Hundred reasons to celebrate
School marks a century of memories and milestones
I would like to respectfully acknowledge the Gooreng Gooreng people, the Traditional Owners of the land on which this event is taking place and Elders both past and present.
I also recognise those whose ongoing effort to protect and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures will leave a lasting legacy for future Elders and leaders.- Neola Savage.
THE milestone celebration for the tiny school on the hill at Booyal attracted more than 500 past and present students and teachers on this auspicious occasion.
The school of 23 students celebrated it’s centenary last Saturday with guests travelling from as far as Canberra.
Students and teachers shared stories and memories of when they attended Booyal Central State School. For many guests, their last visit was 25 years ago, marking the 75th Jubilee.
Heather McMahon of the organising committee said it was a brilliant day and she thanks the community for supporting the school.
“I would like to thank everyone that supported the schools centenary event and those that attended.”
Mrs McMahon said when she asked guests to rate the event out of ten, the lowest was eight and the highest rating a smashing 12 out of 10.
“We have received plenty of positive comments for many guests, and generally it was a great day had by all,” she said.
Taking to social media, school principal Dawn Dolinski said many thanks to everyone who helped make this such a special occasion, either by volunteering time, donating equipment or supporting the event on Saturday.
“It was a delight and privilege to meet so many past students and staff.
“Particular recognition goes to our incredibly hard working centenary committee, especially Heather McMahon , Robyn Vella and Nancy Warren.
“This terrific trio dedicated an enormous amount of time, heart and soul into Centenary Day,” Mrs Dolinski said..
The Booyal Bunyips made headlines a few weeks ago when visited by Sam Mac and the Sunrise team broad-casting live from the school to promote their DVD.
Monies raised from the sales of the DVD, Kidding About the Drought will assist the farmers struggling with the drought in western Queensland.
To purchase a copy, phone the school on 4126 0177.
It was a delight and privilege to meet so many past students... — Dawn Dolinski
BOOYAL BEST: Lucia Vella and Dulcie Hume (nee-Newbauer) cutting the cake at the school’s centenary celebrations.
TRADITIONAL ELDER: Neola Savage of Gooreng Gooreng.