FEATURED today is coverage of a local school reunion, nothing special about that as most pupils go back for at least one in their lifetime.
What was special about the St Mary’s College 50-year get-together was what the senior class from that year achieved in 1973.
Aware that the nuns of the convent didn’t have a vehicle and instead depended on the scant local public transport available they decided to buy them a car.
I doubt few if any students from any school would have ever thought of taking on such an ambitious project.
The senior students then persuaded the entire school to take part and in just three months walked into the Murphy Ford showroom and told the salesman “We want that car, please deliver it to the convent”.
In the 70’s the Queensland Times was the gospel for the district and the Saturday edition was a “must read”.
There on the front page was the acknowledgment of the student’s effort. It was the big news of the day.
As I say in the page eight story, we all have our school memories.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any that can go anywhere near that of the girls from St Mary’s and I dare say few of us do.
School’s build their image and reputation on achievements like these and even though its 50 years on I am sure the current students of St Mary’s are today reflecting proudly on these fellow students who walked the same corridors as they do today.
I wrote a story earlier this month about Liam Keady who had recently graduated as a police officer and in that article, he said he had been encouraged to serve the public because of the work his school, St Edmunds, had done in the community.
He said his best memories from school were participating in those school charity events.
The reunion group of 28 on Sunday at Woodlands had every right to feel proud of themselves.
They could be forgiven for maybe raising a few too many glasses of bubbly to celebrate what they did half a century ago that made headlines.