The Yarrawonga Yacht Club foreshore came to life last Thursday evening when an enthusiastic crowd of up to 2000 joined in to celebrate Yarrawonga Primary School’s 140-year history.
With the development of the new P-12 campus, the closure of the Piper Street campus brings the end of an era to the “Little Red School”.
This remarkable tribute to the school commenced with the arrival of students and teachers dressed in period costume courtesy of the PS Cumberoona, who then mingled with the crowd before being welcomed by the traditional owners of the school site and the Dhungala dancers.
Entitled “From bullock drawn days to the school of today” the show traced the development and history of the red school through the years, with each major time period portrayed by the students from each of the current classes.
A particularly moving segment was a tribute to the 16 previous students who made the ultimate sacrifice during the great war and who are now immortalised by the plaque and row of trees on the eastern boundary of the present school ground.
Workshop Coordinator and visionary Michelle Klowss was thrilled at the quality of the production and was glowing in her praise of the army of volunteers who helped make the evening a resounding success.
“Our Principal Damien Keel was adamant the closure of the site needed to be celebrated, but I think he too was surprised by the extent and standard of the production,” Michelle said.
Michelle also amassed praise on the creative management team who toiled for months in the design and planning particularly Diane Wiadrowski (script writer, director and choreographer), Bev Buchanan (production costumes), Sue James and Robyn Allen (period costumes), as well as the school staff.
“There was also a small army of volunteers from all walks of life who contributed to the success of the night in so many ways for which I am eternally grateful,” Michelle said.
Another highlight of the show was that of Joy Humphries reading her children’s book ‘Wilma Wombat’, with the characters coming to life through the assistance of P5-8 student operated puppets created especially for the event by Diane Wiadrowski.
But the true winners of the evening were the children themselves who committed themselves 100 percent to the history of the school and the event.
Michelle said the whole production from the organizing, rehearsing, costumes and work on the day was fantastic and she is proud of the end product.
“The new P-12 College workshop will be at the Gilmore Street campus and contributions of photos celebrating the Little Red School would be gratefully received by myself and my team,” Michelle said.
The Red School closes its doors for the final time on Monday, December 11 so make sure to make your way down to the school for one last goodbye.