Prin­ci­pal ex­cited to mark 100 years

Join week­end’s cel­e­bra­tions

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

THE prin­ci­pal of St Joseph’s Catholic Pri­mary School Gayn­dah says it is an “in­cred­i­ble hon­our” to be lead­ing the school, which is on the cusp of its cen­te­nary and is throw­ing a party this week­end to cel­e­brate.

St. Joseph’s is in the privileged po­si­tion of stand­ing on the shoul­ders of all who have gone be­fore us in Catholic ed­u­ca­tion,” prin­ci­pal Terese Shep­hard said.

“This 100 years cel­e­bra­tion is just a small part of the story, yet for us it is the cul­mi­na­tion of imag­in­ing our story, liv­ing our story and celebratin­g our story span­ning the past 100 years.”

Ms Shep­hard said this week­end was cho­sen for its cel­e­bra­tion as Septem­ber 14 com­mem­o­rates the bless­ing of the con­vent, what is now the Gayn­dah Arts and Cul­tural Cen­tre.

“The school it­self was opened on Oc­to­ber 6, 1919, with 56 stu­dents,” she said.

“No doubt those first stu­dents would hardly recog­nise the class­rooms of our 21st cen­tury learn­ers with iPads and SMART boards.

“Many changes have oc­curred in the past 100 years but there is much that we re­tain.

“The val­ues we es­pouse at St Joseph’s are in­flu­enced by the Or­der of The Good Sa­mar­i­tan Sis­ters and are taken from the Bene­dic­tine Rule, which the Good Sa­mar­i­tan Sis­ters iden­ti­fied as be­ing par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant to their or­der.

“These val­ues in­clude: com­mu­nity, part­ner­ship, hos­pi­tal­ity, stew­ard­ship, peace, bal­ance, com­pas­sion, hu­mil­ity, heal­ing, and lis­ten­ing.

“These val­ues are un­der­pinned by the word of God and prayer.

“They are ex­pressed through the School Prayer and Song and prac­tised in the daily in­ter­ac­tions be­tween all mem­bers of the school com­mu­nity.”

Ms Shep­hard said stu­dents and staff have worn their green cen­te­nary shirts each Friday and learn­ing about the school’s his­tory and its part in the wider Arch­dio­cese of Bris­bane Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion story.

“A num­ber of past pupils have been shar­ing their sto­ries on our cen­te­nary Face­book page, which has been fas­ci­nat­ing to read,” she said.

“We have been de­lighted by tales of rid­ing horses to school and the mis­chief some stu­dents go up to.

“The cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion has cer­tainly been a team ef­fort and I am in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to our small, but ex­tremely hard-work­ing team.

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing past, present and fu­ture stu­dents and staff as we com­mem­o­rate the 100-year story of St. Joseph’s this week­end.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HONOURED: St Joseph's Catholic Pri­mary School Gayn­dah as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal and re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion teacher Bec O'Connor and prin­ci­pal Terese Shep­hard.

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