Marist Con­vent in Le­vuka to mark 125th an­niver­sary

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Marist Con­vent School in Le­vuka will mark its 125th An­niver­sary at the school ground on Novem­ber 17 to 18. Head teacher Sis­ter Rose­mary Si­mon and event co-or­di­na­tor said the theme is ‘Cel­e­brate, In­no­vate and Re­ju­ve­nate’. The cel­e­bra­tion com­mem­o­rates the ar­rival of the Marist Sis­ters to Le­vuka and the start of the school in 1892. The Marist Sis­ters are an in­ter­na­tional con­gre­ga­tion or or­der of Ro­man Catholic women. The Marist Sis­ters recog­nise Jeanne-Marie Chavoin as their Foundress and JeanClaude Colin as their founder.

Sis­ter Rose­mary said the first sis­ters to ar­rive were Mother Me­lanie from Eng­land, Sis­ters Martha and Se­bas­tian from Ire­land.

“We ac­knowl­edge their in­no­va­tion, cre­ativ­ity in teach­ing new skills such as mu­sic and art and sew­ing and we take the op­por­tu­nity to re­ju­ve­nate and be happy for what we have achieved,” she said.

His­tory

The first Marist Sis­ters to ar­rive in Le­vuka trav­elled from Eng­land who were wel­comed by the Catholic Com­mu­nity of Le­vuka led by Bishop Vi­dal who was re­sid­ing in Cawaci. Le­vuka Covenant School started at that time and the build­ing was al­ready es­tab­lished in 1882.

The school was first known as Sa­cred Heart School and af­ter some years board­ers were ac­cepted and the school num­bers in­creased.

Sis­ter Rose­mary said many young women around Fiji and the Pa­cific such as Kiri­bati and Tonga joined the school.

The school, now with a roll of 286 stu­dents, will also see ex-schol­ars gath­ered at the Post Of­fice next week to march through the old cap­i­tal to the school grounds.

Sis­ter Rose­mary said the event would also mark the Bi­cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions of the Marist Sis­ters 200 years ago of when their work be­gan in France and to other parts in the world in­clud­ing Fiji.

Photo: Man­har Lal

For­mer stu­dents of Marist Con­vent School, then known as Sa­cred Heart Con­vent School from 1922-1932, dur­ing the 100-year an­niver­sary in 1992.

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