School principal Terese Shephard with students Ella Smith, Tilly Doyle and Lou Doyle proudly showing off their centenary shirts.
School principal Terese Shephard with students Ella Smith, Tilly Doyle and Lou Doyle proudly showing off their centenary shirts. Contributed

How you can celebrate 100 years of St Joseph's this weekend

NOT content to party just for a night, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Gayndah is hosting a full weekend of events on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the centenary since it opened on October 6, 1919.

The school has chosen this weekend because September 14 (Saturday) represents 100 years since Archbishop James Duhig visited Gayndah to bless the parish's convent - what is now the Gayndah Arts and Cultural Centre.

On Saturday, from 10am, St Joseph's is hosting a picnic on its school oval for the entire community.

"The family picnic was chosen as a way to celebrate as, reading through the school's and Gayndah's history, picnics on the river were often how people came together to celebrate,” principal Terese Shephard said.

There will be burgers, sandwiches and sweets for sale, coffee van, a bar, some market stalls including school memorabilia, and a jumping castle for younger children.

Current St Joseph's students will be performing old-fashioned barn dances and newer line dances, followed by a 'march off' between the two school sporting houses, Lourdes and Fatima.

"We are hoping that many past pupils will join in with marching as the rivalry for the Mick Lutvey Shield is something that is often commented on,” Ms Shephard said.

Year 6 student leaders will be hosting school tours, including the Good Samaritan convent (now Gayndah Arts and Cultural Centre) which houses the school history room and 'old-style' classroom.

Several sisters of the Good Samaritan who taught at St Joseph's over the years will also be welcomed back to the school.

On Saturday from 7pm there will be a wine and cheese event in the function room of the Cultural Centre.

Entertainment is by past pupils, Eden Smith and Jimmy Leggett.

Entry is $15 with drinks sold separately.

Tickets will be sold at the door with a grazing table provided by Liz Gormley and Val Dolding.

On Sunday from 9am, mass will be celebrated with Bishop Ken Howell in the St Joseph's Sports Centre.

Year 6 leaders will lay a paver with their name on after the mass in the school's student walk.

Past pupils will be able to order a paver with their name on for $35.

Morning tea will be held on the lawn beside the church and, of course, there will be cake.

"The whole school community is abuzz, and we can't wait for the celebration on the weekend,” Ms Shephard said.


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