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St Mary’s sesquicentenary celebrations


More than 850 students from St Mary’s College packed into St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on August 5 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of their school.

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They were joined at the Mass by students from fellow Dominican schools – Cabra College, St Dominic’s Priory College and Blackfriars Priory School.

The St Mary’s choir provided the beautiful music for the service, with a feature being its performance of the liturgical theme song, Standing on the Shoulders. The song premiered in Washington DC on the 75th anniversary of women being granted the vote in the US. It honours and acknowledges the many hundreds of women and men who fought for equal rights.

Principal Clare Nocka said she was “delighted’ that three of her predecessors – Eileen Young, Marie Dorrington and Jane Swift – were able to attend.

“This group of women have made an impressive contribution to Dominican education and to the wider Catholic education community,” she said.

On Saturday August 10, St Mary’s College community of old scholars, past and current staff and families, Dominican Sisters and special guests gathered to recognise the 150-year milestone with an evening event at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

The centrepiece of the night was the performance by the college’s 100-piece orchestra and choir that also included old scholars. The piece was commissioned for the sesquicentenary and Adelaide composer Anne Cawrse wrote the song based on the diaries relating to the early travel from Ireland and arrival of the founding Sisters, and their establishment of the school.

Current principal Clare Nocka (second from left) with past principals Eileen Young, Jane Swift and Marie Dorrington.


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