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New song marks 70th celebration for St Catherine’s


Members of the school community, past principals, students, teachers, Bridgewater parishioners and Dominican Sisters gathered to celebrate 70 years of St Catherine’s School on August 18.

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Events got under way with Mass, during which the new St Catherine’s song was launched and performed by students.

Written by Andrew Chinn, the chorus is centred on the school motto, Veritas (Latin for ‘truth’), with its links to the school’s Dominican tradition. The verses focus on the school vision of ‘together in faith, learning and community’, incorporating the five key values, respect, commitment, sustainability, honesty and compassion.

The song will become an anthem for the school and be part of Masses and future celebrations.

Another feature of the 70th Celebration Mass was the unveiling and blessing of the original school bell which was recently restored by David Tomkins.

Guests were then invited to the Tree House (school library) for morning tea where they were welcomed by the head of St Catherine’s School Board, David Hutton. A tour of the original school grounds and St Catherine’s Convent then followed.

St Catherine’s grandparent David Tomkins ringing the original school bell which he kindly restored for the school’s 70th year celebration.


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