A big milestone for St Joseph's Catholic College

LONG HISTORY: Colleen McTaggart was a one of St Joseph's first students and now works as the school's librarian.
LONG HISTORY: Colleen McTaggart was a one of St Joseph's first students and now works as the school's librarian.

St Joseph’s Catholic College is throwing a 30th birthday party on July 29 and the whole town is invited. 

Visitors can enjoy tours of old classrooms, morning tea and stories from past students, a memorabilia display and of course the cutting of the birthday cake.

“We are hoping any past staff and students can help us locate the time capsule that was buried for the 10th anniversary in 1997,” a spokeswoman from St Joseph’s said.

St Joseph’s Catholic College was established in 1987 and the founding principal was Sister Patricia Smith of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

BIRDS EYE VIEW: An aerial shot of St Joseph's when the school opened in 1987.

BIRDS EYE VIEW: An aerial shot of St Joseph's when the school opened in 1987.

“St Joseph’s opened for the start of the school year in January 1987 with 90 students from Transition to Year Seven with four classrooms and two portable buildings,” the spokeswoman said. 

“The college has progressed from primary to middle school, with 2013 and 2014 seeing the inaugural classes of years 11 and 12.

“In 2008 Little Joeys Early Learning Centre opened and is now a highly regarded facility of early childhood education.

“The college in 2017 has over 200 students and 60 staff offering quality education to students from all over the Northern Territory,” she said. 

“The college will be holding a celebration for the anniversary and is inviting all past and present students, staff and parents to take a look back at how far the college has come.”

Clyde Fenton Primary School celebrated their 40th Birthday last month. 

LOOK BACK: Sister O’Keefe and Father Cooper at the soil turning with Marty Duggan in the background.

LOOK BACK: Sister O’Keefe and Father Cooper at the soil turning with Marty Duggan in the background.

SPECIAL GIFT: A snap of the shadecloth St Joseph's received after it was used for Pope John Paul II's visit to Darwin.

SPECIAL GIFT: A snap of the shadecloth St Joseph's received after it was used for Pope John Paul II's visit to Darwin.