Excited St Andrew?s Lutheran College students, from left, Talia King, Lauren Craig-Ward, Tia Faulkner and Mikaela Brown pose wi
Excited St Andrew?s Lutheran College students, from left, Talia King, Lauren Craig-Ward, Tia Faulkner and Mikaela Brown pose wi

Kindy marks golden anniversary



AFTER surviving a rocky beginning one of the Gold Coast's longest operating educational facilities will next month celebrate its 50th birthday.

The Burleigh Heads Kindergarten and Pre-School will mark its golden anniversary with an open family day at the centre in Ocean Street on August 7.

Committee president Jane Beasley said the day's program will include plenty of activities for children; dance and music performances and rides.

There'll be food available, face-painting, plenty of fun for everyone.

"It will be a fantastic day," said Ms Beasley. "It's incredible to think that the centre is 50 years old.

"When it was established there would have been hardly anything here on the Gold Coast and times would have been very different."

Joan Rackley, one of the driving forces behind the formation of the kindergarten, said volunteers had needed to overcome community prejudices, financial difficulties and the lack of a permanent base in their pursuit of a centre for their children.

However, the community soon rallied behind the centre, supporting fund-raising activities until the kindergarten was granted land (previously the stables behind the old police station in Ocean Street) on which to build.

The organisers have also issued a plea for help from those associated with the kindergarten in its early years as they attempt to compile a display that traces the history of the centre and its former students and staff.

If you have any photographs or other pieces of memorabilia that they could lend to include in the display contact Sandy McEwen on 5598 3929.

Festivities will commence at 9.30am and run through to 1pm.

"It should be a fantastic day," Ms Beasley said.



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