School cel­e­brates 100th an­niver­sary

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

The 100th an­niver­sary of the St Matthew’s School’s es­tab­lish­ment is fast ap­proach­ing, with a school mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion of Shrek on Novem­ber 1 mark­ing the be­gin­ning of of­fi­cial cel­e­bra­tions.

The school orig­i­nally opened as the Con­vert School but of­fi­cially doc­u­mented as Sa­cred Heart Con­vert in 1918, with 80 stu­dents en­rolling by the end of that year.

St Matthew’s School has had a num­ber of names over the years from Sa­cred Heart Con­vert to St Philomena’s Con­vert in the 1940s to St Matthew’s Parish School in 1962. St Matthew’s Church was opened in 1907, with the orig­i­nal build­ing be­ing de­mol­ished in 1963.

Prin­ci­ple Natalia Thom­son said that stu­dents were ex­cited to cel­e­brate the school’s his­tory.

“They have been learn­ing so much about the his­tory of our school and how school­ing has evolved through­out the years,” she said.

“It is a priv­i­lege to be part of the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions at St Matthew’s School, it is such a won­der­ful school com­mu­nity of stu­dents, staff and fam­i­lies.

“I have en­joyed speak­ing to past staff and stu­dents and re­search­ing the his­tory of our school and the de­vel­op­ments over the years since the school was first es­tab­lished in 1918.”

St Matthew’s School will host their main cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, open­ing up class­rooms and hold­ing a fete on school grounds.

The school’s mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion of Shrek will be per­formed at the Nar­ro­gin Town Hall on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1 and Fri­day, Novem­ber 2.

A fam­ily mass will be held at St Matthew’s Parish Church on Sun­day, Novem­ber 4.

Year 3 and 4 classes in 1954.

Stu­dents in 1979.

The school’s hockey team in 1929.

Pic­tures: St Matthew’s School

Pupils in 1926.

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