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2011

Celebrations in Mairangi Bay March 2011

In March 2011 ten Sisters of St Joseph went for two trips, one to Auckland’s North Shore and the other down memory lane.  This diverse group of Sisters over a period of 26 years, 1961-1987, had been connected with St John’s School, Mairangi Bay, and now joined with 700 others to celebrate the school’s Golden Jubilee.

Friday evening’s Mix and Mingle was a happy and noisy gathering and many teachers and ex-pupils were united - excitement was running high.  This continued into Saturday morning when former uniforms, old photographs, new school buildings and even classrooms alive with present day pupils, were inspected and admired.   The official photographer was on hand to capture precious moments, special friends and overhear reminiscences non-stop while endeavouring to take decade photographs

Ceremonies in the huge marquee were part of Saturday’s programme, where speeches were interspersed with wonderful entertainment by the children.  At the unveiling and blessing of a legacy sculpture situated in the school grounds there was an involuntary “Ahhhhhh” from the children when they viewed the sculpture for the first time.  The picture in Portuguese limestone is of Mary holding the child Jesus while bending to speak to John the Baptist.

The Jubilee Dinner was a relaxed occasion with on-going patter from two celebrities. The evening included two hours of disco dancing much enjoyed judging from the involvement of old and young alike.

The Jubilee Mass included all the present pupils and their families.  It was a beautiful celebration with the children fully involved and leading the singing.  Bishop Pat Dunn addressed the 350 children who listened attentively.

The weekend celebrations concluded with the cutting of the Jubilee Cake and tea while fond farewells were made.

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Sisters and friends gather for a photo before returning to their various homes talked-out and enthused by the very  happy Jubilee.

Gallery / Whakaahua

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