The First Decade (1958 – 1968) and The Second Decade (1969 – 1978)

The First Decade (1958 – 1968)

Reverent Brother J. Chanel founded Maris Stella in 1958 in response to the need for another school because of overwhelming applications for admission to Catholic High School which was run by the Marist Brothers. 

The school started with four Primary One classes (163 pupils) and four Secondary One classes (124 pupils) and a staff of eleven including the Principal, Rev. Bro. J. Chanel. Classes functioned in the afternoon at St. Stephen’s Primary School in Siglap. Soon the school expanded and more classrooms were needed. As St. Stephen's Primary School could no longer accommodate the growing student population, other schools were approached for assistance and subsequently; Maris Stella functioned at different premises concurrently. Among them were Silat Road Government Integrated Primary School, St. Patrick’s School, Opera Estate Convent, Tung Ling English School, Jalan Kembangan Integrated Primary School. The school occupied these premises at various times from 2nd January 1963 to 22nd October 1966. That was a very difficult period in the history of Maris Stella. We encountered numerous problems both in administration as well as in conducting lessons. This was inevitable as the premises used were miles apart. 

With Bro. Chanel’s sheer determination and the staff’s dedication and loyalty, those difficult years became memorable ones. It brought out the best in the staff who together with the principal overcame many problems. Needless to say, the students contributed no less to the success story of the school with their recurring 100% passes in the Government Examinations. 

A new phase in the history of Maris Stella began in 1967, after nine long "homeless" years. The move to our own school of fifteen classrooms and a four-storey science block at Mount Vernon Road was filled with unrestrained enthusiasm. A grand celebration was held to mark the official opening of the new school. Development now came swiftly. 1968 saw the completion of the second phase, an adjoining block consisting of the Lee Kuo Chuan Hall, a canteen, a library and administration offices. 

The Second Decade (1969 – 1978) 

The second decade saw the gradual but steady development of Maris Stella. With the completion of the second phase, Bro. Chanel decided to proceed with the next project – a 5-storey building for the primary section. This marked the 3rd Phase of Bro. Chanel’s development plan for Maris Stella. However, it was not until the end of 1974 that he was granted permission to launch this project. Construction began soon after and the building was completed by the end of October 1975. It was built at a cost of about $1.1 million. This new building was officially declared open on 11 September 1976.