The community of Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Gatton, celebrated its centenary the last weekend in August. The Sisters of Mercy opened the school in 1917 and continued in this Parish almost 70 years. Celebrations included a Centenary Parish Mass on the Saturday evening and a grand fete on the Sunday both of which were attended by many former and present staff, students and families. A significant feature was the display of photographs and memorabilia across the ten decades. Pictured are former teacher and Principal, Sr Joan Morrissy and former teacher and parish worker Sr Mary Teresa Mullins enjoying the displays set out in the Daniel Walsh building.
Parish Priest Fr Noyichan Mamoottil MCBS and Principal, Nathan Haley, paid tribute to all who had gone before them, on whose shoulders the school community now stands. The Sisters of Mercy were acknowledged for their leadership and dedication to school and parish for more than 70 years.
During the fete activities, there was a roll call of students and staff across the decades, and many friendships were renewed as former classmates gathered.
The words of acknowledgement of country were "as we gather here today, we ask that the Land and the Great Ancestral Spirits welcome each of you to the sacred land of the Ugarapul and Kitabal people. May the Great Ancestral Spirits of the Land, the waters and the rivers protect and guide us as we gather for the Our Lady of Good Counsel School Centenary Mass. We ask you to bless the traditional owners who have walked these lands in ages past, who walk it now and who will continue to walk it and care for it into the future."
The celebrations were accompanied by warm welcomes from the current staff and wider school community.