MILESTONE: Kandanga State School will be celebrating its centenary in September 2015.
MILESTONE: Kandanga State School will be celebrating its centenary in September 2015. Greg Miller

Kandanga State School set to celebrate 100th birthday

IT IS almost a century since Kandanga State School opened its doors on September 23, 1915.

The first principal, Arnold L. Weeks, took control of the school, then officially named Kandanga Township School.

The school was to have an estimated 34 pupils and incorporated the pupils of nearby Bunya Creek School and Yabba Vale School, which were to close.

The first school building was very basic and had no ceiling. Mr Weeks had to wear his hat inside, as the roof gave little protection in hot weather.

The school has had its ups and downs over the years, some of the lowest and bleakest years being the result of the projected Mary River dam.

Kandanga State School in 1915.
Kandanga State School in 1915.

Families moved and left the school with few pupils. It is only now beginning to recover.

The school is celebrating its centenary on September 19 with a gathering of past pupils during the day with many fun activities and a dinner.

A 'meet and greet' will be held at the Kandanga Country Club (formerly Kandanga Bowls Club) on Friday night, September 18, when an exhibition of photos of previous students will be launched.

Kandanga Hotel will be open for lunch on Sunday.

Organisers are asking for help with names of past pupils to contact and also want to borrow photographs of the past 25 years, captioned and dated please. These will be copied and returned.

More information can be found on the website http://www.Kandanga.org.au where you can order memorabilia and prepay for lunch and dinner at night. Emails can be sent to celebrate@kandanga.org.au.

Kandanga State School in 1990.
Kandanga State School in 1990.

A book was published for the first 75 years and a follow-up will cover the past 25 years.

If you have memories of those 25 years please send them to the school.

Page sponsorship is sought and can be had for $25.

Keep the weekend free to catch up with old school mates.

Gympie Times


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