Sister Carmel Bourke
Principal: 1945 – 1953
Elma Bourke became a boarder at St Aloysius College in 1920 as a second year high school student. She remained as a boarder for seven years but was only a part of the college for three years. The other four years were spent at Adelaide High School. She remained at SAC as what was known as a ‘parlour boarder’ while at Adelaide High and then Adelaide Teachers’ College.
After Teachers’ College, she taught for four years for the South Australian Department of Education and boarded privately. Entering the Convent in February 1931, she became known as Sr Carmel Bourke and went straight into the teaching apostolate. Although trained as an Early Childhood teacher, Sr Carmel was appointed to the secondary staff.
In that era, the Sisters were not allowed to study at Adelaide University (by Convent regulation), but as Sr Carmel had only two more subjects to complete her Bachelor of Arts, she was allowed to do so. Sr Carmel taught at SAC until February, 1945 when she was appointed principal of the college. She remained in this position until 1953 when made the Convent Superior.