Mena Creek State School 101st celebrations

Mena Creek State School’s oldest former students, Phyllis Westcott, Bruna Stephensen, Oriente Maggiolo, Paul Bugeja, and Alvarina Holder, who were students in the 1930s.

Throughout the morning, a Roll Call took place and students in attendance from 1920 – 2020 were presented with certificates followed by class photos.

The special cake was cut by the oldest student, Sarina Sciacca (nee Lizzio) aged 99, and youngest students, Maddison and Abbey, who were Prep students in 2020.

The school and centenary steering committee were congratulated and received plenty of positive feedback regarding the success of the celebrations.

Many former students commented how great it was to catch up with classmates, friends, and neighbours that they had not seen for 30 or more years.

In October, a time capsule will be buried at the school to commemorate 101 years of quality education in the Mena Creek district.

PERFECT weather prevailed and over 300 people, including former students and staff, gathered for a magnificent day at Mena Creek State School to celebrate 101 years of ‘Living Through Learning’ last Saturday.

On the night before the official celebrations, a large number of the guests attended the casual Meet and Greet at Mena Creek Hotel on Friday night, where past students had the opportunity to meet, mingle, and reconnect.

Official celebrations held at the school included a photo and historical display, time capsule items from the 75th anniversary, and performances by Innisfail State College students, the Innisfail Community Band, and Mena Creek State School students.

Classrooms were open for viewing and commemorative merchandise, such as a centenary book, pens, mugs, and polo shirts were on sale.

Principal, Cameron Wedgwood, who has been at the school since July 2008, officially welcomed everyone and spoke about the school’s humble beginnings and rich history.

This was followed by speeches from Member for Hill Shane Knuth, P & C President Sara Lohmann, Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor Mark Nolan, and school leaders of 2020 and 2021.

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