Kitchener Public School celebrates centenary

CENTENARY: Kitchener Public School staff Sue Firth and Sue Richard, and former student Lindsay Teasdale, and seated, captains Evie O'Neil and Breanna Newton on the bench that was unveiled as part of the school's centenary celebration on September 13. Picture: Krystal Sellars

CENTENARY: Kitchener Public School staff Sue Firth and Sue Richard, and former student Lindsay Teasdale, and seated, captains Evie O'Neil and Breanna Newton on the bench that was unveiled as part of the school's centenary celebration on September 13. Picture: Krystal Sellars

In 1917, a provisional school opened in Kitchener, while local miners and residents petitioned the government to build a public school in the town.

Two years later, their wish was granted, and 100 years on, Kitchener Public School is the still at the heart of the community, as was proven at the school's centenary celebrations on Friday.

Current and former students and staff, community members and dignitaries gathered at the school and shared many happy memories of their time at the school.

Former principals Bruce Sneddon (1993-2012), Todd Osland (2012-2015) and Luke Somerville (were among those in attendance).

Former student Lindsay Teasdale recalled his days as a Kitchener schoolboy in the 1950s, when his teacher wore a suit and rode his bike to the school after catching the train to Cessnock; students rarely wore shoes, and there was a strong focus on reading, writing and arithmetic.

SPECIAL DAY: Kitchener Public School administration manager Sue Richard, in 1919-inspired clothing, and former student Lindsay Teasdale cut the centenary cake. Picture: Krystal Sellars

SPECIAL DAY: Kitchener Public School administration manager Sue Richard, in 1919-inspired clothing, and former student Lindsay Teasdale cut the centenary cake. Picture: Krystal Sellars

Mr Teasdale joined administration manager Sue Richard (who coordinated the centenary celebrations) to cut the anniversary cake.

A bench seat was presented to the school as a gift for the 100th anniversary and was unveiled as part of the celebrations by Ms Richard and fellow long-serving staff member Sue Firth.

"It's a wonderful, special day," Ms Richard said.

Ms Firth, who started teaching at Kitchener Public School in term four of 1999, six months before Ms Richard began working at the school.

Ms Firth said it had been "an honour and a privilege" to be a part of the school and community.

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