An in­ter­est­ing his­tory

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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