St Finn Barr’s celebrates 125th anniversary

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St Finn Barr’s celebrates 125th anniversary

St Finn Barr’s Catholic Primary School students were urged to take inspiration from the founder of the Presentation Sisters and go out into the world sharing the Gospel as the Invermay school marked its 125th anniversary recently.
Students, parents, staff, former pupils and the wider parish community joined in a day of activities on September 26 that included school tours, a whole-school celebratory assembly, midday Mass at St Finn Barr’s Church, a barbecue lunch with birthday cake, and a school talent show.

The Presentation Sisters established St Finn Barr’s Catholic Primary School as a parish school teaching religious education, spelling, reading and sewing on Holbrook Street in 1894. It burned down and was rebuilt, blessed and opened on Invermay Road in 1927.


Launceston parish priest Fr Mark Freeman – himself a former student – said the school nurtured and inspired its students spiritually, academically, and personally. Fr Freeman concelebrated Mass with Fr Ben Brooks and Fr Crisanto Mendoza, both also of Launceston Parish. Newly-ordained Deacon Chathura Silva served at the Mass.
Fr Freeman told students the anniversary was a special celebration.

“It is a day to give thanks to God because God has helped us to learn about the Gospels and learn about our God, so that we can be bright lamps shining with love and faith and hope,” he said.

“Carry the light of God’s love to every single person that you meet, wherever you are in your journey at St Finn Barr’s.”
Fr Freeman also urged the students to take pride in their school.

“You can be really proud of this school,” he said, “and when you get to be old, like me, you can put your hand up and you can say, ‘I was a pupil at St Finn Barr’s and it made all the difference in my life’.”

School captains Lincoln and Charlotte told an earlier assembly that students continue to embrace Nano Nagle’s message, ‘Not words but deeds’, by collecting bottle caps that are used to make prosthetic hands, as well as fundraising for Project Compassion and Mini Vinnies.

The school’s Catholic Identity leader, Alice Saxty, announced a new monthly award, the Nagle Award, for a student who shows compassion, love, empathy, reconciliation and service to others. The first award was given to a student named Layla.

Principal Liz Illingworth thanked everyone who had contributed to the celebrations.

“It has been great,” Mrs Illingworth said.

“We have had a fantastic day and it was lovely to hear stories from past students and the pride so many people have in this school, which stands it in good stead for the future.”

The school has 325 students in kindergarten to grade 6.