Miallo school to celebrate centenary
MIALLO State School is preparing to blow out 100 candles this year to celebrate a century of educating children.
Construction of the school was requested in July 1910 by the Department of Public Instruction which recommended a provisional school be established.
Parents constructed the small white building the following year with the State Government supplying the school’s furniture.
With enrolments dropping to 12 by October 6, 1913, the school was closed before reopening just two months later as more students indicated a desire to attend.
It was eventually remodelled in 1976 at a cost of $54,357 which provided a staff room, storeroom, health and services room, library and work area.
More than 137 students now attend the school, down from a peak of 170 in 2008.
Miallo State School spokeswoman Jenni Walker has worked for the school for almost 16 years and said “as people move on, a bit of Miallo goes with them”.
“Miallo will always have wonderful memories and that’s why this 100-year celebration should be embraced with enthusiasm and excitement,” she said.
“I encourage people to be involved positively and enjoy the experience.”
Ms Walker said the school had grown considerably in recent years and now boasts six buildings.
“We only ever had two buildings but now we’ve got six classrooms, a new library, a new hall, a music room, computer lab, separate offices and a big staff room,” she said.
“We also have a prep building which is lovely.”
The school is calling for families who have attended over the years to send in stories, photos and memorabilia to be displayed in the centenary celebration to take place July 2.
Anyone who wishes to contribute to the centenary display can call the school on 4098 8130.