The auditorium at the Narrabri RSL Club was packed to capacity on Saturday, March 14 for the St Francis Xavier’s School reunion.

More than 160 people were seated for lunch with former pupils, teachers, parents and friends travelling from near and far to join their local friends in a celebration of times past.

Ann Terbutt (nee Brien) the organise of the event was delighted with the get together.

Ann’s meticulous attention to detail and organisation, “I live by lists,” she said, saw everyone having a wonderful time, catching up, renewing acquaintances and reminiscing.

Mrs Terbutt was ably assisted by her sister Sheryl Barnes and Ellen Gleeson as well as her niece Nicole Barnes and great niece Caitlin Barnes who put the slide show together, a highlight of the day.

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The occasion was a very happy one and no one was happier on the day than Myra Smith (nee Bennett).

Myra, at 93 years, was the oldest ex-pupil.

She cut the cake and made a speech.

Mrs Smith said that every nun she knew was wonderful, she enjoyed her schooling and was grateful to all who turned up for the reunion and made it such a special day.

Memorabilia was on display as well as a tuck shop counter.

Kevin Barry was MC and did a great job keeping the agenda moving.

Present principal Michael Ball made a speech and Sister Carmel Drew spoke on behalf of the nuns past and present.

Ellen Gleeson gave a history of the old school to which most people related, after all the day belonged to the baby boomers.

The classes of the 1940s, 50s and 60s were well represented and of course no one had changed a bit.

Many met for breakfast at the Golfie on Sunday morning rounding off what was a weekend to remember with all saying they were very pleased to have attended the reunion, it was a real highlight and possibly look forward to the next one.

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