Hun­dred rea­sons to cel­e­brate

School marks a cen­tury of mem­o­ries and mile­stones

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

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

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

BOOYAL BEST: Lu­cia Vella and Dul­cie Hume (nee-New­bauer) cut­ting the cake at the school’s cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

TRA­DI­TIONAL ELDER: Ne­ola Sav­age of Gooreng Gooreng.

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