Sweet celebration of our Catholic school


Queenstown’s St Joseph’s Primary celebrated 130 years of local Catholic education on Tuesday. 

Pictured (from left) are principal Trisch Inder, youngest pupil Polly Bennetts, five, and former student Carole McIntyre-Crolla cutting a birthday cake to mark the special occasion. 

Polly and McIntyre-Crolla are related, too – McIntyre-Crolla’s mother is the sister of Polly’s great-grandmother. 

Polly is also a fourth-generation St Joe’s pupil. Staff and students arranged a pot-luck picnic party lunch and dressed in black and white to represent the colours of the habits worn by school founders, the Dominican Sisters. 

McIntyre-Crolla, 75, who started at St Joe’s in 1944, remembers the old school buildings well. 

“I remember writing on a slate with a slate board pencil and I remember we had a big room and a little room, and I was in the little room.” 

St Joseph’s parish also celebrates 150 years this year. More celebrations are planned for next month and in September.