John Carroll came to St Catherine’s 6 years ago from Cornubia. It was a tough gig for his first.Even though he was a rookie, he soon learned the ropesKath Moses said, “You don’t know all the answers yet, so just pretend!”John made this school a better place; rebuilt it all from scratch. first the library then headed for A block,starting Prep and C & K was another success, and all this time trying to run the school.Final Chorus: So Johnny Carroll, all the best as you head down Birkdale way,watch the health, try and stay calm, just take things day by day,and don’t forget the troops back here, when you reach the top.God help him, future BCE boss! (Three cheers for John!)
I was Principal of St Catherine’s in 1976 and 1977 and the Yr 7 teacher in 1978 with Sr Ricardo (Sr Merle Hodge) taking over as Principal. My dearest memories are of the great community of Sisters, including Sr Celsus (fifteen years as the Yr 4 teacher and the power behind the beautiful garden at the Convent) and Srs Raymond, Emmanuel, Geraldene, Margaret, Carmelita and Anita. Other Sisters teaching at St Thomas More College, Sunnybank and at St Peter’s Rochedale were a part of our Community. Two of our Sisters, Beverley Crane and long-serving Irish Sister, Bernard Conneely, died at Wishart in my time – both victims of cancer.
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