On July 22 in 1868 the first Sisters of Mercy arrived in Albury.
And in February 1870 an impressive convent building housing the Sisters of Mercy and their female scholars, and a separate Catholic boys school, were officially blessed and opened. Catholic education in Albury evolved from very humble beginnings, Xavier High School principal Gavin Dykes says.
"Thanks to the generosity of the Albury community and the sacrifice of the Sisters of Mercy in the middle years of the 19th century, a vibrant educational community was established," he said.
"The Christian Brothers then helped consolidate the foundations in the early twentieth century. Along the journey, Albury’s Catholic schools could not have survived without the unwavering support of the parent community."
Mr Dykes said for many years, education practice across all Australian schools remained relatively static, with few changes in the curriculum and possibly fewer changes in teaching practice.
However, over the past 30 years there had been a huge expansion in the curriculum and teachers have developed new pedagogy to meet the changes.
"There have been major changes in the educational environment, from slates, blackboards and ink-wells to new developments such as computers, interactive whiteboards and online learning," he said.
"Buildings and grounds have also been adapted to meet the needs of students and staff.
"We are extremely grateful for the generosity of spirit displayed by these pioneering women.
"They sacrificed so much of their own lives to provide generations of Albury residents both an impressive standard of contemporary education in their time and a connection to a Christian community that has made and continues to make an enormous contribution to the life of Albury and far beyond."
Mr Dykes said Albury’s Catholic schools would continue to prosper as their students benefited from the legacy that had evolved since the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy 150 years ago.
The school will host an open day in May, 2019.
Year 6 students are invited to attend a "Taste of High School" experience between 9.30am and 1.30pm. Students should wear their school’s sports uniform.
Lunch will be provided and the canteen will be available at recess. Other family members and friends are invited to visit the school to take part in one of four tours, led by year 11 students.
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