Our College Patron: Archbishop Thomas Carr
Thomas Carr was the second Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne from 1886 until his death in 1917. Archbishop Thomas Carr was a builder; a builder of things of value and substance, a builder of things that enriched people’s lives and a builder of things which endured.
Melbourne's St Patrick’s Cathedral is perhaps his most spectacular achievement, however, there are literally dozens of markers to Thomas Carr’s lasting contribution to the very fabric of life in the state of Victoria, not least, the parish of Werribee which he established in 1906.
But it was in the field of education that Carr’s achievements were particularly outstanding. He understood full well the importance of good schools and the value of good education.
And today, in another era, his spirit, philosophy and foresight live on in the College that is proud to bear his name.
The History of Thomas Carr College
Thomas Carr College began in 1997 with 72 Year 7 students, situated on a temporary site in Tarneit Road. Classes began in portables with donated equipment being the only materials available for the staff and students, however, a great relationship between the staff and students emerged that could only be developed in such a small community. These students went on to complete the College's first VCE classes in 2002.
It is this spirit that has transformed Thomas Carr College from a small school into one of the prominently known Colleges in the western suburbs and this shows in our enrolment numbers. The College can now boast enrolments of 1100 plus.
There have also been many physical changes that have occurred since our first year. Staff and students moved to our permanent site in 1998. We are now surrounded by state of the art buildings and well thought out gardens and passive recreation areas.
As we grew so did our reputation. Thomas Carr College became known as not only a school with dedicated staff and talented students, but as a force to be reckoned with in the arena of sport, debating and public speaking.
We have also been increasing ourpresence in the international market. We have sister school relationships with several schools across Asia. The College regularly hosts vists from these international schools throughout the school year.
At Thomas Carr College, a relatively new school of just 15 years, we have a heritage that goes back in time 169 years; from the birth of Thomas Carr on May 10 1831 in Moylough, County Galway, Ireland to his establishment of the Parish of Werribee in 1906 and his eventual death in Melbourne on May 6 1917.