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New St Pat for oldest Catholic boys college

May 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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WRAPPED UP: The new St Patrick statue to be unveiled next week.

ST PATRICK will emerge from under his white shroud of plastic on May 31 at the start of the week-long celebrations for the 125th Jubilee of the college that bears his name.

The new statue will mirror the original statue which stood on the front of the original school at the Basin Reserve, says St Patricks College development manager Loretta Love,

“It’s in a high traffic area and will be lit up at night, so people will realise that it signifies the chapel and worship area of the school,” says Mrs Love.

Planning for the jubilee for the Kilbirnie college, affectionately known as St Pat’s Town, has been a long process.

Preparations going back two years have involved a committee including stakeholders from across the Catholic community.

Mrs Love says the event has also been advertised in parish newsletters and throughout Catholic primary schools.

“There has been a lot of communication with our old students, and we have around 700 registrations to attend at the events taking place over the weekend of the Queen’s Birthday,” she says.

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POINTING THE WAY: A sneak peak of the statue to be unveiled next week. PHOTO:Shane Ives

There are a number of events happening over the course of the weekend including concerts, dinners and sports games against their brother college, St Pat’s Silverstream.

A full list of events can be viewed on a special jubilee website.

St Pat’s Town was founded by the Society of Mary in 1885, and is the oldest Catholic boy’s college in the country.

Originally set up for boarders and day boys, it became so popular it attracted students from all over in New Zealand.

In 1931 the boarding school had grown to be so popular that a new school was built in Silverstream to accommodate them.

Run by the same Catholic order, St Pat’s Silverstream will help St Pat’s Town celebrate the jubilee.


TIME TO CELEBRATE: St Pat's Town ready for its Jubilee

Apart from playing them at sport, they will also march together in a procession from the original school site at the Basin Reserve to the Michael Fowler Centre.

This event is due to take place on May 31, dependent on weather.

Other information

St.Patricks College moved from its original home at the Basin Reserve to Kilbirnie in 1979.

For more information visit St Pat’s.

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