An interesting history
THIRTY-SEVEN young children attended the Proserpine Public Kindergarten on its opening day on Monday, April 2, 1962.
The Proserpine Kindergarten Association was formed in February that year and the association quickly realised the difficulty of securing services of a qualified kindergarten teacher.
However local resident Shirley Robinson stepped in to look after the children with a roster of mothers offering a helping hand in the first few weeks until fulltime assistant Gloria Bloxsom was taken on.
Mrs Bloxom was a qualified nursing sister and an accomplished pianist and passionate about the children.
In the first year, morning sessions were held at a cost of 2/6d (12.5 cents) per child for three, four and five year olds.
At this point the kindergarten was totally self-funded by fees, hall rental, raffles and fundraising events.
Fifty years on there are now 44 children enrolled and strong community support remains the driving force behind the kindergarten.
Amy Carlson is the current director alongside teacher Sarah Rogers and teaching assistant Salamay Harrison.
Mrs Carlson said the main objective had always been to upgrade the building and everyone at the kindergarten, including past committee members, families, staff and children were very proud of what they had achieved over the past 15 years.
The new Proserpine Public Kindergarten building will be relaunched by the end of January next year.
Information was sourced from Proserpine Historical Museum Magazine.
HAPPY KIDS: Proserpine Public Kindergarten director Amy Carlson and teaching assistant Salamay Harrison with Red Group class (back) Kobe Liesch, Jack Robertson, Keira Lewis, Samuel Wilson, Pieper Van Muylen, (middle) Lara Andrews, Bonita Mason, Charlie Stapleton, Marcus Thomas, Sarah Smith, Matilda Walker, (front) Ruby Sexton, Roy Murtagh, Matilda Braney, Chloe Stoneham, Delilah Winterburn, Loki Anderson, Jayden Atkinson, Jesse Nicholsen. Absent Moses Croker, Lara Lipsey, Kelsey Auld. Photo by Summer Rain Photography.