A celebration and commemoration for all

By Benalla Ensign

Assumption College honoured the 33 alumni who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country in a moving ceremony at the College on Sunday, 29 April.

The Family and Friends Celebration Day was one of many events in 2018 as the College celebrates its 125th year.

The rededication of the memorial chapel doors that name each of the fallen soldiers from World War I and World War II provided a touching focal point for the day where principal Kate Fogarty welcomed more than 160 people to the ceremony, including descendants of those fallen soldiers (both former and current students) and families and friends of the College.

The doors were originally made by alumnus Barry Skehan, in memory of his brother Herbert, who fell in World War I. His sons Phillip and Adrian and granddaughter Therese, all former students of Assumption, were in attendance.

Most visitors attended the 10.30am Sunday Mass next door at St Patrick’s Church before the rededication ceremony, which saw Br Xavier Collins call the names of each fallen soldier. As each name was called a descendant or current College student stood to attention and then proceeded to light a candle in each soldier’s memory.

It was a moving tribute and staff members Paul Grattan, Des Langdon and Maria Cleve were graciously thanked for their outstanding efforts in seeing the chapel doors restored and the day such a success.

It was also a great opportunity to officially launch the new Heritage Centre and archival display.

A collection of Assumption memorabilia, including uniforms, results books, photos and a boarding bedroom set up from days gone by are on show in the old chapel; providing a trip back in time for students and a chance for alumni to revisit fond memories of their time at the College.

Thanks were forwarded to archivist Maki Daisley on her tireless work to bring the display to life.

Guests were invited to learn from the ‘talking books’ in residence Ron Forbes (class of 1948) and Bob Ryan (class of 1947), take a school tour and then enjoy lunch in the girls’ boarding house.