Mount George Public School centenary celebrations and Back to Mount George Festival

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This Saturday is the biggest day on the Mount George calendar when Mount George Public School celebrates 100 years of education at the current site with events being held in conjunction with the Back to Mount George Festival.

This festival will include many activities including a billy cart derby with trophies and prize money presented by State Member for Myall Lakes, Mr Stephen Bromhead.

There will also be live music, a car show, art exhibition featuring some well-known local artists, market stalls and food and drink stalls. 

Mount George School principal Peter Falla, school staff and P and C members have planned a full day with markets commencing at 8.30am. 

The official centenary ceremony commences at 10am, followed later by a billy cart derby at 12.30pm. 

Invited guests will address the assembly and a presentation will be made by the school pupils. 

An historical walk of pavers will be unveiled by Dr David Gillespie, Federal Member for Lyne, and Mr David Willard, Director of Public Schools, NSW. 

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Engraved pavers purchased by families and individuals to mark their memories of Mount George School are being laid alongside the footpath into the school forming this historical walk of pavers. 

School staff have been overwhelmed by the response to the paver orders, a fundraiser for the school. 

Displays of photographs, other memorabilia and a chance for ex-students to peek into their old school room are sure to provoke lots of happy memories for those attending.

The first school building erected on this site was completed in September 1916 with timber provided from the local sawmills. 

Many former students, teachers and residents will join with the Mount George community in the centenary celebrations.

Organisers say it is a wonderful opportunity to share memories of school days and to rekindle old friendships. 

Ex-students Ann (Fenning) Hammond and Wendy Hogan have been busily researching the school’s history from the early days at Woodside through to present times. 

Ann and Wendy will have a book available for purchase on the day. 

In the evening, for those who would like to continue reminiscing, the Wingham RSL Club has offered their function room for a reunion dinner. 

Cost for the main meal is $18 per person with dessert at an additional $7.50 per person. 

For further information about any of the September 3 celebrations at Mount George go to the Mount George School of Arts Hall Facebook page.