STUDENTS from Corpus Christi Catholic School have enjoyed a weeklong celebration to mark their school’s 80th anniversary this year.
The festivities kicked off on Monday 30 May with a sausage sizzle that saw each teacher making a birthday cake for their class to share.
On Wednesday 1 June students participated in various activities representing their sport house groups, before coming together for a whole-school mass.
Celebrations concluded on Friday 3 June with an open day and assembly for current and former students, parents and school community members.
Corpus Christi principal Mary Turnock said the anniversary events were a great success.
“One of the highlights was our open day which included a liturgy in the library and the cutting of the cake by myself and former principals Elaine Doran and Tony Webb,” she said.
“We were also treated to a drama presentation in the school hall and a performance by the school choir in the grade two amphitheatre.
“Throughout the day grade six students took our visitors on a tour of the school and the classrooms to speak with the children and view what they were doing.
“All in all it was a wonderful week and certainly a great celebration with memorabilia on display in the library for visitors to view and enjoy.”
2016 also marks Mrs Turnock’s eighth year as principal at Corpus Christi.
“I attended Corpus Christi as a student,” she said.
“Since my time at Corpus Christi, the school has changed a great deal, partly thanks to the Australian Government’s Building the Educational Revolution funding that has enabled us to increase the size of our library, kindergarten room and hall.
“Towards the end of last year we also redeveloped the prep and grade one classrooms that are bright and airy.”
Mrs Turnock said Corpus Christi ensured that teachers and staff looked after all students and their families.
“At Corpus Christi we endeavor to ensure the students in our care develop a passion for lifelong learning, are inspired to be passionate people and embrace new opportunities with hope and confidence,” she said.
Corpus Christi Catholic School was founded by the Presentation Sisters and opened in 1936 in Church Street, Bellerive.
Since 1987, Corpus Christi has been conducted by the Archdiocese of Hobart and the Catholic Education Office.
The school has seen rapid growth with its student population today sitting at 460.
Corpus Christi Catholic School is located at 10 Alma Street, Bellerive.
Caption: Corpus Christi Catholic School principal Mary Turnock and former principal Tony Webb share in the cake-cutting duties at the school’s 80th anniversary event.