St Joseph's Primary School prepares to mark its centenary

ST JOSEPH’S Primary School is gearing up for once of its biggest celebrations to date. 

On October 21 and 22, the school will be hosting a weekend of events to mark 100 years of education. 

All members of the Leeton community are invited to take part in the celebrations throughout the two days. 

Centenary committee member Michelle Naimo said plenty of hard work had gone into the weekend.

“We have been working towards this weekend all year and the excitement is growing as the weekend gets closer,” she said.

“It has been a real walk down memory lane, looking at the photos brought in by the current and past members of the school community.”

The weekend of activities will start a barbecue in the school grounds on October 21 at 1pm, which will be followed by the official ceremony at 2.30pm. 

At this ceremony the contents of the 1988 time capsule will be revealed, including students’ predictions about what life might be like in 2017.

“There has been a lot of interest in the lifting of the 1988 time capsule,” Mrs Naimo said.

“All St Joseph’s classes are working on items for a new time capsule to be laid down on the centenary weekend, to be unearthed in 25 years.

“The students have also been working on history displays which will be another feature of the centenary weekend.”

A centenary dinner will also be held at the MIA Club on October 21.

Sunday’s celebrations include a mass at 9am in St Joseph’s church, followed by morning tea in the school grounds and further opportunities for tours of the school.

During the centenary celebrations, families and staff who would like a permanent memento of their connection to St Joseph’s will be able to purchase memorabilia or order personalised pavers, which will be laid in the school grounds at a later date.

St Joseph’s principal MaryJane Simms said the weekend marked an important milestone.

“St Joseph’s has come so far since the first classes were held under a tree 100 years ago and is a now a modern, well-equipped school,” she said.

“The centenary weekend will be an opportunity for everyone who has been part of our school’s journey, past or present, to gather together to celebrate.” 

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