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St Francis Xavier, Goodna, celebrates a century

​BIRTHDAY cheers rang out at St Francis Xavier School, Goodna, when students and staff celebrated 100 years of Catholic education in the area.
Father A. Horan from St Mary’s Presbytery, Ipswich opened and blessed the school on July 3, 1910 and the first students came through the gates the following day.

With the celebration coinciding with Catholic Education Week, the birthday festivities were combined with a liturgy prepared by Assistant Principal Religious Education Carolyn Stewart.

During the service, senior students carried forward symbols of a sustainable future, such as soil, water and a native tree. 
This tree was later planted in the school grounds with the promise of shade for students and a home for birds in years to come.

After the ceremony, which also acknowledged the significance of this year in the school’s history, the children were treated to the sight of 100 blue and white balloons on the school oval and a gigantic birthday cake. 

Three cheers rang out before the cake was sliced into more than 500 pieces for the students to share. 

Principal Lynn Albury said the school community had taken every opportunity throughout the year to celebrate the centenary.

She said a wonderful sense of community had been fostered at the school over those 100 years.

“We look forward to further celebrations in November with past students, families and staff members joining the festivities,” she said.

Brisbane Catholic Education Office

243 Gladstone Road, Dutton Park Q 4102

GPO Box 1201 Brisbane 4001 Australia

Phone: (07) 3033 7000

Fax: (07) 3844 5101