From the oldest to the youngest – Marge Buckley is the oldest living ex-student of St John’s and Bud Smith is in kindergarten, and both are looking forward to the school’s centenary celebrations on the long weekend.
From the oldest to the youngest – Marge Buckley is the oldest living ex-student of St John’s and Bud Smith is in kindergarten, and both are looking forward to the school’s centenary celebrations on the long weekend.

Mullum school's centenary

St John’s Primary School in Mullumbimby turns 100 this month, with a big celebration planned for long weekend of June 12 and 13. All those associated with the school’s long history will be fascinated by the ‘walk back in time’ display in the hall, with a separate table full of memorabilia for each decade of the school’s life.


On Saturday night there will be a gala dinner for 250 people, and among those attending will be many nuns who taught at the school over the years, and former principals, as well as Ballina MP Don Page as guest of honour.


Sunday will begin with a Mass at 9am, followed by morning tea and children’s performances in the hall, and a DVD photo montage of the school as it is today for viewing.


Classrooms will be open for people to look through, and the local Lion’s Club is very generously providing a sausage sizzle lunch.


Souvenir coffee mugs and key rings will be on sale, as well as a booklet documenting the school’s history.


“The booklet contains so many wonderful photos from ex-students,” school principal Tim Bleakley said, “and is really quite a professional production.”


Mr Bleakley stressed the weekend was not ‘just for the oldies’ but that there would be something of interest for former students of any age.


“It’s been a great community pull together,” he said, “with a real zest and enthusiasm and positive vibes.”


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