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Centenary Week Commences with Symbolic Ceremony

St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School launched its Centenary Week celebrations with a symbolic ceremony this morning.

The School’s youngest student, Kiara, and oldest student, Arlene, joined Principal, Mrs Judith Tudball, to plant a Wollemi Pine in Chapel Gardens following a special blessing from School Chaplain, Father Richard Pengelley.

The Centenary Tree concept harks back to the St Mary’s brochure entitled A Place to Grow, which was published in 1964 to launch the building fund appeal for the School to expand from the confines of its West Perth site to Karrinyup.

At the time, then Principal, Mrs Theresa Macdonald, said, “St Mary’s is as a tree. In its shade, ‘we’, and our children, have grown. On its fruits ‘we’ have fed. In its branches ‘we’ have climbed and grown strong. But a tree cannot be static; it must develop …” 

The Wollemi Pine, which is among the world’s oldest and rarest plants, was chosen because it is unique, significant and durable – much like our beloved school!

During the tree planting ceremony, Mrs Tudball said, “We hope that generations of St Mary’s girls will benefit from the shade of this Wollemi Pine and all that it stands for. To hark back to the words of Mrs Macdonald, we are putting down new roots to remain vital and reach full stature. The traditions and example of the past will invigorate new growth and change the minds of each new generation.”