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ONE of the highlights of Mary
MacKillop Catholic Regional
College’s 30th anniversary
celebrations over the week-
end was the dedication and
official naming of two school
At Sunday’s Mass former par-
ish priest and former president of
canonical administrators, Father Pe-
ter Kooloos dedicated Pioneer Hall,
formerly known as the multi-purpose
hall, in memory of all those with in-
volvement in the college’s formation
30 years ago.
There is also now a large honour
board hanging in Pioneer Hall with the
names of those who had a part in the
establishment of the college including
first families, people who worked on
the steering committee, staff and stu-
Another special offering at Mass
was the first performance of a new
Mary MacKillop song; Walk me in
your Pathways, written by the school’s
music department staff.
“It was sung by the college choir;
a beautiful song which brings tears to
the eyes,” college principal David Les-
The commemorative song picks up
on a number of significant sayings of
Mary MacKillop herself.
“The Mass was the first public
performance of the song which will
become one of the most popular songs
about Mary MacKillop.”
Current parish priest Father Aju
Varghese dedicated the chapel which
from now will be known as St Mary of
the Cross MacKillop chapel.
A commemorative tree, a Norfolk
pine, was blessed and planted on the
school grounds on Sunday alongside
a plaque recognising the three school
principals of the college spanning
those 30 years; founding principal Ed
Carmody, Michael Delaney and cur-
rent principal David Leslie.
“I am very proud to have stood by
my two predecessors in honour of their
work; my role now is to build on the
great foundation they have made for
this school,” Mr Leslie said.
Following the ceremonies a bar-
becue lunch was enjoyed by all guests
who were then able to wander about
the school to witness the annual col-
lege expo which showcased students
work from across all faculties, activi-
ties and performances.
Amongst activities was a perfor-
mance of clowns and circus activities
by members of the drama department,
a display of old photos and the sales of
Mary MacKillop callistemons in seed-
lings, or small or large pots.
Estimates put Sunday’s attendance
The previous evening, at Wonthag-
gi Workmens Club, a reunion dinner
was enjoyed by more than 160 people,
sharing great stories going back to the
first years of the college.
Many of the original class of 1986
attended the dinner along with Bishop
“The weekend was a great oppor-
tunity to gather and confirm a lot of
information of past years, especially in
the early days,” Mr Leslie said.
“The entire staff was here for most
of the weekend. I am so appreciative
and have never been more proud of the
staff than I was on Sunday. Their blood
“I really thank the entire commu-
nity for its fantastic support of our
school throughout the 30 years.”
College dedicates school buildings
Satirical: Anthony Argento and Bree McRae
were excited to celebrate their last day of
Year 12 at Mary MacKillop Catholic Re-
Left, Last class: the Year 12 specialist math
class celebrate with teacher Shaun Curtis at
Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College.
We made it: pictured is a collection of past students many from 1986, past
and present staff and Board Members who attended Saturday night’s dinner
at Wonthaggi Workmens Club. Back row: Renae Littlejohn, Matt Brosnan,
Peter Piasente, Kristy Leys, Ed Carmody, Pip Compton, Barry Sibley, Rosa
Materia. Middle, Josie Bleeser, Sarah Burke, Lizzy Yates, Sibby Wilson, Kate
Young, Wil Pruyn, Jenny Shea, Lyn Mills. Front, John and Kerryn Katal. Ker-
ryn McLennan and Sister Bridget.
Grow tall: a special tree was planted for the Mary MacKillop College 30th
anniversary on Sunday, which involved the school’s three principals, Ed Car-
mody, David Leslie and Michael Delaney.
Generational: from left, Michael Dyer, Brylie
Dyer and Joanne Dyer (Nesci) from Nerrena were
at the Mary MacKillop College 30th anniversary
celebrations on Sunday. Joanne was a student at
the school from 1986 and Brylie is currently at the
school in Year 7.
Memories: parents of students who attended Mary
MacKillop College in its first year, from left Mary
Patterson from Leongatha and Rita and Tony Lam-
ers from Outtrim.
Old times: from left, former Mary MacKillop Col-
lege students Renae Littlejohn, Carmela Pallant
(Raiti) and Vanessa Cowan (Raiti) had fun catching
up on school news at the 30th anniversary celebra-
tions on Sunday.
Glory days: former Mary MacKillop College stu-
dents Lisa Williams (Murdica) from Traralgon, Eli-
za Hughes from Leongatha and Tracey Van Kuyk
from Toora caught up at the Mary MacKillop Col-
lege 30th anniversary celebrations on Sunday.
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