Milestone Anniversary for Marist Regional College Community

By Veronika Cox

Two days of fun and festivities will mark the 50th anniversary of Marist Regional College next month.

The celebrations, which are set to incorporate current and past students and staff of the college, will run from 19 to 20 August.

Acting Principal Noel Nethery said the anniversary was a huge milestone for the school.

“It marks the amalgamation in 1972 of Stella Maris Regional Girls College and Marist College to form Marist Regional College,” he said.

“A high quality of education has been delivered over the past 50 years, and MRC still to this day is the school of choice on the Northwest coast.”

Mr Nethery, who has recently returned to the college, said while the school had changed physically over the years, some things remained the same.

“Socially and spirituality, Marist Regional College (MRC) still holds that same wonderful feel, where students receive a Catholic and Christ-centered education in a safe, caring environment,” he said.

The Marian Centre at Marist Regional College. Photo: Supplied

“MRC has always had an important standing with the community; over many years it has produced wonderful community service leaders who are involved in all walks of life.”

Mr Nethery said Marist was unique, catering for a wide demographic.

“We get students from all walks of life, bring them together and build a connection with them,” he said.

 “The students are an eclectic mix, which allows for the acceptance of difference and respect for all. Coming to work each day for our staff is pure joy.”

The 50th anniversary celebrations will commence with Mass on Friday 19August, followed by a day of student festivities. 

“Friday night will be a casual function for our past students and staff of MRC held at Communion Brewing Co., Burnie – a great opportunity to catch up with friends from a time gone by,” Mr Nethery said. 

“On Saturday 20th, we will see MRC put on an arts, drama and music festival with tours of the college and lots of food stalls on offer, friendships to rekindle and memorabilia to view.”

The celebration will conclude with a formal cocktail evening.

“We look forward to many Old Scholars and staff returning to the great school on the hill and enjoying the warm hospitality and camaraderie,” Mr Nethery said.

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