Pictured L-R Teacher Luke Nicolson from The Byron Bay Community School with his daughters and students of the school, willow (in pink) and Evie, and school parent Rani Blancpain (correct) with her daughter and student, Malena. The school is about to celebrate its 25th anniversay.
Pictured L-R Teacher Luke Nicolson from The Byron Bay Community School with his daughters and students of the school, willow (in pink) and Evie, and school parent Rani Blancpain (correct) with her daughter and student, Malena. The school is about to celebrate its 25th anniversay. Patrick Gorbunovs

Celebrating 25 years of Byron Community School

WITH its 25th anniversary celebrations coming up this Saturday, the Byron Community School is still looking to contact former staff and students to invite them along to the celebrations.

The school lost all its electronic data in October last year when a Russian criminal gang hacked the school's server and encrypted all its records, demanding a steadily increasing ransom to have the information released.

The school refused to play the game and instead has embarked on a project to reclaim data and contact alumni using scarce hard copies of school records.

School director Emma Wappett said it had been extremely upsetting for the school community to lose all its data.

"It was close to the end of the year and we lost all the kids' work and results so we could not pass their work on to the parents," she said.

"We also lost details of all past students, so it has been difficult to contact them to send invitations."

Earlier this year ex-student Kiana Toupin became involved in the project. She is a network marketing and social networking expert, and she set up a Facebook site and began combing through boxes of old photos.

"I scanned the photos and began tagging them so people could spread the word," she said.

"We also have the original hand-written enrolment book, but there are only first names and surnames recorded, but no addresses."

Ms Wappett said all past students, staff and parents were welcome back to the school to celebrate its milestone.

"All prospective students and parents are encouraged to visit this innovative and nurturing school," she said.

"It will be a day of celebration, with performances by classes, Whales bands and ex-students Loki Hough and the Simon Wright Band.

"Classrooms will be open and will display photos and documentation of the past years as well as recent work from the current students.

"There will also be a kindergarten information session, chess tournament and Trashion Parade.

"There is a sense of excitement and nervousness building in our students as they rehearse, knowing they will be performing to a large group who hold the community school as an important part of their lives."

Byron Community Primary School is on the corner of Ruskin and Tennyson Sts, Byron Bay.

For further information call 6685 8208 or email: director@bcps.org.au


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