Centenary Celebrations

‘Prelude’ (2014) Sculpture

St. Matthew’s celebrated it’s 100 year anniversary in 2014!

Combined with Rathkeale celebrating 50 years, we hosted The Big Weekend on the weekend of 21st – 23rd March 2014. It was a weekend of events, activities and memorials to reconnect old school friends, teachers, staff and supporters of both schools.

The incredible ‘Prelude’ sculpture by Virginia King is now in place on the lawn at St Matthew’s, and was unveiled on Saturday 23rd March. This unique artwork brings great sentiment to the past, present and future generations of St Matthew’s women as we celebrate 100 years and the future of the school.

The weekend was warmly received by all who attended and we received many delightful letters, emails and cards containing joy and stories of reconnecting and remembering.

Rev E M (Ted) Dashfield, Headteacher at St Matthew’s from 1969-1980 captured it perfectly thus:

“I think the Big Weekend did two things – it truly celebrated the past from which we have come and secondly, as we move into our second century, the weekend gave us a new sense of security and confidence for the future. “Ad Astra” in the second century already has, for me, a newness and a freshness about it. The sculpture on the Oval bears witness to the same thought and challenge.”