PREPARATIONS: Haigslea State School student Amber Jenkins (right) practising the maypole dance for the school’s 140th birthday celebrations.
PREPARATIONS: Haigslea State School student Amber Jenkins (right) practising the maypole dance for the school’s 140th birthday celebrations. David Nielsen

Little school’s big milestone

HAIGSLEA State School is preparing to celebrate its most significant milestone to date.

The 48-student regional school, which still has its first original building on site, will mark its 140th birthday with a fete at the end of the month.

School administration officer Leigh Spelleken has been busily organising the celebration and said students and teachers could not be more excited.

"For kids at a regional school big events like this can be rare," she said.

"We will be having a fete with rides, a petting zoo, jumping castle, slide, a classic car display, mechanical bull, a kids activity area and a wide range of stalls.

"The children and parents are really excited. A lot of effort has gone into the day."

Ms Spelleken said there would be a tree planting ceremony at the start of the day to mark the year the school was founded in 1876.

"We want as many past students and teachers to participate in the ceremony as we can," she said.

"We will have a morning tea and then the fete will begin. Students will be doing a maypole dance and we will also have entertainment on stage all day."

The Haigslea State School Celebrating 140 Years Fete will be held on Saturday, July 30.

The tree planting ceremony will begin at 9.30am with rides and activities starting 10am and continuing to 3pm.

Phone the school on 0478 924 171.



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