Science block at St Mary's College named in Monsignor Tony Toms' honour.CHALPAT SONTI August 13, 2014 3:09am
St Mary's student community leader Carissa Grant reads a tribute to Monsignor Tony Toms as SRC leader Sophie Stasiak and school co-captain Jarrod Durbridge watch on.
It’s not often Monsignor Tony Toms is lost for words — but that is exactly what happened at St Mary’s College last week.
The occasion was twofold — to celebrate his 50 years as a priest (covered in a recent edition of the Telegraph) and to spring a surprise — the science wing at the school he has championed is now named after him.
The entire school turned out. First up five candles were lit, each signifying a decade of service and recalling different times in ‘‘Mons’s’’ life.
Then there were various prayers and speeches, before the unveiling of a plaque.
‘‘For the first time in my life, I don’t know what to say,’’ Mons said.
But he did speak on his passion for science, and education in general.
‘‘What I want to say to you is you can do anything you want to,’’ he said.
After telling those assembled ‘‘I hope to be here for many years to come’’, Mons praised their ability to keep his tribute quiet.
‘‘It was a very well kept secret,’’ an emotional Mons said.
‘‘Because I knew something was on but I didn’t know it was something as exciting as this.’’
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