Milestone. The year 1914 was a time largely tainted by the beginning of the first World War, but it was also the year in which the modest Stanley Primary School was formed on its present site.
One hundred years on, and the school continues to educate the various students passing through its halls, with centenary celebrations organised on April 26 to coincide with 160 years of public education in the town.
Event organising committee member Sue Smedley said the site’s long history cemented it as an integral part of the town, noting three separate families currently enrolled with a fourth generation of students to attend the school.
“There have certainly been a lot of families that this has been the case for,” she said.
“It shows what a part the school has played within the community.”
So extensive is the impact of education within the town that a book titled ‘A History of Education in Stanley’, produced by Burnie historian Betty Jones, is being launched on the day.
In addition to this, a timeline of achievements and notable pupils will be on permanent display in the hallway including Tasmania’s only Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons, with memorabilia and photos also on show for visitors to view.
“You’d be be safe in saying it’s one of the oldest public education towns in Tasmania,” Ms Smedley said.
“I’m talking to a lot of past students, and they still recollect their early days with fondness.”
She also noted talking to a former teacher at the school, who had almost been around for as long as the current site in turning 97 this year.
“We welcome anyone that would like to come along and share in the day,” she said.
For more information on the celebrations, contact Sue Smedley on 6458 1285.
What: Stanley Primary School centenary celebrations
Where: Stanley Primary School
When: Saturday April 26, 10am