Friday, 18 November 2011

100 Years Old and Still Going Strong

John Keating, Molly Donaldson and Heather Couper, all pupils of the 1930’s, help to bury the time capsule
Peter Burholt reports that:
"Centenary Celebrations Proved that St Joseph’s Primary School, Haywards Heath can go on for another 100 years. Originally a private school for day and boarding pupils, it was set up by the Sisters of Mercy on 11th October 1911, the year King George V and Queen Mary were crowned at Westminster Abbey.

Bishop Kieran Conry, celebrating at the Thanks Giving Mass, asked the 300 assembled children what they thought of adults. After a while some got over their shyness at being asked such a direct question in front of parents and teachers “Boring, dull and bossy” came the replies! Turning to the adults, many of whom were previous pupils at St Joseph’s, he suggested that they should be like little children in the eyes of God. “Today’s memories should always be about happiness. I reckon there have been 3,000 pupils through this school in 100 years and we should not underestimate the importance of St Joseph’s in the local community” he concluded.

After Mass, visitors were treated to an outside assembly when each class gave an individual performance, followed by a shared lunch. Then it was the special time to cut a celebration cake – greatly enjoyed by children and adults alike - and to bury a time capsule in the grounds. For those who are around in 100 year’s time, they will find a selection of memorabilia including a school tie and jumper, a copy of the new school song and a DVD of the centenary slide show. God willing, St Joseph’s will still be around in 2111, playing that special role in the life of pupils and the community."

Picture by Shelagh Hodkinson.

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