Ashleigh Rimmington, Alex Smith and Geo Buse got into green for St Patrick’s Day.
Ashleigh Rimmington, Alex Smith and Geo Buse got into green for St Patrick’s Day. Renee Pilcher

Pupils' day off at saintly school

ONE thing you didn’t have to worry about yesterday was what colour to wear.

It was green all the way at St Patrick’s College where the school honoured their patron saint and enjoyed a day off from normal studies.

College principal Patricia Kennedy said the day was celebrated with a morning concert, mass and an afternoon of fun activities.

At St Patrick’s Villa, the golden oldies were treated to a morning tea and decked out in a touch of green.

At the Freemason’s O’Channon’s Irish Bar, patrons had the chance of sampling a hearty beef and Guinness pie or Irish stew, washed down with a green beer.

St Patrick of Ireland is one of the world’s most popular saints.

St Patrick’s Day became an official feast day in the early 1600s. However, it has gradually become more of a secular celebration of all things Irish.

In Australia, St Patrick’s Day celebrations have taken place on March 17 since 1810, when the then Governor, Lachlan Macquarie, declared the date an official day of celebration.

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