Erin Walker, Eloise Maw, Melanie Jamieson and Renee Hamilton re-enact the laying of Warwick State High School’s main building foundation stone. The school was opened in 2012 and initially operated in other facilities.
Erin Walker, Eloise Maw, Melanie Jamieson and Renee Hamilton re-enact the laying of Warwick State High School’s main building foundation stone. The school was opened in 2012 and initially operated in other facilities. Linden Morris

School replays history

BIRTHDAY celebrations do not get more elaborate or more extensive than those being held as part of Warwick State High School's (WSHS) centenary celebrations.

Yesterday students and teachers celebrated the 98th anniversary of the laying of the main school building's foundation stone with a re-enactment of the event.

Gathering in front of the school's main entrance, the students took pride in the history of the moment and enjoyed putting their own spin on it.

One line from the script had the narrator read: "Mr Barnes then handed the silver trowel to Mr Macgregor to lay the stone ... The crowd applauded".

WSHS deputy principal Janelle Robb said the laying of the foundation stone was an important part of the school's history.

"We found historical documents of the day and what happened in 1914 and re-enacted it," Mrs Robb said.

"We even had students that attended the original primary schools in Warwick tap the stone just as when it was originally laid.

"Only two of those original schools still exist in Warwick and they are Central and East."

WSHS has several other events planned to mark its centenary.

"March 27 is Time Capsule Day, where all the students, teachers and committee members will write letters to be included," Mrs Robb said.

"The trowel, the stone and the script from (yesterday) will also be included along with anything else the committee decides on.

"It will be buried on Saturday, May 5, as part of the final centenary celebrations that weekend."

WSHS Centenary Committee secretary and WSHS librarian Janet Williams is pleased to be helping out.

"For me it's about giving back to the school community what I've gotten out of it over the years as a student and a staff member," Mrs Williams said.

A full program of events can be found at www.warwickshs.eq.edu.au.


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