In 1983 Holy Spirit was formed from the Amalgamation of Saint Paul's College ( a Marist Fathers and Brothers all boys yrs 7-12 College) and Holy Cross College ( a Sisters of Saint Joseph all Girls yrs 7-10 College).
Holy Spirit College is located in the Wollongong suburb of Bellambi
The School is within a hundred metres of the beach and approximately 80 km south of Sydney.
In 1983 Holy Spirit College opened as a result of the amalgamation of St Paul's College and Holy Cross College. Although standing side by side on land bordered by Cawley and Gladstone Streets, the two schools had previously existed separately - St Paul's as a 7-12 boys' school in the care of the Marist Fathers, and Holy Cross as a 7-10 girls' school run by the Sisters of St Joseph. In 1983, with Fr William Ryder as Principal and Sister Maria Casey as Assistant Principal, Holy Spirit College began the task of building a new and proud identity, enhancing the traditions of St Paul's and Holy Cross Colleges.
Rather than dismissing the past, Holy Spirit holds in high esteem and gratitude the founders of our college. Our House System marks the importance to us of our Heritage.
Colin House is named after Jean-Claude Colin, the founder of the Marist Fathers, the order which has served the community at Bellambi since 1962.
Gilmartin House is named in honour of the first Principal of St Paul's, Fr E M Gilmartin. With two Priests, Fr Gilmartin opened the school in 1962 with an enrolment of 60 boys on land left to the Marist Fathers by John Cawley "for educational purposes".
MacKillop House honours Mary MacKillop, the founder of the Sisters of St Joseph. This order opened a College for girls in 1966 on land west of St Paul's that was granted to them by the Marist Fathers. The first Principal of Holy Cross was Sr Angela Grant, after whom the remaining House at Holy Spirit is named. Along with four other sisters, Sister Angela taught, literally, amidst construction and marched the students around the streets of Bellambi as there were no adequate areas for the girls to have lunch.
The decision to combine the schools was made in 1981, the same year that girls were introduced to St Paul's for Years 11 & 12. To some, the amalgamation signalled the end of an era. To those most concerned for the Catholic education of the youth of the region it marked a new beginning.
Since 1983, the business of construction and renovation has not only been a physical one but also spiritual. The community of Holy Spirit College has now grown in an environment of respect and appreciation of the past and a tremendous enthusiasm and hope for the future.