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Celebrating 165 years in Thorndon


Catholic education on the hill

Bill Turley

Being part of 165 years of Catholic education on the hill in Thorndon is a big deal for Sacred Heart Cathedral School. From what I have found out there has never been a jubilee of any sort for Sacred Heart Primary School, on Guildford Terrace.

Our school was known as St Mary’s Day School until the original Cathedral building burnt down in 1898. With a new church came a change of parish name and a change in the school’s name and so Sacred Heart School began its life in Thorndon.

Records seem to be scarce for our school. So we are appealing for ex-pupils who may have old photos or documents that could show some of the changes that have taken place over the last 50 to 100 years.

During term 3 our students will be looking into the school’s history so anyone who can help here would be most welcome.

Please email the Jubilee Committee at: celebrating165@gmail.com with any historic information your may have.

If you know people who came to Sacred Heart, taught here or had a connection with it in some way please let them know about the 2015 Labour Weekend celebrations.

It would be great to see many of our ex-pupils at this celebration.

Bill Turley is Principal at Sacred Heart Cathedral School.