Murwillumbah's Mount Saint Patricks School 50th year anniversary. Having a laugh about the past, former students from 1981to1987 Wendy Phillips, Annettle Viglione, Cathy Reid, Fiona Duncan, Sharon Breckenridge and Karen Scott
Murwillumbah's Mount Saint Patricks School 50th year anniversary. Having a laugh about the past, former students from 1981to1987 Wendy Phillips, Annettle Viglione, Cathy Reid, Fiona Duncan, Sharon Breckenridge and Karen Scott Scott Powick

Walk down Mount St Pat’s memory lane

THE memories of the old school yard came thick and fast when 120 people gathered to mark Murwillumbah's Mount St Patrick College's 50 years as a regional high school.

Among the star guests on Thursday were sister Betty McKerrow, who was the principal of the college from 1978 to 1983.

Father Bill Mills, the priest at Sacred Heart from 1989 to 1995, was another welcome blast from the past.

 

Murwillumbah's Mount Saint Patricks School 50th year anniversary. Class mates from 1965 to 1968:Pauline Hewitson, Christine Walpole, Bernadette Hennessy, Mary Charman and Christine Curtis.
Murwillumbah's Mount Saint Patricks School 50th year anniversary. Class mates from 1965 to 1968:Pauline Hewitson, Christine Walpole, Bernadette Hennessy, Mary Charman and Christine Curtis. Scott Powick

Past students and staff flew in from as far as Cairns and Sydney for a thanksgiving mass at Sacred Heart church.

"We had them coming from everywhere," said current principal Paul Clohesy.

Past and current students helped preside over the service.

 

Murwillumbah's Mount Saint Patricks School 50th year anniversary. Class mates from 1964-67: Joanne Stuart, Julie Goulding, Margaret McDermott, Cathy Perandis and Kerrye Marrison.
Murwillumbah's Mount Saint Patricks School 50th year anniversary. Class mates from 1964-67: Joanne Stuart, Julie Goulding, Margaret McDermott, Cathy Perandis and Kerrye Marrison. Scott Powick

It was followed by a lunch at the adjoining parish hall.

A book produced by former principal, Tony Daly, chronicling the history of the school was launched.

A time capsule containing school memorabilia, including the guest list on the day, was buried.

 

Murwillumbah's Mount Saint Patricks School 50th year anniversary. Michelle Van Den Broek (1990) and Kathy Smith (1971-82).
Murwillumbah's Mount Saint Patricks School 50th year anniversary. Michelle Van Den Broek (1990) and Kathy Smith (1971-82). Scott Powick

It will be dug up in a decade's time when the college itself marks 100 years.

 

Sharing a cuppa and a scone, past class mates from 1955-1962, Keith Bulmer and Bernie McDonald.
Sharing a cuppa and a scone, past class mates from 1955-1962, Keith Bulmer and Bernie McDonald. Scott Powick


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