Eureka Public School’s students are looking forward to a big celebration next month to mark their beloved school’s 125th anniversary.
Eureka Public School’s students are looking forward to a big celebration next month to mark their beloved school’s 125th anniversary. Patrick Gorbunovs

Students embrace 125th anniversary

IT might be a small school but Eureka Public School has big dreams.

And as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations the school is more than happy to let everyone know about them.

Principal Michael Coleman said the 21-student school had a lot to offer.

"It's gorgeous. It's the oldest small school in the area."

The school has a strong emphasis on the arts and it is little wonder why. Mr Coleman is the assistant director of the school spectacular and has a background in dance and drama.

"We have a focus on all of the arts," he said.

The students, staff and parents take the school's motto "Rights, respect and responsibility" very seriously.

Especially when it comes to the environment. When a grid interactive solar system is fitted at the school next week it will become the first school on the Northern Rivers to be fully solar powered. The school's location next to the rainforest remnant at Noble Reserve means the children have had the opportunity to learn a lot about the natural environment too.

"The children created a nature walk and labelled trees and vines and created posters about the rainforest," Mr Coleman said.

The school is also well resourced with three separate playgrounds and is next to the Eureka sports field, which has a tennis court, two soccer fields and a cricket pitch. This means the children enjoy a variety of sports.

To celebrate its 125th year the school will be holding a gala day to which the past students and the general community are invited. There will be lots of activities for children, including horse rides and circus activities. There will be food and entertainment, stalls and a commemorative photo will be taken.

The gala day will be held on Saturday, September 15, between 10am and 4pm.

A mad hatter's tea party will also be held on Wednesday, September 19, and prospective students and their families are invited to attend.



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