Kingscliff Primary passes 50-year mark

MEMORIES of Kingscliff Primary School came flooding back for former students as they celebrated 50 years of the school at the weekend. Guests travelled from as far as Western Australia joining 300 past and present principals, teachers and students who reminisced about the school on Saturday.

Kingscliff Primary School has a solid history as one of the area's warmest and most welcoming, according to principal Kiernan Houlahan. "We had a great crowd attend the day," Mr Houlahan said.

"It was great, as people who attended mainly in the 1950s have made the effort to come along and pass a few stories around over the weekend."

Students currently at the school submitted items to a time capsule that will be buried in the coming weeks, Mr Houlahan said.

Guests at the reunion were treated with the national anthem, roll call, official speeches, entertainment and cutting of the 50-years anniversary cake on Saturday. Celebrations continued at night, with the official dinner at the Cudgen Leagues Club which included four dance groups performing and children of the modern era explaining "what school means to them". Music of the 1950s was also a highlight, with jive dancing a feature, while tales were recalled from the school's famous "punishment book" which carried what punishments were handed out, to whom, and the sometimes unusual reasons for them.

"The punishment book was a popular part of the night," Mr Houlahan said.

"One former student made it to the book for kissing.

"I think overall though it was good for everyone to celebrate the success of the school and how important it has been to Kingscliff."

GEOFF ROUNDS



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