MARIST Brothers Primary School kicked off its 125th anniversary celebrations yesterday in conjunction with children's day.
The school's 607 students made the most of their day off from classes, with a formal celebration in which they were addressed by former scholars and items performed by students.
Former scholar Father Joe Wara congratulated the school and all those who had been involved in its long history.
"It's not very often that we come across an occasion like this, where a very well-known institution celebrates 125 years," he said.
Headteacher Dan Burese said that the school worked towards the theme of '125 years of multiracial education'.
"It means that the education the brothers brought was for everybody and not for one particular race," Mr Burese said.
Interim president of the Marist Brothers Primary School Old Boys Association Jone Tovata said it was important for the students to uphold the principles installed by the founders of the school, including respect for women, family spirit and solidarity.
"We should always reach out to the less fortunate because that's what Marist is all about," Mr Tovata said.
"If you go back to the history of Marist, it was formed by St. Marcellin Champagnat when people in France were not educated and did not know about Christ."
He called for the students to work hard, saying that although education was their right, it was not something to be taken for granted.
Yesterday marked the start of a three-day celebration that would include sports and games, a march from the Flea Market and visits by former scholars to the school.