BIGGENDEN SCHOOL HITS 125 YEARS

Stu­dents re­turn to Biggenden

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

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.

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