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Cathedral launches commemorative Centenary Book Featured

In the lead up to The Cathedral School’s Centenary celebrations commencing this Friday 21 July, the School will launch a commemorative book to tell the story of the school from its foundations to the present day on Wednesday 19 July.

The launch of the Centenary book will take place with a Service at St James’ Cathedral for students of the school followed by a march down Denham and Walker Streets just like the girls of St Anne’s CEGS used to do every Sunday morning when attending church. 

A civic reception and official launch will then take place at the Townsville City Council Chambers by Mayor, Cr Jenny Hill and Bishop of North Queensland, Bishop Bill Ray.

The coffee-table book (hard cover, 130 pages) is designed to be browsed at leisure and intends to provide a ‘snapshot’ of the school through the years. It is set along a time line of key events in the life of the school and provides corresponding photos. The book also includes anecdotes and reflections from past students and staff, and profiles some of the key contributors to the school over the last 100 years.

The compilation of the publication was managed by School Registrar and past student, Mrs Toni Lanphier, with help from a band of current and former students and staff members.

Mrs Toni Lanphier said the aim of this publication was to show the ‘threads that bind us’. 

“Despite the many changes the school has experienced along the way, the real essence of the school has stayed the same. This is thanks to the strong foundations laid by the Sisters, and the loyal community who have fostered it over the years.” 

“The book is also intended to be a tribute to all who have been at the school” added Mrs Lanphier.

Published by Bounce Books, The Cathedral School Centenary book is titled “We who would valiant be” – the first line of the School Hymn.


Historical Information about The Cathedral School

The Cathedral School of St Anne & St James, formerly known as St Anne’s Church of England Girls’ School, was established in July 1917 by the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent. 

The original school was located in the city, on the site now occupied by the Townsville City Council, but in 1942, St Anne’s School was evacuated to Ravenswood for three years. 

By the early 1950s it was obvious that the school was outgrowing its city premises and would have to move again. A magnificent 23-acre site (former home of the Heatley family) was acquired in Mundingburra, and the school was relocated in August 1958.

After 62 years of noble service, the sisters withdrew from the school in 1978, and a lay principal, Mr Neil Tucker, was appointed.

In 1980, enrolment was opened to boys in all year levels, and the school’s name was changed to The Cathedral School of St Anne & St James to reflect its new identity as a co-educational school, whilst retaining the links between the original St Anne’s School and St James’ Cathedral. 

The school is now a modern independent Anglican school providing first class education and personal development for students from Early Childhood to Year 12.

More information about the history of The Cathedral School can be found on the Centenary website

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