Sacred Heart School, North East Valley Dunedin celebrates 125 years October 1895 – October 2020

There was a very lovely celebration of faith and friendship during Labour Weekend. Families, ex-pupils, current staff, teachers, sisters, parishioners and friends of Sacred Heart School gathered to remember and celebrate 125 years of Catholic education in North East Valley. It was a weekend of gratitude for the past and the present, and hope for the future.

A small hard-working committee planned a series of events which were enjoyed by all who attended. A variety of people contributed in all sorts of ways – a real symbol of the generosity and family spirit which have been hallmarks of Sacred Heart for 125 years. Congratulations and thanks to the amazing committee and to all who helped!

The current pupils and staff entertained on Friday afternoon. Beautiful singing, stories of the past and descriptions of the present were themes of the afternoon. The children looked stunning – all dressed in clothes of the late 19th century. On Friday evening people gathered for platter and chatter – reconnecting with friends not seen in many a year. Saturday morning saw everyone looking their very best for decade photos of past pupils and teachers from 1930s and 40s up to the present. A time capsule containing reminiscences of family and school life and happenings over all those years was buried in the school garden. This was followed by cutting the Jubilee cake – a real family / Dominican Family affair! The two youngest children currently at school together with siblings, Roxane, Molly and Bill Parkinson (a sister, lay Dominican and a friar) cut the cake to the delight of all present.

For the full report including more photos click this link.