Churchill Primary School celebrates 50 years!

On Friday November 16, around 350 people came to help current staff and students celebrate the school’s fifty years of service and education to the families of Churchill.
The school looked spick and span to welcome former students and teachers/principals, all of whom spent considerable time looking at photos displayed along the corridor of the main building in year order. There were excited exclamations as people recognised old school mates or teachers, and many “do you remember whens” as memories were exchanged.
The committee of Jacki, Gail, Allana (former pupils now staff) Sue, Linda and Brenda had worked hard to promote the day, organise the program and create the displays which were the prime interest of the hours between 2pm-6pm when the time was celebrated.
Devonshire teas were served in the staffroom throughout the afternoon and current student leaders conducted school tours which including seeing classroom displays and demonstrations.
A formal program began at 4pm with the Acting Principal Jacquie Burrows welcoming everyone who had assembled in the new building assembly space.
School captains Kayla Schmidt and Mitchell Berechree gave a welcome to country which was then followed by past pupil Brianna Comber who sang the National Anthem. It was impressive to see the confidence of these young people.
Other school leaders Andrew Tyrrell and Stella Voarino joined the School Captains and delivered a brief history of when the school was built. This included some interesting information including the number of students who commenced at CPS when the doors opened on February 6, 1968, being 258 with only nine staff. The class sizes ranged from 25 (1968 Grade 1-Prep) to 42 students (1968 Grade 3).
Former student, (now teacher at Liddiard Rd P.S) Rod Connelly spoke of the school in the early days. This was followed by Tony Colwell who taught at Churchill P.S. for many years. There were laughs and lots of memories evoked as they spoke and shared their remembrances.
After this the school ukulele group, tutored by the School Welfare Officer Jo Whitelaw, performed ‘Edelweiss’ which was sung by the school choir in 1968 at the school opening. Emilee McGee sang the words to the accompaniment of the ukulele players. It was a wonderful piece of nostalgia.
The school leaders then thanked everyone for coming and a large cake was displayed before being cut for all to taste.
To end the celebrations family fun and games such as soccer, a parachute and egg and spoon races were held on the oval courtesy of teachers and parents. Art work was displayed in Block B courtesy of teachers Brooke Duncan (a past student) and Hollie Burke.
To keep folks from being hungry the Churchill Lions cooked up a storm serving BBQ and hot chips; ice-creams and drinks were sold from the canteen. All money raised from the Lions BBQ was donated back to the school for its funds. The school says a big thank you to the Lions Club who always offer great support to Churchill Primary School and the students.
The school would also like to thank all those who came to help them celebrate, deeming the day a great success!

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