On Friday 12th February, Archbishop Julian Porteous, executive directive of Catholic Education Tasmania Dr Gerard Gaskin and guests joined St John’s Catholic School community to celebrate 200 years of Catholic Education.
St John’s in Richmond is the oldest Catholic school in Tasmania providing 178 years of Catholic schooling. Tasmania’s place in the national celebration of Catholic education was highlighted at the event with a video presentation of the story of St John’s from its opening in 1843 to the present.
During his reflection Archbishop Julian shared the story of the beginnings and growth of Catholic Education in Australia and the establishment by Fr Philip Conolly of Hobart’s pioneer Catholic school in 1822 and then the place of St John’s Richmond as the state’s oldest continuing school.
The afternoon included a liturgy and classroom activities, and a key highlight was the singing of the national song, Faith in the Future, with St John’s 344 students joining in full voice.