Sweet celebration of our Catholic school

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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.