Happy 100 Years!!

Over the weekend I attended a 100 Year Birthday Party and it ROCKED! It’s hard to imagine anyone being this old and still rocking so imagine my surprise that my Primary school turned 100 years old…and the celebrations for it, were on point.

I found that the connections made with people from all over the world have remained intact, it is true that we have all grown up and I, with some others have grown out! However, regardless of our size the joy of reminiscing over shared experiences drew us into relationship as if we’d just been together yesterday. Amidst the shrieks of laughter, so characteristic of those bygone, carefree days, we whittled away our Saturday.

Revisiting our classrooms and recalling the fun we’d had there as newly arrived immigrants. From the spelling Bees to the dissection lessons to sports days and Tug-o-Wars’ to camping trips to Crosslands and to winning at the Eisteddfods with Dorothea Mackeller’s poem, ‘My Country’. It was within these four walls many of us learnt to read, to write, to add and subtract and to fit into a country and culture that at times did not accept us. They were in the words of Dickens… “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”

My primary school opened its doors just after WWI had started with one (1) Teacher and twenty seven (27) students by the time my class came through in the mid 70’s to early 80’s we had three teachers and a whole lot of attitude.

If you wonder what changes have happened to the school in the last few years; I would say that growth to the school facilities the student population and the development in the student's’ cultural heritage. This school is one of our most multicultural SDA schools’ in Sydney, and we pride ourselves on being accepting and loving towards others and that is one thing that has stood the test of time.

We recreated this pikkie from thirty-five years ago at our 100 year birthday celebrations…and yes we definitely are still loving and accepting of others!