Centenary planned for local school

A GROUP of volunteers are currently dusting off the archives at Cannonvale State School as they prepare for their Centenary celebration over the weekend of July 29 and August 1.

Originally situated on the site now occupied by the respite centre, the school opened its doors on April 25, 1910 to just 18 students.

There are limited records covering the period from 1910 to 1916, however it is documented that the first Head Teacher, Mr. Thompson, ‘was very strict.'

In those days it was understood that ‘if you spared the rod, you spoilt the child,' and teachers were required to maintain a ledger of corporal punishment. Knocking over your inkwell brought no less than two and no more than six cuts of the cane.

A past pupil recalls one teacher who gave daily spelling and tables tests. He allowed his students one mistake ‘for free,' and after that one cut for every error. It is recorded that Miss E McKenzie took over from Mr. Thompson in 1912, followed by Miss Maclean in 1913.

She was the proud owner of a lady's bike, which was quite something in those days.

Mr Hoffman, who remained until 1914 must have been somewhat eccentric as he built himself a small dwelling made from scrap material, such as Kerosene cans, and lived in the school grounds.

Miss E Condon took up duties in 1914 and used to walk nearly 5km to school, until kind parents provided a quiet pony for her.

The Committee would be delighted to hear from locals who remember those first years or may have photos, anecdotal records or letters from this period.

Phone the Cannonvale State School office on 4946 2333.

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