Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School students Gabby Venn of Year 2, 7 (left), Paddy Molloy Kindergarten, 5 and Alyssa Livotto Year 2, 7, get set for St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School students Gabby Venn of Year 2, 7 (left), Paddy Molloy Kindergarten, 5 and Alyssa Livotto Year 2, 7, get set for St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Jay Cronan

Irish eyes smile on students

OUR Lady of Lourdes school in East Lismore is gearing up for its 51st Saint Patrick’s Day festivities today.

Principal Jan Condon and her staff spent yesterday organising their excited kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students for a day of festivities dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland.

Seven-year-olds Gabby Venn and Lyssa Livotto, both in Year 2, were looking forward to dressing up in green and eating green ice blocks – put aside over the past year especially for St Patrick’s Day.

But their greatest expectations hinged on Mr Magic, aka Brother Brian from Marist Brothers House.

“Mr Magic makes ropes bigger and smaller,” an enchanted Alyssa said.

“He’s funny,” Gabby said.

“No, he’s hilarious.”

Brother Brian was unavailable for comment yesterday but his press secretary assured his tiny fans he was prepared and would live up to the stellar reputation that preceded him.

Five-year-old Paddy Molloy was most excited about ‘the grown-ups’ coming.

“My mum’s coming but my dad might be working – though he might get a little break from work,” he said hopefully.

Ms Condon said the school was going from strength to strength despite suggestions it was under threat.

“We’re going strong and thanks to our fantastic parent support we have a positive future,” she said.

She said the school’s goal was to foster happy, confident, life-long learners in a faithfilled community.

“Our kids call it the best school in the world,” she said.

“It is also Catholic Schools Week celebrating 150 years of Catholic education across NSW and the ACT so in this, our sesquicentenary year, we have a big day planned to celebrate a big history on the Northern Rivers.”



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