The Goomeri State School, when it first opened in 1912. The school celebrates its centenary this year.
The Goomeri State School, when it first opened in 1912. The school celebrates its centenary this year. Contributed

Goomeri school centenary

GOOMERI State School's history shows that major events for the school have been previously celebrated in the form of a fete, and so the tradition continues for the centenary as the school community comes together with past staff and students to celebrate this special occasion.

Centenary committee members have been working hard to ensure the 100-year celebrations this Saturday are a huge success for the school. They have been overwhelmed with the response they have received from past students and staff who are eager to come back and catch up with friends, teachers and their families. It is going to be an emotional event for many and a chance to reminisce and share stories.

Class reunions will be held at 9.30am and the official opening including the unveiling of the Centenary monument and cutting of the Centenary Cake will be at 11.30am. Senator John Hogg will attend and officially open the new Resource Centre.

Present students and staff have been busy and have a great day of entertainment planned.

Stepping back in time, the students have enjoyed learning things that were a part of life not so long ago. Visitors will enjoy seeing students do maypole and whipcracking demonstrations, both of which have been performed at Goomeri school celebrations over the years.

The school choir will perform Come to the Fair, a song that was sung at the opening of the administration building in July 1986.

The school will be open for visitors with classroom displays.

Souvenirs to celebrate the occasion will be available including a special Centenary Port which has been produced by Moffatdale Ridge Winery and a history book, Goomeri State School P-10 - Celebration of 100 Years.

The Goomeri community has rallied together to help with the celebrations and to make it a weekend event. There will be social bowls and a barbecue at the Goomeri Bowls Club on Friday and a licensed dinner dance on Saturday night at the Goomeri Hall of Memory.

On Sunday morning, the Combined Churches of Goomeri will hold a Praise and Thanksgiving Service in Dickinson Park.

The Goomeri State School centenary celebrations will be held on Saturday from 9am-4pm at the school. Everyone is welcome to attend this event.

If you would like more information about the Centenary, phone the Goomeri State School on 4169 6200 or visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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