Stories are a lesson in history
PAST pupils, teachers and staff of Kin Kin's four original primary schools met up with current Kin Kin State School students and their families at a reunion held on Sunday.
Former student and well-known Gympie identity Tom Grady told The Gympie Times the reunion was a joy to attend despite rainy weather halving attendance numbers.
Every four years, descendants of the area's early settlers are invited to attend the reunion and pass on stories to current students, teachers and staff of Kin Kin State School, to celebrate the school's interesting history.
Before school buses started transporting students to school, there were four schools in Kin Kin's thriving farming community.
There was an average of 30 to 40 students at each school: Wahpunga, Moran Group, Kin Kin Junction and Kin Kin.
Mr Grady said these schools provided education for the large numbers of dairy and small crop farming families back in the day before school buses started up and the schools were amalgamated.
Mr Grady, a student between 1952 and 1959, said there were many original families still living in the area.
He said about 250 people with attachments to the school normally attended, but age was catching up, and cold, wet weather had not been inviting.
He said more than 100 people enjoyed catching up with old acquaintances and sharing stories about the school and district's history.
They were treated to a tour of the school's new facilities, which included a new kitchen.