The centenary of Currumbin school

THE children and staff at the Currumbin State School had 100 good reasons to celebrate last week.

And celebrate they did.

It's not every day your school turns 100 and it was a chance for staff and parents, past and present, to get together, let their hair down and celebrate all that is great about the school.

“The sense of community has been evident in the celebrations,” principal Robin Ryan said.

“A wonderful contribution by children, staff and parents culminated in a day of honouring past Currumbin people, united with the excitement of the students of today.”

The school's celebrations culminated in a family day of fun on Thursday.

“We had a great day,” Ms Ryan said.

“I don't know exactly how many we got there but it was probably several thousand - we have nearly 1000 kids at this school as it is.”

“The event, which started at noon, went through to 7.30pm.”

Starting with a mini student-produced version of the Swell Festival (the sculpture festival on nearby Currumbin beach), the day included two special assemblies and a “great big afternoon tea”.

“We had representatives of the pioneering family that originally owned the land before the school was built,” Ms Ryan said.

“Rosa and Peter Mitchell, descendants of the Mitchell family, brought pictures of the site before there was a school on it.

“We had a big display of pictures and John Neuman spoke to the assembled crowd - his whole family has gone to the school.”

As well as the Neumans and Mitchells there were plenty of other famous and not-so-famous former students on hand.

“We had Karla Gilbert and the Ikin brothers, Anthony and Ben. Anthony kept doing back-flips on stage and Ben was stirring the kids up about the football.

“We also had the 18-year-old PBC High school captain as a guest speaker and several former principals.”

The evening finished with a concert.

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