Village abuzz for Bribbaree Public School's 100th year milestone

Former 1971 principal Bruce McAlister pictured with student Clay Ward after cutting the ribbon to the newly created centerary walkway.
Former 1971 principal Bruce McAlister pictured with student Clay Ward after cutting the ribbon to the newly created centerary walkway.

More than 200 people are estimated to have attended Bribbaree Public School on Sunday to help celebrate its 100th year of education.

Past students, principals and teachers converged on their old playground to reminisce and share stories of their time at Bribbaree Public School.

Ninety-three-year-old Ella Annis-Brown (nee Sweeny) who enrolled in 1932 was the oldest former student to attend along with her 90-year-old sister Vida.

Ella Annis-Brown and current student Michael Smithers.

Ella Annis-Brown and current student Michael Smithers.

Coordinator of the event and the school's administrator manager Jennifer Kelly said it was an amazing day.

"The most exciting part was the generations of people who returned to their childhood school. It was amazing. The town felt alive, it was abuzz," Jennifer Kelly said.

A new path entry to the school was officially opened by former principal Mr Bruce McAlister and current student Clay Ward, a huge cake was cut by Mrs Annis-Brown and student Michael Smithers to mark the milestone, and a time capsule from 2004 was unearthed and then reburied for future celebrations.

It capped a big weekend for the village which also had its 93rd annual show on Saturday.