Star of the Sea, Southport, reunion roll call

Star of the Sea College
​The old Star of the Sea convent and college before it was demolished​

FORMER students and staff across all years who attended Star of the Sea College, Southport, up to its closure in 1990 are invited to a special one-off reunion that will include the opening of a time capsule.

The reunion, being held from 12.00pm to 3.00pm at the RSL Club Southport, 36 Scarborough St, Southport, will follow 10am Mass at Guardian Angels Church, Scarborough St, Southport,

Former members of Star of the Sea community will participate in Mass before making their way to the reunion to witness the unveiling of the 30-year-old Time Capsule to be opened by the archivist.

The Sisters of Mercy, who founded the school in 1899, buried the capsule in 1988 to mark Australia's bicentennial.

In 1901 the sisters moved the convent school to the once-seaside site where it became one of Southport's major features during its early decades.

Among its early students was future Gold Coast mayor Denis O'Connell.

In 1934 the school became a co-ed facility and in the mid-1960s the older wooden structures were demolished and replaced by modern stone buildings that are now demolished.

It was during this demolition the tube, containing the precious memories of the Catholic school, were discovered.

After Star of the Sea College closed, Aquinas College, formerly a boys Christian Brothers College, became the parish co-educational college it is now.

The special one-off function will also celebrate a century of Catholic education by the Mercy Sisters at the Gold Coast; the centenary year of Southport officially being declared a town and the opportunity the making and maintaining of connections within the former Star of the Sea community members across all years.

The past students committee has also invited all Sisters of Mercy who taught at the college.

There will also be archival displays and lots of sharing of stories and memorabilia.

This event is a ticketed function.

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