Centenary celebrations at Dhurringile school

March 07, 2017

Dhurringile Primary School leaders Oscar Harrison, 5, James Darby, 12, Ellie Merriman, 9, prepare the garden for the school’s upcoming Centenary Weekend.

Dhurringile Primary School is welcoming past students and community members to celebrate its centenary on Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18.

The Friday night fun starts from 6.30pm with a movie viewing of Jungle Book at the school, along with a historical display, face painting, old-fashioned games, popcorn, coffee van and barbecue dinner.

On Saturday, a formal ceremony will be held in the school’s new sensory garden created by the students for the centenary at 6pm, followed by a tour of the school.

A new historical plaque will be unveiled in the playground.

The ceremony will be followed by a dinner at the Dhurringile community hall where people can chat and reflect on their experiences at the school.

‘‘On Saturday we will have special guest in Victorian Nationals deputy leader and Member for Euroa Steph Ryan, and some past principals in Joe Chant, Jenny Bannister, Vicky McManus and Kaye Faulkner,’’ principal Angela Holleran said.

‘‘We have a number of past students in their 80 and 90s coming and they’re sure to have many great stories from their time at the school.’’

Ms Holleran said the school had provided an education for many rural farming families and during the 1950s many Italian families sent their children there.

‘‘It’s always been a small school, in the 1960s there were regularly more than 60 students and at one stage there were 100 students, in recent years the school has ranged between 11 and 25 students,’’ she said.

‘‘Some of the common family names at the school are Brisbane, Darby and Harrison.’’

Ms Holleran said they are working on a producing book A History of the Dhurringile Primary School that will be released later in the year.

‘‘Not a lot has been written by the school and we are hoping to include our students’ research into what it was like to be student at Dhurringile in the past,’’ she said.

Ms Holleran said work started for the event in July and many parents had helped around the school and with the planning.

Bookings are still being taken for the centenary dinner up until Thursday and people can RSVP by phoning 58266222.

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