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20 September, 2021

St Monica’s School turns 100

The entire school community lent its input and support for St Monica’s School’s Centenary Celebrations on Sunday which was packed with ceremony and fun from the official opening of a prayer labyrinth and yarning circle, to the laying of a time capsule, cutting of a birthday cake and performances from the students.

St Monica's School students with the Centenary time capsule.

Bishop Robert McGuckin officially opened the prayer labyrinth and yarning circle which will stand as a permanent legacy from the centenary event.

The labyrinth was painted by local Indigenous artist Damon “Miri” Anderson and features a metal sculpture by Mark Anderson which symbolises the Sisters of The Good Samaritan who founded the school 100 years ago.

Principal Luke Barrett said as well as marking the first 100 years of the school, the labyrinth will serve a functional purpose for the students.

“It is designed as a tool for reflection. It has one path with a single entry and exit point,” he said.

“You cannot get lost. 

“There is no right way or wrong way to walk.”

Mr Barrett said the artworks were bordered by tiles donated by members of the community commemorating the Sisters, staff, students and families who attended the school

A time capsule put together by the students will be buried in a garden bed located behind the labyrinth.

Filled with school and Oakey artefacts, it is anticipated that the time capsule will be opened and enjoyed by a future school community.

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