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Cessnock West Public School celebrates centenary

MILESTONE: Cessnock West Public School principal Ruth Goodwin, captains Tayla Cox and Maliyan Donovan and long-serving teacher Ann Barry cut the centenary cake.
MILESTONE: Cessnock West Public School principal Ruth Goodwin, captains Tayla Cox and Maliyan Donovan and long-serving teacher Ann Barry cut the centenary cake.

Cessnock West Public School's centenary year has certainly been one to remember.

The school's 100th anniversary celebration was initially set down for March 27, with an open day part of the plans, but was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

While restrictions prevented the open day from going ahead, the school finally celebrated the marvellous milestone on November 11 with a special assembly and activities.

Students were invited to come to school dressed in the 1920s theme and participated in a range of "olden days" activities.

Cessnock Principal Network director of educational leadership Martin Rosser presented principal Ruth Goodwin with a 100-year certificate at the assembly.

The school's longest-serving staff member, assistant principal Ann Barry (who has worked at the school since 1969) gave a speech, explaining the differences in schooling over the years.

This was followed by the opening of a time capsule, which was buried on the school's 75th anniversary in 1995.

Mrs Barry and fellow staff Ann West and Nicole Blackadder had the honour of opening the time capsule, with Mrs West also having taught at the school in 1995, and Ms Blackadder being a student there at the time.

Plans for the school's centenary dinner at Cessnock Leagues Club - originally scheduled for March 28 this year - are still on hold, but the organisers are hopeful that it will go ahead in the new year.

Centenary memorabilia is also available at the school. Call 4990 1637 for more information.

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