School centenary postponed 

Another centenary event in Waipā has been put back 12 months.

Te Awamutu’s St Patrick’s Catholic School had planned to hold its 100-year celebration on October 22 and 23.

Organisers have decided to reschedule it for Labour Weekend 2022 and will open registration in January.

Te Miro School suffered similar issues last year when the first series of Covid lockdowns were announced.

The Waikato Rugby Union has also postponed its centenary celebrations. It was planned for October 15.

St Patrick’s principal Shelly Fitness said that while it was disappointing   to postpone, it was a decision which would ensure anyone who wanted to attend could.

The school had registrations from all over the country, many of them from Auckland, which has been cut off from the rest of the country thanks to Lockdown rules.

A small group had also indicated they wanted to come over from Australia for the centenary.

“We’re also aware that many people coming are in the older age bracket and they are the most vulnerable in terms of Covid and we definitely want them in attendance,” Fitness said.

That included the now-retired teachers from the Sisters of St Joseph religious order.

“The centenary wouldn’t be the same without them.”

St Patrick’s Catholic School was opened by Bishop James Liston on  June 19, 1921.

The school is keeping former staff and pupils up to date on its Facebook page.

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