School’s wall hon­ours past gen­er­a­tions

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

MORE than 100 peo­ple gath­ered at Yarloop Pri­mary School on July 22 to cel­e­brate the of­fi­cial un­veil­ing of the com­mu­nity wall at the school’s am­phithe­atre.

The two sides of the struc­ture fea­ture more than 250 bricks en­graved with the names of past and present stu­dents who do­nated the in­di­vid­ual bricks.

Among the names are many well-known fam­i­lies who had at­tended Yarloop Pri­mary School for gen­er­a­tions since the in­au­gu­ral prin­ci­pal Otto Riegert started in 1910.

The cen­tre panel dis­plays the Tree of Life, a sign of hope af­ter last year’s bush­fire, which in­cor­po­rated plates with in­di­vid­ual stu­dents’ hand prints and a short sen­tence on the events of last year.

Past stu­dents trav­elled from afar to join the open­ing and slight rain stopped just long enough for the of­fi­cial part to fin­ish.

Stu­dents per­formed their own ver­sion of “We are Yar­loop­i­ans” and en­thu­si­as­ti­cally re­cited their poem “It’s great to be back at school”.

Prin­ci­pal John Col­lis said the un­veil­ing day had been planned for a cou­ple of months and was ini­tially meant to be a thank you morn­ing tea.

“The tur­bu­lent times of last year are be­hind us, with the over­whelm­ing sup­port of our school and wider com­mu­nity and the re­silience of the stu­dents,” he said.

“Work on this com­mu­nity wall in­volved a lot of vol­un­teers and we are grate­ful for the sup­port we have re­ceived from many busi- nesses and in­di­vid­u­als.”

A sausage siz­zle and morn­ing tea af­ter the con­clu­sion of the of­fi­cial cer­e­mony al­lowed guests to catch up with friends or faces from the past.

Prin­ci­pal John Col­lis, board chair­man Phil Penny and school cap­tains Crys­tal Cock­man, 12, and Cooper Ross, 10, are pleased with the pro­ject.

Sabby Hayter and Luchee Col­lis, both 8, have con­trib­uted a plate to the Tree of Life.

Pic­tures: Han­nelore Hep­burn

Joanna Hooper points out the brick with her father Tomis­lav Jo­vanovich's name to son Axel, 5, who is the third gen­er­a­tion to go to Yarloop Pri­mary School.

Past stu­dents Dean Riegert, Gail Flegg, nee Riegert, and John Riegert, are three of the great-grand­chil­dren of Otto Riegert, the school's first prin­ci­pal.

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