50 years

Mile­stone for pri­mary schools

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

Tom Price Pri­mary School was treated to a big birth­day party when staff and students took a fun­filled trip down mem­ory lane for its 50th an­niver­sary last Fri­day.

It was a day where the school’s chil­dren took cen­trestage, putting on a con­cert that ran through ev­ery decade of its his­tory and mile­stones, view­ing old Rio Tinto footage of life in the early days of Tom Price, per­form­ing a 1970s-style dance, and play­ing old-fashioned play­ground games in­clud­ing hop­scotch, elas­tics and skip­ping.

Staff and students dressed up in out­fits rem­i­nis­cent of an era of the past 50 years and an old school photo ex­hi­bi­tion was set up on the grounds.

The event also fea­tured a pop­u­lar com­mu­nity picnic lunch and a per­for­mance by lo­cal per­former Out­back Paddy.

Tom Price Pri­mary School an­niver­sary com­mit­tee mem­ber and school art teacher Kelly Ged­des said the school com­mu­nity had en­joyed do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent to celebrate the an­niver­sary.

“It was re­ally fan­tas­tic to spend the day with the kids, rather than do a re­union for for­mer students,” she said. “The kids have re­ally got a sense of where the school be­gan and where it is now.

“Hav­ing them be a part of it and be­ing able to tell them those facts was great.”

Prin­ci­pal Lisa McMil­lan said the school had grown a lot over time, from its 1967 be­gin­nings with 58 pri­mary and three high schoolaged chil­dren to its sud­den rise with more than 150 en­rol­ments the fol­low­ing year and its cur­rent num­bers of more than 200.

“I think the un­der­ly­ing theme was what a great place to live in and raise kids in this is,” she said.

“Lis­ten­ing to (past students and staff ) talk­ing about their days here, they’d love to come back and do it all over again.”

Pic­tures: Emma Reiter-Youd

Tom Price Pri­mary School Year 4 students in a per­for­mance about the be­gin­nings of the town as part of the school's 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions last week.

Tom Price Pri­mary School pre-pri­mary students per­form I'm a Lit­tle Teapot us­ing cut-outs of car­na­tion milk from the 1970s.

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