Teach­ing Ra­ma­rama kids for 150 years

Franklin County News - - BUSINESS -

Ra­ma­rama School turns 150 this year and to mark this mile­stone a cel­e­bra­tion has been planned.

The 150th ju­bilee will start on Fri­day, Novem­ber 3, with a spe­cial school open day and a ‘chat­ter ‘n’ plat­ter’ for past stu­dents and the wider com­mu­nity in the evening.

Satur­day, Novem­ber 4, will be the of­fi­cial open­ing, while Sun­day, Novem­ber 5, will con­clude the fes­tiv­i­ties with a thanks­giv­ing cer­e­mony.

With age comes his­tory, and since 1867 Ra­ma­rama School stu­dents have been mak­ing mem­o­ries to last a life­time.

Pa­tri­cia McKin­ney, 92, at­tended Ra­ma­rama School dur­ing the 30s. She made many cher­ished mem­o­ries from her time at school and said the schools looks dif­fer­ent now.

‘‘Back when I started school there was a roll of 60 stu­dents. My brother and I used to walk through pad­docks from Peach Hill Rd to school. There were two teach­ers plus the Head­mas­ter James Kay,’’ said McKin­ney.

‘‘I en­joyed skip­ping in win­ter and re­mem­ber one sum­mer spend­ing my lunch hour with my friends Nancy and Iris crawl­ing up a tree in the gully.’’

To­day Ra­ma­rama School has a roll of 178 stu­dents, nine full-time staff and two part-time staff, in ad­di­tion to prin­ci­pal Sue Walls.

Danielle Travers, 12, is in her fi­nal year and is one of the elected school lead­ers.

Her fam­ily have been part of the Ra­ma­rama com­mu­nity for many years.

‘‘I have loved be­ing part of a coun­try school where all the kids are nice to one an­other and know each other by name or fam­ily.’’

‘‘My favourite mem­o­ries from school are rear­ing a calf yearly for the calf club com­pe­ti­tion and school camp. Plus I’ve made some amaz­ing friends, some I made on my first day at school.’’

Cal­lum Cameron, 5, is one of the new­est stu­dents to have joined the Ra­ma­rama School fam­ily. Cal­lum has an older brother Riley (8) at the school and mother Verna Cameron has been a teacher there for the last four years.

On Cameron’s first day at school, he met his best buddy Max and from then the two have been in­sep­a­ra­ble.

When Cameron is older he wants to be a school leader and looks for­ward to be­ing able to play on the se­nior play­ground.

He said: ‘‘[Ra­ma­rama School is] very old, older than ev­ery­one - even my mum’’.

For more in­for­ma­tion contact Ra­ma­rama School on 09 294 8795.

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