St James held its 40th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday the 25th July, with over 100 people attending the reunion. The attendees were able to do school tours to see how the place had changed. These tours were conducted by current students and staff at the school. Mass followed, with Father Michael Willemsen returning to the Parish for the celebration after a six year absence. The reunion was then held in the school hall, which was decorated with many old school photos and albums. The first Principal of St James, Cath Briant, shared her memories of how it was a battle to get the things necessary for productive and multi functioning class rooms in the planning stages. Win Dortmans then fondly recalled her time at the school as a teacher, parent, principal and grandparent, and told a few funny stories about broken windows and miniskirts. Sally Cunningham shared her memories of being a student and then parent at the school.
Current Principal Andy McDermott and Cath cut the cake marking 40 years since the school began. A panel of past teachers was then hosted by Lisa O'Sullivan, with the teachers answering questions about their favourite memories of the school and how it has changed over the years. The crowd was very entertained by the funny stories from the teachers.
This event was a big production and special thanks must go to the parents and students who helped on the evening and with catering.