History of MSSCA              


Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic School was opened in August of 1960 at a small house in Amusden Lane in Freeport City. When it opened it had 20 pupils and three teaching sisters.

The school was started by the Most Reverend Bishop Paul Leonard Hagarty, Catholic Bishop of Nassau, in conjunction with Mr. Wallace Groves and the Grand Bahama Port Authority. The original members of staff were; Father Celsus Flynn O.C.R., Sister Mary Eleanor, O.S.F., Headmistress, Sister Mary Francis, O.S.F., and Sister Mary Jeanine O.S.F.

In November, 1961 the school moved to its present location.

aboutus_3Under Sister Mary Alice Gantley, and during the tenure of Mrs. Geneva Rutherford more classrooms were added, including a Music Room, an Art room, a Faculty Room, Father Brendan Forsythe Playing Field. Additionally, Mary, Star of the Sea School became the first elementary school in Grand Bahama with a fully equipped Computer Room.

Grand Bahama Catholic High began with 80 students on September 10, 1966 at its original location in Hawksbill.


This first Principal was Sister Jeremiah Januschka. In 1971 Sister Agatha Hunt became the first Bahamian principal of the school and in 1978 Joseph Darville became the first male and lay principal. During his 20 year tenure Catholic High moved to a new 25 acre campus on East Settler’s Way.

Carrying on a legacy of excellence, Daisy McPhee accepted the position of principal in 1997. Catholic High was the only private school which offered academic and vocational training at certification levels to high school students in Grand Bahama.

In September 2014 Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic School and Grand Bahama Catholic High School were amalgamated with the school now named Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Academy. The present administrative team is comprised of Mrs. Joye Ritchie-Greene, Principal, Mrs. Paula Bevans-Hanna, Vice Principal-Secondary School, Mrs. Sue McCrea, Vice Principal – Primary School and Everlyn Pinder- Dames –Senior Mistress.