Twenty-five years have passed since the opening of Aldavilla Primary School in 1992. The school is inviting members of the community to come along and celebrate it’s quarter of a century birthday on Wednesday November 1 from 9.30am to 11.30am.
The morning will consist of an opening ceremony, choral performance, Welcome to Country, a formal welcome from the principal and speeches from previous school principals. There will be exhibitions showcasing memorabilia in the school hall and library while visitors can also enjoy guided tours of the school – run by students from the School Parliament and Environment team. An old time capsule will also be unveiled and a new one created to take it’s place.
To put the icing on the cake, literally, the 25th Anniversary Cake will be cut leading up to the grand finale of the celebration at around 11am. A closing ceremony and a morning tea will then be served in the school’s iconic train.
Speaking to the Argus, Aldavilla Primary School community project coordinator Gaye Dufty said the achievements of the students have been considerable over the years, from winning sporting events to debating competitions.
Other significant milestones include the implementation of a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program which is housed in very unique facilities.
Kitchen classes are held in the school’s re-purposed train carriage, and decks on either side of the train carriage provide fabulous outdoor dining and learning areas, Ms Dufty said.
The garden surrounding the train carriage includes two wood-fired pizza ovens which were built by three generations of a school family. The garden also includes an orchard, chicken coop, pig pen, frog pond, shade houses and a six-bay compost and recycling station.
“We are looking forward to welcoming former students, staff, friends of the school and the wider community to help celebrate this wonderful milestone. With such an impressive list of accomplishments in Aldavilla’s first 25 years, we can’t wait to see what the school and community have in store for the next twenty five!”