|Celebrations 100 Years in the Making - 23 February 2016|
Lourdes Day 2016 will live long in the memories of staff, students, parents and friends as we took the opportunity to celebrate our Centenary in style.
The day began with a blessing of the new Wall of Stars. Fr Pan led a simple blessing ceremony in front of our benefactors, Sisters and members of the College community. This beautiful new feature of the College’s environment recognises the ongoing support of our extended community and allows people to leave a lasting legacy in the form of an engraved star and plaque on the wall. Stars will be blessed each Lourdes Day and can be purchased online. Photos of the blessing are available here.
Meanwhile, the students were getting ready for the annual Cheer Competition. Having been asked to incorporate words from some of the school’s earliest known cheers, competition was fun and fierce. Eventual winners, Lee, were well disciplined and creative but all Houses should be congratulated on their work. See the photos here.
Time to move 1250 girls plus staff to Southbank and this operation was achieved with military precision and great care. A schedule of departures by ferry took everyone to Southbank in time for a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane and some delicious Centenary birthday cake. Home Group teachers took responsibility for their students and created a “ring of steel” around them to ensure their safety and comfort. A positive attitude and attention to detail were hallmarks of this mammoth undertaking. See the photos here.
The pinnacle of the day was the Centenary Mass, held in the Great Hall for almost 4,000 people at 5pm. This was an outstanding celebration of 100 years of blessings, with Archbishop Mark Coleridge presiding and a wonderful use of video, music, dance and word to enhance the sense of the spiritual. Read more and see photos here.
Finally, it was time to turn Brisbane purple. The Story Bridge was radiant in honour of LHC and many people have shared their photos of this stunning sight. Meanwhile, family and friendship groups gathered for dinner all over the city and everyone was filled with pride and joy at the delights of this very special day. See the photos here.
All Centenary Merchandise that was available at the Mass, is now available on the Centenary Website:www.lourdeshillcentenary.com.au
It might have been 100 years in the making but Lourdes Day 2016 was well and truly worth the wait! Thanks to all who contributed to and participated in this historic occasion. Bring on the Bicentenary!
Mr John Clarke
Deputy Principal - Mission