Jennifer and Brett Olsen (from left), Sue McLennan, Barry and Emma Heins, Tanya and Corey McGrath got together at the Star of the Sea and Xavier Ball.
Jennifer and Brett Olsen (from left), Sue McLennan, Barry and Emma Heins, Tanya and Corey McGrath got together at the Star of the Sea and Xavier Ball. KARLEILA THOMSEN

School event well received

HERVEY Bay's Catholic education fraternity came together on Saturday night and didn't they have a ball.

If the first cab off the rank is anything to go by, the social function bringing together parents and staff of Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School and Xavier Catholic College will continue for years.

The inaugural event, hosted by the long-running primary school, was a triumph with 310 people rockin' the night away to the sound of Bay band Muthaload.

“There were a couple of teething issues, but overall the night was very successful,” Lisa Challies, one of the organisers, said.

“The whole underlying idea was to give the parents an evening to get together.

“The schoolkids from the two schools have a few things they do together but there's not a lot for the parents to do. So it's good to cement these relationships with an opportunity like this.

“After all, most Star of the Sea kids will eventually end up at Xavier.”

The Wondunna school's new hall, built as part of the Building the Education Revolution, provided the perfect setting for the event.

The hall, still without a name and waiting on its official launch, hosted its first school assembly the previous day.

The link between Star of the Sea and Xavier College is long held.

Star of the Sea was Hervey Bay's first and only Catholic school for about 20 years until Xavier was established to stem the flow of high school students across to St Mary's College in Maryborough.

Xavier College will host next year's second annual social.



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