Mary Aikenhead Day

On July 22, the students from St Canice’s Katoomba took a step back to Colonial times when all classes spent time learning how people lived in 1839.The occasion was the celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Sisters Of Charity’s work in Australia.  Many students and staff dressed up in colonial clothes which enhanced the fun atmosphere of the day.

The students learnt how to sew, they made dolls from pegs, they learnt how to play elastics and old style games, they re enacted school life from the 1830s, discovered how to recite Australian poetry and created their own play about the colony in 1839.

The children were treated to fresh Damper made by the staff for morning tea. They practiced their Marching skills and learnt about the Union Jack flag. They even heard the staff sing ‘God Save the Queen’ alongside a portrait of Queen Victoria.

The day was highlighted by a presentation of all the activities after lunch. Sr Colleen and Sr Mary from the Sisters of Charity thanked the school for their interest in the traditions of their Order and valued the way St Canice’s school community celebrated their unique history each year.
Mary Aikenhead Day