BIGGENDEN SCHOOL HITS 125 YEARS
Students return to Biggenden
THERE were tears and laughter as former students returned to Biggenden State School for its 125th anniversary celebrations.
For principal Ros Rackemann, it was a proud moment.
“As a former student along with my siblings, my time here is embedded in my memories,” she said.
“Then I returned as a teacher and now I’m principal.”
Former principals Bryan Hatcher and Gary Ivory highlighted moments of their time in the community, much to the delight of their audience, before Mr Hatcher officially opened the event.
The honour of cutting the anniversary cake was given to the school’s youngest student Joseph, the longest serving staff member Joyce Thompson and Audrey Weatherston, the oldest former student in attendance.
Now 91, Mrs Weatherston attended the school in 1931.
She said she enjoyed going to school.
“I excelled at copy book writing but ask me to do craft or sport and I preferred a card of sums,” she said.
Her best friend was Rita Launchbury and this friendship continued through their adulthood.
“She always stuck up for me in sport,” she said.
Biggenden P&C Association president Letitia Nock said the anniversary was well attended.
“It was a day about celebrating, showing how far we’ve come,” she said.
“It was fantastic to see so many people coming together, catching up with friends – old and new.
“It was good for the younger generation to see so many of the older students return.”
Mrs Nock said while she was at the registration table, she noticed the joy on people’s faces.
“They were meeting up with people they hadn’t seen for 30 to 40 years,” she said.
“It was just so lovely.”
TIME MARCHES ON: School business manager Kathy Bennett and principal Ros Rackemann with some of the items found in the time capsule buried at Biggenden State School's 100th anniversary.