Happy 125th for Childers school

Hun­dreds gather at Childers State School for an­niver­sary

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HIS­TORY LES­SON: Lily Bauer, John Bauer, Daniel Bauer, An­ge­line Bauer, Am­ber Bauer and Gla­dys Rad­ford (nee Fredrik­sen) at the Childers State School 125th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

EMO­TIONS ran high at Childers State School as stu­dents, teach­ers and prin­ci­pals – past and present – cel­e­brated the school’s 125th an­niver­sary.

Vis­i­tors ar­rived on Satur­day from across the state for the spe­cial day, which also in­cluded the launch of a book cel­e­brat­ing the pe­riod 1990–2014.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Paul Russo said it was a mar­vel­lous oc­ca­sion that ex­ceeded his ex­pec­ta­tions.

“I had sleep­less nights won­der­ing if we would get enough peo­ple to come to the day,” he said.

“We had more than 350 peo­ple come, which was fan­tas­tic. “We were over­joyed.” Mr Russo said both the cur­rent and for­mer sites of the beloved school were open to vis­i­tors to walk the hall­ways and rem­i­nisce.

“Staff took peo­ple on tours of the class­rooms and each class­room had a dif­fer­ent the­matic set­ting,” he said.

The of­fi­cial cer­e­mony was at­tended by Bill Trevor rep­re­sent­ing Hin­kler MP Keith Pitt and Bund­aberg Re­gion coun­cil­lor Tony Ric­cia­rdi rep­re­sent­ing Mayor Mal For­man.

Mr Russo said the most mov­ing mo­ment at the an­niver­sary was when one of the school’s long­est-serv­ing teach­ers, Dorothy Bunn, who taught at the school from 1950–1993, re­called how she had taught three gen­er­a­tions of the same fam­ily.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

ALL STARS: (Front) Jenna Maeyke, Zoe Zer­afa, Alana Beens and Char­lotte Mur­ray, (back) Mikayla Scott, Tiana Schimpf and Brooke Gawler.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Paul Russo and for­mer teacher Suzanne Weir.

For­mer stu­dents Char­maine Par­tridge, Leeann Wood­man and Jenny Wood­man.

For­mer pupils Cliff Vacher, Bill Trevor and Chris Cock­ing.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

For­mer staff War­ren Martin, Greg Bud­gen and San­dra Ginn.

Bar­bara Rex and school prin­ci­pal Robyn Philpott.

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