It was standing room only at St Michael’s Catholic Parish Primary School’s 75th Anniversary dinner at Thirroul Bowling Club.
The event capped off a week of celebrations for the school and its 250 students, bringing together 350 past and present teachers, students and local dignitaries, celebrating the success of the school, which opened its doors in 1940.
Current principal Danny Sykes says although it was difficult to pick a highlight of the celebratory week, the Mary Mackillop Outdoor Mass was a great day.
“It was held on the eve of St Mary Mackillop’s Feast Day and more than 200 people joined our 250 students, including the Sisters of St Joseph, to celebrate with current students. The weather was perfect and the afternoon was extremely special.
Anniversary week included a dress up day where students and teachers donned fashion from the 40’s and adhered to the stricter teaching conditions of the period. But it wasn’t all marching and ‘Yes Sirs”, the students also got to try knocks and marbles, and other old school games, to give them a taste of life 75 years ago.
The celebrations also included the burying of a time capsule which will be opened in 2040, when the Thirroul school celebrates its centenary.
Mr Sykes says it’s lovely to see how warmly the school is still received today.
“St Michael’s continues to be a much-loved school for families in the Northern Suburbs. Judging by the smiles on people’s faces, there is a great sense of pride for the work that has been done over the years to make St Michael’s the great school it is today.”
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