Stepping back in time

Staff and students at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School stepped back in time recently as part of their inaugural Founders’ Day. The School community embraced the opportunity to celebrate and commemorate their history as a Josephite school in the Mersey Leven Parish.

The day commenced with a Prayer Ritual giving thanks for the life and work of St Mary of the Cross and the Sisters who founded Our Lady of Lourdes. Students were fortunate to have a visit from Sr Carmel Jones, a former student and principal of the School, who gave the students an insight into what classes were like when she attended the School in the 1950s and 60s.

Acting Principal Mr Stewart Farr said the day provided the opportunity for students to be inspired by their teachers and the rich history of their school community, “they are part of a community that has existed for 124 years, that has helped thousands of young children grow and develop into the best people they can be”.

Staff and students wore costumes to give the day more authenticity, and students were called to and from class by the clanging of a hand bell rung by Mr Farr. In the afternoon students traded technology for tic-tac-toe, forming groups to play games from the 1800s such as knuckles, hopscotch, marbles and pick-up sticks.

The spirit of the Sisters of St Joseph was definitely felt throughout the day and the School community is already looking forward to celebrating Founders’ Day again next year.