, Mass took place in one of the classrooms and without an oval the very first Sports Day was held in Daisy Hill Forest.
In 1987 our beautiful new church was built and Fr Gary Russell took over from Fr Bill O'Shea as parish priest. Fr Gary spent the next fifteen years at St Matts and it was his vision and creative flair that shaped its development both materially and spiritually. Sadly Fr Gary passed away in February 2007 but his legacy lives on in the enthusiasm and commitment of the community today.
1990 heralded the completion of several new buildings, including the preschool, and the library. The buildings continued and as the dawn of the 21st century approached St Matthews took up the challenges of using and embracing new technologies. Today many classrooms have interactive whiteboards and plans are currently in place for a new administration block, multipurpose rooms, a new computer lab and extensive refurbishment of the library.
St Matthews is one of the largest catholic primary schools in Queensland with a current enrolment of 623 students. Throughout its twenty five years, the school has strived to maintain the spirit of Mary MacKillop instilling in its students, strong Josephite characteristics of compassion, a sense of community and a desire to reach out to those in need. St Matthews has been fortunate to have members of the Josephite congregation as part of the staff until 2008 when Sr Marguerite Liddy, our much loved music teacher, retired.
St Matthews has a proud tradition of fostering the many talents of its students. From singing in the mall to spectacular performances in the JRock competition, representing the school at interschool and interstate sporting events or joining drama club or tournament of minds teams, St Matthews offers something for everyone.
In the tradition of Mary MacKillop, St Matthews will continue to be a place where students are nurtured and encouraged to fulfil their potential.