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GALLERY: Past and present combine as St Catherine's school celebrates 60th reunion

PUBLISHED: 12:34 12 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:34 12 July 2016

Gospel choir singing and performing sign language

Gospel choir singing and performing sign language

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The school first opened in the 1950s

A Bexleyheath secondary school celebrated its 60th reunion by bringing together old faces and new earlier this month.

St Catherine’s Catholic School had spent the past year piecing together the school’s history and tracking down former students and staff to celebrate six decades of education.

The all-girls’ school was opened in 1953 by the sisters of La Sainte Union.

More than 400 people arrived at the school for a mass of thanksgiving, which was was celebrated by Archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith.

Guests received a tour of the school by current students, to help explain some of the school’s latest buildings, while school photographs dating back to the 1960s lined the walls of the school’s conference room.

Lois Fitzgerald works at the school.

She said: “It was a fantastic day where headteachers, current and former staff, and hundreds of former students were able to come together to support this milestone event at our school.

“Here’s to another fantastic 60 years at St Catherine’s Catholic School.”

Booklets showing off the school’s history were on sale throughout the day.

The project to produce the booklets involved piecing together events and accounts from various members of staff form the past and present.

Ms Fitzgerald continued: “Our school has never had a definitive history in written form so the creation of the booklet alone is very important for us.”

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