Springfield Convent School celebrates 140 years

It took faith, dedication and a great sense of courage for six Irish Dominican sisters when they left their home shores forever, to follow their calling to set up a school in Cape Town 140 years ago. Little would they have known (or maybe they did) that Springfield would become one of the leading girls’ schools in the Western Cape, producing confident and inspirational young women, generation after generation.

A number of special celebrations honoured Springfield’s 140th birthday. A spectacular gala concert was held in the Cape Town City Hall, with the Springfield choirs and orchestra performing to a packed audience – a magnificent start to all the celebrations. A birthday Mass was celebrated with Archbishops Brislin and Henry and well over a thousand Springfield students, families, past pupils and specially invited guests in The Avenue at Springfield, followed by tea in the beautiful convent gardens. In his homily to the large congregation, Archbishop Brislin underlined the importance of holding on to what is most precious at the heart of Springfield.

Enjoying a huge decorative tier of birthday cupcakes was the next big celebration at the school, where every pupil and staff member gathered to sing happy birthday and enjoy a cupcake and cooldrink. This was followed by interhouse galas for both the junior and senior school. An aerial photo of a large field formation of pupils making up the number 140 was the next feat! A Mass for Deceased Sisters and Staff was also held in the gardens. In closing, a dinner was held at Kelvin Grove for parents and staff to honour the culmination of this birthday milestone.

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Category: Winter 2011

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