School’s wall honours past generations
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.
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.