We were awarded a blue heritage plaque to honour the life and work of Fr John Duignam. He was a remarkable person who had many roles; parish priest; architect; builder and teacher. Dispatched to the area as a young Irish priest who spoke Spanish to minister to stranded Filipino fishermen, he stayed over 50 years. In this time he built the convent house and invited the Dominican sisters to start a school. He built and taught in the Mission School on the same grounds – today St James (RC) Primary. Education was important to him and he later built the first classrooms for the Dominican school.
The school felt it important to honour the personal sacrifice of Fr John Duignam as it approaches 110 years.