22 October 2010

Redbank school to mark 145 years


Redbank State School celebrates its 145th anniversary today with an art exhibition.

IT is a rare milestone but after 145 years in operation Redbank State School staff and students are preparing to celebrate.

Principal Colleen Engel said almost 35,000 students had passed through the school's gates since it was officially opened on July 21, 1865.

Mrs Engel said while the school began with just 31 students, it now catered for 218 children from prep to year seven.

"It is certainly an achievement," Mrs Engel said.

"It is a special time for us."

The celebration will include a jumping castle, book fair, displays of student art and historical memorabilia.

"We have a number of photos collected of the Redbank area over time including historical pictures of the school and local Redbank community," Mrs Engel said.

Boasting a "small country feel", Mrs Engel said the school held a number of unique functions, such as its bi-annual debutant ball.

"It is a tradition established in 1935," she said. "The year one and two students make their debut.

"It was a tradition established by the infant teacher at the time and has run ever since."

The celebration will be held today from 5pm to 8pm.

The school is located at 9 Brisbane Road.

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