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Parke State School has 100 reasons to celebrate

Gearing up to celebrate Parke State School’s Centenary on Saturday is the youngest student Bill Gunn with the oldest surviving student Mildred Goldsmith.
Gearing up to celebrate Parke State School’s Centenary on Saturday is the youngest student Bill Gunn with the oldest surviving student Mildred Goldsmith. Robyne Cuerel

BORN years apart but united by their love of Parke State School, 93-year-old Mildred Goldsmith and five-year-old Bill Gunn will together cut the cake for the school's centenary celebrations.

Oldest student Mildred came to Parke as a five-year-old and remembers being very fond of her first teacher who arrived on a black horse.

"We all stood outside until the bell had rung and she'd say pick up your goods and chattels, left turn and quick march into school," she said.

Youngest student Bill said he loved reading and playing hide and seek with his friends.

The school celebrates its centenary on Saturday, November 15, from 11am to 5pm at 400 Teddington Rd, Tinana South.

Parke State School

  • Named after John Parke who donated the schools land.
  • Parke State School's first headmistress Grace Smith, with 21 students.
  • Today the school boasts 72 students with Rebecca MacMillan as principal.
  • The original bell still tolls to call the children in from playtime.

Topics:  centenary, parke state school



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