Principal Neville Grayson with past students he taught in the five years he worked at Lundavra
In Jocelyn Cameron’s absence – her three boys cut the anniversary cake!
Current Principal Craig Marshall shares with the attendees that he attended Ferny Grove Primary of which Mr Grayson was a principal prior to his enrolment. Mr Marshall does however know Mr Grayson’s wife Lyn who was the admin officer at Ferny Grove Primary School throughout his schooling.
The Lundavra School is still educating students 50 years later and assisting workers in the Lundavra region to allow their children to receive a great education without the impediments of 2 hours of daily travel to do so. With the closest school over an hour away – Lundavra has successfully served its’ community and sustain itself for 50 years – we hope this will continue for another 50!
Anne Webster, June Cummins, Debra Ellis & Alan Ellis share some laughs from their days living in this region.
A lot has changed since the opening of Lundavra State School
From Left: Margie Ward, Heather McMillan & Debra Ellis catch up and talk about their memories of schooling at Lundavra State School
Guests and past students have some fun in the current class rooms – Pictured here is Alan Ellis and his daughter Sarah Ellis who travelled to hear stories of her dad at school :)
On Sunday 5th October 2014, the tiny little school of Lundavra celebrated 50 years of schooling. Past and present students travelled along memory lane driving past brown snakes, a mob of emus and onto a dirt road to the place where schooling for hundreds of students once began.
A tremendous amount of support was received for the Reunion celebrations with previous students, relatives and friends from the area over the last 50 years all congregating to celebrate a sentimental milestone. Two time capsules were unearthed producing records and work from students in the years 1979 and 2000.
The very first principal: Mr Neville Grayson did the ‘roll call’ of the very first students that enrolled at the school in October 1964. Memories were shared, and all gathered near the giant chess board to hear recollections of SNAKE DRILLS, Tongs in the toilets to get frogs out, the grass field behind the toilet block that served as the ‘multi-sports complex’ for the last 50 years, and many accolades at small schools competitions. Previous students travelled far and wide to attend the day and the weather was a treat – a delicious banquet of morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea was provided and memorial books were for sale to take as a memento.
The success of past students who attended Lundavra State School proves that you don’t have to go to a school with 1000 students to get a good education - Mr Grayson expressed his immense pride in the success of students he taught and expressed to current students to take note and follow their dreams in the future.
The highlight of the day however would have to be the speeches reminiscing from both Mr Neville Grayson, and comedic rebuttal from one of the first students: John Cameron who advised the crowd his speech would be like a good mini skirt; long enough to contain the evidence but short enough to keep interest. John denied ever making the Corporal Punishment Register (for the younger folk – this was when the Principal would give you the Cane for being disobedient,) and although the evidence on view in the collection of records may say otherwise, he claims either a clever forgery or mistaken identity caused his name to appear on the register.
John spoke about the distinctive smell in the classroom from the copier fluid, how the girls formed ‘allegiances’ and ‘hunted in packs’ against the boys. Laughter erupted from the crowd, John spoke about how they couldn’t wait for the last day of the year when Mr Grayson would ‘forget’ the years discrepancies and how the students looked forward to the treat of ice cream blocks that arrived contained in magical ‘Dry Ice’. Mr Cameron acknowledged Mr Grayson’s significant contribution to the Lundavra community – a marvellous teacher, mentor and friend.
The current Lundavra principal (who has literally only been in his role for a couple of weeks) Mr Craig Marshall also shared something in common with Mr Grayson: Mr Marshall attended Ferny Grove Primary School – a school where Mr Grayson was also principal – and his wife Lyn Grayson was the lovely admin lady throughout Mr Marshall’s schooling! What a small world!
The commemorative cake was cut by the three Cameron Boys, and very importantly the organising committee and all people who worked behind the scenes to put together a wonderful day for all who attended were thanked for their tireless efforts and success of the event!
Some photo’s from the reunion are attached… see our Facebook page (Border Rivers Chamber of Commerce) if you would like to tag yourself or someone you know.
The very first students with their Principal/ techer/ snake catcher/ corporal punishment enforcer
Crowd at Time Capsule unveiling
The very first Principal Mr Neville Grayson completes the Roll Call for the class of 1964, before the current principal announced the unearthing of the Time Capsules