School set for sesquicentenary

BARRINGTON Public School celebrates its sesquicentenary on October 11.

The school, the first in the Gloucester valley, was founded in 1864 and was originally on grounds along Barrington East Rd.

The school has enjoyed a colourful history since its opening - it was closed for nearly a year during the 1870s due to an outbreak of whooping cough and quinsy which killed six children - but has survived and thrived to reach its 150th year.

Current school principal Alison Wise said the school remained one of the best in the district.

“It’s one of the few schools where we have students that are the grandchildren of children that once went here,” Mrs Wise said.

“The large majority of our students are still from the land - even as they were 150 years ago. The school has a very strong sense of community and is well supported by its community. 

“The staff are positive, enthusiastic professionals and the kids are delightful.”

The school has grown steadily since the 1990s from 35 students to 67 in 2014.

There are currently four classes, three permanent and two part-time teaches, a school learning support officer and one permanent and one part-time office staff member.  

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, Barrington Public will hold a street parade in Barrington at 11am on October 11.

Former students, teachers or parents of students or anyone that would like to march is more than welcome.

Following the parade there will be a display of memorabilia, as well as a fete and sausage sizzle at the school.

To commemorate the anniversary, the school is publishing a book of memories.

Past and present pupils, parents and staff are urged to email a short paragraph, page or photograph of memories from Barrington Public.

Email or post your memories to Barrington Public School, 1 Kenmore St, Barrington 2422.

The school is also selling commemorative pavers which will be built into a feature pathway.

The pavers are natural brick with etched lettering with room for up to 36 letters over three lines.

The pavers cost $25 each and must be paid for on ordering.

To purchase a paver contact the school on 6558 4258.

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