TIME TO CELEBRATE: Students from the Byron Bay Community School. The school is about to have its 25th anniversary.
TIME TO CELEBRATE: Students from the Byron Bay Community School. The school is about to have its 25th anniversary. Patrick Gorbunovs

25 years of offering a successful alternative education

THE Byron Community Primary School opened its doors in 1988 with 10 students and a group of parents committed to providing an alternative to the public system in the town.

In the past 25 years, 893 children have attended the independent, parent-run school.

However, contacting past students for a reunion is turning into a Herculean task since the school's computers were hacked in November.

With their former student database remaining inaccessible, the school is now relying on physical enrolment records and class photos to contact past teachers and students for the reunion celebrations to be held in August.

Kiana Toupin, 24, is trying to track down former students and has established a Facebook page for the 25th anniversary. She is scanning old photos, hoping they will be seen by past students and shared among their networks.

"We'd love former students and teachers to go to the Facebook page and tag themselves in photos and share any memorabilia or stories they have from their time at the school," she said.

The school now has 100 students in 10 classrooms and function rooms with a new library, art room, music room and multi-purpose hall added.

Despite the growth, the close community feeling of the school remains, with many students staying in contact with each other, Ms Toupin said.

"I was a student at the school between 1992 and 2000, and because the classes were small - I think there were 12 students in my year - you built strong bonds and friendships," she said.



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