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.