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School celebrates a century

Thumb up for the official opening of the multi-purpose hall at Cannonvale State School. Back: School principal Leigh Robinson, vice-captain Jonty Hinschen and Federal Member for Dawson James Bidgood. Front: Captains Mohanad Abd El-Baky and Isabel Jukes with vice-captain Rhylee Goodwin.
Thumb up for the official opening of the multi-purpose hall at Cannonvale State School. Back: School principal Leigh Robinson, vice-captain Jonty Hinschen and Federal Member for Dawson James Bidgood. Front: Captains Mohanad Abd El-Baky and Isabel Jukes with vice-captain Rhylee Goodwin.

CANNONVALE State School celebrated 100 years of educating local kids in style on the weekend. Hundreds of past and present teachers, students, staff and parents reunited at the school.

The celebrations kicked off last Thursday with the opening of the new school hall.

Current students then took part in an “old-fashioned” day on Friday, which saw them parade in garments worn throughout the earlier part of the 20th Century, before they participated in activities such as bush-dancing and tug-of-war.

Principal Leigh Robinson said that students had a wonderful time taking part in the fun-filled day.

“The opportunity for kids to play games that their parents and grandparents used to play was wonderful,” she said.

Ms Robinson said that she was also overwhelmed with the success of the weekend

celebrations that saw hundreds of members of the schooling community, both past and present, return to the school.

They first met for a social gathering on Saturday afternoon, ahead of the official centenary ceremony on Sunday morning.

“It went extremely well and everyone had an extraordinary time,” Ms Robinson said.

“Ex-students from Cannon Valley were able to go and look at the old school site.

“One of the best things was being able to share experiences with past students.”

The four days of celebrations marked the most significant milestone reached by the school and Ms Robinson puts the success down to one main factor.

“The organising committee did a wonderful job,” she said.

“It was very good to see around 400 people here for the official ceremony.”

For anyone that would like to find out more about the history of Cannon Valley-Cannonvale State School, a centenary book is available for purchase from the Cannonvale State School office or library for $20.

The book, by Peter Harling, is entitled 100 Years and Still Counting – a history of Cannonvale State School.


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