St Mary’s College enrolment registrar Karina Antoniolli (right) with her daughter, Year 8 student Emason Antoniolli (centre), and niece, Year 9 student Lilly Vince, who will write journals for the 150th year celebrations.
St Mary’s College enrolment registrar Karina Antoniolli (right) with her daughter, Year 8 student Emason Antoniolli (centre), and niece, Year 9 student Lilly Vince, who will write journals for the 150th year celebrations. David Nielsen

Journals to relive 150yo story

ST MARY'S College Ipswich will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year, and Campus Minister Jayne Johanson is collecting stories that span the decades ahead of the big event.

Ms Johanson said she was aiming to fill 150 journals with reflections, tales, images and other elements of St Mary's history.

"The collection will make some great reading," she said. "I'm hoping to get into contact with ex-teachers, ex-pupils, builders, parish members and anyone else who has been involved in the school community.

"There are some funny stories about certain sisters who were famous for rapping students on the knuckles, and more serious stories about the history of the school, as well as so many images of the church and school over the years. It will be a meeting of generations and join the past with the present."

Ms Johanson encouraged community members to join with other invited guests to pick up a diary and write a page or two.

"I've invited the Queensland Opposition Leader, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and other high-profile ex-students and teachers to join in which, combined with the amazing tales of community members and current students, will make some good reading," she said.

Ms Johanson said she would distribute journals this year and compile them in time for next year's event.

Phone 3432 5444 to find out more about the journal project.



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