Beddoes family former students (from left, rear) Kay (1952), Val (1950), Warren (1952), and Clyde (1950); in front are Shirley (1955), Lyn (1953).
Beddoes family former students (from left, rear) Kay (1952), Val (1950), Warren (1952), and Clyde (1950); in front are Shirley (1955), Lyn (1953).

Emotion is mixed at anniversary

NEARLY 300 people attended the Pearces Creek Public School 125th anniversary over the weekend.

Despite the mix of feelings following the school's closure in March it was a day to celebrate past friendships, and reminisce with fellow former students.

Historian and president of the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society, Ian Kirkland, said that, 125 years since it was founded, there was still a sense of pride within the Pearces Creek community for the school.

“I'm extremely happy with the number of people here today,” he said.

“Some of them have travelled great distances to be here to celebrate, and catch up with old classmates. That, to me, shows the pride still held for the school.

“This is a great day. It has been wonderful meeting former staff and students, young and not-so-young. And it's good to see that support for the school from the local community continue.

“It's a shame when a school in a community like this disappears,” he said.

“The community loses a valuable historic link, and somewhere for community members to meet is lost,” he said.

Former principal Gary Tyler expressed his disappointment at the school's closure.

“Hopefully, one day, a survey might be conducted to show the calibre of students that come from small schools like Pearces Creek,” he said.

“Then, perhaps, the powers-that-be at the time may put some more effort into keeping small schools open.”

Mr Kirkland's new book, Pearces Creek School 125 Years Down the Track, was launched at the event, with 120 copies sold before the weekend.



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