Who is our oldest graduate?
THE hunt is on to find Gayndah State School’s oldest student for next year’s 150th celebrations.
And at 99, George Hafemeister is the reigning titleholder.
Mr Hafemeister recently visited his old stomping ground to reminisce on his school days at what was then called the Gayndah Rural School.
His name is printed on the honour boards. He achieved the highest results for scholarship in Year 7 as well as his high school exams in 1927 and 1928.
Mr Hafemeister shared stories of his time at the school, including fond memories of giving a geometry problem to his teacher and fellow students.
After giving them a week to figure it out, no one could solve it. And he can still recall the equation to this day.
The centenary sign that proudly stands at the front of the school was built by blacksmith Stud Schubert, a school chum and good friend of Mr Hafemeister.
Leaving Gayndah in the 1930s, he “sweated for every dollar I ever got”, labouring as a cane cutter and ’rooshooter.
He plans to return to Gayndah for next year’s 150th celebration.
And if he is indeed the oldest living student, he has promised to cut the anniversary cake, but only if he can use a cane cutter’s knife.
HONOUR BOARD: George Hafemeister, 99, visited Gayndah Primary School and found his name on the scholarship board.