PRESENT: Students (from left) Annabelle Saunders and Jason Vrckoff (both Year 1), Kristine Salceda (Year 2) and Kurt Johnston (Year 5) with principal Annette Clarke and teacher Robyn Cahill.
PRESENT: Students (from left) Annabelle Saunders and Jason Vrckoff (both Year 1), Kristine Salceda (Year 2) and Kurt Johnston (Year 5) with principal Annette Clarke and teacher Robyn Cahill. Doug Eaton

School marks 125th birthday

LEEVILLE Public School started out as one building and was first named Wooroowoolgan Public School after the parish it was in and the station property nearby.

Local farmers requested its establishment for their children, feeling the trip into Casino was too far for them.

Birthday celebrations

The school was opened on November 10, 1888, with 20 pupils, and its first teacher, 22-year-old Lizzie McGettigan.

The school's name changed to Leeville Public School in May 1951 in order to avoid confusion with other NSW schools of the same name.

Fast forward to 2013 and the school has an enrolment of over 50 students in three classes, an administration block and library.

Long-time teacher Robyn Cahill said the school had grown and shrunk according to the demographic around it.

"In the early '90s there were about 100 students, but since then the population has decreased," she said.

Mrs Cahill has been at the school for nearly 25 years. She taught with all the principals during the past 25 years, such as Bruce Reineker, Ray Bowd, Steve Ellem, Jenny Smedley and the current principal, Annette Clarke.

Mrs Cahill has also stood in as principal for a few terms.

Another long-time member of the team has been Marlene Minns, who has been in charge of cleaning the school for 44 years.

Leeville Public School currently has 53 students and three teachers, plus a teacher's aide, a general assistant and an administrative manager.

Principal Clarke is helping to organise the school's 125th-year celebrations and is inviting past parents, students and staff to come along to the event.

"It will be on October 19 between 10am-2pm at the school with the official opening at 11am," she said.

The day will end with an anniversary dance from 6pm at the school.

Celebrations

10am: Celebrations start.

10.30am: Students' bush dancing demonstration.

11am: Official opening and students' performances.

11.45am: School photographer will take photos of past and present students in decade groups.

12.15pm: Students' performances.

12.30pm: Fun carnival with tug-o-war, egg and spoon races, gumboot toss, and others.

2pm: Celebrations end.

There will also be food available all day, fairy floss, a jumping castle, face painting, plus a raffle drawn in the afternoon.

Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. For details, call 6664 1280.

* This story appeared in the print edition of The Northern Star as part of an advertising feature.



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