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Goomeri school celebrates 100 years

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

THE start of a new school year is always exciting and busy but for the Goomeri State School P-10 school community, 2012 is extra special as they prepare for the school centenary celebrations on Saturday, March 3.

Goomeri Provision School opened on February 5, 1912, with 21 children enrolling.

It became a state school in 1913 and the secondary department opened in 1964.

Now in 2012, about 140 students from Prep to Year 10 and 30 staff attend the school.

The centenary celebrations will be in the form of a school fete, commencing at 9am, with a variety of stalls, classroom displays and demonstrations as well as class reunions.

Entertainment will include performances by students, the school choir, whipcracking, the school equestrian team, music, food, Dreamtime Reptiles, children's rides, games from yesteryear and much, much more.

The school's honey house was once the Ban Ban Springs State School and an outbuilding on "Margoo" property before being moved to Goomeri State School where it became the bee-keeping club and then a horticultural club.

At the centenary celebrations, the honey house will be equipped with all historical memorabilia including long wooden desks, wooden forms, teacher's desk and chair, blackboard and easel, wooden chart stand, slates, pen holders and nibs and more.

Souvenirs to celebrate the occasion will be available including a special centenary port which has been produced by Moffatdale Ridge Winery.

As part of the celebrations, there will be social bowls and a barbecue at the Goomeri Bowls Club on Friday, March 2, and a licensed dinner dance will be held at the Goomeri Hall of Memory on Saturday night to compliment the event. Prepaid bookings are essential for the dinner dance.

Past and present students, staff and their families are invited to attend.

Inquiries to Goomeri State School on 4169 6200 or visit www.goomeriss.eq.edu.au.

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