Col­lege marks big mile­stone

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The only Catholic high school in the Pil­bara is call­ing on com­mu­nity mem­bers to join them in cel­e­brat­ing three decades of pro­vid­ing Catholic ed­u­ca­tion in Kar­ratha, in a se­ries of cel­e­bra­tions later this month.

St Luke’s Col­lege was es­tab­lished in 1986-7 as a joint ven­ture be­tween the Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion of Western Aus­tralia and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion WA and took on its first 92 en­rolled stu­dents in Fe­bru­ary 1987.

Three ma­jor events are on the cards this month to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary — a free ex­hi­bi­tion and tour of the school on Satur­day, June 24, a gala din­ner that night and a com­mem­o­ra­tive Mass on Sun­day.

St Luke’s deputy prin­ci­pal Me­lanie Cad­dick said the school stood out for its strong pas­toral care pro­gram, which had been a fix­ture since its found­ing.

“We are smaller, which means that we’re able to tai­lor to stu­dents,” she said.

“We have a very good pas­toral care sys­tem in our school. All our staff know our kids well. We work very hard on recog­nis­ing what the stu­dents do out­side of the class­room as well as in it, so we know them and their fam­i­lies very well.”

School com­mit­tee chair­man Shaun Dredge and com­mit­tee mem­ber An­drea Guthrie said they were proud of the school as it ap­proached its 30th an­niver­sary, es­pe­cially for its sense of com­mu­nity, aca­demic achieve­ment and re­cent build­ing and land­scap­ing works.

“I think it’s some­thing to be proud of, the fact that we’re ex­celling each year and anybody that’s come here or taught here or been in­volved would be proud of what we’re do­ing,” Ms Guthrie said.

“Each year it just gets big­ger and bet­ter.”

For­mer prin­ci­pal Pe­ter Bothe, who served in the role from 2006-2009, will be the MC for the an­niver­sary gala din­ner. Mr Bothe said he was look­ing for­ward to help­ing St Luke’s cel­e­brate the mile­stone.

“I was at the col­lege when we cel­e­brated 20 years and I have en­joyed see­ing it go from strength to strength,” he said.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

St Luke’s Col­lege deputy prin­ci­pal Me­lanie Cad­dick, com­mit­tee mem­bers An­drea Guthrie and Shaun Dredge, head girl Maddy Wil­son and head boy Glynn Shros­bree ahead of the school's 30th an­niver­sary.

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