Miallo school to cel­e­brate cen­te­nary

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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