JERANGLE PUBLIC SCHOOL CELEBRATES 125 YEARS
07 Mar 2017
On Saturday the 4th March, I was pleased to join with the Jerangle community to celebrate the Jerangle Public School’s 125th Anniversary and speak at the official opening.
As well as being a great day for the community it was an opportunity to connect with my own family history in the region and honour my Great Grandfather who did some teaching at Jerangle Public School before the turn of the 19th Century. It was a thrill to see some of his story recounted in the beautiful history book put together by Di Roberts and the organising committee.
Celebrations that took place on the day included: tours of the school, open classrooms, memorabilia, exhibitions, face painting and games and morning tea. There was also live music, followed by a dinner and a dance that night.
We were privileged to hear wonderful tales of the past and present from the Substantive Principal Sonja T. Sim and Relieving Director Public Schools NSW Debbie-Lee Hughes. This is a school that has certainly made the most of the Building Education Revolution and Gonski. It’s wonderful to see how these programs are eliminating the disadvantages of remoteness.
Small schools are as much about the special character of our regional communities as they are about education and this was certainly on show on Saturday. It was wonderful to see so many former students of the school who have moved on to make their own tremendous contributions to our broader community.
Well done Jerangle on a great event!