Quilpie Celebrates 100 years! 2017
The 2017 Quilpie Centenary was certainly a wonderful reunion for many of our past students. St Finbarr’s open day was well attended by more than 60 past students and families with 2 students from the very first enrolment in 1950. The display of past students’ photos and memorabilia in the library was very well received, both during the open day and the Cocktail Evening.
During the special Assembly, the students told the story of the coming of the sisters of St. Joseph and the following years. A tableau depicting the first 3 sisters arriving at 11.00pm on a hot January night in 1950 began the story. They were met at the Railway Station by Fr. Cronin, Parish Priest and escorted to their rented house by townspeople carrying lamps as there was no electricity in the town in 1950.
Students in years 5/6 conducted guided tours of St. Finbarr’s Church using a brochure they had prepared. Visitors enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the special features of the Church. The tour guides found it a great experience and are keen for another opportunity.
On the Friday night, the P&F Committee threw a very successful Cocktail and Canapes night at the school which was also very well attended. With the music played by our very own instrumental teacher, both young and old partied on into the night.
Finally on the Saturday, the St Finbarr's float took to the main street as part of the Quilpie Parade. The main street was lined with hundreds of people who watched the procession of floats drive along the street showing various areas of the community from both past and present that have contributed to make Quilpie what it is today.