School celebrates 100th anniversary

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Year 3&4 classes in 1954.
Camera IconYear 3&4 classes in 1954.

The 100th anniversary of the St Matthew’s School’s establishment is fast approaching, with a school musical production of Shrek on November 1 marking the beginning of official celebrations.

The school originally opened as the Convent School but officially documented as Sacred Heart Convert in 1918, with 80 students enrolling by the end of that year.

Students in 1979.
Camera IconStudents in 1979.

St Matthew’s School has had a number of names over the years from Sacred Heart Convent to St Philomena’s Convert in the 1940s to St Matthew’s Parish School in 1962. St Matthew’s Church was opened in 1907, with the original building being demolished in 1963.

Pupils in 1926.
Camera IconPupils in 1926. Credit: Pictures: St Matthew’s School, St Matthew’s School

Principle Natalia Thomson said that students were excited to celebrate the school’s history.

“They have been learning so much about the history of our school and how schooling has evolved throughout the years,” she said.

“It is a privilege to be part of the centenary celebrations at St Matthew’s School, it is such a wonderful school community of students, staff and families.

The school’s hockey team in 1929.
Camera IconThe school’s hockey team in 1929.

“I have enjoyed speaking to past staff and students and researching the history of our school and the developments over the years since the school was first established in 1918.”

St Matthew’s School will host their main centenary celebration on Saturday, November 3, opening up classrooms and holding a fete on school grounds.

The school’s musical production of Shrek will be performed at the Narrogin Town Hall on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2.

A family mass will be held at St Matthew’s Parish Church on Sunday, November 4.

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