St Mary's centenary comes up roses

Staff and students of St Mary's Diocesan
Staff and students of St Mary's Diocesan

As part of St Mary's Diocesan School 100th birthday celebrations this weekend, a rose commissioned to mark the occasion will also be revealed.

Committee chairwoman Raewyn Wolfe said she had read about how a Nelson school created a rose to mark a similar milestone and was determined to do the same for St Mary's.

"If we did nothing else we would launch a rose in honour of the hundred years," Mrs Wolfe said.

She said the rose would be named by St Mary's old girl Erica Jago on Saturday.

Mrs Wolfe said the lemon/cream florabunda rose, which was grown by Tauranga's Rob Somerfield, had already won two gold medals and would be available for people to buy.

The committee also intended to gift 12 roses to the school.

Mrs Wolfe said the organising group had been working hard over the past year in preparation for the festivities which begin on Friday.

"We want it to be a memorable event," she said.

Committee secretary Valda McBeth said about 400 people will be attending celebrations and she was "absolutely delighted" with the number of registrations.

She said former students based all over the world were coming, travelling from Sweden, Singapore and China.

The event includes a jubilee dinner to be held under a marquee on the school grounds on Saturday as well as a church service at the Taranaki Cathedral on Sunday.

This week, current St Mary's students have been doing their bit to get into the party spirit.

Yesterday, a mufti day was held at the school and a balloon release is also planned for later in the week.

Mrs Wolfe said she was pleased that the younger generation were so interested in the history of the school and wanted to be part of the celebrations.

"They're embracing it," Mrs Wolfe said.

Taranaki Daily News