White Hills marks 100 years

whills 450Holy Rosary Primary School,  White Hills, came together to celebrate the school’s centenary on May 5-6. 
Opening in 1918, Holy Rosary enjoyed a 62-year connection with the Mercy Sisters and was fortunate enough to have Sisters Anne Cossar and Ellen Dunn in attendance at the official ceremony, along with dozens of former students, staff and political dignitaries. 
Also in attendance was former student, Margaret Marks (nee Moloney).
The now 99-year-old attended Holy Rosary for five years in the 1920s before beginning work. 
Reminiscing with others in attendance, Mrs Marks remembered having to walk two miles to and from school regardless of weather conditions and having one nice and another fairly firm Sister as her teachers. 
Principal Mr Paul Wilkinson used the centenary to announce the names of the four new Houses: Harte – named after Father Harte, former Parish Priest at Holy Rosary; McAuley – named after Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy; Frayne – for the late Mother Superior of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia, Ursula Frayne and McCarthy – named after Bishop John McCarthy who was Bishop of Sandhurst when Holy Rosary opened.
Paul highlighted how the centenary was a fantastic opportunity for the students and wider community at Holy Rosary to look back on the past and to imagine what is to come in the future.Old school uniforms, attendance rolls and photographs were on display, along with a knitted football jumper from the 1970s donated by Maureen Symons.
A time capsule was prepared at the 2018 celebrations to be placed in the ground until the year 2043 when the school turns 125.

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