School seeks his­toric items for mile­stone

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

Pre­vi­ous stu­dents, fam­i­lies and staff of St Mary’s School are be­ing asked to dig deep into their child­hood mem­o­ra­bilia and lend the Northamp­ton school arte­facts of the past ahead of its 150th an­niver­sary.

Prin­ci­pal Melissa Mar­quis said St Mary’s will of­fi­cially cel­e­brate 150 years of op­er­a­tion next April, with a time­line of change on dis­play in the class­rooms.

“We’re hop­ing to set up what the class­rooms would have looked like in the past,” Mrs Mar­quis said.

“Each class­room will be ded­i­cated to a dif­fer­ent era and in the class­rooms there will be mem­o­ra­bilia from that time pe­riod.

“It will be like a walk­ing jour­ney of his­tory of the school and of Catholic ed­u­ca­tion.”

Ob­jects of in­ter­est in­clude old school uni­forms, pho­to­graphs, re­port cards, merit cer­tifi­cates, sport­ing achieve­ment awards and badges.

So far, the school has col­lected more than 100 items.

“We have re­ceived over 80 pho­to­graphs, which we’re scan­ning and re­turn­ing the orig­i­nals,” Mrs Mar­quis said.

“We have also re­ceived 30 items of other mem­o­ra­bilia, in­clud­ing an old footy jumper, some sport­ing cer­tifi­cates and some badges.”

St Mary’s School was es­tab­lished in 1868 and to­day has 50 stu­dents from kin­der­garten to Year 6.

Cel­e­bra­tions will be held at St Mary’s School on April 13 and 14.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers in­ter­ested in lend­ing old school arte­facts are asked to contact St Mary’s School on 9934 1112.

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