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Time warp marks 40-years of community schooling

IT was a fun-filled trip down memory lane for past and present staff and students at Clarendon Vale Primary School when they gathered to celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary.

Held earlier this year, the school community dug deep to deliver a birthday event packed with 70s memorabilia, disco music and sporty games from across the eras.

Visitors gathered in the gym to listen to stories from another time and watch the current school community perform a flash mob to the sounds of YMCA, The Chicken Dance, Nut Bush City Limits, The Macarena and the Time Warp.

The event moved from the gym to the school’s courtyard for the official unveiling of the historically significant tile wall – coordinated by local artist Jill McElwee – which was decorated with drawings of school staff and students.

The celebrations then continued during the lunch period with commemorative displays of class photographs, which decorated the library and hallways and dated back to the school’s inception in 1978.

Clarendon Vale Primary School principal Jacquie Devine said the anniversary was a “fantastic event” that was enjoyed by the entire school community.

“The kids especially enjoyed the day and it was so great to see the past staff and students revisit the school,” she said.

“We are even now seeing the after-effects, with people still visiting the school to view the many displays and photos we have collected.”

Ms Devine said a main highlight of the event was a visit from the original school principal, Tim Walpole.

“Tim came down to have a look at the school and speak at the assembly about how he got the school up and running, which involved a lot of doorknocking,” she said.

“We also held a disco and retro sporting games, which included everything from hopscotch and quoits to the more contemporary games – these events were a particular favourite with the students.

“For us, this anniversary event was a celebration of where we’ve come from and how we’ve changed and evolved since our inception.

“We now have 103 students at the school and we are proud of what we’ve achieved in the past 40-years and our close-knit, congenial community.

“Now we can hopefully begin looking to the future and our 50th anniversary.”

Caption: From left, Peter Osborne, Leigh Hinds, current Clarendon Vale Primary School principal Jacquie Devine and original principal Tim Walpole.