Youngest student Jack White, 5, cuts the cake with 85-year-old former student Dorothy Roach.
Youngest student Jack White, 5, cuts the cake with 85-year-old former student Dorothy Roach. David Nielsen

A 'cracking' good day

ROSIE the Pirate had a grand day, fleecing the crowd of their spare change while meeting up with students old and new.

In the words of Central State School principal Damian Johnson, Saturday's 150th anniversary carnival was "a cracking day".

Carnival spokeswoman Megan Gaynor said past and present students shared fun and memories with their families.

"Sue Kelckhoven's historical display was an interest for many, as well as the archived photos prepared by Central staff over the past few decades," she said.

After 12 years at the school, Year 4 teacher Rosie Noble will soon be moving on and the 150th celebration gave her a chance to meet up with former teachers and students. "I've had a beautiful day. It's a great way to celebrate 150 years," she said.

Special education teacher Dorothy Walsh thinks Ipswich Central is a great school.

"I love it here. The staff are extra-caring, the children are very friendly and the parents really get involved," she said.

The unveiling of keystones by Councillor Andrew Antoniolli and school captains Shenae Harm and Blair Cutts was a focal point of the day.

Made to symbolise the school's past and future, the strength of the keystone was said to be like the support within the school community.

"Central is now committed to ensuring their history is alive and ready to go for the 175th and 200th celebrations," Ms Gaynor said.



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