Convent Primary celebrates 130th year

2017-04-27 06:02

Uitenhage Convent Roman Catholic Primary School was founded when a handful of Sisters from the Dominican Order were sent to Uitenhage in 1887 to start schools.

These Sisters from the Holy Rosary in Port Elizabeth then founded the Sacred Heart school as well as St Thomas for older learners in a house in John Street.

The following year, the plot of ground stretching from John Street to Baird Street was purchased on which to build a primary school facing Baird Street. The first building housed Grades 1-7 (sub A & B, standards 1-5). All the educators were Dominican Sisters at first. They lived in a flat on the first floor of the school.

Much later (in the 1960s) when the first building became structurally insecure, the present school was built and completed in 1967. The old school was demolished.

First school for all races

It was the first school in Uitenhage to open its doors to all races in 1981. Although it is a Roman Catholic School, all Christian denominations and other religions are welcome. The present principal, John Dennis, is the 6th lay principal and the first principal took over from the Sisters in 1984.

Commemorating 130 years

The school is celebrating 130 years of being in existence this year. To commemorate this, mass will be celebrated at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Baird Street on August 11th.

  • A gala evening will be held at the VW PeoplePavilion on August 12th. Tickets will be available at school at R200 per person.

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