On Friday 21 July, over 1,500 people from The Cathedral School community came together to celebrate an important milestone in the School’s history, celebrating the 100th Foundation Day.
St Anne’s Church of England Girls School officially opened on 21 July, 1917 with 71 students including seven boarders. 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 lay Principal.
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, in our 100th year. Not all schools reach this amazing milestone, particularly ones that have had a name change and the fascinating history of our school” continued Mr Gamack.
The Foundation Day ceremony will included a full school service with address from Class of 2001 graduate and fourth generation past student, Louisa Kippin, music performances and singing of the highly anticipated Centenary song composed by widely acclaimed Australian composer, performer, musical director and educator, Paul Jarman.
After the Foundation Day ceremony the unveiling and dedication of the Centenary Project – the Connection Place will took place. The Connection Place is a unique outdoor structure on the base at the School’s famous lagoon that pays tribute to all the people who have been a part of the School in the first 100 years.
Following o the opening of the Centenary Project, the Lagoon Dash made famous in recent years took place with students both past and present and staff running in a relay race around the lagoon.
A morning tea was then served at which more than 1,500 pieces of cake will be served to everyone. The School’s Centenary cake was cut by fourth generation student Louisa Kippin along with her mother, Jane Kippin (nee Gilmore) and grandmother, June Gilmore (nee Heatley).
“The School’s Centenary and in particular Foundation Day provides an opportunity for past and present members of the St Anne’s and The Cathedral School community to reflect on the place and influence that their time in the school had or is having in their lives” said Mr Gamack.
“We hope that everyone who attended our celebrations will have great confidence that the next 100 years will see The Cathedral School continue the traditions and pursuit of excellence that has been the hallmark of the school in its first Century of existence” added Mr Gamack.