This Friday, The Cathedral School community will celebrate an important milestone in the School’s history, celebrating the 99th Foundation Day and the lead up to the School’s Centenary year in 2017.

In 1917, three Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent arrived from Brisbane, determined to establish a school for girls in Townsville.  They succeeded, despite a lack of finance, shortage of staff, failed previous attempts and the uncertainty surrounding World War I. 

St Anne’s Church of England Girls School officially opened on 21 July, 1917.  In 1980 the school became co-educational and changed its name to The Cathedral School of St Anne & St James, through the reins of the first male lay Principal, Mr Neil Tucker.

Today the School is a modern independent Anglican school providing first class education and personal development to students from Early Childhood to Year 12.

The Foundation Day ceremony will include a full school service, music performances, the much anticipated lagoon dash and a morning tea, at which more than 1,200 pieces of cake will be served to every student and staff member.

At the full school service every student and staff member will receive a special Centenary pin to honour this important occasion and the School’s Centenary project, The Connection Place, will be officially launched. The Connection Place will be a unique outdoor structure on the base at the School’s famous lagoon that will pay tribute to all the people who have been a part of the School in the first 100 years.

The School will also launch the first of an online past student video series which shares the history and memories over the years.

The Cathedral School Principal, Mr Ian Gamack said “Foundation Day is very important to the School’s history and future as it allows us to recognise and celebrate the school’s beginnings and the many staff, students and school families who have made our school what it is today.”

“We are particularly excited to be celebrating our Foundation Day this year as it leads into 100th year. Not all schools reach this amazing milestone, particularly ones that have had a name change and the fascinating history of our school” added Mr Gamack.

The Cathedral School Foundation Day service will commence at 9.30am in the School’s Rock Centre and continue with the running of the Lagoon Dash and conclude with the cutting of the School’s Birthday Cake.