St Ambrose’s School was established in 1936 under the direction of the Good Samaritan Sisters. In 2011, St Ambrose’s school celebrated its 75 years on the weekend of Friday 17th June to Sunday 19th of June. We rejoiced in the strength of our school community, one which has been built on the three principles of Hospitality, Humility and Happiness.
The months of preparation saw full school involvement as well as local community engagement. There was a wonderful atmosphere at all events. The weekend raised $27,463 with additional revenue from merchandise and advance purchase of stock still to be realised. All money raised will go towards digital technology for the school with more sets of notebooks, iPads etc, which will directly benefit our children.
The schedule of proceedings was as follows:
Reunion, Friday 17 June
Past pupils, parents, friends and staff were invited to join us at St Ambrose’s School. What a great night and a walk down memory lane. This was the first real function held in the new Bolton Centre. It proved to be an excellent venue with both parents and past pupils suitably impressed.
Gen Y Reunion / Dance, Friday 17 June
Past students (Youth) were invited to celebrate at a dance held at Marist Rosalie Basketball Courts. There was great music, a bucking bull and a BBQ. The kids had a hoot.
FAIR, Saturday 18 June
For a school that does not traditionally hold school fetes or fairs, we did a sensational job! While the children enjoyed rides, baby animals, face painting, a magician, and a disco, the grownups wandered through the school visiting cake and sweet stalls, tombola, the 2nd hand book store, craft stalls and student displays. There were also Davidson Street Historical Displays and tours, raffles, silent auctions, and visits from sporting stars. One of the big highlights was opening the 50 year old time capsule which revealed many treasures. The day exceeded all of our expectations with a huge turnout, beautiful weather and fun had by all.
75 YEAR MASS, Sunday morning
The mass had a large school and parish attendance and was followed by morning tea and a Blessing of the new Bolton Centre. Thank you to all the wonderful committee members, stall holders and general helpers. Together we pulled together a weekend to remember.
In 1928, His Grace, Archbishop J. Duhig appointed his former Secretary, Father Brian Bolton, to the Newmarket area to establish a parish. Father Bolton was a strong adherent for Catholic Education and under his leadership; St Ambrose’s School was established in 1936 under the direction of the Good Samaritan Sisters.
The Good Samaritan Sisters worked tirelessly in those early years, not only providing vital education to local children but creating a community based on their three principles of Hospitality, Humility and Happiness. Those three principles provided the foundation as the school continued to grow over the years and the Sisters gradually withdrew from the school in the late 1960s and were replaced by teaching staff.
As we look back now over the past 75 years we can see that the strength of our school community really has been built on those original principles – they have embedded us in the Newmarket community and our school has provided a haven of care and education to thousands of children and families.
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