Coimadai Primary School has celebrated its 150th anniversary by taking students back in time to experience life in the 1860s.
Federal Member for Ballarat Catherine King said she was pleased to join with students, staff and parents to celebrate this important milestone.
“This school has a proud history having provided an education to many generations of the Coimadai community and surrounding districts,” Ms King said.
“This school’s first buildings were originally built by local residents to force the hand of the then government to gazette the site for a new school. It’s great to see from past and present students and friends here, that the community¬ support is just as strong today.”
Festivities throughout the week have included: an 1860’s Dress up Day; Regional Athletics; Billy Tea Bush Band Dance; and a Blacksmith’s Cottage Excursion.
“It’s really important that the students here learn about the school’s history before they write the first chapter for the next 150 years,” Ms King said.
“Rounding out the celebrations is a school community picnic and the sealing of a time capsule that will provide a snapshot of the student experience in 2013 for a future generation.”