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Thangool State School celebrates 90 big years

EYE-CATCHING: Each class worked on a history display for the Thangool State School's 90th celebrations.
EYE-CATCHING: Each class worked on a history display for the Thangool State School's 90th celebrations. Vanessa Jarrett

THANGOOL State School celebrated 90 years of schooling last Friday.

Learning Support Teacher, Allison Ball oversaw student's display boards shown for the celebration's assembly.

"They really enjoyed learning about the history and they all took part in 'Adopt an Oldie' where each class talked to a local who went to school here back in the day,” Allison said.

Some displays featured children doing school work with no computers or calculators, being hit with the cane, no uniforms and using quill and ink.

The school was opened on April 5, 1927 and Allison worked tirelessly on a timeline of the school's history.

"I read history books and used the Trove website with newspaper articles for 1925 to 1952,” Allison said.

"The rest was just talking to teachers and looking at our records we have here.”

One of the "oldies” and among the crowd was ex-student June Surman, who did her primary schooling at Thangool, starting school in 1940.

"I remember the company of the other children, the fun and good teachers,” June said.

"We used to ride to school on a horse and sulky, then we shared a push bike and a horse and then we travelled in a old school bus that just had seats across the back of it.”

June has had four of her grandchildren go to Thangool State School and she said it is very different now to what was in her days.

"It is much bigger, we only had two rooms and two teachers, three at the most,” June said.

Thangool State School acting principal Karen Hyde said the day went really well.

"We had lots of parents turn out and community members,” Karen said.

"It's really good to get that support.”

"And it gives us the opportunity for everyone to see what the students are doing at school.”

Karen hasn't thought too hard far ahead for the 100th celebrations yet.

"But it will be a big one,” she said.

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