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A sea of purple and white flooded St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral and Wakefield Street on August 15 as approximately 1100 students, staff, old scholars and special guests celebrated the college’s 140th anniversary.

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The colourful celebration commemorated the laying of the school’s foundation stone on the same day in 1878 by Bishop (later Archbishop) CA Reynolds.

Bishop Elect Charles Gauci presided at the whole-of-school Mass which was also attended by Christian Brothers Patrick Cronin and Barry Donaghue, Catholic Education SA director Neil McGoran, CBC Board chair Cate McGuire, executive director of Edmund Rice Education Australia Dr Wayne Tinsey and Br Paul Oakley president of the EREA Council Br Paul Oakley.

After processing down Wakefield Street to the college, students gathered for a 140 numeric formation on the oval, and for food stalls and sporting activities.

Other anniversary celebrations during the year included a whole school portrait, a staff function at the Adelaide Zoo, a Year 12 and Old Scholars breakfast and a Purple and White Ball at the Entertainment Centre on August 18.

The college will hold a ‘140 arts concert’ on September 26 at Woodville Town Hall and a speech night and awards ceremony at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on October 23. (For details, visit www.cbc.sa.edu.au/celebrating-140-years/)

College principal Noel Mifsud said CBC’s 140 year tradition as a Catholic boys school in the Edmund Rice tradition had enabled its children to be the “authors of their own destiny”.

“CBC educates children to lifelong learning as they dance towards the future with great hope,” he said.

“A CBC graduate is a person of faith, excellence, community and compassion.”

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