Year 6 students Mekayla O'Gorman and Abby Lea look at historical photographs of their school
ST Thomas’ School, Camp Hill, marked 90 years with a trip down memory lane.
Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell led an anniversary Mass attended by current and former staff, students and parents and friends.
He also welcomed 11 Good Samaritan sisters, who founded the school in 1929, to the celebrations.
Long-time Camp Hill parishioner and former teacher Lola Radford said it was heart-warming to have students from years gone by walk up to her and say hello throughout the anniversary events.
“It was just lovely to see them all,” she said.
“I really enjoyed my time there.”
Principal Mike Armstrong said St Thomas’ Church was “overflowing with past and present members of our community”.
St Thomas' Principal Mike Armstrong with the newly blessed Samaritan Place plaque
Part of the Mass included the blessing of a plaque, which was placed in a new sacred space, Samaritan Place, opened later that day on the school grounds.
“It was important to us to find a way of honouring their (the Good Samaritan sisters’) contribution given that we still have a Good Sam here at our school,” Mr Armstrong said.
He said students learned all about the school’s history leading up to the anniversary events.
“They’ve loved it,” he said.
“We’re always mindful of honouring the past I guess and celebrating the present and embracing the future.
“It’s a legacy.”
Students and guests spent the day visiting different historical displays at the school, learning about its beginnings and its progress over the 90 years.
Mr Armstrong said it was humbling to see how many people showed up for the celebrations.
He offered his sincere gratitude to the school and wider community and supporters.
Former students Rob Mollison, Alison Mollison, Margret
Robba, Mildred Duncan, Pat Cochrane, Peter Healy, Jack and Pam Healy at
the anniversary Mass
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