Peakhurst Public School celebrates 150 years

It may have been a year late, but Peakhurst Public finally got to celebrate its sesquicentennial, writes Olivia Grey.

Image: Cutting the cake: Principal Sally Lawson with past principals Chris Geelan and Robert Hughes at the celebrations.

Though COVID restrictions put celebrations on hold last year, staff and students from past and present, and the wider community, came together to celebrate Peakhurst Public School’s 150th anniversary earlier this month.

The BBQs were fired up for sausage sizzles, the cake stall was full to the brim with goodies and classrooms were overflowing with memorabilia to celebrate the amazing milestone of a century and a half of learning at the school.

Special guests included local members of parliament and past principals, Chris Geelan and Rob Hughes, who spoke about the enormous impact Peakhurst Public School has had on the local community, and shared memories with attendees.

The 2021 school captains also made their return to share memories of their time at Peakhurst Public School, and speeches were placed into a time capsule, alongside a book of memories by students past and present and other community members.

The time capsule will be placed in the library where its whereabouts can be closely monitored, as another capsule buried 25 years ago was hidden a little too well and was unable to be located.

Assistant Principal Karla Wilson played an integral role in the organisation of the day, and was thrilled with the turnout.

“Not only did the rain stay away for us, we also had more attendees than we could have hoped for and it was such a fun day,” Ms Wilson said.

“To have so many people share the impact that Peakhurst Public School has had on their lives was beautiful to witness, and we can’t wait to have a time capsule that we are actually able to locate.”

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