175th Anniversary Celebration Day

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15 Aug 175th Anniversary Celebration Day

On Wednesday the 27th of June 2018 St John’s Catholic School celebrated our 175th Anniversary.  Our school was originally founded in 1843 by Father Butler, who engaged the services of Michael O’Keefe to establish and run the school. The school commenced in 1843 with only 20 students and 1 teacher.  Today the school has grown to 340 students and 50 staff. We now has fourth and fifth generation students in attendance. During the anniversary celebrations the whole school dressed in 1840’s attire for a school photo in front of neighbouring Richmond Bridge.  We also had a special assembly where each class from Kindergarten to Grade 6 presented an item in front of parents, invited guests and past principals. Students took part in activities such as bonnet making, wood work, sewing, finger knitting and hopscotch and had a shared lunch with their visitors. A history display of items sourced from the Community and past and present students featured very old school study books from the 1840s, early uniforms, photographs, awards and lots of memories.

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