HON­OUR BOARD AT Cas­tle Hill Pub­lic

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - The Great Outdoors - Story and pho­tos by Bev Jor­dan

Af­ter 20 years of be­ing miss­ing in ac­tion, an Hon­our Board nam­ing for­mer stu­dents who served in WW 1 will stand pride of place in Cas­tle Hill Pub­lic School.

The Board con­tain­ing 65 names, in­clud­ing nine who never re­turned, was un­veiled by Ron Smith, for­mer stu­dent, vet­eran and Di­rec­tor with Cas­tle Hill RSL dur­ing a spe­cial Re­mem­brance Day Ser­vice at the School on Thurs­day (this morn­ing)

He was a stu­dent at Cas­tle Hill Pub­lic School as a five-year-old in 1936 and can re­mem­ber the old board in the Year 3 class­room.

“I was so dis­ap­pointed when the board dis­ap­peared,” he said.

The dis­ap­pear­ance oc­curred when the school moved from the old site on Old North­ern Rd to the new school in 20 years ago.

Also there for the un­veil­ing was the school’s old­est for­mer stu­dent 100 year old Beryl Cater (nee Stephens).

She was ac­tu­ally Chris­tened in St Paul’s Church Cas­tle Hill, the day that the Armistice was signed on Novem­ber 11 1918.

Nearly 1000 stu­dents all wear­ing hand made red pop­pies at­tended the Re­mem­brance ser­vice.

Fund­ing for the re­place­ment Hon­our Board came from Fed­eral Mitchell MP Alex Hawke.

New Hon­our Boards were also un­veiled at Hills Shire Coun­cil.

Spe­cial Guest 100 year old Beryl Cater shows Cas­tle Hill Pub­lic School’s youngest stu­dent Dakota her tele­gram from The Queen.

For­mer stu­dent and RAN vet­eran Ron Smith who served for 22 years un­veiled the WW1 hon­our board at Cas­tle Hill Pub­lic School

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