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Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Page: 2051

Mr THISTLETHWAITE (Kingsford Smith) (13:45): Seventy-five years ago a young David Walker started school at St Anthony's Catholic Primary School on the hill in Clovelly. On Saturday, the now retired Bishop Walker proudly led a mass at St Anthony's to celebrate the school's 100th anniversary. He joined community members, former students, teachers, staff and, of course, current students to celebrate this truly historic milestone. St Anthony's school, part of the St Anthony of Padua parish in Clovelly, opened in January 1918 as both a primary and a secondary school, with about 45 students, and was run by the Sisters of St Joseph. In those days, the sisters used to walk from their convent at Bondi over the sandhills to take classes with the kids.

Over the last century, the school has grown to close to 200 students. It has remained true to its core values of love and service. The school was last updated in 2011 with a Building the Education Revolution addition that's been well loved by the school community. It is clear that the school's core values have helped make the school such an important part of the Clovelly community. I want to congratulate Georgia Walsh and Jack Mellick, the school captains, who led the school in celebrations on the weekend, the principal, Kim White, all of the staff for the wonderful job they do and all of the teachers and community members who have been involved in this important school over the last century.