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Special guests, Sisters Judith Redden (left) and Deidre Jordan, with Dr David Klingberg,
Department for Education and Child Development chief executive officer Tony Harrison
and Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone with Loxton Primary School principal Jan Slape at
Friday's centenary celebrations.
-- photo supplied
The school choir, including staff and students, entertains a crowd of over 400 people at Friday night's launch of the Loxton Primary School centenary celebrations.
EMMA WALTER PHOTOS
Back to school for 100th
by Emma Walter
Hundreds of former students
and teachers went 'back to
school' on the weekend to
celebrate 100 years since the
Loxton Area School's opening.
More than 400 people gathered at
the Loxton Primary School on Friday
night to kick off the weekend's cel-
Students were dressed in period
costume and took part in 'old fash-
ioned games', which were followed
by a speech by former student Dr
David Klingberg and the cutting of a
special birthday cake.
Organising committee member
Colleen Heaney said the weekend
was a "wonderful mix of reminiscing
and looking towards the future".
"The atmosphere, the feeling in the
air from everyone -- you felt proud to
be a Loxtonite," she said.
"Past students and staff were talk-
ing about the special place the school,
and this town, holds in their hearts.
"It was a wonderful weekend where
people could reminisce about the days
of old, and then see the changes that
have been made, and are in the pro-
cess of being made, for the school's
"It was a real reflection of not just
the school, but the entire Loxton com-
munity -- that strong sense of history
and working together to achieve great
The celebrations continued through-
out Saturday, with former principal
Bert Haslam's roll call, a mural unveil-
ing and moving talk from Warren
Drabsch and a mulberry tree planting
by the youngest and oldest students of
the school among the highlights.
Over 200 people wandered through
the school during the day, with a simi-
lar crowd attending a dinner at the
Loxton Club on Saturday night.
At the dinner, attendees shared their
memories of school life as the oldest
scholar, Sister Deidre Jordan gave an
impassioned speech about the value
of education and teachers.
"Speaking to people who came on
the weekend, everyone has different
highlights -- for some simply touring
the school and seeing the structural
and curriculum changes was a stand-
out experience, while for others it was
the chance to catch up with their old
classmates who they haven't seen in
many years," said Ms Heaney.
"The whole school mural -- opened
by Mr Drabsch after an incredibly
moving speech about his family's
experiences living in the Loxton
region -- will be a lasting reminder of
"The same is said for the mulberry
tree which was planted.
"The updated history book of the
school was well-received, while the
other souvenirs were also snapped up
by people wanting to remember the
Ms Heaney thanked the "many"
helpers who had volunteered their
time and services in organising and
running the celebrations.
"It's that 'we'll help' attitude that
sums up not only our school commu-
nity, but also the wider community of
Loxton as a whole," she added.
Loxton Primary School's youngest student Tiana Pfitzner watering
the commemorative mulberry tree with the oldest Loxton Area
School scholar in attendance on Saturday, Shirley Milich, as staff
member Helen Smyth looks on.
Lorraine Landini (left) and her daughter Anna
Eshman, enjoyed looking through the many old
photographs that made up the centenary display.
Making sure the crowds were well fed with doughnuts
on Saturday were Loxton Primary School students
Willow Williams (left), 12, and Cadeyrn Mullins, 13.
Guest speaker and former student Dr David Klingberg cuts the
centenary cake on Friday evening as Loxton Primary School principal
Jan Slape watches on.
Students, parents and staff took part in old fashioned games on the oval on Friday
afternoon. This tug-of-war contest was hard fought and attracted a large crowd of cheering
spectators. More than 400 people attended the Friday night launch of the weekend
-- photo supplied
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