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Bright future for shining Star

Star of the Sea Catholic College at George Town has marked 60 years of staying true to its motto of faith and knowledge by holding three days of celebrations.

The college was founded by the Presentation Sisters in 1957 in response to calls from the community for a Catholic school in the area.

“Initially it was in the church hall with a curtain down the middle separating the upper and lower primary grades,” Principal Richard Chapman said.

“As time has gone on, it has developed to meet the needs of the community. A secondary school was added and the primary sector was developed.”

Originally known as Stella Maris Primary School, today it is a kinder to grade 10 school catering for about 150 students.

“We still hold true to the charism of the Presentation Sisters and their founder, Nano Nagle,” Mr Chapman said.

“Our three guiding words are attentiveness, compassion and hospitality.”

The school continues to thrive, with a $1.2 million grant to develop its secondary facilities.

To celebrate, a cocktail party was held on November 10; a family fun day on November 11; and a Mass of thanksgiving at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in George Town on November 12.

Large numbers of families turned up to enjoy the fun day festivities, which included circus training, crazy bikes and a jumping castle. The cocktail evening was an opportunity for former staff members and supporters of the school to reminisce about past times.

The Congregation Leader of the Tasmanian Presentation Sisters, Sr Gabrielle Morgan of Hobart, and Sr Elizabeth Vagg of Launceston, who taught at the College, attended the Mass.

“I am delighted that the charism of the Presentation Sisters is very much alive and strong in the college,” Sr Gabrielle said.

Photo: Sr Elizabeth Vagg, of the Presentation Sisters, & Michael Doherty help to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Star of the Sea Catholic College at George Town.