Rollcall for schools centenary
THE Cruice family plan to track down as many former staff and students as they can for St Joseph's Primary School centenary in 2013.
With a rollcall of four generations at St Joseph's in their own family, the Cruices are well qualified to comment on the North Ipswich school's attributes.
Roly Cruice left the school in 1957 after completing kindergarten and years one and two.
"The school had a really good feel to it," he said.
"There was no grass anywhere in those days.
"For a bit of fun we'd find rusty nails and annoy the bull ants in their nests."
Roly's late mother. Mary Donohue. began the long association in the 1920s.
"She started here in 1923, a decade after the school started," Mr Cruice said.
Centenary celebration plans include a book launch this October and a dinner dance next year.
A website will also keep the school community informed.
St Joseph's was set up in 1913 by Father Andrew Horan and a committee of laymen on a site in the Liverpool Estate at Albert St, North Ipswich.
The current school on Pine Mountain Rd was opened in 1962.
Tony Cruice, Roly's son, left the school in 1987.
His children Rody and Emily are in the fourth-generation Cruice intake.
"I've only got fond memories of the school and I made a lot of friends," he said.
Anyone with memorabilia and photos of St Joseph's is invited to contact the school on 3201 6188.