Zig Zag Public School celebrates their quasquicentennary

WALTZING MATILDA: Students brought Banjo Paterson's bush ballad to life during their creative and well performed pageant. PHOTO: Laura Pillans.

WALTZING MATILDA: Students brought Banjo Paterson's bush ballad to life during their creative and well performed pageant. PHOTO: Laura Pillans.

STUDENTS, teachers, family and friends both past and present flocked to Zig Zag Public School over the weekend to help the school celebrate its 125th anniversary.

PRINCIPALS PAST AND PRESENT: Toni MacDonald, Lee Meyers, Vicki Gillmore and Vicki  O'Rourke. PHOTO: Laura Pillans.

PRINCIPALS PAST AND PRESENT: Toni MacDonald, Lee Meyers, Vicki Gillmore and Vicki O'Rourke. PHOTO: Laura Pillans.

One of the key parts of the weekend’s celebrations was the official ceremony held on Saturday to commemorate the ‘quasquicentennial’.

PRESENTATION OF NEEDLEWORK: Jannine Smith with school captains William Grantham and Hayley Andersson. PHOTO: Laura Pillans.

PRESENTATION OF NEEDLEWORK: Jannine Smith with school captains William Grantham and Hayley Andersson. PHOTO: Laura Pillans.

Pride in the ‘small school with a big heart’ was evident in the range of speeches given from both current and past principals.

One of the highlights of the ceremony was a creative pageant performed by the current students.

Set to the theme of the lyrics of the well-known ‘I Am Australian’, students took the audience on a journey from the Dreamtime all the way through to today, tracing Australia’s history along the way.

It was an appropriate choice; with the history of Zig Zag, recounted by principal Vicki Gillmore, running parallel to the story told in the song lyrics right down to the ‘flooding rains’.

The cutting of the celebratory cake was done by senior ex-pupil, Mrs Hazel Johnston who was joined by the two youngest children at the school, Matilda Duffy and Joshua Anthes to share in the honours.

Following the official ceremony, guests were invited into the school.

The bottom floor of the school was devoted to it’s rich history, with many fascinating artifacts on display taking visitors back in time.

It was a fantastic celebration and one that was made possible though the many hours of hard work by the organisers and the school community who are all to be congratulated for their fantastic efforts.

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