Celebrating 150 Years

During the week of November 1 to November 7, 2004, St Charles' celebrated its 150th Anniversary. Follow below to see how this historical occasion was marked!

We really had a fantastic week of birthday celebrations! Classroom visits from former teachers and students really inspired our children and made history come alive - as did our dress-up day which was well supported by our students and our staff. With Friday's Franciscan Day, we began the day with a lovely liturgy that included input by the three generations of the Blake Family; Grandfather Barry Blake; Daughter Lynette Wells and Grandson Cameron Wells. Sadly, our intended visit to Centennial Park had to be cancelled due to heavy rainfall, and we transferred our activities indoors. I believe that children had an excellent day in spite of the relocation of activities.

The culmination of the week's activities occurred with Sunday's the Anniversary Mass. Nearly six hundred people joined us in The Church, with an extra hundred or more joining us at the school for the Back-to-back St Charles' Reunion. Our oldest ex-student, who is 95 years old, was present for all activities.

The success of our 150th Birthday was due specifically to excellent teamwork between the staff and parents who planned and executed the Celebrations to perfection!

Monday

Meditation

Today, each classroom teacher stopped to share reflections with their class on the lives of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi.

Tuesday

Franciscan Friars and Poor Clare Sisters

Some Friars and Poor Clare Sisters told their story about their past association with St Charles' School.

Wednesday

Returning Students

Parents, grandparents and parishioners who used to attend St Charles' visited our classrooms to talk about their memories.

Thursday

Back to the olden days

Friday

Franciscan Day Liturgy

Sunday

The Final Celebrations!