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The Cathedral School celebrates 100 years

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.”


Cathedral launches commemorative Centenary Book

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.


Three generations celebrate Grandparents’ Day and 100 years of history at Cathedral


Almost 400 grandparents will head back to school for the day when they attend the Grandparents’ and Special Friends Day celebrations held at The Cathedral School this Thursday, with some grandparents and special friends being part of successive generations of students who have attended the school.

This year The Cathedral School of St Anne & St James, formerly known as St Anne’s Church of England Girls’ School celebrates 100 years since it was established in 1917.

Year 3 student Isabella Williams will have three generations of family in attendance at the Grandparents’ and Special Friends Day celebrations bringing her mother, grandmother and great aunt, who were all past students of the school. Isabella’s mother, Amber Williams (nee Lyons) attended Cathedral in the late 1980s, while her mother Ailsa Lyons (nee Nielsen) attended in the 1960s and Ailsa’s sister-in-law Enid Wardrop (nee Lyons) attended from 1947 until 1958.

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