School boasts 125 years of de­ter­mi­na­tion and hard work

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

IN THE 1880s the lap­tops were made of wood with a raised tim­ber frame and to re­fur­bish them a quick coat of black­board paint would do the trick.

Eidsvold Provisional School was opened on April Fool’s Day in 1889 in a 9m x 5m build­ing with a gal­vanised iron roof and the first teacher ap­pointed was Arthur McKen­zie.

To­day’s prin­ci­pal Teena El­liott said she was so proud of the school, staff and stu­dents that are there to­day.

“Life has not al­ways run as smooth as it does to­day,” Ms El­liott said.

“This great lit­tle school has been built by a great com­mu­nity and a com­bined ef­fort by ed­u­ca­tors.”

In 1900 the school’s staff con­sisted of the head teacher, two as­sis­tant teach­ers and two pupil teach­ers. Sixty-five years later, in 1965, was the open­ing of a sec­ondary depart­ment for Year 10 level.

While Rod Ma­son was the prin­ci­pal in 1986, teacher Mar­i­onWede­meyer recog­nised the need for the ex­ten­sion to Years 11–12.

“It was my great­est achieve­ment in my role as prin­ci­pal,” Mr Ma­son said.

“At that time stu­dents needed to travel to Monto and it wasn’t work­ing so Mar­i­onWede­meyer took it on and won.”

They had 25 years work­ing in Eidsvold to­gether and both were ju­bi­lant with the way their school had pro­gressed.

“Rod and I worked so hard to get the depart­ment to recog­nise that we needed grade 11 and 12 here,” Mrs Wede­meyer said.

“Start­ing with six stu­dents in grade 11 us­ing school of the air we de­vel­oped the cur­ricu­lum for the se­nior classes.

“The stu­dents are so blessed to have this fab­u­lous school and an en­thu­si­as­tic staff.”

In Oc­to­ber 2014, with all the mod­ern ap­pli­ances needed to ed­u­cate the chil­dren, Eidsvold State School cel­e­brated 125 years of serv­ing the com­mu­nity of Eidsvold with the best ed­u­ca­tion pos­si­ble.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

SCHOOL TAKES THE CAKE: Th­ese kids are just start­ing their jour­ney at an in­sti­tu­tion that has a proud his­tory.

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