In 2012 our school celebrated its 75th anniversary. The first celebration took place on February 27 which is the day that classes began in 1937.
Children came to school on Monday, February 27 wearing clothing similar to 1937. We planned to give the children an experience of 1937 schooling – writing on slates, no computers or ICT resources. A number of Presentation Sisters including some who have spent time here in Murgon were here and visited the classes to speak to the children about their experiences.
The overall programme for the day was:
8.55am Assembly followed by a Liturgy of Thanksgiving in the Church. At the conclusion of the Liturgy the Sisters visited the classes and spoke to the children. During this visit the children were given their slate to use for the remainder of the day.
Morning Tea and Lunch (1937 style) was provided for the children.
Following Morning Tea the middle session was an experience of classroom teaching/learning and games as they would have happened in 1937.
Following lunch children experienced a newsreel/DVD from the 1930s era with their Buddy Class before a final assembly to end the day.
Many parents and family members joined us for the celebrations / activities.
Set out below are the events that took place on the May long weekend which constituted the main celebrations for the 75 years. All families were warmly invited to these events.
Friday May 4 - Blessing and Opening of a new classroom block. This building was named Edmund Rice in recognition of the contribution of the Christian Brothers to our school and to the wider community. The celebration commenced at 9.30am in Saint Joseph’s Church.
Also on Friday at 12.30pm the time capsule buried in 1987 as part of the 50 year celebrations was opened. Items of work from this capsule were displayed during the course of the weekend.
Saturday May 5 - Dinner Dance (Diggers Room, Murgon RSL): 6.00pm for 6.30pm. A two course meal was served, and music was provided by local Cherbourg Band “Muddy Flats”. There were some brief tributes during the evening.
Sunday May 6 - Mass of Thanksgiving in Saint Joseph’s Church commencing at 10.00am. Mass was followed by a BBQ Lunch and the opportunity to visit classrooms and look through old records and photos. Memorabilia was also on sale.
At 3.00pm there was a tree planting ceremony to bring the formalities to a conclusion.