Kentucky Public School is celebrating 150 years of education in a wonderful weekend of community events on September 29 & 30. We talk to the Principal, Danny Spillane, and President of the Kentucky P&C, Steve Ward, to find out what’s organised for the weekend.
What sort of activities are organised for the weekend?
We have a lovely day organised at the school on Saturday. There will be school tours and lots of time to catch up with old friends. Information updates available at https://www.facebook.com/KPS150/
S: The P&C has ordered school memorabilia; including commemorative mugs, glasses, caps and keyrings. We will also have some fun and free family entertainment, with yard games, a jumping castle and face painting available from 11am – 4pm.
D: The school children will be providing some entertainment during the day. We have an award winning marimba ensemble, and they will have just played at the Opera House the week before so they should be sounding fantastic. There is a library book fundraiser, where visitors can purchase a book on the day and add their own dedication in the front. These will be added to our library for future students of the school. What a great help that will be to our small school!
S: We are hoping lots of old photos will be emailed in to KentPS150@gmail.com so that we can make a slideshow of “Kentucky Memories” to play throughout the day and at the 150th Dinner on Saturday night.
So there is a special 150th Dinner?
S: The P&C is organising a Kentucky Public School 150th Dinner at the Kentucky Memorial Hall in Noalimba Avenue at 6pm on Saturday night. The dinner will include a main and dessert at a cost of $35/head – bookings essential. To book, please ring Melinda on 0413 433 545. RSVP is by Friday 14th September.
Is there food available during the day as well?
D: Yes, the Kentucky P&C are fantastic at catering for events, and this time they are getting to do one for themselves! There will be morning tea from 10am, lunch from 12 and afternoon tea from 2:30. Gluten free options available.
What are you asking past students to do?
D: A registration desk will be set up at the gates to the school. We are asking that people register and collect a name tag on their way in. There will be plenty of time before the official opening for school tours and to catch up with old friends. Adam Marshall MP, Member for Northern Tablelands in the NSW Parliament will officially open proceedings at 2pm.
S: As Danny mentioned, there will be lots of free entertainment available to help keep the kids occupied for those returning to the school with children of their own. Besides the memorabilia and library book fundraiser, the P&C will have some fun fundraising raffles on throughout the day – a cow pat lottery, chocolate toss, ear tags and a multidraw raffle, for which we thank our wonderful community for their ongoing support. We would love people to go away from the weekend having had lots of fun catching up with old friends. We hope they relive some of the great times they had at school and share their stories with others.
D: We all love our school, and we hope to give everyone the opportunity to share in the celebration of our great milestone.
Anyone special attending?
D: All of our past students, staff and principals! There are several families in our community who have third and fourth generations attending the school. In fact, Steve is third generation and his children also attended Kentucky, so that makes fourth generation attendance. We are very proud of the fact that we have several families in the area with similar stories.
S: We’d also like to invite anyone from the Wollun and Kentucky South Schools to be part of our reunion, as those schools were closed and students and even a building were moved to Kentucky Public School.
What about Sunday the 30th?
S: This is where Kentucky really comes into its own – the sharing of events across the community. The Kentucky Spring Fair and Challenge is being held at the Kentucky Hall on Sunday 30th from 9am to 2pm, and we are encouraging all our visitors to visit this lovely home grown community market. There will be some great things happening, and the Kentucky School Marimba Ensemble will be playing.
D: The P&C will have breakfast available on Sunday morning from 7:30am – 9am. Afterwards the school will be open from 10am – 3pm, but there will be no food available. It is a very short walk down to the hall, where there will be lots of food and market stalls available, including a sausage sizzle in aid of the Kentucky Progress Association.
Where can I find out more about the Kentucky Spring Fair & Challenge?
S: The Kentucky Progress Association runs the Spring Fair and Challenge; they have a Facebook page with regular updates on what‘s happening. Check out https://www.facebook.com/KPA2354/ for further details. Entry forms are available on there for the tug-o-war and Kentucky Derby (hobby horse races) if anyone wants to join in the great family fun!
Thanks Danny and Steve.