C'gatta school celebrate 90 years

COOLANGATTA Primary - the school that never gave up - will celebrate its 90th anniversary on Saturday and Sunday.

The “grass roots” celebration is an extra special occasion for former pupils, because it was only through the efforts of the local community that the school was established, during the 1919 “Spanish flu” epidemic.

And the school birthday coincides with the 125th anniversary of Coolangatta, so organisers are expecting a big turnout at the weekend.

Coolangatta residents had to lobby the Queensland government for at least three years before they got their own school.

It was not until the 1919 influenza outbreak closed the state border on the coast for four months, preventing more than 50 Coolangatta kids from attending the Tweed Heads school, that the Queensland authorities finally agreed to build a school.

The celebrations will include a family fun day on Saturday at the school's current site (Staplyton Street, Kirra), followed by a celebration at the Kirra Hill site on Sunday.

The fun day will run from 10am to 3pm, with a welcome and roll call at 11am.

On Sunday, at the original school, the day will go from 10am to 2pm. It will provide a chance to see the progress of renovations and to, meet and reminisce in, the old school yard.



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