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St Francis Xavier, Goodna, celebrates 100 years

(From left) former student Sr Madonna Josie, pastoral care workerSr Veronica
Ekerick and Sisters of Mercy Leadership Team membersSr Mary Lawson and
Sr Margaret King cut St Francis Zavier's centenary celebration cake
MORE than 500 past and present students, staff and friends gathered to mark the centenary year of St Francis Xavier Primary School at Goodna.

Auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan of Brisbane concelebrated Mass in the school’s new McAuley Hall, with Goodna parish priest Fr Roger Burns and South County Dean Fr Peter Casey.

Bishop Finnigan congratulated the school on past and current achievements and contributions they had made to the wider community over the past 100 years.

After Mass, school Pastoral Care worker, Mercy Sr Veronica Ekerick, joined former student Mercy Sr Madonna Josie and Mary Lawson and Margaret King, representing the Sisters of Mercy Leadership team, to cut the birthday cake.

The Sisters of Mercy founded it in 1910 and Sr Ekerick said it was exciting for guests to see old friends and to recognise themselves in old photos.

Past pupil, Ross Mitchell presented the school with a stainless steel time capsule to capture school memories for the next 25 years.

He spoke about his gratitude to teacher Trish Passfield, who passed away earlier this year and the positive influence the school had on his life.

Bishop Finnigan also blessed a Garden of Remembrance and Promise, dedicated to past students, staff and Sisters of Mercy with a special mention of the class of 1943, many of who were represented by family members.

In 1943 student John Watson brought an undetonated anti-tank rocket he found in a nearby firing range, to school

After school, students were throwing the rocket around and it detonated, fatally injuring John and wounding seven of his classmates. 

Principal Lynn Albury said the centenary celebration was a wonderful opportunity to remember the contributions of past and present staff, students and their families to the school.

“The excitement, enthusiasm and energy were very evident, as those who participated in the celebrations renewed friendships and past stories,” she said.  

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