Windera State School to celebrate 100 years

Out the front of Windera State School in 1949. Picture: Karen McKinnon/ Vintage Queensland

Windera State School will finally be able to celebrate its centenary this weekend.

After the unfortunate events of 2020 which forced the Windera State School P&C to postpone their Centenary celebrations, the event is now ‘good to go’. This slogan announced by the Queensland State Government is designed to be used for events meeting covid-safe plan guidelines.

The Windera P&C is ready for action and have set a new date for their 100 Years celebration -Saturday, 10 April.

Everyone is most welcome to attend this long-awaited and well-organised event.

The day will kick off at 8.30am, with the all-important registration for the event occurring at the front gate.

Visitors will be directed to park in allotted areas and a drop-off zone for those with mobility challenges will be situated right in front of the entrance.

Morning tea and socialising will follow, with plenty of time to catch up with old school mates and people travelling from afar.

Children’s games have been organised by the teaching staff, and social tennis has always been important to the district, so attendees are encourage to bring a racquet.

The official part of the day will begin at 11am and will be signalled by the ringing of the school bell.

The school’s head teachers and principals from across the decades will take turns at reading the roll, in what is hoped to be a memorable moment in time.

Following the cutting of the Centenary cake, each decade of students, as well as other important official photos, will be undertaken.

At the end of the official ceremony, in good old country fashion, the bar, barbeque and music will begin.

There will be plenty to do, with the Kratzmann brothers, Mark and Andrew, looking for doubles partners to join them for a couple of sets of exhibition tennis -providing lots of fun and laughter for the crowd. No seeded players need apply.

Old time games will also be provided by school staff on the oval, and all are encouraged to enjoy the opportunity to relive memories and revisit their own childhood.

The school is hoping for fine weather and encourage centenary attendees to bring a hat and a chair as seating will be limited.

A multi-draw raffle, with over thirty prizes, will be drawn. Donations for the prizes have been collected over the past two years from generous Windera folk and a few business owners.

The School Centenary would not be complete without memorabilia to mark the occasion. A range of items -including tumblers, stubby holders, personalised pavers and monogrammed calico bags -can be pre-ordered (email or purchased on the day.

Do not miss out on the iconic Windera Cookbook or the historical and comprehensive ‘100 years of History’ book, which also pays homage to both the Glenrock and Booubyjan State Schools (note: there will be no Eftpos facilities on the day).

To complete the day, there will be a range of entertainment and refreshments, a coffee van and a number of stalls, a jumping castle, barbeque dinner, bar and musical entertainment.

Centenary program on Saturday, 10 April:

8.30am Registration/ morning tea

9.30am Social tennis/ socialising

11am Official ceremony

-ringing of the school bell/ roll call/ official photos/ cutting of the ceremony cake

12.30pm Lunch/ roll call/ music entertainment begins

2pm Exhibition tennis/ old time games

3.30pm Multi-draw raffle drawn

5pm BBQ/ Entertainment