St Matthew’s marks 100 years

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

Thou­sands gath­ered across four days of cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing 100 years of St Matthew’s School in Nar­ro­gin over the week­end.

Start­ing last Thurs­day, a whole school pro­duc­tion of Shrek The Mu­si­cal drew ca­pac­ity crowds of 300 at Nar­ro­gin Town Hall for two mati­nees and evening shows on Thurs­day and Fri­day.

On Satur­day, St Matthew’s School opened its class­rooms to the pub­lic dur­ing a cen­te­nary fete, with an con­ser­va­tive es­ti­mate of 1000 guests in at­ten­dance.

Then on Sun­day the school hosted a fam­ily mass, ac­knowl­edg­ing the Sis­ters of Our Lady of the Mis­sions who es­tab­lished the school in 1918.

Prin­ci­ple Natalia Thom­son said the com­mu­nity sup­port was over­whelm­ing.

“On Satur­day we had an amaz­ing day, the sun was shin­ing, we had clearly ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions of num­bers,” she said.

“We had lots of past and present stu­dents, with their fam­i­lies, and the chil­dren par­tic­i­pated in the of­fi­cial wel­come.

“It was a real com­mu­nity event, be­cause the Nar­ro­gin Pri­mary School helped us out with sand­wiches, the Li­ons Club of Nar­ro­gin helped us out with the sausage siz­zle, and St Matthew’s School par­ents helped out with morn­ing and af­ter­noon tea.”

While Ms Thom­son said the week­end of­fered a great op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on the past 100 years of his­tory at the school, she looked for­ward to what the school could of­fer the com­mu­nity for the next 100 years.

“We’re hop­ing that St Matthew’s will con­tinue to be a won­der­ful con­trib­u­tor to our com­mu­nity, that we will con­tinue to grow and ed­u­cate our stu­dents in the Catholic faith and are pre­par­ing them for the fu­ture,” she said.

Court­ney Batt, Car­son Pain­ter and Hadas­sah Bal­lard.

The fash­ion pa­rade show­cased uni­forms from through­out the years.

Mia Mer­curi, Jack­son McKen­zie, Jas­mine Collins and Brody Blyth.

Pic­tures: Michael Traill/Zoey Quar­ter­maine

Thou­sands gath­ered to events across the four-day pe­riod to cel­e­brate the school’s cen­te­nary.

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